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Latin Grammys: Music, Celebrities, And Calls for Latino Voting Power

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The excitement leading up to the 16th Annual Latin Grammys did not disappoint. The biggest winner Thursday night was Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, who won in four out of the five categories she was nominated in, including "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year" with her track "Hasta la Raiz".

The most prestigious award, "Album of the Year", went to Dominican icon and bachata artist Juan Luis Guerra for "Todo Tiene su Hora." The artists thanked his fellow nominees and tweeted: "An honor sharing this award with the nominees! Thanks to LatinGRAMMYs. We feel blessed and give glory to our Lord Jesus!"

Although the night celebrated the musicians changing the face of Latin music, it also served as a reminder of the Latin force in American politics. During their acceptance speech for "Best Pop/Rock Album", ManΓ‘ urged Hispanic voters to user their voting power in the upcoming 2016 elections.

"This is how we can use our power," lead singer Fher Olvera said, "We have to exercise our right to vote, and vote for those who will give more quality (of life) to Latinos, to the candidates. Use your strength, Latinos!"

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