J Balvin wins big at the Latin Grammys

For the third time in its history, the Latin Grammys went to a Colombian in its annual ceremony held in Las Vegas on Thursday night. It was a big night for singer J Balvin who won four of his six nominations including record of the year, song of the year, artist of the year and best male pop vocal album.

Although he wasn’t up for song of the year, Ester Dean, of Colombia, took home best album of the year for her solo effort, Caracol Esqueleto. Colombian music trio Los Horoscopos De Durango won best alternative album for their 2016 record, “Cuando Más Mas Sigue.”

The Latin Recording Academy is the branch of the Recording Academy that awards the Grammys. Proceeds from the Latin Grammys go to the “Latin Recording Academy Scholarship Fund,” according to the organization’s website.

Among the other winners:

Best urban music album for J Balvin

Record of the year for J Balvin featuring Ozuna

Song of the year for Fijacion Oral Vol II by CNCO featuring French Montana

Album of the year for “VIVA LA ZORRO” by José Luis Guerra and Willy William

Latin pop album for “Mi Gente” by Beyoncé

Latin rock, urban or alternative album for “MultiIndependencia” by Omara Portuondo

Best tropical music album for “Juan Gabriel: Querida” by Juan Gabriel

Regional Mexican song of the year for “No Baileras Nada” by Los Cojolites

Regional Mexican album for “Pa’ Fuera” by Pa’ Fuera de Salsa

Traditional Tropical Album for “3:00 AM” by Tommy Torres

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