On Sunday, February 5, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles where
awards were presented to the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the year. This year
we witness the Latin community’s gratifying anomalous presence in the running against some of
the most legendary musical artists.
Inspiring Latin artists Rubén Blades, Rosalía, Natalia Lafourcade and Marc Anthony were
awarded with Grammys this Sunday including Bad Bunny who won Best Urban Music Album for
Un Verano Sin Ti, outbeating Daddy Yankee (Lengendaddy), Farruko (La 167), Maluma (The
Love & Sex Tape), and Rauw Alejandro (Trap Cake, Vol. 2).
The audience cheered for Bad Bunny during his acceptance speech as well as the celebrities in
attendance, including his iconic compatriot Jennifer Lopez, who was seated next to her
husband, Ben Affleck.
The Puerto Rican reggaeton artist expressed gratitude to his fans on stage. In English, Bad
Bunny says, “This is really easy. It’s easy because I just made this album with love and passion,
and when you do things with love and passion everything is easier.” The artist proceeds in
Spanish, “Gracias a todos los latinos en Estados Unidos y en el mundo entero. Gracias a todos
los artistas que trabajaron en este álbum, a los productores.”
Additionally, Bad Bunny was in charge of kicking off the evening giving us a mix of merengue
and urban music that got everyone in the arena moving. Accompanied by a troupe of Puerto
Rican dancers, Bad Bunny performed songs El Apagón and Después de la Playa making the
Latinos in attendance feel proud.
Barcelona artist, Rosalía, won the 2023 Grammy for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for
her second album, Motomami, leaving behind Jorge Drexler (Tinta y Tiempo), Gaby Moreno
(Alegoría), Cimafunk (El Alimento), Fito Paez (Los Años Salvajes) and Mon Laferte (1940
To the astonishment of many, Rubén Blades & Boca Livre’s album, Pasieros, won the Best Latin
Pop Album category, knocking Christina Aguilera (Aguilera), Camilo (De Adentro Pa Afuera),
Fonseca (Viajante), and Sebastían Yatra (Dharma) off the list. Natalia Lafourcade’s album, Un
Canto por México Vol. 1, outbeat Chiquis Rivera’s for the Best Regional Mexican Music Album;
Chiquis had just won the Latin Grammy for Best Banda Album in November 2022.