Karol G, Shakira Were Unofficially Crowned the Reinas of the 2023 Latin Grammys!
2023/11/17

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Colombian artists had a triumphant night at the Latin Grammys, with notable wins and historic achievements. From Shakira's comeback to Karol G's groundbreaking victories, the biggest night in Latin music had plenty to talk about.

One of the highlights of the evening was the success of Colombian superstars Karol G and Shakira, who both walked away with three major awards each. They were joined by Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade, who also secured three wins, and currently holds the record for the most Latin Grammys wins in history. Lafourcade further solidified her position by winning the Record of the Year award.

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Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny also made a genre switch for the night, celebrating a win for Best Regional Song alongside Grupo Frontera with their song "un X100to." The award was accepted on behalf of the group by songwriters Egdar Barrera and Andrés Jael Correa Rios.

However, it was Karol G who made history with her wins. Her album "Mañana Sera Bonito" not only won Album of the Year, but also claimed the prize for Best Urban Music Album. This marked the first time a female artist has won in that category at the Latin Grammys. Additionally, her song "TQG" featuring Shakira won the Grammy for Best Urban/Fusion Performance.

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Many on social media are proclaiming Karol G as the night's true winner. In the pressroom, she emphasized the importance of the night for women in the industry. Karol G also made a fashionable statement with her Balmain awards show dress and sparkling red carpet look.

Karol G wasn't the only Colombian artist who enjoyed success at this year's Latin Grammys. Longtime genre icon Shakira, along with Bizarrap, won Song of the Year for their collaboration on "Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vo. 35." Shakira also delivered a heartfelt performance of her song "Acróstico," dedicated to her sons Milan and Sasha.

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The footage of her kids singing along to the lyrics melted hearts across social media.

This year's Latin Grammys marked a significant change as the ceremony took place in Seville, Spain, instead of the usual Las Vegas stage in the United States. The move is part of a three-year sponsorship deal with the government of Andalucía, which allocated almost €22,750,000 to the event and satellite concerts. While some critics criticized the decision, claiming it disconnected the ceremony from Latin music representation, the Latin Recording Academy stated that it aimed to elevate Latin music to a global stage.

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The choice of Spain as the venue has reignited a debate over what constitutes Latin culture. Some argue that hosting the event in either the US or Spain makes sense since neither are technically part of Latin America. Nevertheless, artists were thrilled to celebrate in Seville and expressed gratitude to the city for hosting them.

The night was undoubtedly a memorable one for Colombian artists at the Latin Grammys. From record-breaking wins to powerful performances, they showcased the talent and impact of the Colombian music industry on a global stage.

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