Worst: Bomba Estéreo bombs "Despacito"
The crown jewel of this year's Latin Grammys was unquestionably Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's crossover hit, "Despacito." The song won all four of its nominations – and how could it not? The record-breaking smash hit has reached 4 billion views on YouTube, and remained Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks. While anglophone media has struggled to decipher the hit's unprecedented level of global popularity, myriad outlets have credited Justin Bieber's remix of the song. Whether it helped or not, Biebz got no shouts from "Despacito" crew – not even when the remix won Best Urban Fusion/Performance. (Not that he would understand them, anyway.)
As for the ceremony's finale, Luis Fonsi enlisted Diplo, psychedelic cumbia duo Bomba Estereo, and salsa veteran Victor Manuelle to season the smash hit with unique stylistic variations, one at a time. Unfortunately, this may have been a touch ambitious: when Bomba Estéreo's Li Saumet wailed through no-show Daddy Yankee's rap verses, her delivery was off-key and borderline cringeworthy. No need to change a good thing!