Mexican rock group Camila has a big night at the Latin Grammy Awards
Camila, the Mexican soft rock group, captured the award for song and record of the year with "Mientes" at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night. The ceremony, at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, had the feeling of a kind of coronation party for the group, which has surged to hemispheric popularity over the last five years.
Camila also won best pop album for "Dejarte de Amar," the record that yielded "Mientes."
Toward the other end of the generational spectrum, the veteran 53-year-old artist Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic took home the album of the year trophy for his contemplative, socially conscious "A Son De Guerra."
As per its custom, the Latin academy tilted toward familiar names at this year's event, bestowing awards on such venerable perennial winners as Tropicalia godfather Gilberto Gil, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz and Guerra.
In perhaps the ceremony's most moving gesture, the academy demonstrated its support, and possibly also its sympathy, for Gustavo Cerati, the former frontman for the seminal Argentine rock band Soda Stereo during the 1990s, who went on to launch a highly successful solo career.
The singer-songwriter, who has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires in a coma since early this year after suffering a stroke, won the best rock album award for “Fuerza Natural” (“Force of Nature”) as well as best rock song for “Déjà Vu."
-- Reed Johnson
Photo: Camila accepting its award for record of the year. Credit: Associated Press