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Grammys 2013: Lila Downs wins for regional Mexican music

February 10, 2013|By Reed Johnson
  • Lila Downs poses backstage with the award for regional Mexican music album (including Tejano) for the album "Pecados Y Milagros" at the 55th Grammy Awards.
Lila Downs poses backstage with the award for regional Mexican music album… (Matt Sayles /Invision /…)

Lila Downs, the colorfully theatrical Oaxacan singer-songwriter who mixes indigenous Mexican roots music with contemporary sounds, has won the award for regional Mexican album, including Tejano.

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Downs' "Pecados y Milagros" (Sins and Miracles) won in a field often dominated by Mexican regional genres such as ranchera and norteƱo. Besides English and Spanish, Downs also sings in indigenous Mexican languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec and Nahuatl, an artistic choice that underscores her political involvement in supporting native people's rights.

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