Guitarist Carlos Santana, named the academy's person of the year for his philanthropic efforts, joined Austin, Texas' Los Lonely Boys in a medley that included Ritchie Valens' 1950s hit "La Bamba" as a salute to Valens and other influential Latin pop musicians. Band leader Willie Colon and Mexican vocalist José José received lifetime achievement awards.
Classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma picked up his first Latin Grammy for his exploration of Brazilian music, "Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert."
After moving for the first time to Miami last year, Latin music's most celebrated event returned Wednesday to Los Angeles for the fourth time.
Awards, in 43 categories, were voted on by the 4,000 members of the Latin Recording Academy. Recordings released between April 1, 2003, and March 31, 2004, were eligible for nomination. The Latin Grammys started in 2000 as an offshoot of the Grammy Awards designed to focus more attention on a wider spectrum of Spanish-language pop music.
The Complete List of Winners
Record of the Year: "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz (Lulo Pérez and Alejandro Sanz, producers; Mick Guzauski and Rafa Sardina, engineers/mixers)
Album of the Year: "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz (Lulo Pérez and Alejandro Sanz, producers; Mick Guzauski, Bob Ludwig, Rafa Sardina and Pepo Sherman, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)
Song of the Year: "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz (Sanz, artist)
Best New Artist: Maria Rita
Female Pop Vocal Album: "De Mil Colores," Rosario
Male Pop Vocal Album: "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz
Pop Album by Duo or Group with Vocal: "De Viaje," Sin Bandera
Sanz a big winner at the Latin Grammys
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