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Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners Of All Time?
Whether your interest in top Latin GRAMMY winners begins with "Despacito," curiosity or connoisseurship, there is a lot to enjoy and explore. Like the top GRAMMY winners of all time, the top Latin GRAMMY winners are a collection of esteemed artists, producers, engineers, and more.
In celebration of the vibrant heritage of Latin music awarded through the Latin GRAMMYs each year, here are the top Latin GRAMMY winners of all time, through the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
René Pérez, 24
The top nominee at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards with nine nods, including Album Of The Year, René Pérez — aka Residente — is perhaps best known as one-half of the duo Calle 13. But in 2017, he took his sound in new directions with his self-titled solo album and earned a pair of milestones on his own. The Latin GRAMMY winner — who earned 22 GRAMMYs as a member of Calle 13 — took home the Latin GRAMMYs for Best Urban Music Album and Best Urban Song for "Somos Anormales," earning him the title of top Latin GRAMMY winner of all time.
Eduardo Cabra, 24
The other half of Calle 13, Eduardo Cabra — aka Visitante — earned 22 of his career GRAMMYs as a member of the record-setting duo, and at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards, pulled ahead for the second-highest Laitn GRAMMY winner of all times when he earned a Producer Of The Year Latin GRAMMY for his work with first-time Latin GRAMMY winner Vicente García, Diana Fuentes and Tommy Torres, among others.
Calle 13, 22
Taking the Puerto Rican tradition of reggaetón in unexpected clever directions, Eduardo Cabra (Visitante) and René Pérez (Residente) perform together as Calle 13. They won Latin GRAMMY recognition with their debut self-titled album and recognition from both the Latin GRAMMYs and the GRAMMYs for their four subsequent albums, including two Latin GRAMMY wins for Album Of The Year. The duo made history at the 12th Latin GRAMMY Awards when they hauled in a total of nine awards, including Album, Record and Song Of The Year, in one night.
Refreshing authenticity helped lift Juanes from teen success with his band Ekhymosis in Colombia to global success as a solo pop-rock icon. Bursting on the scene with his 2000 debut, Fijate Bien, he won his first three Latin GRAMMYs and received his first GRAMMY nomination for 2001. He's earned Latin GRAMMY Album Of The Year honors three times, for Un Día Normal (2003), La Vida … Es Un Ratico (2008) and MTV Unplugged (2012). At the 18th Latin GRAMMYs, he earned Best Pop/Rock Album honors for Mis Planes Son Amarte.
Juan Luis Guerra, 18
Returning home to the Dominican Republic in the '80s, having left to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music, Juan Luis Guerra reinvigorated the tropical and merengue traditions. At the 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards, he had two wins in tropical/merengue categories, having already won his first GRAMMY nine years prior. He's won the esteemed Album Of The Year award four times to date, the most in the category's history to date.
Alejandro Sanz, 18
Alejandro Sanz grew up with music in Spain and established himself as a pop hitmaker/songwriter long before his 2000 album, El Alma Al Aire, netted him his first four Latin GRAMMYs. Branching out stylistically with 2003's No Es Lo Mismo, he won another four Latin GRAMMYs and his first GRAMMY, for Best Latin Pop Album, a category he went on to win another two times. The Spaniard has earned the Tatin GRAMMY Album Of The Year award three times: El Alma Al Aire (2001), MTV Unplugged (2002) and No Es Lo Mismo (2004).
Gustavo Santaolalla, 16
Rooted in Argentine tango, Gustavo Santaolalla has an extraordinary wingspread of talents. As a producer, he earned the Latin GRAMMY for Album and Record Of The Year twice with Juanes. As a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist with the rock-tango collective Bajofondo, he won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Alternative Song for 2013 "Pena En Mi Corazón."
Sergio George, 15
New York salsa maestro Sergio George earned his first GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY wins as the producer of Celia Cruz's La Negra Tiene Tumbao for 2002. His Latin GRAMMY wins include three for producing Marc Anthony and George has won the Producer Of The Year Latin GRAMMY four times and the Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY eight times.
Carlos Alvarez, 13
A producer/engineer best known for his mixing and mastering, Carlos Alvarez won Latin GRAMMYs for his finishing touches on albums by Anthony, George, Guerra, Alejandra Guzmán, India, and Sanz. Alvarez has also won three GRAMMYs, and is not to be confused with the GRAMMY-winning opera baritone who shares his name. His Latin GRAMMY wins include engineering and mixing 2013's Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants.
Rafael Arcaute, 13
As a producer/engineer/mixer, Rafael Arcaute won his first Latin GRAMMY as well as a GRAMMY for Calle 13's 2008 album, Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo. At the 12th Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2011, Arcaute shared in seven wins with Calle 13 related to their smash album Entren Los Que Quieran, including Producer Of The Year. Arcaute also won the Latin GRAMMY for Producer Of The Year again in 2016.
Anibal Kerpel, 13
Anibal Kerpel has earned the bulk of his 12 Latin GRAMMYs as an esteemed engineer/mixer. He's won Album Of The Year twice for Juanes' Un Día Normal (2003) and La Vida … Es Un Ratico (2008). On Bajofondo's Latin GRAMMY-winning Presente album, Kerpel shared the win as a producer/engineer/mixer as well as playing keyboards and electric bass on the record.
Allan Leschhorn, 13
As engineer/mixer, Allan Leschhorn has won Latin GRAMMYs for his work with Juan Luis Guerra, Chichi Peralta and Draco Rosa. For Guerra's 2007 album, La Llave De Mi Corazon, Leschhorn shared in four Latin GRAMMY wins, including Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year. He has also engineered for Luis Fonsi, Nelly Furtado and Jesse & Joy.
Thom Russo, 13
On the engineering teams behind Latin GRAMMY-winning albums by Juanes and Maná, Thom Russo has also won GRAMMYs and engineered for English-language artists, including Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson. He's earned Album Of The Year honors twice for his work with Juanes.
Álvaro Alencar, 12
An engineer/mixer, Álvaro Alencar has won Latin GRAMMYs for his work with Bacilos, Gilberto Gil, Lenine, Lobão, Maria Rita, Skank, and Suricato. Although he is best known for his work with Brazilian acts, for example Sergio Mendes, he has worked with artists from various backgrounds.
Andres Castro, 12
A multi-instrumental studio musician, Andres Castro has won Latin GRAMMYs for his songwriting collaborations with Carlos Vives and his production work alongside Emilio Estefan Jr. and Sebastian Krys. Most recently, Castro took home the Latin GRAMMYs for Record and Song Of The Year as producer for Vives and Shakira's "La Bicicleta."
Sebastian Krys, 12
A winner of two Latin GRAMMYs for Producer Of The Year, Sebastian Krys won his first Latin GRAMMY as an engineer for Thalía's 2000 album, Arrasando. Krys received additional Latin GRAMMYs for his work with Obie Bermúdez, Gian Marco, Rabanes, Sanz, Diego Torres, and with Vives for El Rock De Mi Pueblo.
Cachorro Lòpez, 12
Winner of two Latin GRAMMYs for Producer Of The Year, Argentina's Cachorro Lòpez won both a Latin GRAMMY and a GRAMMY as producer of Julieta Venegas' 2006 album, Limón Y Sal. He's also won Latin GRAMMYs as producer for Natalia Lafourcade and Rosario, including Record Of The Year for 2015 as the producer on the former's "Hasta La Raíz."
Eric Schilling, 12
Engineer/mixer Eric Schilling has won both Latin GRAMMYs and GRAMMYs for his work on Olga Tañón's 2001 album, Yo Por Ti, and on Cachao's 2004 LP, ¡Ahora Si! Other artists Schilling has lent his technical acumen to on their way to Latin GRAMMY wins include Guerra, Sanz and Thalía. He earned a Latin GRAMMY for Album Of The Year for his work on Sanz's MTV Unplugged.
Gustavo Borner, 11
Best known for engineering multiple "MTV Unplugged" sets, Gustavo Borner's GRAMMY wins include work with Vicente Fernández and Los Tigres del Norte, as well as mixing the score for the movie Birdman. His four Latin GRAMMYs for MTV Unplugged were with Juanes, Venegas, Ricky Martin, and Diego Torres.
Emmanuel Del Real, 11
Mexican artist Emmanuel Del Real is perhaps best known as the keyboardist for the rock/alternative band Café Tacvba. As a member of the group, he earned the Latin GRAMMY for Record Of The Year for "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" at the 10th Latin GRAMMYs. He also earned Best Rock Song honors as a songwriter for "Eres" for 2004, and as a co-writer for "Esta Vez" for 2008.
Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira has been a mainstay at the Latin GRAMMY Awards since she won her first two career Latin GRAMMYs at the inaugural show in 2000, including Best Pop Vocal Performance ("Ojos Asi") and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance ("Octavo Dia"). She has since earned a total of 11 career Latin GRAMMYs, including Album Of The Year for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 in 2006, Record and Song Of The Year for "La Bicideta" in 2016, and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for El Dorado in 2017
Caetano Veloso, 11
Brazilian Caetano Veloso has earned the majority of his Latin GRAMMY wins in Brazilian music categories, including four wins for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasilieira) Album, two wins for Best Brazilian Song and a win for Best Brazilian Rock Album. He's also earned two Latin GRAMMYs for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for Zii E Zie (2009) and Abraҫaҫao (2013).
Carlos Vives, 11
Colombia superstar Carlos Vives has earned many of his Latin GRAMMY Awards in tropical music categories, including Best Contemporary Tropical Album and Best Tropical Fusion Album. Vives earned a Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY in 2013 for "Volví A Nacer," and Shakira and Vives shared Latin GRAMMYs for the 2016 hit "La Bicicleta" for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.