1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards

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1st Latin Grammy Awards
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Date September 13, 2000 (2000-09-13)
Venue Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Andy García, Jimmy Smits and Antonio Banderas
Person of the Year Emilio Estefan Jr.
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

The "1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards" were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Wednesday, September 13, 2000. The big winners were Luis Miguel, Santana and Maná with 3 awards; Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Fito Páez and Emilio Estefan Jr. received 2 awards each.

Winners were chosen by voting members of the Latin Academy from a list of finalists. The inaugural ceremony was broadcast live on CBS that year and was seen in more than 100 countries across the world.[1] The two-hour show was the first bilingual broadcast ever to air on network television during prime time.[2]


On January 20, 2000 the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced that the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards were going to take place on September 15, 2000 in Los Angeles and the awards ceremony would be broadcast in the United States by CBS, which will also distribute it to other countries. Nominations in 40 categories were to be released in August 2000.[3]

The list of nominees for the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards, slated for September 13, 2000 in Los Angeles, was unveiled on Friday, July 7, 2000 in a Miami ceremony hosted by Michael Greene, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Leading the chase for statuettes were Marc Anthony, Shakira and Fito Páez with five nominations each. Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Vives, and Maná, garnered four nominations. Earning three nominations were Luis Miguel, along with La Ley. Ricky Martin earned for two nominations. Christina Aguilera, received a nod on the Latin side of the musical divide for the Spanish-language remake of "Genie in a Bottle" titled "Genio Atrapado". In addition to the awards, Emilio Estefan Jr. was honored as the Latin Academy's First Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. That award was presented during a dinner on September 11, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The awards were organized by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS), incorporated by NARAS in 1997. LARAS is a membership-based association of musicians, producers, engineers and other recording professionals. The list of final nominees revealed was a result of balloting by LARAS members.[4]

Live telecast[edit]

The list of hosts for the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards, included Gloria Estefan, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Smits, Andy García and Jennifer Lopez,[5] who also was announced to perform her hit single "No Me Ames" with Marc Anthony, but Anthony (with six nominations that night) did not attend the show citing complications with his (then) wife's pregnancy.[6]

Son By Four also were announced performing a duet with boy band 'N Sync, with some singing in Spanish by the American band.[2]

The telecast kicked off with a tribute to the late Tito Puente featuring Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz, and Gloria Estefan. Performances throughout the show included Santana & Maná, 'N Sync & Son By Four, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Miami Sound Machine and Alejandro Fernández.[1]

The two-hour show was the first bilingual broadcast ever to air on network television during prime time. It was broadcast around the world, either simultaneously or live on tape.[2]

Compilation album[edit]

On September 12, 2000 Sony Discos released the first "Latin Grammy Nominees CD" to coincide with the inaugural awards with nominees from three categories, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Tropical Song, with a portion of the proceeds to support the Latin Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences for community-outreach efforts. It was expected that various labels took turns releasing Latin Grammy sets each year.[7]

Nominations and winners[edit]

The nominations were announced on July 7, 2000[8] and the winners were revealed on September 13, 2000, including Maná, Luis Miguel and Santana each grabbing three trophies at the event. Santana and Maná won Record of the Year for the track "Corazón Espinado" from Santana's album, Supernatural and the same track was honored for Rock Duo or Group with Vocal. Maná also won Best Pop Performance and Santana won Best Pop Instrumental. Amarte Es Un Placer, by Mexican pop singer Luis Miguel won Album of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Male Pop Performance. Marc Anthony's "Dímelo" picked up Song of the Year, and at age 73, Ibrahim Ferrer won Best New Artist. Emilio Estefan Jr., who was up for six honors, won only two awards: Producer of the Year and the Music Video award for directing his wife Gloria's "No Me Dejes de Querer". Meanwhile, Carlos Vives, also with six nominees, went home with no trophies. Tito Puente won posthumously for Traditional Tropical Performance for the title track from his final album, Mambo Birdland. His son and daughter accepted the award on his behalf. Winners were chosen by voting members of the Latin Academy from a list of finalists. The ceremony was broadcast live on CBS and was seen in more than 100 countries across the world.[9]


Winners are in bold text.


Record of the Year

Santana featuring Maná – "Corazón Espinado"

Album of the Year

Luis MiguelAmarte Es Un Placer

Song of the Year

Marc Anthony, Robert Blades, Angie Chirino and Cory Rooney – "Dímelo" (Marc Anthony)

Best New Artist

Ibrahim Ferrer


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Shakira – "Ojos Así"

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

Luis Miguel – "Tu Mirada"

Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals

Maná – "Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez"

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Santana – "El Farol"

Best Pop Vocal Album

Luis MiguelAmarte Es Un Placer


Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

Shakira – "Octavo Día"

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Fito Páez – "Al Lado del Camino"

Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals

Santana featuring Maná – "Corazón Espinado"

Best Rock Song

Fito Páez – "Al Lado del Camino"

Best Rock Album

Café TacubaRevés/Yo Soy


Best Salsa Album

Celia CruzCelia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa

Best Merengue Album

Juan Luis Guerra 440 – Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual

Best Traditional Tropical Album

Tito PuenteMambo Birdland

Best Tropical Song

Juan Luis Guerra – "El Niágara en Bicicleta"


Best Ranchero Album

Alejandro FernándezMi Verdad

Best Banda Album

Banda el RecodoLo Mejor De Mi Vida

Best Grupero Album

Los TemerariosEn La Madrugada se Fue

Best Tejano Album

Los PalominosPor Eso Te Amo

Best Norteño Album

Los Tigres del NorteHerencia de Familia

Best Regional Song

Kike Santander – "Mi Verdad" (Alejandro Fernández)


Best Folk Album

Mercedes SosaMisa Criolla

Best Tango Album

Lito Vitale and Juan Carlos Baglietto – Postales del Alma

  • Nestor Marconi – Trío Bien de arriba
  • Rodolfo MederosEterno Buenos Aires
  • Nuevo Quinteto Real – Nuevo Quinteto Real
  • Quinteto Argentino de Cuerdas – Tangos de terciopelo
Best Flamenco Album

Camarón and TomatitoParis 87

  • Remedios AmayaGitana Soy
  • Juan Habichuela – De la zambra al duende... un homenaje
  • El LebrijanoLágrimas de cera
  • Miguel Poveda – Suena Flamenco


Best Jazz Album

Michel Camilo and TomatitoSpain Paquito D'RiveraTropicana Nights


Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album

Milton NascimentoCrooner

Best Brazilian Rock Album

Os Paralamas do SucessoAcústico MTV

Best Samba/Pagode Album

Zeca PagodinhoZeca Pagodinho ao Vivo

  • AlcioneClaridade
  • Martinho da VilaLusofonia
  • Velha Guarda da Portela – Tudo Azul
  • Velha Guarda da Mangueira – Velha Guarda da Mangueira e Convidados
Best MPB Album

Caetano VelosoLivro

Best Sertaneja Music Album

Sérgio ReisSérgio Reis e Convidados

Best Brazilian Roots/Regional Album

Paulo Moura & Os Batutas – Pixinguinha

  • Nilson Chaves – Tempo Destino: 25 Anos ao Vivo
  • DominguinhosVoce Vai Ver o Que é Bom
  • Toninho Ferragutti – Sanfonemas
  • Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno – Carlos Malta e Pife Muderno
Best Brazilian Song

Djavan – "Acelerou"


Best Children's Album

Miliki – A Mis Niños de 30 Años

  • Daniela LujánEl diario de Daniela
  • Various Artists – Ellas cantan a cri cri
  • Maria del Rey – Lullabies of Latin America: canciones de cuna de Latinoamérica
  • ElianaPrimavera


Best Classical Album

Plácido DomingoLa Dolores


Best Engineered Album

Carlos Álvarez, Mike Couzzi, Bolívar Gómez, Miguel Hernández, Luis Mansilla, Carlos Ordehl, Eric Ramos, July Ruiz, and Eric Schilling – Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual (Juan Luis Guerra)

Producer of the Year

Emilio Estefan Jr.

Music Video[edit]

Best Music Video

Gloria Estefan – "No Me Dejes de Querer"


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