Highlights From the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards

November 11, 2011 By:

The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were last night, taking place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. Stars from the Latino entertainment world strutted down the green carpet to celebrate the years best in music.

Here’s the highlights and winners from the show last night in case you missed it.

Calle 13 sweeps the competition: The Puerto Rican music duo made Latin Grammy history last night. They were nominated for 10 awards and took home 9. They broke the record for most Grammy awards won in a career and in one single night. Accepting one of their 9 awards, one half of the duo, Rene Perez had tears in his eyes when he exclaimed “Puerto Rico inspires him.” “Que via la musica! Que viva Latinoamerica!” he chanted onstage.

Shakira honored with Person of The Year: Shakira was honored as person of the Year for her contributions to Spanish language music and also her philanthropic contributions to global education reform. She also performed twice during the night and when she went to accept her award from “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara, Shakira announced that these two actually grew up in the same town in Colombia. “What better than to receive it from Sofia, we lived close to each other in Barranquilla, that’s what people don’t know. This is without a doubt one of the most important moments of my life.” I’m assuming the Grammy honor is the “most important moment,” not the living-near-Sofia-Vergara thing.

Usher performs at his first Latin Grammys: Usher made it to his first Latin Grammy and performed alongside Anthony “Romeo” Santos, with whom he duets on the song “Promise” currently No.1 on the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart.

Sean Kingston performs for first time since accident: After Sean Kingston’s near fatal jet-ski accident in May, he performed for the first time last night. He joined the stage with reggaeton duo Wisin y Yanfel to perform his single “Fire Burning” and his collaboration with the duo called “fever.” The stage was packed with dancers and Kingston seemed genuinely thrilled to be back on stage again.

Demi Lovato performs with Pablo Alboran: Demi Lovato also made her debut performance at the Latin Grammys last night ahead of her plans to release an all-Spanish album sometime in 2012. This performance at the Latin Grammys was the first step in her goal to attend the Grammys. She told Latina magazine that she hasn’t been to the Grammys yet because, “I don’t want to go unless I’m nominated, presenting or performing. It’s my lifetime goal to be able to say that I’m nominated. So I really want to make that happen.”

Here are the full list of winner:

Record of the year: "Latinoamerica," Calle 13

Album of the year: "Entren Los Que Quieran," Calle 13

Song of the year: "Latinoamerica," Calle 13

New artist: Sie7e

Female pop vocal album: "Sale el Sol," Shakira

Male pop vocal album: "En Primera Fila," Franco De Vita

Pop album by a duo or group with vocal: "Alex, Jorge y Lena," Alex, Jorge y Lena

Urban music album: "Entren Los Que Quieran," Calle 13

Urban song: "Baile de Los Pobres," Calle 13

Rock album by a duo or group with vocal: "Drama y Luz," Mana

Rock song: "Labios Rotos," Zoe

Alternative music album: "Musica De Fondo: MTV Unplugged," Zoe

Alternative song: "Calma Pueblo," Rafa Arcaute and Calle 13

Latin jazz album: "Panamericana Suite," Paquito D'Rivera

Folk album: "Deja La Vida Vola: En Gira," Mercedes Sosa

Best Tropical Song: "Vamo' a Portarnos Mal," Calle 13

Best Regional Mexican Song: "A Donde Vamos a Parar," Marco Antonio Solis