On November 16, 2023, the vibrant city of Seville, Spain, witnessed a historic moment as it hosted the 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the FIBES Conference and Exhibition Centre. The night was filled with glitz, glamour, and outstanding performances, marking the first time the prestigious awards ceremony took place outside of the United States.
Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra, Mexican singer Danna Paola, Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sánchez, and Spanish actress Paz Vega added their charisma to the event as the hosts, guiding the audience through a night of celebration and recognition of the best in Latin music.
The excitement began well before the event, with the nominations being unveiled on September 20, 2023, through a virtual livestream. The announcement was made by a star-studded lineup including Yandel, Tainy, Victor Manuelle, Angela Alvarez, Ana Caetano, Pablo Novaes, Mon Laferte, Christian Nodal, C. Tangana, Liniker, Fito Páez, Fonseca, Ludmilla, Shakira, Jorge Drexler, and Rosalía.
Leading the nominations was Mexican producer and songwriter Edgar Barrera with an impressive thirteen nods, closely followed by Camilo, Karol G, Shakira, and Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, each earning seven nominations. The evening bore witness to history as Shakira secured her place in the records, becoming the first artist to receive three nominations for Song of the Year in the same year with "Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53," "TQG," and "Acróstico."
However, the highlight of the evening was the well-deserved recognition of Italian singer Laura Pausini as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Pausini, the first artist of non-Iberian/Ibero-American heritage to receive this prestigious honor, has left an indelible mark on the music industry with her powerful voice and impactful contributions. This recognition serves as a testament to the global nature of Latin music and the inclusivity of the Latin Recording Academy.
In addition to Pausini's recognition, the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon distinguished musicians and singers Carmen Linares, Manuel Mijares, Arturo Sandoval, Simone, Soda Stereo, and Ana Torroja. Their remarkable careers have not only shaped Latin music but have also inspired generations of artists.
Further, the Latin Grammy Trustees Award, which honors individuals for their exceptional contributions to the Latin music community, found deserving recipients in Peruvian drummer Alex Acuña, Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla, and Puerto Rican music director Wisón Torres. These individuals have played pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of Latin music, leaving an enduring legacy for future generations.
As the night unfolded, the award for Song of the Year went to the iconic Shakira for her outstanding contributions. The winning song, "Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53," not only showcases her versatility as an artist but also reflects the diversity and innovation present in the Latin music scene.
The 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Sevilla, Spain, was more than a ceremony; it was a celebration of the rich tapestry of Latin music, bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and regions. The event underscored the global impact of Latin music and its ability to transcend borders, uniting people through the universal language of melody and rhythm.