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24 years of Latin Grammy Awards

Maral Valipour
October 2023

This is a historic year for the Latin Grammy Awards, scheduled to take place in Seville, Spain on November 16.  It's not only special because it marks the 24th edition of the ceremony, but also because it's the first time the awards are being held outside of the United States.

On this occasion, I thought it would be interesting to delve into the history of this wonderful celebration of Latin music by revisiting iconic moments from past ceremonies, while also reaching out to the music lovers in our community to ask about their favorite moments from previous editions.

The concept of a separate Grammy Awards for Latin music was born in 1989, but only in 2000 that dream became a reality when the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced to be held at the famous Staples Center on September 13, 2000.

Back then, the big winners were Luis Miguel, Santana & Maná with 3 awards each. 

Among others,  Santana & Maná, *NSYNC & Son By Four, but also Christina Aguilera, and Shakira performed during that first edition of the awards.

We asked our Musixmatch community about their favorite Latin Grammy Awards moment, and Álex Avalos from México, one of Musixmatch's Curators, shared his cherished memory.

It was back in 2019 when Bad Bunny snagged the award for Best Urban Music Album. When he took the stage, he reminded the audience of the vital role reggaetón plays in Latin music.

Nicolas, another one of our brilliant curators, also highlighted his favorite moment. He pointed out the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards, where Bad Bunny secured the Best Urban Song award for Tití Me Preguntó. That was a testament to Bad Bunny's undeniable talent and the impact of urban music in the Latin music landscape.

We all know that the influence of Latin music has transcended borders, leaving an indelible mark on the global music landscape. Artists like Shakira, Bad Bunny, and Ricky Martin have not only achieved international stardom but have also become cultural icons, bridging the gap between different musical traditions. Their contributions have paved the way for a new era of Latin music, where artists are celebrated for their innovation, creativity, and ability to connect with audiences worldwide.

Stay tuned for what promises to be a night of extraordinary performances, heartfelt speeches, and well-deserved recognition for the incredible talent that defines Latin music today!

Maral Valipour
Here in celebration of our shared love for music, and the mesmerizing power of lyrics. Let's ride this sonic magic wave together!
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