The Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas served as the location for the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 17. The star-studded evening honored the musical prowess and achievements of Latin music’s history, present, and future. The spectacular evening was presented by Latin musicians Anitta, Luis Fonsi, Thalia, and Laura Pausini.
Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist were the four categories where everyone vied for honors. Reggaeton, Latin pop, salsa, and other genres and performers were represented in each category. The winners of the fiercely contested categories are listed below:
Record of the Year: “Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler & C. Tangana
Album of the Year: “Motomami (Digital Álbum)” by Rosalía
Song of the Year: “Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler & C. Tangana
Best New Artist: Ángela Álvarez and Silvana Estrada (tie)
The Frost School of Music’s Stephanie Hernandez, who oversees marketing and communications, expressed her gratitude to Alvarez for winning Best New Artist. “Angela Alvarez! Mejor Nuevo Artista showed us it is never too late to chase our dreams,” Hernandez said.
During the awards event, performers including Marc Anthony, Angela Aguilar, Romeo Santos, Anitta, Christina Aguilera, Karol G, and many others graced the stage with their abilities. Rauw Alejandro performed songs from his most recent album, “Saturno,” in a futuristic setting. Alejandro and his backup dancers, the legendary Jabbawockeez, had to perform their electrifying dance routines.
Nicky Jam sang his moving “El Perdón” live on stage with the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients. To support more young people’s goals, he established a new Nicky Jam scholarship in collaboration with the foundation.
Liniker, a singer-songwriter, and actor, received the Latin Grammy for “Best Msica Popular Brasileira Album,” making LGBTQ+ history. The first transgender recipient of a Latin Grammy is Liniker.
The audience applauded, cheered, and gave Liniker a standing ovation after she declared, “It’s the first time a transgender artist wins a Grammy.” From his 10 nominations, Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny won five Latin Grammy awards. “Tit Me Preguntó,” Bad Bunny’s summertime smash, won Latin Grammys for Best Urban Fusion/Performance and Best Urban Song. For his victories, he specifically thanked and praised the Dominican Republic.
TITI ME PREGUNTÓ TO TO TO TO🎶— ☀️🌊❤️ (@sanbenito) November 18, 2022
WOW!! GRACIAS! GRACIAS @LatinGRAMMYs 🏻 ESTE GRAMMY SE LO DEDICO A LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA 🇩🇴 Y A TODO EL MOVIMIENTO DEL DEMBOW!! A LOS ARTISTAS, PRODUCTORES, BAILARINES, DIRECTORES DE VIDEOS!! GRACIAS POR LA INSPIRACIÓN, ESE GRAMMY ES DE USTEDES