The 15th edition of the Latin Grammys on Thursday evening will have something for everyone – top hits, a host of longtime stars and a few new acts, crossover and even Cuban artists. Once again, the show will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Univision.
Pairing artists is a favorite tactic for Latin music awards shows, and this Latin Grammys is packed with combos. They include Mexican pop band Camila with Ricky Martin, veteran rocker Carlos Santana with Pitbull – who also joins up with Chris Brown and reggaetonero Wisin (of former duo Wisin & Yandel.) Salsa-pop star and J.Lo-ex Marc Anthony will hook up with Colombia’s beloved Carlos Vives, for their hit Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar.
Enrique Iglesias, together with Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona and musician Descemer Bueno, will do their massive hit Bailando – the same song they rocked for the finale of Iglesias’ October concert at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Colombian rock star Juanes, R&B/bachata newcomer J Balvin and salsa veteran Ruben Blades nominated for a tango album! (see sidebar), will perform.
There’s even a Best New Artist nominee medley, with Aneeka, Pablo Lopez and Mariana Vega.
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The top nominees are perpetual rebels Calle 13, whose powerfully radical latest album, MultiViral, earned headlines for their collaboration with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on the title track – and got nine nominations, including Record and Album of the Year. Expect Calle 13, aka stepbrothers who call themselves Residente and Visitante, to add something unexpected.
The ceremony airs 8-11 p.m. Thursday on Univision (WLTV-Ch. 23). Livestream coverage, with interviews and arrivals, starts at 5 p.m. on latingrammy.com/en-vivo