In honor of the upcoming 2012 Grammy Awards this Sunday, we are celebrating fun facts of past Latino winners. Sharpen your Grammys trivia skills about tu gente below:
1. In 2000, Carlos Santana snagged eight Grammys including, “Record of the Year” and “Best Rock Album” for the hit album “Supernatural.” The Mexican musician managed to tie the record with Michael Jackson for the most Grammys won by a single performer for that year.
2. It was the battle of the pop princesses back in 2000! Besides launching her Spanish-language album titled “Mi Reflejo,” Christina Aguilera also beat out Britney Spears in the “Best New Artist” category at the Grammys.
3. In 1994, Gloria Estefan won the Grammy Award for “Best Tropical Latin Album.” The Cuban singer, who has received a total of 11 Grammy nominations, beat out some tough competition including legendary singers Celia Cruz and Juan Luis Guerra.
5. Shakira proved she is a force to be reckoned with after winning the Grammy for “Best Latin Pop Album” for her 2001 “MTV Unplugged” album. The Colombian pop star managed to beat Christina Aguilera to the punch, which was nominated for the same category. In 2006, Shakira also won the “Best Latin Rock/Alternative” album for “Fijación Oral Vol. 1.”
6. Ricky Martin officially became a crossover sensation after his explosive performance of his hit track and the 1998 World Cup song “The Cup of Life” at the 1999 Grammys.
7. In 1994, Selena Quintanilla was the only female artist nominated in the Grammy category for “Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album.” The “Como la Flor” singer won the award and managed to beat out industry veterans Vicente Fernandez and Los Tigres del Norte.
8. Legendary Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra has won countless of awards and recognitions including two Grammys for “Best Tropical Latin Album” for “La Llave de Mi Corazón” and “Best Tropical Latin Album” for “Bachata Rose.”
9. Wisin y Yandel blew out the rest of the reggaeton competition by winning the 2008 Grammy for “Best Latin Album of the Year” for their hit album “Los Extraterrestres.”