And The GRAMMY Went To ... Maná

Inside the Mexican rockers' win for Drama Y Luz
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    Maná's Fher Olvera
March 16, 2012 -- 12:57 pm PDT

(In the coming weeks will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)

Album: Drama Y Luz

Artist: Maná

Won for: Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album

Previous wins: Three previous wins in Latin rock or alternative categories, most recently in 2006 for their album Amar Es Combatir.

Did you know?:  Maná were formed in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, by singer Fher Olvera, guitarist Ulises Calleros, brother and bassist Juan Diego Calleros, and Cuban/Colombian drummer Alex González. The band has gone through several lineup changes since, though Olvera and González have remained throughout.

In 1999 they recorded a GRAMMY-nominated MTV Unplugged album, and that same year joined Santana on the group's phenomenal multi-GRAMMY-winning success, Supernatural. In its first week in 2006, Amar Es Combatir became the highest-charting debut for a Spanish-language album by a group on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The band formed the Selva Negra ("Black Jungle") Foundation in 1995 to finance and support projects aimed at protecting the environment, and joined with the Mexican government in an effort to save endangered sea turtles by raising 140,000 turtle eggs for release on the country's Pacific coast.

Aside from their GRAMMY wins, Maná have five Latin GRAMMY Awards to their credit, including a win for Best Rock Album for Drama Y Luz at the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in November 2011.

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