LAS VEGAS – The smash hit “Despacito” by Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi featuring his compatriot Daddy Yankee won the prize for “Record of the Year” at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday.
“This award is a team effort,” Luis Fonsi said on stage, giving special thanks to Daddy Yankee for joining him on the song, as well as to the producers of the single.
“To all those people who don’t take the credit but are part of the success,” the singer added, before dedicating the award also to his family and to Puerto Rico.
Among the nominees for the 18th Latin Grammys Record of the Year were Ruben Blades’s “La Flor de la Canela,” Jorge Drexler’s “El Surco,” Alejandro Fernandez’s “Quiero Que Vuelvas,” Juanes feat. Kali Uchis’s “El Ratico,” Mon Laferte feat. Juanes’s “Amarrame,” Maluma’s “Felices los 4,” Ricky Martin feat. Maluma “Vente Pa’ca,” Residente’s “Guerra,” and Shakira feat. Maluma “Chantaje.”
“Despacito” also won several in other categories, including for the Best Urban/Fusion Performance, with the remix featuring Justin Bieber, and the Best Short Form Music Video.
“Despacito” is also nominated for Song of the Year, one of Latin Grammy’s most prestigious categories.
According to the organizers, the “Record of the Year” is awarded to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer and/or mixer of the song, while the “Song of the Year” award goes to the songwriter.
One of the most popular songs around the world over the past year, “Despacito” is the most watched video in YouTube’s history with more than 4.3 billion views, and topped the US Billboard chart for 16 consecutive weeks.