Calle 13 dominated the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards tonight, which were held at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.
The Puerto Rican urban music duo won nine out of the record 10 awards they were up for in the early part of the show, and managed to win awards in three different genre categories—tropical, alternative and urban—with wins for Best Tropical Song, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Alternative Song, co-written by Rafa Arcaute. Calle 13's wins came from their fourth CD, “Entren Los Que Quieran" (Everybody is Welcome).
Calle 13 kicked off the show, which aired on Univision, with a performance of their nominated song “Latinoamerica,” joined by Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and directed by Gustavo Dudamel. Perez dedicated the song to "all the viewers who are watching us so they can be transported to their barrios, their streets, their roots...and that they feel it here in the heart."
Other winners included Paquito D'Rivera who scored two awards including Best Latin Jazz Album for "Panamericana Suite" and Ruben Blades, who bagged Best Salsa Album for "Todos Vuelven Live Vol. 1 y 2.