“Marc, you are a living legend who has laid bare your heart and soul on your musical journey,” Lopez said in Spanish. The late Mexican composer Juan Gabriel won three Latin Grammys. Performances were as common as prizes during the ceremony. Considered one of Mexico’s greatest singers and composers, Gabriel died in August at age 66. Anthony also sang his hit I Need to Know. Anthony and Lopez were wed from 2004 to 2011. Kiss” and the former couple obliged with a small peck. “We’ve learned so much and we’ve grown so much, and you’ve always been so many things in my life: my mentor, a twin soul, a father who’s not only the Person of the Year, he’s the person of all time.”
The audience cheered, “Kiss! Kiss! He also dedicated the prize to “all those people who told me I would never make it.”
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Lopez and Anthony performed Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta together Thursday. Colombian singer Manuel Medrano and Puerto Rican artist Yandel each won two Latin Grammys during a ceremony that began with a strong message in defense of Latinos. During an untelevised presentation, his album Los duo 2 was named best traditional pop vocal album. © The Associated Press, 2016 Laura Pusini, Jesse y Joy and Wisin were among the entertainers who took the stage at the event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which was broadcast live on Univision. After proclaiming him the winner, Ceballos said Gabriel was not present and that the academy would ensure he received his award. Anthony, who was feted in a separate ceremony Wednesday, dedicated his award to his five children, whom he said have “sacrificed more than anyone” for his career. Yandel won urban song and urban fusion for Encantadora. “We are stronger together.”
Medrano was named best new artist and also won for singer-songwriter album. “Together we can fight hate and discrimination,” he said. The former couple also appeared together recently at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton. He has been married to Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima since 2014. Juanes and Pablo Lopez opened the show with a performance of Tu Enemigo (Your Enemy), backed by a gospel choir and Cirque du Soleil gymnasts. Other winners included Gente de Zona and Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga. The song includes the lyric, “your hands are my flag and I have a song as my border.”
Show host Roselyn Sanchez repeated the lyric after their performance, saying, “the only barriers that should exist are the songs.”
Actor-director Diego Luna, who presented the song of the year award to the composers of La Bicicleta, urged unity among Latinos. Singer Andres Ceballos of Dvicio, who presented Gabriel’s award, seemed unaware the artist had died. The Latin Recording Academy recognized Gabriel as its 2009 Person of the Year. Jennifer Lopez surprised guests at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards Thursday when she performed with and presented an award to her ex-husband Marc Anthony. Laura Pusini, Jesse y Joy and Wisin were among the entertainers who took the stage. She described the father of her eight-year-old twins as “a living legend” as she presented Anthony with the Latin Grammy Awards’ Person of the Year prize.