Marc Anthony, Draco Rosa and Carlos Vives win big prizes at Latin Grammys

By Ryan Book, The Music Times | Nov 22, 2013 10:25 AM EST

Predicting the Grammys is hard, because less often does the actual best song win. The best bet is to make a political choice, using logic to reason out why one artist is more likely to win than another. The Latin Grammys are even tougher, because A) We don't speak Spanish and B) we're not as familiar with the music or the behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Therefore we at Music Times are PROUD to have gotten one out of three predictions correct for the major prizes. Let's see how we did: 

Record of The Year

Our Prediction: "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony

WINNER: "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony

Anthony is no stranger to the Latin Grammys, having won four in the past, but his song "Vivir Mi Vida" was inescapable as well, certainly in the streets of El Barrio and Washington Heights (where we heard it every day at least twenty-something times). If you couldn't tell from the title, it's a pop anthem about living your life, and the catchiest song you'll hear this year. In any language. 

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Album of The Year

Our Prediction: Corazón Profundo by Carlos Vives

WINNER: "Vida" by Draco Rosa

We'll venture as far as to say that Draco Rosa is the Justin Timberlake of Latin boy band Menudo. Sure, Ricky Martin peaked as the group's most popular member, but Rosa proves with Vida that he's  got the best songwriters on his side. Considering that this album is his comeback from a 2011 bout with cancer, it should have been easy to see this award going to Rosa. But...

Song of The Year

Our Prediction: "Um Abraçaço" by Caetano Veloso

WINNER: "Volví A Nacer" by Andres Castro & Carlos Vives

We knew that Vives had to win somewhere, and we guessed the one award he didn't win (the Colombian needed up taking home three trophies). We don't speak Spanish, but we aware enough to notice a theme running in this year's big winners: "Live My Life," "Life" and "Born Again." Could certainly be a worse theme. 

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