Rap duo Calle 13 opens Latin Grammys in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Puerto Rican hip-hop duo Calle 13 opened the Latin Grammy Awards with an emotional rendition of their Hispanic anthem “Latinoamerica.”

Frontman René Pérez Joglar dedicated the song to Hispanics everywhere during Latin music’s biggest night Thursday in Las Vegas.

The socially charged rap group had already picked up four awards before the show’s open and were nominated for six more.

The Latin Grammy Awards represent the diversity of Latin American music, with performers from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Spain and other nations coming together to celebrate pop, rock, salsa, rap, country and other genres.

Crossover stars Shakira, Pitbull and Marc Anthony were among the dozens of international pop stars scheduled to take the stage, along with Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman, R&B crooner Usher, and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.