Awards Celebrate a City Pulsing With Latin Sounds

Shakira, the Colombian singer and songwriter who is both an ambitious artist and a hip-swiveling sex symbol, reigned over Latin music at the Latin Grammy Awards, which were held for the first time in New York City last night at Madison Square Garden. The show began and ended with New York City’s durable Latin style, salsa.

The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Shakira’s 2005 Spanish-language album, “Fijación Oral Vol. 1,” won awards for album of the year and best female pop vocal album, and her single “La Tortura” won song of the year and record of the year.

She dedicated one of her awards to hard-working Latin immigrants in search of a dream, and another to the city where she grew up, Barranquilla, Colombia.

Her performance was split between the serious and the sultry; she sang “La Pared” in a long, black dress, alone with a pianist, then returned with bared midriff and hip-swaying, chest-shaking moves to perform “La Tortura.”

Last night’s show was the seventh Latin Grammy Awards. For its first five years, the show was conducted in English (though it was often bilingual) and was broadcast on the CBS network. Last year, it moved to the Spanish-language network Univision and switched to Spanish throughout.


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