Juan Luis Guerra wins 5 trophies to sweep Latin Grammys

Good for him ! Well deserved recognition for one of the great artists of our time.

Juan Luis Guerra wins 5 trophies to sweep Latin Grammys
From the Associated Press
November 8, 2007

LAS VEGAS — Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, taking home five musical honors including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.

Guerra’s album, “La Llave De Mi Corazon,” and its playful, upbeat title track also won the singer and his band, 440, trophies for best merengue album and tropical song.

Praise for “La Llave,” also extended to its production, as the album garnered the award for best engineered album.

“I want to dedicate this award to the Dominican Republic,” said Guerra of his homeland upon being named the Latin Recording Academy’s person of the year, recognizing career and personal achievements. Guerra talked about Tropical Storm Noel, which recently thrashed the Caribbean nation and killed several dozen.

“In recent days, we’ve had some difficult moments … But we are a strong and courageous people,” said Guerra.

Guerra, credited with popularizing the bachata dance rhythms outside the Dominican Republic, bested Miguel Bose, reggaeton duo Calle 13, Ricky Martin and Alejandro Sanz for the album of the year prize.

Among the artists he beat out in his record of the year win were Martin and other superstars: Beyonce and Shakira, and Bose and Paulina Rubio.

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