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Latin Grammy Wrap-Up
Published November 9, 2007

By Phil Freeman

Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the Latin Grammys this year. The show was held in Las Vegas for the first time and matched the city's famed ambiance with glitzy and over-the-top performances.

Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the 2007 Latin Grammys, winning a total of six awards for everything from Album Of The Year to Song Of The Year and towering over various presenters throughout the evening. The show was held in Las Vegas for the first time, and looked it performances were glitzy and over-the-top, combining the innate showmanship of Latin pop with weird cameos from Vegas mainstays like the Blue Man Group and wildly feather- and glitter-adorned showgirls. Other multi-award winners included Calle 13, who performed alongside Orishas and percussionists from Stomp, and Ricky Martin, who opened the show drumming along with the Blue Man Group. Befitting the popularity of Mexican music in the U.S., the majority of awards given out during the first half of the show were for Mexican acts like mariachi legend Pepe Aguilar and sibling singer-songwriter duo Jesse & Joy, who won Best New Artist. But later on, reggaeton seemed to take over, as performances by Daddy Yankee, Calle 13 and Ivy Queen were received with great enthusiasm by the crowd.

Here is a select list of the categories of the 8th Latin Grammy Awards.  Winners are highlighted.

General Field
Category 1
Record Of The Year
Grabación Del Año
Gravação Do Ano
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) if other than the artist. Singles or tracks only. Premio al Artista(s), Productor(es) del Album y al Ingeniero(s) de Grabación. Solamente sencillos o cortes. Prêmios ao(s) Artista(s), Produtor(es) do Álbum e Engenheiro(s) de Gravação. Somente singles ou faixas.)

Bello Embustero (Beautiful Liar)
Beyoncé & Shakira
Eduardo Cabra, Olgui Chirino, Beyoncé Knowles, Rudy Perez, Shakira & Stargate, producers Roberto Almodovar, Jim Caruana, Gustavo Celis, Jean-Marie Horvat, Stargate & John Weston, engineers/mixers
Track from: B'Day (Deluxe Edition)
[Columbia Records/Music World]

Miguel Bosé con Paulina Rubio
Miguel Bosé & Carlos Jean, producers Andy Bradfield, engineer/mixer
Track from: Papito [Warner Music Benelux B.V.]

La Excepción
Gustavo Cerati
Gustavo Cerati & Tweety González, producers Héctor Castillo, Uriel Dorfman & Tweety González, engineers/mixers
Track from: Ahí Vamos [Ariola]

*La Llave De Mi Corazón
Juan Luis Guerra 440
Juan Luis Guerra, producer Allan Leschhorn, Luis Mansilla & Ronnie Torres, engineers/mixers
Track from: La Llave De Mi Corazón [EMI/Televisa Music]

Tu Recuerdo
Ricky Martin featuring La Mari De Chambao y Tommy Torres
Tommy Torres, producer Gustavo Borner, Gustavo Celis & Bob Clearmountain, engineers/mixers
Track from: MTV Unplugged [Sony BMG Music/Norte]

Category 2
Album Of The Year
Album Del Año
Álbum Do Ano
(Award to the Artist(s), and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) / Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s) if other than the artist. Albums only. Premio al Artista(s), Productor(es) del Album y al Ingeniero(s) de Grabación, Ingeniero(s) de Mezcla y Masterizadores, si es(son) otro(s) diferente(s) al artista. Solamente álbumes. Prêmios ao(s) Artista(s), Produtor(es) do Álbum, e Engenheiro(s) de Gravação, Mixagem e Masterização se outro que não o próprio artista. Somente álbuns.)

Miguel Bosé con Varios Artistas
Miguel Bosé, Carlos Jean, Andrés Levin, Sandy McLelland & Nicolas Sorín, producers Bori Alarcón, Carlos Alvarez, Andy Bradfield, Miguel Bustamante, Gustavo Celis, José Luis Crespo, Daniel Boris Dzula, Goodandevil, Carlos Hernández, Andrés Levin, Sandy McLelland, Phil Mezzetti, Robert A. Moses, Geof Sanoff, Pepo Scherman & Carl Thiel, engineers/mixers Claudio Giussani, mastering engineer
[Warner Music Benelux B.V.]

Residente O Visitante
Calle 13
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