Colombian singer Carlos Vives refused to let torrential rain dampen his big night at the Latin Grammys on Thursday (21Nov13) after picking up three top prizes. The 14th annual ceremony got off to a stormy start as heavy rain arrived in Las Vegas, forcing producers to call off a glamorous photocall at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre when the special green carpet flooded.
The prize-giving finally got underway, with Vives becoming the night's big success story after picking up three out of the five awards he was nominated for, including Song of the Year for Volvi a Nacer, Tropical Fusion Album and Best Tropical Song.
Stars Marc Anthony and rapper Pitbull also went home with prizes for Recording of the Year and Best Urban Performance respectively.
Ricky Martin performed with his former Menudo co-star Draco Rosa, who won the Coveted Album Of The Year Grammy for his record Mas y Mas. The pair is set to head out on tour together next year (14).
Martin was also on hand to present Miguel Bose with the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year award in recognition of his career and philanthropy work.
Natalie Cole is celebrating after her first Spanish-language album scored her two top nominations for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards. The soul star, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, took a gamble by releasing Natalie Cole En Espanol this summer (13), despite not being able to speak a word of the language.
The album shot to the top of America's Top Latin Albums chart in July (13), and now it has been shortlisted for the coveted Album of the Year title at the prestigious awards ceremony, while Bachata Rosa, her duet with Juan Luis Guerra, will compete for Record of the Year.
She will face off in the Album of the Year category against the likes of Miguel Bose's Papitwo, Draco Rosa's Vida, Alejandro Sanz's La Musica No Se Toca and Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives, and she'll be up against Marc Anthony (Vivir Mi Vida), Rosa and Ricky Martin (Mas Y Mas), Sanz (Mi Marciana) and Vives (Volvi A Nacer), among others for Record of the Year honours.
Colombian singer Vives, who will also compete for Song of the Year for Volvi A Nacer, leads the nominations with five nods, alongside Argentinian duo Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, who are shortlisted in categories including Best Urban Performance and Best Alternative Music Album for Chances.
Other nominees include rapper Pitbull (Best Urban Performance), Giberto Santa Rosa (Best Salsa Album) and Los Bunkers (Best Rock Album).
As previously reported, Oscar D'Leon, Juan Formell, Roberto Menescal and Toto La Momposina are among the stars who will be honoured with lifetime achievement accolades at the awards, while Mario Kreutzberger, aka Don Francisco, and Pedro Ramirez Velazquez have been named the recipients of Latin Recording Academy Trustees Awards.
The winners of the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be announced during a ceremony in Las Vegas on 21 November (13).
Oscar D'leon, Juan Formell, Roberto Menescal and Toto La Momposina are among the stars who will be honoured with lifetime achievement accolades at the upcoming 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Palito Ortega, Miguel Rios and Eddie Palmieri will also be feted, while Mario Kreutzberger, aka Don Francisco, and Pedro Ramirez Velazquez have been named the recipients of Latin Recording Academy Trustees Awards. The Latin Grammys gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on 20 November (13).