SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 16: Karol G took home the awards for Album of the Year, Best Urban Music Album, and Best Urban Fusion/Performance at the 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 16, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images for Latin Recording Academy)
The biggest stars in Latin music came together last night for the 2023 Latin Grammy Awards. The top winners included Colombian superstars Shakira and Karol G while acts like Peso Pluma, Feid, and Rauw Alejandro delivered memorable performances. Here’s five of our favorite moments from the all-star event, which took place in Seville, Spain.
Karol G Makes History
Karol G took home three Latin Grammy awards last night. The Colombian superstar made history when she became the first woman to win Best Urban Music Album for “Mañana Será Bonito.” Karol G later triumphed in the top category when she also won Album of the Year. With tears in her eyes, she said in Spanish, “It’s an honor to receive this award in front of many people who I admire and honor in music.” Karol G shared her third win with Shakira for Best Urban Fusion/Performance category for their collaboration “TQG.”
Shakira’s Two Incredible Performances
Shakira also took home three Latin Grammy awards last night. The Colombian pop icon won Song of the Year and Best Pop Song for her kiss-off anthem “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with Bizarrap. Shakira also graced the event with two performances. First, she sang her heartfelt ballad “Acróstico” with her sons, Sasha and Milan. She later tore up the stage with a fierce performance of “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53” during Bizarrap’s set. While accepting one of her awards, Shakira hinted that she will tour again soon.
Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma Finally Perform Together
Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma proudly represented música Mexicana at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. For the first time in a televised performance, the Mexican-American group joined forces with Peso Pluma to sing “Ella Baila Sola.” It was worth the wait with Eslabon Armado’s lead singer Pedro Tovar and Peso Pluma both giving a fiery rendition of the global hit. For being the sole writer of the sierreño track, Tovar was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Regional Mexican Song.
Rauw Alejandro Wears His Heart on His Sleeve
While paying tribute to the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year, Rauw Alejandro appeared to hint at his own personal heartbreak. The Puerto Rican superstar opened his performance with a poignant cover of “Se Fue” by Italian singer Laura Pausini. In the middle of a ring of fire, Alejandro’s voice soared as he sang about a romance that had run its course. Back in July, Alejandro and Spanish pop star Rosalía ended their engagement. He then followed that up with his dance tracks “No Me Sueltes” and “Baby Hello.”
Feid and DJ Premier Bring Hip-Hop to the Awards
Feid closed out the show with a vibrant performance. The Colombian superstar opened his green-tinted set with an acoustic version of his love song “Prohibidox.” After singing a few lyrics from the track, he was joined by hip-hop producer DJ Premier to perform their collaboration “Le Pido a Dios.” Feid showed off his slick rap flow as DJ Premier played the swaggering track. Feid’s rumored girlfriend Karol G was spotted singing along in the front row. Feid and DJ Premier added the legacy of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with the Spanish-language banger.
Lucas Villa is a freelance music contributor for LATINA and his work is featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Teen Vogue, MTV News, and W Magazine.