Calle 13 cruises to major victory at Latin Grammys

Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:47am EST
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By Timothy Pratt

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Reggaeton duo Calle 13 cruised to a major victory at the Latin Grammys on Wednesday, scooping up a record nine awards despite limited radio play in some countries, including top honor album of the year for "Entren Los Que Quieran."

The Puerto Rican group came into the night with a leading 10 nominations for the awards that honor Latin music and started the show in Las Vegas with a fist-pumping rendition of "Latinoamerica," earning a standing ovation for the tune that celebrates their culture.

The tune later won both song of the year for songwriting and record of the year for the recording of the music.

In winning their Latin Grammys, the top honors in Latin music, singer Rene Perez spoke of Calle 13's independent spirit and rise to popularity despite little play on airwaves in many countries including the United States.

"To all of Latin America ... long live music," Perez said, before adding, "no to payola," the industry term for payments by promoters to radio stations to play music.

Perez dedicated one award "to those who don't sell out and make real music," and upon winning another said, "long live true music."

Along with album of the year, "Entren Los Que Quieran" ("Everybody Is Welcome") also was picked best urban album, and the group's "Baile de los Pobres" ("Dance of the Poor") claimed best urban song.

Before the show even began it was evident a major night was in store for Calle 13 as they swept up four other honors: best tropical song, alternative song, short-form music video and producer of the year.   Continued...

<p>Calle 13 performs "Latinoamerica" at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>