Spanish artist Rosalía took the Latin Grammys by storm Thursday night as the award show celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Her second studio album, "El Mal Querer," took home all the awards it was nominated for, including Best Album Of The Year, one of the top awards of the night, and Contemporary Pop Album Of The Year.
"We did this album sitting on the floor, with two computers, a keyboard and a microphone. I swear to God. And then, we worked on it for a year and a half. That was it," said Rosalía in Spanish at the Latin Grammy stage in Las Vegas. "Winning a Grammy is the best thing that can ever happen."
Between her wins and her medley performance of "Con Altura" and "A Palé," Rosalía proved once again that she embodies the perfect marriage between the past and the present, organically blending both traditional sounds like flamenco and classical music with mainstream sounds such as pop, reggaeton and trap.
"I have no prejudices or think that one music is better than another. Flamenco is my great passion, but I also love to experiment in the studio, explore with the sounds, so it is natural and organic for me to experiment. And of course, urban music is part of my references as well as classical music, other kinds of music from my country and even Jamaican music," Rosalía told NBC News in April.
Just like Rosalía, the Latin Grammys were a celebration of the Latin music industry's evolution.
The show opened with tropical music veterans Olga Tañón and Milly Quezada and Brazilian pop star Anitta performing late singer Celia Cruz's iconic hit "La Vida Es Un Carnaval." The song quickly turned into a medley paying tribute to Latin music legends Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian and Gustavo Cerati.
Mexican crooners Carlos Rivera, Reik and Leonel García sang Juan Gabriel’s “Querida.” Natalia Jiménez, Calibre 50 and Prince Royce performed “Secreto de Amor” from the late regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian. Rock stars Draco Rosa, Fito Páez, Beto Cuevas and Ricky Martin sang “Música Ligera,” honoring late Argentine star Gustavo Cerati.
One of the highly awaited moments of the night was when Mexican living legend Vicente "Chente" Fernández, also know as "The King of Ranchera Music," took the stage with his son Alejandro Fernández and grandson Alex Fernández. The three generations shared the stage together for the first time.
"To every audience member, who I feel are like my family, everyone on the radio who have made me the son of many cities I love so much, all over Central and South America, the United States, all of you will be in my heart until the day I die," said "Chente" after the performance.