A recap of the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards

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The 23rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards was hosted on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort’s Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded night recognized the talents and accomplishments of the past, present and future of Latin music.

Latin artists Anitta, Luis Fonsi, Thalia and Laura Pausini hosted the eventful evening.

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There were four categories that everyone had their eyes on the prize for: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Each category had a range of genres and artists from reggaeton, Latin pop, salsa and more. Here are the winners of the highly-contested categories:

Record of the Year: “Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler & C. Tangana

Album of the Year: “Motomami (Digital Álbum)” by Rosalía

Song of the Year: “Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler & C. Tangana

Best New Artist: Ángela Álvarez and Silvana Estrada (tie)

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Stephanie Hernandez, the director of marketing and communications at the Frost School of Music, was moved that Álvarez won Best New Artist.

“Angela Alvarez! Mejor Nuevo Artista showed us it is never too late to chase our dreams,” Hernandez said.

Artists like Marc Anthony, Angela Aguilar, Romeo Santos, Anitta, Christina Aguilera, Karol G and many more graced the stage with their talents during the awards ceremony.

Rauw Alejandro gave a futuristic performance with songs from his new “Saturno” album. Of course, Alejandro had to bring out his electric dance moves along with his back-up dancers, the world-renowned Jabbawockeez.

Nicky Jam performed with the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients and sang his emotional “El Perdón.” He announced a new Nicky Jam scholarship in partnership with the foundation to help the dreams of more young people.

LGBTQ+ History was made when singer-songwriter and actress Liniker won the Latin Grammy for “Best Música Popular Brasileira Album.” Liniker is the first transgender person to win a Latin Grammy.

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“It’s the first time a transgender artist wins a Grammy,” Liniker said in her acceptance speech, followed by cheers, applause and a standing ovation from the audience.

Puerto-Rican singer Bad Bunny won five Latin Grammys from the ten nominations he received. Bad Bunny’s summer hit “Tití Me Preguntó” received the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Fusion/Performance and Best Urban Song. He gave a special shout out and thank you to the Dominican Republic for his wins.

The Latin Grammy Awards made history in more ways than one this year. Congratulations to the winners. Till next year’s Latin Grammy Awards.