The 12th annual Latin Grammy awards interrupted broadcast of my mother’s favorite telenovela “Cuando me Enamoro” for one night to highlight Spanish speaking musicians from all over Latin America.
The big winner of the night was Calle 13, a duo of brothers from Puerto Rico.Their music is a mixture of sounds including hip-hop and rap. They went home with Album of the Year for “Latinoamerica” as well as an additional 8 awards, the most given in one single night.
The awards ceremony made me realize all the diversity that exists within my culture which comes through all the musical sounds I heard last night. From Pitbull to Los Tigres del Norte and Romeo Santos to Pepe Aguilar, there is certainly no shortage of music composed in Spanish.
And there is no shortage of Latinos in the entertainment business either. Some who I honestly didn’t know come from the same background as I do. Demi Lovato, Zoe Saldana and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas all have Hispanic roots. And their Spanish sounded immaculate to me as they presented awards and chatted with reporters on “la alfombra verde,” the Green Carpet.
This awards ceremony not only entertained me for one night, it made me proud to see all the successful Latinos who choose to stick to their roots and keep the Spanish language alive. There is plenty of room and opportunities to share our experiences and roots with others.
Hasta la proxima.