By Kamren Curiel
While the event didn't go without controversy (protests, awkward performer choices), I gotta give a shout-out to Food and Agriculture Organization ambassadors, Maná, for winning 'Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album' at last night's Grammys.
While it's pretty pathetic to lump various genres into one category (i.e Latin and Reggae) I guess that's where offsprings like the Latin Grammys come in. Some of the highlights from last night's event include a super soulful duet by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt dedicated to Whitney Houston (R.I.P.) and Etta James and a very fashionable Rihanna performing her synth-heavy club banger "We Found Love."
While I was secretly rooting for Calle 13, OG Mexican rockers Maná have been in the game for more than three decades and while their latest album Drama y Luz lacks experimentation, it's solid Maná material.
Más shout-outs to Corrine Bailey Rae for winning best R&B performance for "Is This Love," Los Tigres Del Norte for getting the Banda or Norteno Album of the year for Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends, and Gustavo Dudamel for winning best Orchestral Performance for "Brahms: Symphony No. 4. "
It's hard to say how real the Grammys are, but no doubt it's an honor for any artist to get.