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Shakira crowned new Latin Queen: Sexy singer wins 4 Grammys

Robert Dominguez, Maite Junco and Leo Standora
New York Daily News

Shakira was a big winner. New York City was the center of the Latin music universe Thursday night and Shakira was its biggest star as the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards lit up Madison Square Garden.

The celebrity-studded ceremony was held in New York for the first time. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking in Spanish, told the cheering audience, "Welcome to my house."

But the big roof-raiser was Shakira, who picked up four of the five Grammys she was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "La Tortura," along with Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album for "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1."

"I love you all. You have made me very happy tonight," she said after picking up her fourth award.

It was the first time a female artist had won in any of the top three Latin Grammy categories.

The highlight of the three-hour show was the Colombian singer's smoldering rendition of "La Tortura" with Alejandro Sanz, her chest heaving and hips swaying to the beat.

Her only loss - in the category of Best Short-Form Music Video - was to the reggaeton sensation Calle 13. The duo of Rene Perez and Eduardo Jose Cabra swept the three categories they were nominated for - the video, Best New Artist and Best Urban Album for their debut CD, "Calle 13."

Other winners were:

  • Popular Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, known as The Gentleman of Salsa - Best Salsa Album for "Directo Al Corazon."

  • Los Tigres Del Norte - Best Norteno Album for "Historias Que Contar."

  • Ricardo Arjona - Best Male Pop Vocal Album, "Adentro."

    Singer Ricky Martin was honored with a Man of the Year Award for his humanitarian work around the world.

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