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Christina Wins Latin Grammy

Aguilera, Sanz top this year's winners

October 30, 2001 12:00 AM ET

The winners of the 2001 Latin Grammys were announced at a press conference in the Conga Room in Los Angeles on October 30th. Christina Aguilera, who had been announced to present the awards along with Jimmy Smits, was unable to attend the event due to a bout with the flu. Nonetheless, the singer still picked up an award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album for her Spanish language release, Mi Reflejo.

But Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz was the big winner. Sanz walked away with four awards: Record of the Year, Best Pop Male Vocal Album and Album of the Year for El Alma Al Aire, and Song of the Year for the title track from that album.

Columbian rock singer Juanes took home an award for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for Fijate Bien. The track earned Juanes the Best Rock Song Award as well. Juanes was on hand at the ceremony to accept the award as well as perform.

The complete list of Latin Grammy winners:

Record of the Year
Alejandro Sanz, El Alma Al Aire

Song of the Year
Alejandro Sanz, "El Alma Al Aire"

Best Male Pop Vocal Album
Alejandro Sanz, El Alma Al Aire

Best Female Pop Vocal Album
Christina Aguilera, Mi Reflejo

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Sindicato Argentino Del Hip Hop, Un Paso A La Eternidad

Best Rock Solo Vocal Album
Juanes, Fijate Bien

Best Flamenco Album
Vicente Amigo, Ciudad De Las Ideas

Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group With Vocal
Aterciopelados, Gozo Poderoso

Best Norteño Album
Ramón Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte, Quémame Los Ojos/Amigos Del Alma

Best Traditional Tropical Album
Celia Cruz, Siempre Viviré

Best Ranchero Album
Pedro Fernández, Yo No Fui

Best Grupero Album
Limite, Por Encima De Todo

Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group With Vocal
Armando Manzanero, Duetos

Best Merengue Album
Chichi Peralta, ...De Vuelta Al Barrio

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Nestor Torres, This Side of Paradise

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