The 2019 Latin Grammys took place Thursday night (Nov. 14) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Univision with artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Mon Laferte, Christian Nodal, Bad Bunny, Luis Enrique and more taking home their very own golden statuette.
In the midst of big wins, memorable performances, and heartfelt acceptance speeches, check out some of the night’s highlights below.
Bad Bunny vouches for reggaeton music
One of the first televised winners of the night was Bad Bunny, nabbing the title of best urban album for his production X100Pre. With his tea in hand, rocking plaid shorts, sneakers, and a colorful oversized shirt, a nervous Bunny thanked God and his family first.
He then gave a shout out to Hear this Music and Tainy who are part of his musical evolution before sending a message to his colleagues who protested on social media for the lack of Latin urban artists in the main categories. “Reggaeton is part of Latin music,” he said. “To my colleagues, let’s give it our all. The genre has become about views and numbers but we have to bring different things to the table.”
While performing “Mi Persona Favorita,” Latin Grammy-winner Alejandro Sanz was joined on stage by three of this year’s best new artist nominees, Aitana, Greeicy, and Nella. The three radiant singers crooned Camila Cabello’s lyrics as she did not attend this year’s awards show.
During the awards show, Fonseca took the stage with guitar in hand to perform an acoustic version of Camilo Sesto’s “Perdorname.” The Spanish singer passed away on Sept. 8, 2016, just eight days before his 73rd birthday.
Later on, Pepe Aguilar performed a jazz version of José José’s “El Triste.” El Principe de la Canción passed away on Sept. 28 in Homestead, Fla.
One of the highly-awaited awards of the night is best new artist, which this year went to Venezuelan singer Nella. The Berklee College of Music alumni thanked her family, her producer and mentor, Javier Limon, and her country. “This is for everyone who, like me, comes from another country looking for new opportunities,” she said. Nella beats out nominees such as Paulo Londra, Greeicy, Aitina, and Cami.
Alicia Keys and Miguel first took the stage to perform their single “Show Me Love” before Pedro Capó joined Keys for “Calma.” Putting everyone on their feet, both Keys and Capó were then joined by Farruko. Capó’s original version of “Calma” won Song of the Year at the 2019 Latin Grammys.
Person of the Year, Juanes, gets rocking surprised
After this year’s Person of the Year performed a medley of his songs including “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra,” Juanes surprisingly received his special award from Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich. “I met Juanes years ago while performing in Mexico. Tonight we come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan, my friend, my parcero, I’m proud to recognize you as Person of the Year for the Latin Recording Academy,” Ulrich said. Before giving his speech, Juanes let Lars know that Metallica was the reason he began making music in the first place. “You guys changed my life,” he said.
Thalia & Vicente Fernandez receive Premio de la Presidencia awards
After performing with his son, Alejandro, and his grandson, Alex Jr., Vicente Fernandez was given a Premio de la Presidencia Award by Ricky Martin.
Emilio Estefan later presented Thalia with the same award. During her speech, the Mexican singer and actress recalled how she would bug her mother to let her be an entertainer when she was little. She thanked her team and colleagues before sending a special message to her fans. “To my public, without you, I wouldn’t be here.”
Ricky Martin, Residente & Bad Bunny premiere “Cantalo”
In its television debut, Ricky Martin was joined on stage by Residente and Bad Bunny to perform their newly-released single “Cantaló.” The single is a song that leaves aside the commercial sound to become a cultural single carrying a message of union and celebration.
Rosalia takes home Best Urban Song and Album of the Year
Rosalia was in utter disbelief when she was announced the winner for best urban song for “Con Altura” and later for album of the year for El Mal Querer. “Thank you to the Academy for giving me one of my first opportunities,” she said, thanking her followers for embracing her music.