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Columbian singer, Juanes sweep top awards at the Latin Grammys

September 4, 2003 -- Three years ago, Juanes was a relative unknown and wondering whether his decision to move to Los Angeles and start a solo career was a good idea.

On Wednesday, the Colombian singer-songwriter was showered with five Latin Grammys, including album of the year for "Un Dia Normal" (A Normal Day) and record and song of the year for "Es Por Ti" (It's For You).

"I never thought that this was going to happen to me," said Juanes, whose album "Un Dia Normal" spent a record 65 weeks on the Billboard Latin charts. "Three years ago I was lost completely in Los Angeles."

Juanes had already won four Latin Grammys prior to Wednesday's ceremony and won all of the awards he was nominated for. He also won best rock solo album and best rock song for "Mala Gente."

While Juanes was the evening's big winner, the show's most rousing moment came at the start of the show. Celia Cruz, who just a year ago kicked off the Latin Grammys with an electrifying performance, was given a posthumous tribute, with a medley of her some of her biggest hits.

"Azucar!" - Cruz's trademark rallying cry - was the final shout of the tribute, performed by Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, India and others. The Queen of Salsa, who won an award at the Latin Grammys last year, died of a brain tumor in July.

George Lopez was the evening's host; the comedian made jokes about Latino culture and the city of Miami, where the event was held, throughout the evening, though most of them fell flat.



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