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Enrique wins three Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias has picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade, winning three trophies including song of the year for his platinum hit, Bailando.

The singer accepted his awards from Paris, where he has been on tour. Bailando also won best urban song and performance, beating Latin Grammy favourites Calle 13.

Enrique won his first and only previous Latin Grammy in 2003 for best male pop vocal album for Quizas.

Calle 13 walked into the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the top competitors. Eduardo Cabra of the duo was nominated for 10 awards, including producer of the year, while the group was up for nine, including album, song and record of the year - all of which they lost.

Instead, Paco de Lucia - the celebrated Mexican guitarist who died earlier this year - won album of the year for his final effort, Cancion Andaluza. The album also won best flamenco album, an award de Lucia won twice throughout his career.

Juanes, who was originally tied with Calle 13 with 19 Latin Grammys in total, won best pop/rock album for Loco De Amor, giving him a career total of 20.

Calle 13, who performed at the ceremony, picked up gongs for best alternative song for El Aguante and urban music album for Multiviral, giving them 21 statuettes in total.

"We are happy. We have 21 (Latin) Grammys and it is a dream. We never thought we would have this in our lives," Calle 13 vocalist Rene Perez told reporters backstage.

A taped performance of Bailando from Enrique closed the three-hour show. The song, which features Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno, has sold more than 1.2 million tracks in the United States and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is the longest-running number one hit on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs.

Jorge Drexler was a double winner taking home record of the year for Universos Paralelos with Ana Tijoux and best singer-songwriter album for Bailar En La Cueva. Marc Anthony, who got married earlier this month, won best salsa album for 3.0. He performed with reggae-pop band MAGIC!, singing a Spanish version of their worldwide hit, Rude.

The night featured a number of collaborative performances: Rockers Camila, who won best contemporary pop vocal album, performed with Ricky Martin; RnB singer Chris Brown sang alongside Pitbull and Wisin; and Pitbull returned to the stage to rap next to guitar maven Carlos Santana.

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Mariana Vega won best new artist and the icon Joan Manuel Serrat was named person of the year.

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