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Juliana Velásquez Wins Best New Artist | 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards
Juliana Velásquez won the Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist at the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards. She bested fellow nominees Giulia Be, María Becerra, Bizarrap, Boza, Zoe Gotusso, Humbe, Rita Indiana, Lasso, Paloma Mami, Marco Mares, and Juliana Velásquez.
Dazzling in a fierce green dress with dramatic sleeves, an emotional Velásquez started off her speech by serenading the audience. Among a slew of thank yous, the Bogotá, Colombia native's love for her home country was evident, as she mentioned Colombia throughout the speech and ended with a happy chant for her people.
Velásquez — who got her start as an actress — released her debut album, the self-titled Juliana, earlier this year. The rising star wrote all 11 songs on the LP.
Watch Velásquez's heartfelt speech below.
Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for updates from the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards.
The 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos Rivera and Roselyn Sánchez, will air live on Univision on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). It will also air on cable channel TNT at 19.00 (MEX) / 20.00 (PAN-COL) / 21.00 (VEN) / 22.00 (ARG/CHI), and on Televisa on Channel 5. Learn more about the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards via the Latin Recording Academy's official website.