Sanz, Rita Top Winners at Latin Grammys

Sanz, Rita Top Winners at Latin Grammys
Sara De Boer/Retna

09/02/2004 08:00AM

Alejandro Sanz and Maria Rita were the top winners at Wednesday's 5th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Sanz's four awards were for male pop vocal album award and album of the year (for No Es Lo Mismo), as well as song of the year and record of the year – though the Spanish heartthrob was a no-show at the ceremony, owing to his current touring schedule, the Associated Press reports.

Rita's Grammys were for best new artist and best Musica Popular Brasileira Album, for Maria Rita.

"When I was little I used to watch the Grammys with the family and we all knew how important it was to all the artists involved. I'm one of you now," the Brazilian jazz artist told the crowd after winning her second honor.

The show kicked off with Spanish flamenco-singer David Bisbal's flashy dance number, which he followed with a romantic power-ballad duet with Jessica Simpson. He delivered his lyrics in Spanish, she in English.

Other winners included Milton Nascimento's Brazilian song award for "A Festa"; Valdes, for his collaboration with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala in the traditional tropical album category for Lagrimas Negras; Jimmy Gonzalez and Grupo Mazz, best Tejano album for Live En El Valle; and Los Tigres Del Norte, the Norteno album prize for Pacto De Sangre.

Comedian George Lopez served as host of the ceremony, which CBS broadcast – and once bleeped, when Lopez joked that President George W. Bush speaks some Spanish, said AP.

Lopez then uttered a phrase in Spanish that, politely translated, means: "Don't lie to me." In English, he joked that it meant: "Good luck in your future endeavors."

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