What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, and what happens at the Latin Grammy Awards usually happens again at the Latin Grammy Awards within the next year or two.
Now in its 13th year, the Latin Grammys ceremony, like many awards shows, tends to have its perennial favorites. The Oscars have Meryl Streep, and on Thursday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas the Latin Recording Academy bestowed trophies on two of the hemisphere's certified musical idols and perpetual awards contenders.
Juanes, the Colombian rock superstar, deservedly won album of the year for his bestselling acoustic release "MTV Unplugged." He also took the long form music video citation for the visual version of "MTV Unplugged," giving him a career total of 19 Latin Grammys, more than any artist except the Puerto Rican sibling reggaeton-hip-hop duo Calle 13.
Meanwhile, Juan Luis Guerra, the Dominican salsa-tropical-pop singer-songwriter, who helmed Juanes' hit record, was named producer of the year, a recognition he richly merited.