- Title: USA: First Latin Grammy music awards held in Los Angeles
- Date: 11th September 2000
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 13, 2000) (REUTERS) GV EXTERIOR OF STAPLES CENTER WITH CADILLAC CAR DRIVING PAST SMV LA LEY ARRIVING SMV CHRISTINA AGUILERA HAV, N'SYNC ARRIVING VARIOUS, SHAKIRA VARIOUS, GUESTS ARRIVING (3 SHOTS) SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EMILIO ESTEFAN SAYING "I feel like it's going to be and incredible night. The real crossover for me is to have the power to have two hours of transmission to everyone in 169 countries completely in Spanish. That is the dream that I have always had. To learn a little bit more about our roots, the different cultures and seeing this coming together I became very emotional and I feel the people will feel very proud". SMV CACHAO SMV CELIA CRUZ SMV JON SECADA SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTINA AGUILERA SAYING "I think this is something that should have happened a long time ago. So I'm really, really excited that this is for Latin America basically and you know that this is the first annual event of this. So I'm really excited." SMV CARLOS PONCE SMV SHELIA E VARIOUS, JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS ARRIVING SMV ANTONIO BANDERAS AND MELANIE GRIFFITH SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) GUSTAVO ALARCO SAYING "I'm very happy that finally the academy decided to do a Latin Grammy. It's an impressive thing. It gives an opportunity for us to express our culture and give to the rest of the world what we have given our countries in South America and Central America, Mexico and the rest of the world and Europe for a long time." VARIOUS, JACI VELASQUEZ (2 SHOTS) SMV OSCAR DE LA HOYA SMV JOSE FELICIANO VARIOUS. TITO PUENTE, JR SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) OSCAR DE LA HOYA SAYING "It is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to the Latin community. And, I feel very, very gracious that I can be part of this great event." SMV ROBBIE ROSA SCU ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ TALKING TO PRESS SMV DJAVAN WIDE OF RED CARPET ARRIVALS WIDE OF STAPLES CENTER, PAN DOWN TO CROWD
- Embargoed: 26th September 2000 13:00
- Location: NATURAL SOUND WITH ENGLISH AND SPANISH SPEECH
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVAC4RYTAFKZGGQIAGXYUUAP47DB
- Story Text: Capitalizing on the Latin explosion in American popular music over the last year, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Science (LARAS)held the first annual Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday evening (September 13).
The inaugural Latin Grammy awards was a coming out party for Colombian sensation Shakira and a coronation for veterans Carlos Santana, Luis Miguel and the Mexican group Mana.
Carlos Santana cemented his reign as this year's king of Latin music by winning the major prizes at the first-ever Latin Grammys on Wednesday.
Santana and the Mexican band Mana won the Latin Grammy for record of the year for their collaboration on "Corazon Espinado," off Santana's "Supernatural" album that won multiple awards at the regular Grammys in February. Both Mana and Santana won their respective pop categories for group and instrumental performances.
The album of the year Latin Grammy went to Mexican crooner Luis Miguel for "Amarte es un Placer." Miguel also won for best male pop vocal performance and best pop album.
Song of the year went to Marc Anthony's Dimelo, written by Anthony, Robert Blades, Angie Chirino and Cory Rooney.
Colombia's Shakira won two Latin Grammys for best female pop and rock vocal performances for "Ojos Asi," dedicating the award to her homeland.
Best salsa performance went to "Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa." Cruz, a Cuban woman, is dubbed the "Queen of Salsa."
Veteran Latin diva Gloria Estefan took home music video of the year honours. Estefan, who won in the only category in which she was nominated, has been credited as laying the ground work for the recent Latin invasion in the 1980's and '90s with her multiple platinum selling band The Miami Sound Machine.
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