The Latin Grammys are shifting base for the first time! The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced that the awards ceremony will be moving to Spain for its 2023 edition instead of the usual US venue.
The organizers are considering the city of Seville as a potential venue; however, things are not finalized as of now. Since its inception in 2000, the ceremony has been held in the US until 2022.
Latin Grammys Moving to Spain in 2023
Announcing the move, a press conference was held between the board of Andalucía and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Andalucía board president Juanma Manuel Moreno revealed that they had a three-year deal to host the Latin Grammys and two major concert events in the region.
“Andalusia will host two major concerts this year, starting in September, and will host Latin Grammy Week in November. A week of top-level activities with at least eight major musical events will end with the awards ceremony. One week in which the most important Latin music stars will shine precisely in Andalusia,” Moreno said.
“We are considering Seville to celebrate the 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards this November, but we are still working through the logistics with our partners TelevisaUnivision. We will share additional details about the date and location of the next Latin Grammys soon,” the Latin Recording Academy revealed.
Manuel Abud, the CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, also released a statement following the development. “That the Latin Grammys will leave the United States for the first time is the reason for special celebration, and what better place to hold them than Andalusia,” he stated.
Andalusia is a famous tourist destination in Spain known for its scenic beauty comprising hills and rivers. The city of Seville has previously hosted another major award event, the MTV European Music Awards, in 2019.
The Awards Ceremony has been Held in the US Since Its Inception
The Latin Grammys were inaugurated in 2000 to ‘nurture, celebrate, honor, and elevate Latin music and its creators.’ Since then, the ceremony has taken place in Las Vegas mostly. Some editions were also held in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
For the last few months, there had been several rumors about the awards moving abroad; however, the official confirmation was awaited. The Latin Recording Academy was formed in the US as a sister organization to the Academy, but it focused on international music, particularly Spanish and Portuguese.
The financial details of the deal between the Latin Academy and the Andalucía board have not been revealed yet; however, sources say that economics has played a major role in the awards shift to Spain. Andalucía board president Moreno said that the events would have a financial impact of an estimated 500 million Euros in the region.
As for the 2022 Latin Grammys, the awards were held at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas in November. Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana took home the biggest trophies of Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their song Tocarte. The Album of the Year went to Rosalía for Motomami.
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