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Latin Grammys 2017 Dominated by 'Despacito'

Latin Grammys 2017 Dominated by 'Despacito'
Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi poses with his trophies during the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 16, 2017. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 12:46 PM

The Latin Grammys 2017 was dominated Thursday night by the viral song "Despacito," which won four trophies, including the show's top prize record of the year.

The 18th annual awards, held in Las Vegas, also saw the song win song of the year, best short-form music video, and best urban fusion performance, NBC News noted. Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi popularized the song with help from Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

A huge crossover hit, "Despacito" was streamed millions of times and its video viewed more than 4 billion times on YouTube, the broadcaster said. The song also spent the most weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States, per The Guardian.

The Academy also honored Puerto Rican rapper Residente, of the duo Calle 13, with two awards for his solo album inspired by a DNA test he did to learn more about his heritage, The Guardian wrote. The rapper walked away with best urban music album and best urban song.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda received the president's merit award and promised to march and remind the government of Puerto Rico's struggles and humanity after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, The Guardian noted.

Vicente García won three awards, including best new artist, NBC News said. The Dominican artist told the broadcaster that his music blends Afro-Caribbean rhythms to make pop and boleros, with some Haitian, Cuban, and Colombian rhythms.

"(The Grammy) more than anything, honors my country which I carry in my heart," Garcia told NBC News.

Here is the complete list of Latin Grammy winners, according to Forbes magazine:

  • Record Of The Year - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - "Despacito"
  • Album Of The Year - Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta - Salsa Big Band
  • Song Of The Year - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - "Despacito" (Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender & Luis Fonsi, Songwriters)
  • Best New Artist - Vicente García
  • Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album - Shakira – "El Dorado"
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Lila Downs – "Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo"
  • Best Urban Fusion/Performance - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - "Despacito (featuring Justin Bieber)"
  • Best Urban Music Album - Residente – "Residente"
  • Best Urban Song - Residente - "Somos Anormales" (Rafael Arcaute, Igor Koshkendey & Residente, Songwriters)
  • Best Rock Album - Diamante Eléctrico – "La Gran Oscilación"
  • Best Pop/Rock Album - Juanes – "Planes Son Amarte"
  • Best Rock Song - TIE - Diamante Eléctrico - "Déjala Rodar" (Diamante Eléctrico, Songwriters) and Andrés Calamaro - "La Noche" (Andrés Calamaro, Songwriter)
  • Best Alternative Music Album - Café Tacvba – "Jei Beibi"
  • Best Alternative Song - Mon Laferte - "Amárrame (ft. Juanes)" — (Mon Laferte, Songwriter)
  • Best Salsa Album - Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – "Salsa Big Band"
  • Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album - Jorge Celedón Y Sergio Luis Rodríguez – "Ni Un Paso Atrás"
  • Best Contemporary Tropical Album - Guaco – "Bidimensional"
  • Best Traditional Tropical Album - Jon Secada feat. The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band - "To Beny Moré With Love"
  • Best Tropical Fusion Album - Olga Tañón – "Olga Tañón Y Punto."
  • Best Tropical Song - Vicente García - "Bachata En Kingston" (Vicente García, Songwriter)
  • Best Singer-Songwriter Album - Vicente García – "A La Mar"
  • Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album - Flor De Toloache – "Las Caras Lindas"
  • Best Banda Album - Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga - Ayer Y Hoy
  • Best Norteño Album - Los Palominos – "Piénsalo"
  • Best Regional Song - Juan Treviño - "Siempre Es Así (ft. AJ Castillo)" (Juan Treviño, Songwriter)
  • Best Instrumental Album - Michel Camilo & Tomatito – "Spain Forever"
  • Best Folk Album - Natalia Lafourcade – "Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1)"
  • Best Tango Album - Fernando Otero – "Solo Buenos Aires"
  • Best Flamenco Album - Vicente Amigo – "Memoria De Los Sentidos"
  • Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album - Eliane Elias – "Dance Of Time"
  • Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) - Alex Campos – "Momentos"
  • Best Portuguese Language Christian Album - Aline Barros – "Acenda A Sua Luz"
  • Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album - Tiago Iorc – "Troco Likes Ao Vivo: Um Filme De Tiago Iorc"
  • Best Portuguese Language Rock Or Alternative Album - Nando Reis - Jardim – "Pomar"
  • Best Samba/Pagode Album - Mart'nália – "Misturado"
  • Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album - Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise – "Dos Navegantes"
  • Best Sertaneja Music Album - Daniel — "Daniel"
  • Best Brazilian Roots Album - Bruna Viola - Ao Vivo – "Melodias Do Sertão"
  • Best Portuguese Language Song - Anavitória - "Trevo (Tu) (Tiago Iorc)" — Ana Caetano & Tiago Iorc, songwriters
  • Best Latin Children's Album - Varios Artistas – "Marc Anthony For Babies"
  • Best Classical Album – "Música De Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2" — Eddie Mora, Directing The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Costa Rica; Winnie Camila Berg, Solista; Carlos Chaves, Album Producer
  • Best Classical Contemporary Composition - Mabel Millán - "Sonata Del Decamerón Negro" — Leo Brouwer, Composer
  • Best Recording Package - Magín Díaz – "El Orisha De La Rosa" — Carlos Dussán, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Felipe Martínez & Claudio Roncoli, Art Directors
  • Best Engineered Album – "Juanes" - Mis Planes Son Amarte — Josh Gudwin, Mixer; Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer
  • Producer Of The Year - Eduardo Cabra
  • Best Short Form Music Video - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - "Despacito"
  • Best Long Form Music Video - Natalia Lafourcade – "Musas, El Documental"

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