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Luis Fonsi: "Despacito" Wins Record Of The Year | 18th Latin GRAMMYs
Puerto Rican's smash hit with Daddy Yankee wins Record Of The Year at The Biggest Night in Latin Music
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's smash collaboration "Despacito" won Record Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards.
"Good evening! A very good evening to all. Thank you very much. This award is [about] teamwork. Record Of The Year involves many people. Come, come guys, the producers of "Despacito": Please, this is yours too. Come here, come here. Thank you very much, father God. Thank you very much to the Academy. Thank you very much. Before anything, teamwork. Daddy Yankee, thank you very much for joining "Despacito." You're big Daddy Yankee. Thank you, Erika Ender. Thank you to my producers from Colombia … Andresito Torres, Mauricio — I love him. Thank you to everyone involved — to the engineers, to all the people that get the credit but are part of the success. Thank you Universal Music [and] Jesus Lopez. Thank you to my management, Tony Mojena. Thank you to my family that are watching me from home: my wife, and my two children that I love so much, Mikaela [and] Rocco. I love you so much. This is for Puerto Rico. Long live Puerto Rico." — Luis Fonsi
Arguably the most ubiquitous song of the summer of 2017, "Despacito" topped several charts worldwide, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Portugal. The remix version featuring Justin Bieber, which took Best Urban Fusion/Performance honors, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for 16 consecutive weeks, tying with "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men for the most consecutive weeks at the top in the chart's history.
"Despacito" also won for Best Short Form Music Video and Song Of The Year.
The other Record Of The Year nominees were "La Flor De La Canela" — Rubén Blades, "El Surco" — Jorge Drexler, "Quiero Que Vuelvas" — Alejandro Fernández, "El Ratico" — Juanes feat. Kali Uchis, "Amárrame" — Mon Laferte feat. Juanes, "Felices Los 4" — Maluma, "Vente Pa' Ca" — Ricky Martin feat. Maluma, "Guerra" — Residente, and "Chantaje" — Shakira feat. Maluma.
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber
GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.
To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Luis Fonsi To Maluma: Who Will Win Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY?
Cast your vote. Who will voters choose for Record Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards?
Including the likes of Shakira and Carlos Vives to Natalia Lafourcade, Marc Anthony, Jesse & Joy, and Alejandro Sanz, the previous Latin GRAMMY winners for Record Of The Year reads like a who's who of Latin music. This year's nominees are no different.
With Rubén Blades' sensual "La Flor De La Canela," Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee's song of the summer "Despacito," Residente's impactful "Guerra," Ricky Martin with Maluma's Vente Pa' Ca," and Jorge Drexler's "El Surco," among others, this year's class of 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards nominees for Record Of The Year is loaded.
Which song do you think will take home the Latin GRAMMY for Record Of The Year? Cast your vote below.
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Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song | 18th Latin GRAMMYs
Chilean singer/songwriter wins first career Latin GRAMMY for Juanes collaboration
Chilean singer/songwriter Mon Laferte won Best Alternative Song for "Amárrame" featuring Juanes at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards.
"Hello, it's my first Latin GRAMMY. The first time ... it's fair to cry, it's the first time, yes! Thank you very much: Manú Jalil, Lalo Del Aguila and Allan — we made this record together. To all of the work team, the record company. To Juanes, for being so generous and for singing with me. I am very nervous. I don't know what else to say. Thank you very much and I am very happy, [fellow] colleagues. I feel honored that you have voted for my song. Thank you." — Mon Laferte
The win marked the first career Latin GRAMMY for Laferte. "Amárrame" is featured on La Trenza, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album.
The other Best Alternative Song nominees were "Antonia" — Sig Ragga, songwriter (Sig Ragga), "Apocalipsis Zombi" — Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos), "Apocalíptico" — Rafael Arcaute & Residente, songwriters (Residente), and "Integridad" — Stephen Marley & Danay Suarez, Songwriters (Danay Suarez feat. Stephen Marley).
FYI/TMI: Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy, Justin Bieber Breaks The Law
Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney among performers for Sandy benefit; Bieber gets ticketed in L.A.
(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
More Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy
GRAMMY winners Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Kanye West, and legendary rockers Roger Waters and the Who will perform at a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Dec. 12 in New York. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid hurricane victims.
SoundExchange Reports 3Q Royalty Payments
Performance rights organization SoundExchange distributed $122.5 million in royalty payments during the third quarter of 2012, marking the organization's largest quarterly payout since its founding in 2000, according to Billboard.biz. SoundExchange has distributed $326.9 million in performance royalties for the year to date, bringing the organization's grand payout total to $1.2 billion since 2000.
Bieber Breaks The Law
As if Justin Bieber's recent trouble in love wasn't hard enough for the 18-year-old, the teen pop sensation has now run into some trouble with law enforcement. Bieber was ticketed by Los Angeles police on Nov. 13 after he was pulled over in his Ferrari in West Hollywood, Calif., for making an unsafe left turn. On top of that, cops found his registration was expired. Hopefully now there's one less unsafe driver on the road.