Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 swept the Latin Grammys Thursday, capping off a festive night of performances that also saw entertainers from across Latin America celebrate President Barack Obama's latest immigration policy that is expected to shield 5 million immigrants from deportation. In all, Calle 13, known for its funky beats and political rhymes, set a record for most Latin Grammy wins with 21.
The celebration of music was initially delayed as the Spanish-language network Univision, which aired the award show live from the Las Vegas Strip, pushed back the start time of the broadcast to first give air time to Obama's speech Thursday that unveiled his new immigration overhaul. Eugenio Derbez, the Mexican actor who hosted the awards show, opened the night with the boast: “We Latinos are already part of this country.”
As the broadcast marched on, politics took a backseat to skin-tight dresses, swaying dancers and Caribbean beats. Other award winners included Paco de Lucía, the flamenco guitarist who died in February, for album of the year, Jorge Drexler, the Uruguayan songwriter, for record of the year with “Universos Paralelos.” Venezuelan singer-songwriter Mariana Vega picked up the award for best new artist. Calle 13, however, clearly emerged as the reigning Latin kings after the show.
"We are happy. We have 21 [Latin] Grammys and it is a dream. We never thought we would have this in our lives," Calle 13 vocalist René Pérez Joglar told reporters, according to the Associated Press. A complete list of the award winners in Spanish and English, as well as previous award winners, can be found here.
Miami rapper Pitbull also shined Thursday, performing twice, once with legendary rocker Carlos Santana, and also with R&B singer Chris Brown. The broadcast ended with Enrique Iglesias and his band jamming to “Bailando” in Madrid as dancers snaked their hips across the stage in Las Vegas.
For those who didn't pick up the coveted gramophone trophy, there were still victories to be had on the red carpet. Men embraced casual styles, while many of the women attendees went full glam, with sultry gowns and flashy jewelry. Below are some of the big looks from the 2014 Latin Grammys red carpet and show: