Rosalia’s 2018 album “El Mal Querer” won in the “Album of the Year”, “Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album”, “Best Engineered Album” and “Best Recording Package” categories.
Cuban soloist Camila Cabello and Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz were awarded the “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Song” categories for their collaboration this year with “Mi Persona Favorita”. Cabello was not present at the ceremony.
Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra won “Best Contemporary / Tropical Fusion Album” for “Literal” and “Best Tropical Song” for the single “Kitipun”.
Pedro Capó won “Song of the Year” with “Calma”. His remix with Farruko was designated “Best Urban Fusion Performance”.
R&B singer Miguel presented at the gala a fragment from “Show Me Love”, an English duet with Alicia Keys.
Chilean artist Mon Laferte won the “Best Alternative Album” trophy for “Norma”.
On the red carpet, she protested and appeared topless, wearing a green scarf – in support of legalizing abortion – writing on her chest the message: “In Chile, they torture, rape and kill.”
During the speech, she read a Chilean poem written by an anonymous friend, dedicated to those who resist the governmental repression in Chile. “Chile hurts,” she read. “You bleed me through every vein / Each chain presses me / Prisons you.” On the red carpet, she appeared with a message written on her chest:
“X 100pre” by the Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny was nominated for “Best Urban Music Album”.
This year, the Colombian Juanes received the distinction of Person of the Year, recognizing his musical achievements and efforts for humanitarian purposes. The trophy was presented to him by Lars Ulrich.
The hosts of the evening were Ricky Martin, Roselyn Sánchez, and Paz Vega.
The Academy has 3,500 voting members, who have chosen the winners of the 50 categories.
List of winners:
Album of The Year: “El Mal Querer” – Rosalía
Record of The Year: “My Favorite Person” – Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello
Song of the Year: “Calma” – Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez & George Noriega, songwriters (Pedro Capó)
Best Pop Song: “My Favorite Person” – Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello)
Best Urban Fusion / Performance: “Calma (Remix)” – Pedro Capó & Farruko
Best Urban Music Album: “X 100PRE” – Bad Bunny
Best Urban Song: “With Altura” – J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Alejandro Ramirez & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & J Balvin Featuring El Guincho)
Best Alternative Music Album: “Norma” – Mon Laferte
Best Traditional Tropical Album: “Andrés Cepeda Big Band (Live)” – Andrés Cepeda
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: “Against the Wind” – Kany Garcia
Best Ranchero / Mariachi Album: “Now” – Christian Nodal
Best Norteño Album: “Perception” – Untouchable
Best Long Form Music Video: “What I Was Is What I Am” – Alejandro Sanz