Shakira won the top three prizes at the Latin Grammy Awards Thursday including song of the year and record of the year for her smoldering "La Tortura" duet with Alejandro Sanz, and album of the year for "Fijación Oral Vol. 1."
On the red carpet Shakira told Judy Faber of The Showbuzz, "It's going to be a very emotional night, I think. Just the mere fact that I'm going to be meeting with so many of my friends and colleagues and sharing the stage with them. It's something, you know?"
She also earned best female pop vocal album, and her recording team took home honors for best engineered album. She was the leading nominee going in to the show with five nominations.
She lost best short form video, which went to Puerto Rico reggaeton group Calle 13. They took home a total of two awards, as did Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati.
Earlier in the evening, Shakira sang her ballad "La Pared" seated sweetly on a stool, and after changing into tight leggings and a midriff-baring top she joined Alejandro Sanz for a performance of "La Tortura."
Perhaps her next win will be a Nobel Prize for science because the way she's able to isolate her torso and hip movements is certainly a feat of engineering.
Brazil's Sergio Mendes, who was an early crossover artist with his group Brazil 66 many years ago, won for his album "Timeless." Produced by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, the set featured collaborations on Mendes' greatest hits with American artists like Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake and, of course, the Black Eyed Peas.
Andrea Bocelli performed songs from his album "Amor" which was nominated for best male pop album. "This was my first album recorded almost completely in Spanish," he told The Showbuzz. "It was a big challenge for me and for this reason I'm very happy to be here."
Ricky Martin picked up this year's Person Of The Year award for his humanitarian work in the fight against human trafficking. Martin had the audience on their feet and dancing with his performance of two songs from his upcoming MTV Unplugged album.
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"We are here fighting for all of you," he said, referring to victims of human trafficking. "And to the traffickers: we're at war and God will bless us." Triple nominee Calle 13 swept their categories, winning awards for best music album, best new artist, and best short music video Grammy for its reggaeton song "Atrevete te, te!" Its members were ecstatic as they won, bouncing onstage to pick up the video award.
"I'm very nervous. I want to send a shout out to my grandmother," said Calle 13 rapper and lyricist Residente. "I want arroz con habichuelas [a Puerto Rican rice and beans dish] when I get home!"
2Under the Mexican regional award categories, iconic singer Joan Sebastian took away the best banda album award for "Mas alla del sol."
The self-titled disc by Cafe de los Maestros won best tango album. The recording's Argentine producer, Gustavo Santaolalla, already won an Oscar for best original score on the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and recently composed music for the film "Babel."
Gustavo Cerati won best rock song for "Crimen" and best rock vocal album for "Ahi vamos." He is one of Argentina's best-loved artists having been one of the founders of the legendary rock band, Soda Stereo.
Other winners included Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas, who was nominated for four awards. She won best alternative album for "Limon y sal" in the pre-televised awards ceremony.
This year, Madison Square Garden played host to the Latin Grammys, now in its seventh year. In the past, the show has alternated between Miami and Los Angeles.
Merengue star Milly Quezada, who hails from Washington Heights in New York City, appeared in a pre-taped segment about the diverse Latino community in the city.
She introduced New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took to the stage to a Latin beat, escorted by several female dancers dressed in red. "Welcome to my house," said Bloomberg, delivering his greeting in Spanish.
Thursday's show was broadcast by Univision television for the second straight year. Ratings lagged in 2004 when the Latin Grammy Awards were broadcast in English by CBS. But the show attracted more than 5 million watchers in 2005 — its first year in Spanish — up from about 3.2 million in 2004, according to the ratings agency Nielsen Media Research.
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List of winners for Thursday's 7th annual Latin Grammy Awards:Recording of the year: "La Tortura," Shakira.Song of the year: "La Tortura," Luis F. Ochoa, Alejandro Sanz and Shakira.Album of the year: "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1," Shakira.Best new artist: Calle 13.Female pop vocal album: "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1," Shakira.Male pop vocal album: "Adentro," Ricardo Arjona.Pop album by a duo or group with vocals: "Guapa," La oreja De Van Gogh.Rock vocal album: "Ahi Vamos," Gustavo Cerati.
Alternative music album: "Limon y sal," Julieta Venegas.Rock vocal duo or group album: "Casa," Natalia y La Forquetina.Rock song: "Crimen," Gustavo Cerati.Salsa album: "Asi es nuestra Navidad," Gilberto Santa Rosa y el Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.Cumbia/vallenato album: "Cien dias de bohemia," Los Hermanos Zuleta.Traditional tropical album: "AM/PM Lineas paralelas," Andy Montanez y Pablo Milanes.Merengue album: "MQ," Milly Quezada.Contemporary tropical album: "Una nueva mujer," Olga Tanon.Regional tropical album: "Kumbia Kings Live," A.B. Quintanilla III and Los Kumbia Kings.Tropical song: "Te mando flores," Juan Fernando Fonseca (Fonseca).Ranchero album: "Historias de mi tierra," Pepe Aguilar.Mexican group album: "En el Auditorio Nacional," Joan Sebastian.Norteno album: "Historias que contar," Los Tigres del Norte.Regional Mexican regional song: "Aun sigues siendo mia," Osvaldo Villarreal (Conjunto Primavera).Banda album: "Mas alla del sol," Joan Sebastian.Tejano album: "Nuevamente," La Mafia.Latin jazz album: "Solo," Gonzalo Rubalcaba.Latin music album for children: "Adriana Partimpim — O Show," Adriana Partimpim.Music video, short version: "!Atrevete te, te!," Calle 13.Music video, long version: "Blanco y negro en vivo," Bebo & Cigala and "Un viaje," Cafe Tacuba.Urban music album: "Calle 13," Calle 13.Cantautor album: "Como un campo de maiz," Pablo Milanes.Instrumental album: "Bebo," Bebo Valdes.Christian album: "Dios es bueno," Marcos Witt.Christian album in Portuguese: "Aline Barros & Cia," Aline Barros.Classical music album: "Rhapsody In Blue," Michel Camilo y Ernest Martinez Izquierdo.Folklorico album: "Corazon libre," Mercedes Sosa.Flamenco album: "Picasso en mis ojos," Diego El Cigala.Tango album: "Cafe de los Maestros," Cafe de los Maestros.Contemporary Brazilian pop album: "Timeless," Sergio Mendes.Samba/pagode album: "Universo Ao Meu Redor," Marisa Monte.Regional Brazilian music album: "Vida Marvada," Chitaozinho & Xororo.Brazilian rock album: "Hoje," Os Paralamas do Sucesso.Popular Brazilian album: "Segundo," Maria Rita.Romantic music album: "Roberto Carlos," Roberto Carlos.Best Brazilian song: "Caminho das aguas," Rodrigo Maranhao (Maria Rita).Engineered album: "Fijacion oral Vol. 1," Gustavo Celis, Serban Ghanea, Mauricio Guerrero, Rob Jacobs, Killen Kevin, Dave Way y Dave Way (Shakira).Producer of the year: Cachorro Lopez, "Dias felices" (Christian Castro), "Diego" (Diego), "Dulce Beat" (Belanova), "Limon y sal" (Julieta Venegas) and "Vanessa Colaiutta" (Vanessa Colaiutta).Best package design: "Cafe de los maestros," Laura Varsky.
By Judy Faber