Alejandro Sanz

At the Latin Grammy Awards: 'Despacito' takes home 4 trophies; a performance in honor of 'Dreamers'

At the Latin Grammy Awards: 'Despacito' takes home 4 trophies; a performance in honor of 'Dreamers'

The show began with Puerto Rico and it ended with Puerto Rico.

The Latin Grammy Awards, held on Thursday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, started with a moment of silence in honor of the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. And the show’s opening and closing numbers were performed by Puerto Rican stars.

Kicking off the ceremony was alt-rapper Residente playing a heartfelt rendition of “Hijos de Cañaveral,” a jazzy rap number from his eponymous album that he dedicated to Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico doesn’t need to rise up,” he stated, “because Puerto Rico has always been on its feet.”

And closing the two-hour extravaganza...

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