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 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held on November 21, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences was formed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1997. 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. 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 such as Latin America. To be eligible a recording must have been recorded in Spanish or Portuguese. The eligibility period is July 1 to June 30 for a respective awards ceremony. Recording are first entered and are reviewed to determine which awards they are eligible for. Following that nominating ballots are mailed to voting member 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 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.
Award categories 
Alike from the Grammy Award there is a general field consisting of four genre-less award categories:
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 by performing artists and/or songwriters.
Ceremony locations 
See also 
Further reading 
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