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by World Music Network November 14, 2011


Calle 13 Dominate Latin GRAMMY Awards

The twelfth annual Latin Grammy awards took place in Las Vegas last Thursday, with hip hop duo Calle 13 dominating the proceedings, scooping up a record nine awards. 

The Puerto Rican sensation made up of members Eduardo Cabra (Visitante) and René Perez (Residente) won in best Album, Record and Song Of The Year categories; Best Urban Song for 'Baile De Los Pobres'; Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video for 'Calma Pueblo'; Best Tropical Song for 'Vamo' A Portarnos Mal'; and Producer Of The Year. They nearly doubled their previous Latin GRAMMY career output, with their cumulative total jumping from ten to an impressive nineteen!

Other winners of note were the late Cachaofor his album 'The Last Mambo' (Best Traditional Tropical Album), Diego El Cigalawith 'Cigala & Tango' (Best Tango Album), Cuban musician Paquito D'Rivera's'Panamericana Suite' (Best Latin Jazz Album), and salsa star Rubén Blades y Seis Del Solarwon Best Salsa Album for 'Todos Vuelven Live Vol. 1 y 2'. 

Fittingly, the night was opened by Calle 13, who set up a soulful atmosphere with their performance of 'Latinoamérica' featuring an epic accompaniment of a full symphony orchestra conducted by Venezuela's prodigy Gustavo Dudamel, an inspiring performance which you can enjoy below!