Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big

  • This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for "Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1."

    This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for "Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1." Associated Press

  • FILE - Natalia Lafourcade performs at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute honoring Alejandro Sanz on Nov. 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Lafourcade won album of the year, a category dominated by male acts, at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 19, 2020, with "Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1." Lafourcade won three awards, tying Rosalia and Carlos Vives for most wins. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Natalia Lafourcade performs at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute honoring Alejandro Sanz on Nov. 15, 2017, in Las Vegas. Lafourcade won album of the year, a category dominated by male acts, at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 19, 2020, with "Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1." Lafourcade won three awards, tying Rosalia and Carlos Vives for most wins. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - Rosalia arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Spanish singer made history when she won album of the year at last year's Latin Grammys and she continued her winning streak Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, picking up three more honors during the pre-ceremony ahead of the Latin Grammys awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Rosalia arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Spanish singer made history when she won album of the year at last year's Latin Grammys and she continued her winning streak Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, picking up three more honors during the pre-ceremony ahead of the Latin Grammys awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    J Balvin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • J Balvin accepts the award for best urban music album for "Colores" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    J Balvin accepts the award for best urban music album for "Colores" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Rauw Alejandro, from left, Ricardo Montaner, Victor Manuelle, Ivy Queen, and Jesus Navarro perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Rauw Alejandro, from left, Ricardo Montaner, Victor Manuelle, Ivy Queen, and Jesus Navarro perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez performs with Mexican-American singer and songwriter Lupita Infante for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Their performance celebrates Infante's grandfather, Pedro Infante seen in the background screen.

    Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez performs with Mexican-American singer and songwriter Lupita Infante for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Their performance celebrates Infante's grandfather, Pedro Infante seen in the background screen. Associated Press

  • Karol G performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Karol G performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Karol G performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Karol G performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • A view of the 21st Latin Grammy Awards stage, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, is seen at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    A view of the 21st Latin Grammy Awards stage, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, is seen at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Kany Garcia accepts the award for best singer- songwriter album for "Mesa Para Dos" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Kany Garcia accepts the award for best singer- songwriter album for "Mesa Para Dos" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Sebastian Yatra, left, and Guaynaa perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Sebastian Yatra, left, and Guaynaa perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Carla Morrison, left, and Ricky Martin perform for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Carla Morrison, left, and Ricky Martin perform for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Ricky Martin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Ricky Martin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Ricardo Montaner speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Ricardo Montaner speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Juanes performs during the living legends tribute to Roberto Carlos at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Juanes performs during the living legends tribute to Roberto Carlos at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Natalia Jimenez performs during a living legends tribute to Julio Iglesias at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Natalia Jimenez performs during a living legends tribute to Julio Iglesias at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Anuel AA performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Anuel AA performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Julio Iglesias is seen on screen as Natalia Jimenez performs during a living legends tribute at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Julio Iglesias is seen on screen as Natalia Jimenez performs during a living legends tribute at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Anuel AA performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Anuel AA performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Juan Luis Guerra appears on screen as Leslie Grace, left, and Prince Royce perform during a living legend tribute at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Juan Luis Guerra appears on screen as Leslie Grace, left, and Prince Royce perform during a living legend tribute at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Residente is seen on screen accepting the award for song of the year for "Rene" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Residente is seen on screen accepting the award for song of the year for "Rene" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Camilo accepts the best pop song for "Tutu" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Camilo accepts the best pop song for "Tutu" at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Marc Anthony performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Marc Anthony performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Marc Anthony performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Marc Anthony performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Host Yalitza Aparicio speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Host Yalitza Aparicio speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Camilo, left, and Pedro Capo perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Camilo, left, and Pedro Capo perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Camilo, left, and Kany Garcia perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Camilo, left, and Kany Garcia perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Juanes speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Juanes speaks at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Kany Garcia, left, and Nahuel Pennissi perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Kany Garcia, left, and Nahuel Pennissi perform at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Oscar Lara, drummer for Los Tigres del Norte performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Oscar Lara, drummer for Los Tigres del Norte performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Los Tigres del Norte perform for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Los Tigres del Norte perform for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Pitbull, right, performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Pitbull, right, performs along with frontline workers as his band for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Ricky Martin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Ricky Martin performs for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

  • Mike Bahia accepts the award for best new artist at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

    Mike Bahia accepts the award for best new artist at the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, airing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/20/2020 9:05 AM

NEW YORK -- A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show.

The Mexican singer won album of the year - a category dominated by male acts - on Thursday night with 'Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1." Lafourcade won three awards at the show, tying Rosalía and Carlos Vives for most wins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show did not have a live audience or a red carpet, and some of the performances featured band members and dancers sporting masks as they entertained onstage.

Lafourcade's wins included best alternative song for 'En Cantos,' her collaboration with iLe, and best regional song for 'Mi Religión." Rosalía won her awards during the pre-telecast, including best urban song and best urban fusion performance for the hit 'Yo X Ti, Tu X Mi,' sharing both wins with her song's co-star, Ozuna. She also won best short form music video for 'TKN,' which features Travis Scott and helped the rapper win a Latin Grammy before winning a traditional Grammy.

Before Rosalía's win for album of the year, Shakira was the last solo female to win the prize in 2006 with 'Fijación Oral Vol. 1.'

Residente - the most decorated act in the history of the Latin Grammys - continued his winning streak by taking home song of the year for 'René" and best rap/hip-hop song for 'Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe." Fito Páez was also a double winner Thursday.

But the acts poised to make history after receiving 13 and nine nominations each - J Balvin and Bad Bunny - both walked away with just one win. Bad Bunny won best reggaeton performance for 'Yo Perreo Sola" and Balvin picked up best urban music album for 'Colores."

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Despite his 13 nominations, Balvin only had a chance of winning eight honors since he competed against himself in multiple categories. Bad Bunny had a similar issue at the show.

Balvin was a winner onstage, though.

Before his performance, footage of current events such as the Black Lives Matter protests '" including an image of George Floyd - and more appeared onscreen. Balvin began performing his song 'Rojo' ('Red') under two large praying hands in a white suit, ending the song with fake blood running down his hands and clothes.

Pitbull also moved the needle with his performance, where he was joined by frontline workers onstage '" some playing guitar, some singing background, one on drums. Together, they performed 'I Believe That We Will Win' (World Anthem),' an upbeat song Pitbull released earlier this year during the pandemic to inspire others.

'They dreamed of being rock stars playing full stadiums, they represent a large group of individuals all around the world who day after day sacrifice their lives for a safer world,' Pitbull said. 'We gonna live it tonight."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'WE WILL WIN' appeared onscreen behind the performers at the end of the song as Pitbull saluted the musicians.

Karol G - who was nominated for four awards but walked away empty handed - performed alongside classical musicians to give a new edge to her global hit 'Tusa,' which features Nicki Minaj rapping in Spanish and English. Karol G shout-outed the rapper during the performance.

Karol G's fiance, Puerto Rican rapper-singer Anuel AA, had seven nominations but didn't win a single award. He lost best new artist to Colombian singer Mike Bahía.

Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music 'unites all of us and makes us human.'

'This is our night,' he added.

That was followed by an all-star performance featuring Ricardo Montaner, Victor Manuelle, Jesús Navarro, Ivy Queen, Rauw Alejandro and Sergio George.

Other winners Thursday included Alejandro Sanz, who won record of the year for a second consecutive time thanks to 'Contigo," his tribute song to Joaquín Sabina; Ricky Martin won best pop vocal album for 'Pausa"; and Chiquis - the daughter of late singer Jenni Rivera - won best banda album with 'Playlist."

The Latin Grammys was hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Yalitza Aparicio, actor-singer Ana Brenda Contreras and salsa singer Victor Manuelle, who replaced singer Carlos Rivera after he said he was exposed to the coronavirus.

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Associated Press Writer Sigal Ratner-Arias contributed to this report.

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