The First Latin Grammy Awards in Houston 2008

For the first time in its history, the Latin Grammy Awards were held in Houston, Texas.  Houston is not known for being a mecca of Latin music, but one of the show’s organizers, Gabriel Abaroa, noted that “We decided to take the show where our people are.”  Abaroa has a refreshingly broad view of “our people”, whom he further defined as “Who are our people? Anyone who likes to listen to bossa nova or who likes to dance salsa. You do not need to know the language to feel the music.”  The 2008 Latin Grammys were as beautiful as ever, and all applauded as Latina singer Gloria Estefan received the award for Person of the Year.

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