By Josh Bell
The Latin Grammy Awards, for the fourth year in a row (and fifth overall), are being held this week in Las Vegas, a city that has become home to a number of awards shows. Thanks to its substantial Latin population and status as an international tourist destination, Las Vegas makes for an ideal host city for the ceremony honoring Spanish- and Portuguese-language music from around the world. The Latin music market is diverse and vibrant, with a wide range of styles and artists to fill out the ceremony.
This year, Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra, whose music incorporates elements of merengue, bolero and other Latin styles, as well as rock and even gospel, leads the nominees. Guerra has six nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and he’s trailed by Mexican brother-and-sister pop duo Jesse & Joy, who garnered five nominations, and are also performing at this year’s ceremony. Other performers include Miami rapper Pitbull (pictured), Spanish pop singer Sergio Dalma, Best New Artist nominees 3BallMTY and Mexican folksinger Lila Downs.
Actor Cristián de la Fuente and singer-actress Lucero return to host the ceremony for the second year as a duo, although both have also hosted past ceremonies with other partners. They’ll preside over an evening of exciting performances, glamorous awards and the celebration of the diversity that is Latin music.