Last year, the awards show took a different turn and took a trip to the Dominican Republic. Juan Luis Guerra stole the show by winning five awards, including Best Album of the Year, Best Song of the Year, Best Merengue Album, Best Tropical Song, and Best Recording of the Year for La llave de mi corazón.
The stellar night featured big winner Shakira who triumphed in categories including Best Song, Best Recording of the year, Best Female Pop Album, Best Sound Engineering, and Best Album for her song "La tortura" and her albumFijación oral
Like a ping pong game, the ball went back to Juanes's court this year. The "La camisa negra" singer won three awards for Best Music Video, Best Rock Artist, and Best Rock Singer. Guess who was the runner up for most awards? Sanz, of course!
This time Juanes gave back the reigning title to his pal Alejandro Sanz, who couldn't attend the ceremony, but nevertheless, pick up more than a few gramophones for Best Song of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Best Male Album of the Year, and Best Recording of the Year. Days later, he was able to celebrate his success, when his producer Lulo Pérez, who accepted in his name, gave him the awards.
The following year Alejandro Sanz reigned again, making him the most prized winner of the year. He took home three GRAMMY's in the categories of Best Recording of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year, for his MTV Unplugged album.
The ceremony, which was scheduled on September 11th of that year had to be canceled because of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. Instead, the winners were announced during a press conference where winner Alejandro Sanz won the most awards for Recording of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Album, and Best Album of the Year for El alma al aire.
During the first year of the Latin GRAMMYs, music group Maná, musician Carlos Santana and singer Luis Miguel became the winners of the night, snagging 3 Grammy's each. With the song "Corazón espinado", the rockers and Santana got Best Song of the Year and Best Duo, and each one won Best Pop Interpretation and Best Instrumentals. Luis Miguel won Best Album of the Year, Best Male Singer, and Best Recording for his album Amarte es un placer.