Calle 13, Maxwell Celebrate Grammy Wins

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“Nos ganamos el Grammy gringo!” announced Calle 13 on the group’s Twitter page hours before the Grammy Awards aired yesterday. The Puerto Ricans walked away with the trophy for (the all-encompassing category) Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album for their album Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo at the non-telecast portion of the ceremony. No big surprise there as the duo swept the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards last year with the same globally aware disc.

Also victorious was Maxwell. The Puerto-Rican Haitian crooner picked up his first Grammys: Best R&B Album for BLACKksummers’ Night and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the ballad “Pretty Wings.” Maxwell, who was M.I.A. for eight years before releasing the winning album, recently told NPR.org why he makes music. “I’m supposed to love what I do, I’m supposed to have meaning behind it, [and] I think success will come from that only.”

Here’s his soulful duet with icon Robert Flack from last night’s show. The pair performed “Where is the Love,” and I think we can all agree it’s a success:

 

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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