Latin Grammy Award

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Latin Grammy Award
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Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry, primarily for works recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded September 13, 2000 (2000-09-13)
Official website Website

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.[1] 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.[2]

Currently the awards are broadcast in the United States by the television network Univision.[3]

History[edit]

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. The following year, the Latin Grammys were introduced with over 39 categories included limited to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recordings. This move was criticized by other musicians who did not perform in Spanish or Portuguese namely Haitian and Jamaican artists as well as Celtic musicians from Spain.[4][5] 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. As a result of protests by Cuban exiles for allowing musicians from Cuba to perform on stage, the Latin Grammys were moved to Los Angeles due to safety concerns.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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. 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,[9] 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).[10]

Awards[edit]

Award categories[edit]

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.[11] 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.[citation needed]

Awards by artists' country of origin[edit]

  • NOTE: This table includes only awards won by performing artists and/or songwriters.
Country 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
 Brazil 13 10 8 8 9 9 9 9 11 11 9 10 9 11 135
 Mexico 11 12 8 9 10 9 13 6 8 12 11 8 14 5 136
 Spain 2 7 7 5 9 5 3 4 2 3 4 4 2 57
 Colombia 4 4 3 5 1 5 7 3 10 3 2 5 4 56
 Puerto Rico 1 3 2 2 2 4 6 6 6 9 1 11 2 55
 Argentina 3 2 2 2 2 3 7 3 4 5 9 6 - 47
 United States 1 2 1 4 4 4 1 6 6 2 3 5 3 42
 Cuba 4 3 5 3 4 2 4 1 2 2 2 4 4 40
 Dominican Republic 3 1 - - 1 2 2 6 - - 3 - 3 21
 Venezuela 1 1 - - - - - 3 1 1 4 2 2 15
 Panama - - - 1 - - - 1 2 1 1 1 - 7
 Peru - - 1 - - 1 - - - - - 2 1 5
 Uruguay - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - 2 4
 Italy - - - - - 1 - 1 - 1 - - - 3
 Nicaragua - - - - - - - - - 2 - - 1 3
 Canada - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - 2
 Chile - - 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - 2
 France - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - - 2
 Guatemala - 1 - - - - 1 - - - - - 1 3
 Ecuador - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - 1

Sources: [12]

Ceremony locations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latin Recording Academy FAQ". Retrieved 2011-01-22. "Q: Which product can participate in the Latin GRAMMY? A: Any product that has been released in the eligibility period and which is recorded in Spanish or Portuguese." 
  2. ^ Latin GRAMMYs To Light Up Las Vegas
  3. ^ "Latin Grammys on Univision for another six years: Latin Recording Academy extends deal with network". June 26, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  4. ^ Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa (1999-06-25). "New Latin Grammys Introduced". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  5. ^ Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa (1999-06-25). "One Little Word, Yet It Means So Much". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  6. ^ "Latin Grammys Pulled From Miami". CBS News (CBS Broadcasting). 2001-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  7. ^ O'Toole, Caitlin (2001-09-11). "Emmys, Latin Grammys Canceled". People. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  8. ^ http://corporate.univision.com/corp/en/pr/MIAMI_31102005-0.html
  9. ^ The Latin Recording Academy® Promotes Gabriel Abaroa Jr. to President/CEO
  10. ^ Grammy Latino 2013 - You Must go!
  11. ^ Have You Listened to Hispanic Christian Music Lately? Andree Farias CCM Magazine 12 Jul 2005 – “Now the Latin GRAMMYs have a category for Hispanic Christian music, and so do the Latin Billboard awards.” Unlike the GRAMMYs (which ..."
  12. ^ Fulghum, Sherrill (2010-11-11). "2010 Latin Grammy Award Winners". allvoices.com. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Spanish broadcast for Latin Grammys". (November 5, 2005). New Straits Times, p. 26.

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