The 8th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will take Las Vegas by storm tonight, but in reality, the festivities kicked off last night in the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where a number of Latin stars practiced their big entrance at an event honoring Juan Luis Guerra as Person of the Year.
Following a projection of videos and photos of the Dominican singer’s 23-year artistic career, the poet of the pueblo, 50, was welcomed with a standing ovation. The artist was then celebrated with a musical tribute from colleagues like Ricky Martin, Diego Torres, Millie Quezada, Lucero and Daddy Yankee.
The show’s opener was Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, who performed “Me enamoro de ella,” but seemed to forget the second verse of the song.
“Juan Luis Guerra’s music breaks boundaries,” Martin expressed. “Luis, this is just the beginning for you. Get ready, because good things are on the way.”
Singers from all over Latin America brought their own versions of the Dominican singer’s songs to the stage.
Here’s a list of the kind words that stars at the event had for the honored artist:
-Lucero: “When you sing, your songs really go straight to our hearts. Many blessings, always. You’re the best.”
-Diego Torres: “You’re a source of inspiration for all of us who have ever sat down and tried to write a song.”
-Daddy Yankee: “You’re an inspiration for the whole world. I respect you so much as a human being. You’re the boss.”
The following is a list of the songs performed at the event:
-Ricky Martin: “Me enamoro de ella”, Lucero: “Burbujas de amor”, Orishas: “Niágara en bicicleta”, Diego Torres: “Estrellitas y duendes”, Daddy Yankee: “Las avispas”, Víctor Manuelle: “Cartas de amor”, Daniela Mercury: “Woman del calla’o”, Millie Quezada con Johnny Ventura: “La cosquillita”, Aleks Syntek: “Bachata rosa”, Carlos Vives: “Ojalá que llueva café”.
-Juan Luis Guerra sang “Travesía” and “La llave de mi corazón”