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.
Downs' "Pecados y Milagros" (Sins and Miracles) won in a field often dominated by Mexican regional genres such as ranchera and norteño. 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.
Follow me on Twitter: @RJohnsonLAT
TIMELINE: Grammy winners through the years
PHOTOS: 2013 winners & nominees