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

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Colombian artists had a remarkable night at the Latin Grammys, with big wins and historic achievements. Shakira made a stunning comeback to the awards show, while Karol G made history as the first female artist to win Best Urban Music Album. The night also saw Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade tying with Shakira and Karol G for three major wins each.

Lafourcade, who holds the record for the most Latin Grammys wins in history, maintained her record after winning Record of the Year. She was elated with her victory at the prestigious event. Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny, known for his versatility, switched genres for the night and won Best Regional Song alongside Grupo Frontera for their song "un X100to.

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Karol G had a monumental night, as her album "Mañana Sera Bonito" not only won Album of the Year but also took home the prize for Best Urban Music Album. She became the first female artist to win in that category at the Latin Grammys. Additionally, her collaborative song with Shakira, "TQG," won the Grammy for Best Urban/Fusion Performance.

Social media users crowned Karol G as the winner of the night. In the pressroom, she emphasized the significance of the night for women in the industry. Karol G's fashion choices also caught attention, as she dazzled in Balmain for her awards show dress and sparkled on the red carpet.

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The Colombian artists' triumphs didn't end with Karol G. Shakira, a longtime genre icon, and Bizarrap won Song of the Year for their collaboration on "Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vo. 35." During her performance of "Acróstico," a song dedicated to her sons, Milan and Sasha, Shakira moved the audience by playing footage of her kids singing along to the lyrics.

This year, the Latin Grammys made history by taking place outside the US for the first time. Artists traveled to Seville, Spain, as part of a three-year sponsorship deal with Andalucía's government. While some criticized the move for disconnecting the ceremony from Latin music representation, the Latin Recording Academy hoped it would elevate Latin music to a global stage.

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The decision to host the event in Spain sparked a debate about what qualifies as Latin culture, with some arguing that it would make as much sense to host it in the US since neither are technically Latin America. Nevertheless, artists were ecstatic to be celebrating in Spain and expressed gratitude to the city for hosting them.

The Latin Grammys proved to be a momentous occasion for Colombian artists. Karol G and Shakira's wins showcased their talent and influence in the genre, while Lafourcade's record-breaking achievement solidified her status as a Latin Grammy icon. The night brought attention to the power and diversity of Colombian music, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

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