Santana, Shakira ignite inaugural kudos
This article was corrected on September 14, 2000.
It was deja vu en Espanol as Carlos Santana, the big winner at February’s Grammy ceremony, once again came away with the most trophies, winning three prizes at the first Latin Grammys. Singer Luis Miguel also carried away three.
Shakira, the 23-year-old fireball of a singer from Colombia, was a runner-up with two awards. But perhaps more significantly for her, she gave an electrifying performance that may well expedite her breakthrough in the U.S., much as Ricky Martin’s turn at the 1999 Grammy kudocast did for him.
Santana earned the record of the year nod for “Corazon Espinado,” a song he recorded with the band Mana, as well as pop instrumental and perf by a rock group.
Miguel won album of the year for “Amarte es un Placer” and “Dimelo” (I Need to Know) earned song of the year honors for Marc Anthony, Robert Blades, Angie Chirino and Cory Rooney.
In the Grammys’ tradition of curious winners of the new artist trophy, add to the list Ibrahim Ferrer, the 72-year-old lead singer for the Buena Vista Social Club.
Awards in 40 categories were handed out Wednesday during ceremonies at Staples Center arena, eight of which were televised.
The Latin Grammys are structured similarly to the Grammys with awards for overall record, album and song of the year as well as new artist, but expanded the regional categories to include salsa, merengue, tropical, banda, norteno and other musical styles from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
To be eligible, recordings had to be released between Jan. 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000.
Backstage, Santana held up the awards and said, “This represents an invitation to the rest of the human race” to Latin music.
Miguel won the very first Latin Grammy, given for pop album for “Amarte es Un Placer” and the pop male vocal award.
Aside from Shakira, artists taking home two awards each were: Flamenco guitarist Tomatito; Argentine Fito Paez, the Roberto Benigni of Rock en Espanol; and Juan Luis Guerra (whose album “Ni es lo Mismo Ni es Igual” won the best engineered album).
In an odd move, LARAS gave out the song of the year award, one of the biggest awards in the Grammy universe, shortly after the pre-telecast began. The prize, which went to “Dimelo” (I Need to Know) by Marc Anthony, is usually one of the final three awards given.
“I’m just happy to have the award,” Angie Chirino one of the song’s four songwriters, said backstage. The running order of the show was set early Wednesday morning.
Like the late Tito Puente and Santana, Caetano Veloso hit the daily double, winning a regular Grammy in February as well as a Latin nod Wednesday. Veloso’s album “Livro” took home the prize for best musica popular Brasileira album.
“This is a celebration for the Spanish-speaking people of this country,” producer of the year Emilio Estefan Jr. said backstage. “If we have a controversy, it will only hurt everything we have done.”
Estefan, who won one award, and Carlos Vives, who was shut out, had led the nominations pack with six each.
Young and sexy
Telecast worked heartily to present Latin music as young, sexy and global, filling much of the two hours with elaborate upbeat dance numbers and quick jovial speeches.
Event was hosted by Jimmy Smits, Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan and televised domestically by CBS. Jennifer Lopez, who was more fully and elegantly clothed than at the February ceremony, was the first presenter and introduced a tribute to Puente featuring Ricky Martin, a blue-haired Celia Cruz (who later won the salsa perf trophy) and Estefan.
Shakira, who dedicated her first award to the people of Colombia, gave a wildly choreographed performance against a “Survivor”-like backdrop of tiki torches and images of water as she writhed about in a fire-red pantsuit. She has begun work on her first English-language album but has no timetable for its completion. “I always take my time,” she said backstage. “I’m very selective with everything.”
Among the other performers were Christina Aguilera, who had a Spanish-language disc released the day before the ceremony; Santana and Mana; Son by Four and ‘N Sync; and Mexican ranchero winner Alejandro Fernandez.
Djavan was the lone Brazilian performer on the telecast, who received a well-deserved standing ovation.
A complete list of winners follows:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Corazon Espinado, Santana featuring Mana: Fher Olvera & KC Porter, producers: Benny Faccone, engineer/mixer (Arista)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Amarte Es Un Placer, Luis Miguel: Luis Miguel, producer; Rafa Sardina & Al Schmitt, engineers/mixer (WEA Latina Records)
FEMALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Shakira, “Octavo Dia”: Track from “MTV Unplugged” (Sonty Discos)
Alejandro Fernandez, “Mi Verdad” (Sony Discos)
SONG OF THE YEAR
Dímelo (I Need To Know); Marc Anthony, Robert Blades, Angie Chirino & Cory Rooney, songwriters (Marc Anthony); Track from: Marc Anthony [Columbia Records]
FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Shakira, Ojos Asi; Track from: MTV Unplugged [Sony Discos]
MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Luis Miguel, Tu Mirada; Track from: Amarte Es Un Placer [WEA Latina Records]
POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL
Mana, Se Me Olvido Otra Vez; Track from: MTV Unplugged [WEA Latina Records]
POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
Santana, El Farol; [Arista]
Luis Miguel, Amarte Es Un Placer; Luis Miguel, producer; Rafa Sardina, engineer/mixer; [WEA Latina Records]
MALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Fito Paez, Al Lado Del Camino; Track from: Abre Paez [WEA Latina Records]
ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL
Santana Featuring Mana, Corazón Espinado, Track from: Supernatural [Arista]
Fito Paez, Al Lado Del Camino; songwriter (Fito Paez); Track from: Abre Paez [WEA Latina]
Cafe Tacuba, Reves/Yosoy; Cafe Tacuba & Gustavo Santaolalla, producers; Joe Chiccarelli & Anibal Kerpel, engineers/mixers [WEA Latina Records]
Celia Cruz, Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa [RMM Records]
Juan Luis Guerra 440, Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual [Karen Records]
TRADITIONAL TROPICAL PERFORMANCE
Tito Puente, Mambo Birdland [RMM Records]
El Niágara En Bicicleta, (Juan Luis Guerra 440); Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter; Track from: Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual [Karen Records]
Banda El Recodo, Lo Mejor De Mi Vida [Fonovisa Records]
Los Temerarios, En La Madrugada Se Fué [Fonovisa/AFG Sigma]
Los Palominos, Por Eso Te Amo [Sony Discos]
Herencia De Familia, Los Tigres Del Norte [Fonovisa Records]
Kike Santander, Mi Verdad; Kike Santander, songwriter (Alejandro Fernández); Track from: Mi Verdad [Sony Discos]
Mercedes Sosa, Misa Criolla [Mercury Records]
Postales Del Alma, Juan Carlos Baglietto & Lito Vitale [Ciclo 3]
Paris 87, Camaron Con Tomatito [Mercury Spain]
LATIN JAZZ ALBUM (TIE)
Spain, Michel Camilo & Tomatito [Lola! Records/Universal Music Spain]
Tropicana Nights, Paquito D’Rivera [Chesky Records]
CONTEMPORARY POP ALBUM
Crooner, Milton Nascimento [WEA Music Brasil]
Acustico – MTV, LegiAo Urbana [EMI Music]
Zeca Pagodinho Ao Vivo, Zeca Pagodinho [Mercury Records]
MPB (MUSICA POPULAR BRASILEIRA) ALBUM
Livro, Caetano Veloso [Nonesuch Records]
Sergio Reis E Convidados, Sergio Reis [Sony Music Entertainment]
BRAZILIAN ROOTS/REGIONAL ALBUM
Pixinguinha, Paulo Moura e os Batutas [Rob Digital]
Acelerou, Djavan, songwriter (Djavan); Track from: Ao Vivo [Sony Music Entertainment]
LATIN CHILDREN’S ALBUM
A Mis Ninos De 30 Anos, Miliki Oscar Gomez & Jose Morato, producers; [BAT Discos, S. A.]
La Dolores – Tomas Breton, Tito Beltran, Placido Domingo, Manuel Lanza, Antoni Ros Marba & Elisabete Matos, Michael Haas, producer [Fundación Autor]
Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual, Carlos Alvarez, Mike Couzzi, Bolívar Gomez, Miguel Hernandez, Luis Mansilla, Carlos Ordehl, Eric Ramos, Julio Ruiz & Eric Schilling, engineers (Juan Luis Guerra 440) [Karen Records]
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Emilio Estefan, Jr.
MUSIC VIDEO (1 SONG)
Gloria Estefan, No Me Dejes De Querer; Emilio Estefan, Jr.& Gloria Estefan, video directors; Douglas Friedman, video producer [Sony Discos]