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  •  Residente poses with his Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.

    Residente poses with his Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 January 2018

Calle 13's Residente, Shakira and Ruben Blades are among the Latin artists that were awarded the music prize this year.

Residente received Sunday the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for his first solo project “Residente” after he left the Puerto Rican rap duo famously known as Calle 13.

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For this project, the Puerto Rican musician found inspiration in a DNA test he made on himself, leading him to visit various parts of the world.

He received the prize warning against musicians who pay too much attention to the “numbers” of views they make on YouTube.

Shakira was rewarded for the best Latin Pop Album with “El Dorado”, while Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta won the award for the Best Tropical Album for “Salsa Big Band” —none of them were present during the ceremony except Delgado.

This year, the ceremony was also enhanced with music industry's hottest stars wearing white roses in support of gender equality, after the "blackout" on the Golden Globes red carpet to draw attention to sexual harassment in showbiz,

From Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson to Sting and Khalid, the women and men sported or carried the flowers.

"A white rose symbolizes respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future," tweeted the Time's Up movement, launched by hundreds of prominent women in Tinseltown to shine a light on sexual misconduct.

For Lauper, the white rose movement was about equal pay. "Women make up 51 percent of the workforce, and it's about time we're paid equal," she said.

 

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