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¿Qué pasó en Vegas?…Latin Grammy Week with Carlos Santana, Gaby Moreno y Más

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My first Latin Grammy Week flew by tan rápido, like a música-filled blur. The week officially kicked off Tuesday, as I attended the “En La Mezcla” event held at the Studio at The Palms, featuring studios used by recording artists like Eminem, Luis Fonsi, Mariah Carey, Juan Montero, Michael Jackson and Los Tucanes. In the intimate cocktail reception setting, Grammy and Latin Grammy winning producers Rafael Arcaute and Moogie Canazio mingled with the group of invitees , honoring many current nominated producers and engineers, those “behind the glass” that make everything sound good. I also spoke to Gabriel Abaroa, the President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, about the upcoming events and he briefly chronicled the Latin Grammy show starting from the first show held in 2000 to its current 14th year, reaching 80-85 million people in 100 countries.

On Wednesday, I went to a press conference for 100 million album-selling and 10 time Grammy and three time Latin Grammy winning Carlos Santana’s upcoming first full-length Spanish language album, “Corazón” and its concert, “Corazón, Live from Mexico: Live It To Believe It” being filmed in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 14th, airing on HBO Latino in the spring of 2014. As a promo video for the album played, Carlos, who is one of my fav guitarists of all-time, played air guitar and bobbed his head to the music. We were the first to hear the debut sensual single featuring Juanes, “La Flaca”.  The album will also feature Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, Lila Downs, Romeo Santos, Diego Torres, Chocquibtown and R&B star Miguel. ¡No puedo esperar para escucharlo!

Later that night, I interviewed Best New Artist nominees EliaCim and Gaby Moreno (who won the following night) at the Miguel Bosé gala dinner and tribute show. Gaby told me she was shocked to learn of her own nomination onstage as she was a part of the nominee announcement ceremony herself! She spoke about her upcoming tour through California in December and plans to tour Central and South America in 2014! EliaCim told me he started playing guitar at 6 years old, never dreamed of being at the Latin Grammys and was most excited to see Draco Rosa and his fellow countryman, Dominican Juan Luis Guerra. I also spoke to drummer Adrian Sosa from Bajofondo who’d I interviewed earlier this year and ended up winning two Latin Grammys the next night. He laughed when he stated he found about their nominations through Facebook. La emoción on the carpet was palpable.

Thursday night was showtime! I arrived to find the rain had spoiled the red carpet arrivals but several stars stopped by the media room to take questions. A few minutes before the show started, we were then escorted to the Univision press box to get a bird’s eye view of the show including when Pitbull’s elevated platform passed right by to start his “Echa Pa’llá (Manos Pa’rriba)”performance featuring women hanging from chandeliers. Highlights also included Wisin y Yandel’s reunion, Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida” and Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin’s “Más y Más” performances! I left happily cansada and impressed!

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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