The big winner at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas on Thursday night was the Puerto Rican hip-hop group [artist id="2039170"]Calle 13[/artist], who nabbed all five awards they were nominated for, including Album of the Year (Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo) and Record of the Year (“No Hay Nadie Como Tú”).
“This award, I have to dedicate to many people,” Calle 13′s René Pérez — a.k.a. Residente — said while accepting Record the Year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The hip-hop duo — which also features Pérez’s stepbrother Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, who raps under the name Visitante — secured additional wins for Best Urban Music Album, Best Short-Form Music Video and Best Alternative Song.
“To all the people who make music in this moment of independent music, to hell with record labels!” Residente said while accepting the alternative-song trophy, according to E! online. “This is the moment for those of us who make real music.”
The duo also performed at the show, busting out a rendition of “La Perla,” for which they’d won best short-form video, with salsa singer Ruben Blades.
Alicia Keys — whose presence at the Latin Grammys was the reason she wasn’t able to perform “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z at MTV’s European Music Awards in Berlin — took the stage with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz for a rendition of his “Looking for Paradise.”
Other highlights from the awards show included Eva Longoria Parker appearing as a presenter. Enrique Iglesias presented the 2009 Person of the Year award to Mexican singer Juan Gabriel. Alexander Acha, a Mexican singer/songwriter, took home Best New Artist.