Latin Grammy Award
|Latin Grammy Award|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the music industry, primarily for works recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese|
|Presented by||Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences|
|First awarded||September 13, 2000|
A Latin Grammy Award is an award by The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The Latin Grammy honors works produced anywhere around the world that were recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese and is awarded in the United States. However, both awards have similar nominating and voting processes, in which the selections are decided by peers within the music industry.
The first annual Latin Grammys ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 13, 2000. Broadcast by CBS, that first ceremony became the first primarily Spanish language primetime program carried on an English-language American television network. The 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were held on November 20, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Currently the awards are broadcast in the United States by the television network Univision. In 2013, 9.8 million people watched the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision, making the channel a top-three network for the night in the U.S.
The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences was formed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1997. Before the Latin Grammy Awards inception, the Lo Nuestro Awards were considered as the Grammy Award equivalent for Latin music. Therefore, the Lo Nuestro ceremony was advanced from May to February since the 1st Latin Grammy Awards were held in September, 2000. The eligibility period for songs to be nominated are from October 1 to September 30.It was founded by Michael Greene and Producers & Songwriters Rudy Pérez & Mauricio Abaroa. Rudy Perez was the Grammy Florida chapter"s first President of the Board. The following year, the Latin Grammys were introduced with over 39 categories included limited to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recordings. In 2000, it was announced that the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards would take place at the Staples Center on September 13, 2000. On July 7, 2000, the nominations were announced in Miami, Florida, USA. The first telecast took place at the Staples Center and was broadcast. The following year's show was canceled due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which was the same day the show was to take place. In 2002, the academy elected its first independent Board of Trustees. In 2005, the broadcast was moved from CBS to Univision where the whole telecast was in Spanish. Voting members live in various regions in the US and outside of the US in regions including Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. To be eligible a recording must have been recorded in Spanish or Portuguese. Products recorded in languages and dialects such as Catalan, Nahuatl, Quechua, Galician, Valencian, Mayan, may be accepted by majority vote of the committees of the Latin Recording Academy. The eligibility period is July 1 to June 30 for a respective awards ceremony. Recordings are first entered and then reviewed to determine the awards they are eligible for. Following that, nominating ballots are mailed to voting members of the academy. The votes are tabulated and the five recordings in each category with the most votes become the nominees. Final voting ballots are sent out to voting members and the winners are determined. Winners are later announced at the Latin Grammy Awards. The current President & CEO of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is Gabriel Abaroa, who is related to Mauricio, one of the founders.
Altogether there are three events: the Life Achievement when renowned artists are honored for lifetime achievement; Person of the Year, when one artist is honored at a gala dinner, and Grammy itself, an award that brings together artists from all over Latin America and Spain and that today is broadcast live to 80 countries, including Brazil, by channel Univision (TNT in Brazil).
Alike from the Grammy Award there is a general field consisting of four genre-less award categories:
- Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song.
- Album of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a full album.
- Song of the Year is awarded to the writer(s)/composer(s) of a single song.
- Best New Artist is awarded to an artist without reference to a song or album.
The rest of the fields are genre-specific. Special non-competitive awards are also given out for more long-lasting contributions to the music industry.
The first telecast had 40 awards presented however the following year 38 awards were presented. The most recent telecast in 2010 had a total of 46 awards presented.
Awards by artists' country of origin
- NOTE: This table includes only awards won by performing artists and/or songwriters.
As with its Grammy Awards counterpart, the Latin Grammy Awards has also received criticism from various recording artists and music journalists.
Upon the announcement of the Latin Grammy Awards in 1999, several musical journalists raised concerns about the awards being using used as a marketing tool by the mainstream media. Manny S. Gonzalez of the Vista En L.A felt that the award would just be used to advertise artists being promoted by Emilio Estefan. The lack of categories for non Spanish and Portuguese-speaking categories has been criticized, namely by Haitian artists who consider compas a similar genre to Dominican merengue music but are ineligible because they performed in French Creole, Jamaican artists, and Celtic musicians from the Basque region of Spain. In 2001, Cuban exiles living in Miami protested at the Latin Grammy Awards for allowing musicians living in Cuba to perform at the stage. This resulted in the Latin Grammys being moved to Los Angeles for the second annual awards (which would eventually be canceled due to the aforementioned September 11 attacks).
Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco de Vita called the Latin Grammys "fake and a lie" and stated that if he won a nomination, he would not receive. He would later receive a Latin Grammy for his album En Primera Fila. American musician Willie Colón observed the relationship between the Latin Grammys and major Latin record labels. Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek noted that Mexican artists in general were apathetic towards the awards.
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