LOS ANGELES - October 30, 2001 Today, Latin GRAMMY Award-nominated artists joined Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy, and co-hosts Paul Rodriguez and Jimmy Smits in a celebrity-studded press conference announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Internationally renowned pop artist Alejandro Sanz walked away with top honors having won four awards, and newcomer Juanes took home three awards and performed at the event for the capacity crowd which consisted of international media and key members of the cultural, entertainment and music communities.
"From Spain and Colombia to Mexico, Cuba and Brazil, the artists we honored today included both newcomers and legends," said Greene. "The variety of this year's winners clearly represents the international scope of the Latin Recording Academy's membership, as well as spotlights excellence in Latin music from all over the globe."
Smits opened the event by announcing that Christina Aguilera, who was scheduled to co-host but could not attend due to a bout with the flu, had won Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Mi Reflejo.
Several of the winners were in attendance to receive and accept their Latin GRAMMYs. Sanz was on hand to accept his four Latin GRAMMYs, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for the title song from the album El Alma Al Aire. The album itself also won Best Pop Male Vocal Album and Album Of The Year.
The Best New Artist award went to Juanes, who not only accepted his awards but performed the song "Amor Eterno" at the press conference. The Colombian rocker also won Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for his album Fijate Bien, while the title song from the album earned an award for Best Rock Song.
Latin GRAMMY Awards also were presented at the event to: Vicente Amigo, Best Flamenco Album for Ciudad De Las Ideas; Aterciopelados, Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Gozo Poderoso; Ramón Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte, Best Norteño Album for Quémame Los Ojos/Amigos Del Alma; Celia Cruz, Best Traditional Tropical Album for Siempre Viviré; Pedro Fernández, Best Ranchero Album for Yo No Fui; Limite, Best Grupero Album for Por Encima De Todo; Armando Manzanero, Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Duetos; Chichi Peralta, Best Merengue Album for ...De Vuelta Al Barrio; and Nestor Torres, Best Pop Instrumental Album for This Side Of Paradise.
In the Song categories, the Latin GRAMMY Award goes to the songwriter. This year, José Vaca Flores' song "Borracho Te Recuerdo" won Best Regional Mexican Song and Kike Santander won Best Tropical Song for "Jurame." The Producer Of The Year Latin GRAMMY went to KC Porter.