Shakira, Cerati win big at Latin Grammys

Venegas, Calle 13 among other winners

NEW YORK — Shakira won four awards, including coveted song of the year honors for her smoldering “La Tortura” duet with Alejandro Sanz, while Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati and reggaeton group Calle 13 also took home two trophies each at the Latin Grammy awards, making its New York City debut on Thursday night.

Shakira, the leading nominee with five, also won best female pop vocal album for “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” her best-selling Spanish language album. Earlier in the evening, Shakira performed the hit song with Sanz in typical gyrating fashion, her chest heaving and hips swaying to the reggaeton-inflected beat. Moments earlier, she was demure as she performed a low-key ballad.

“Thank you for this honor you’ve given me,” Shakira, perhaps the evening’s biggest star, said after winning the award, also thanking “the public and to Alejandro, who helped me with this song.”

Cerati won best rock song for “Crimen” and best rock vocal album for “Ahi vamos.”

Other winners included Mexican singer/accordion player Julieta Venegas, who was nominated for four awards. She won best alternative album for “Limon y sal” in the pre-televised awards ceremony.

Triple nominee Calle 13 picked up awards for best music album and best short music video Grammy for its reggaeton song “Atrevete te, te!” Its members were estastic as they won, bouncing onstage to pick up the video award.

“I’m honestly wetting myself,” Calle 13 rapper and lyricist Residente.

“I’m very nervous. I want an ‘arroz con habichuelas’ when I get to my house,” he said in reference to a Puerto Rican rice and bean specialty.

Under the Mexican regional award categories, Joan Sebastian took away the best banda album award for “Mas alla del sol.”

The self-titled disc by Cafe de los Maestros won best tango album. The recording’s Argentine producer, Gustavo Santaolalla, already won an Oscar this year for best original score on the movie “Brokeback Mountain” and recently composed music for the film “Babel.”

Ricky Martin was feted with the Latin Grammys Man of the Year Award for his work in fighting child prostitute trafficking.

This year, Madison Square Garden played host to the Latin Grammys, now in its sixth year. In the past, the show has alternated between Miami and Los Angeles. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to the stage to a Latin beat, escorted by several female dancers dressed in red. “Welcome to my house,” Bloomberg said in Spanish.

Thursday’s show was broadcast by Univision television for the second straight year. Ratings lagged in 2004 when the Latin Grammy Awards were broadcast in English by CBS. But the show attracted more than 5 million watchers in 2005 — its first year in Spanish — up from about 3.2 million in 2004, according to the ratings agency Nielsen Media Research.

Musicians from Puerto Rico earned 33 Latin Grammy nominations, including all the nominations for best urban music album and best salsa album.

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