Since the Grammy Awards televise approximately .0005% of the actual awards that they give out, we're happy to announce the winners who matter to us on their behalf.
And the Grammy winner for Best Latin Pop Album is...Juanes! The Colombian pop star took home an award for La Vida...Es Un Ratico, and though producer Gustavo Santaollala was the one who accepted the award in person, Juanes later delivered this special thank you message to his native country. "I am happy about this new success. I want to dedicate this Grammy to all of the hostages in the jungles of Colombia with my wish that they be freed soon, just as all Colombians long for."
And the sole Latin band to win in a mainstream category is...The Mars Volta! The prog-rockers scored a Best Hard Rock Performance win for "Wax Simulacra" and beat out such, er, esteemed rock veterans as Mötley Crüe and Rob Zombie. Talk about a no brainer.
A big, well-deserved congratulations to Broadway fave Lin-Manuel Miranda and Latin superproducer Andres Levin, who won Best Musical Show Album for In the Heights.
Along with Juanes, the winners in the Latin category were Wisin & Yandel for Best Latin Urban Album, Jaguares for Best Latin Rock Album, Los Tigres del Norte for Best Norteño Album and José Feliciano for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't recognize 17-year-old newcomer Karina Pasian, who was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album but lost to Mary J. Blige, and Colby O'Donis, who was nominated for Best Dance Recording for his collabo with Lady Gaga, but lost to Daft Punk for a song originally released in 2001. Because rewarding new music and emerging artists is what the Grammys does best. Sigh.
Felicidades a los ganadores!