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The Latest: 'Despacito' takes home 4 Latin Grammy Awards

The Latest on the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards being presented Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

"Despacito" won big at the Latin Grammys.

Luis Fonsi's megahit featuring Daddy Yankee was the biggest winner of the night Thursday, picking up four trophies. The song, whose video is the most watched on YouTube, was honored for record of the year, best short-form music video, best urban fusion/performance and song of the year.

Puerto Rican rapper Residente, who lead the nominations ahead of the ceremony in Las Vegas, took home trophies for best urban music album for his self-titled album and best urban song for "Somos anormales."

Meanwhile, Colombian megastar Juanes claimed the trophy for best pop/rock album, breaking the record of 21 awards that he shared with Calle 13.

The last award of the night went to "Salsa Big Band" of Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado and orchestra.


7:30 p.m.

Alejandro Sanz has dedicated his person of the year award at the Latin Grammys to the young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, commonly referred to as "dreamers."

Sanz also dedicated the award to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Texas and Florida, all areas that were recently affected by natural disasters. He sang his hits "Corazon partio" and "No es lo mismo" with a group of "dreamers."

Sanz, who is celebrating two decades since the "Mas" album launched him to international stardom, was earned the award for his achievements in music and his philanthropic contributions to organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace.

Sanz told reporters backstage that laws sometimes "are written in law firms and people are not given consideration."

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards are being presented at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


5:30 p.m.

Luis Fonsi's megahit "Despacito" featuring Daddy Yankee has won the record of the year award at this year's Latin Grammys.

The Latin Grammy Awards opened Thursday with a moment of silence for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, followed by a performance by one of its native sons.

Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag, rapper Residente kicked off this year's show with a performance of his song "Hijos del Canaveral," a tribute to his homeland.

Actor-singer Jaime Camil and singer-actress Roselyn Sanchez are hosting the ceremony that's airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Univision.

Colombian megastar Juanes claimed the first prize awarded during the live show. He took home the trophy for best pop/rock album, breaking the record of 21 awards that he shared with Calle 13.

Residente leads the nominations with nine nods for his work post-Calle 13.

"Hijos de del Canaveral" is a best tropical song contender.


4:20 p.m.

The megahit "Despacito," which highlights the color and beauty of a now-devastated San Juan, Puerto Rico neighborhood, has won the Latin Grammy for best short-form music video.

The video that has become the most watched music video ever on YouTube, with over 4.3 billion views. The award was handed out Thursday during a pre-telecast event in which the bulk of the awards were distributed.

Video director Carlos R. Perez says the success of the video and song in Spanish is a clear indication that "the Latino culture is becoming more and more of an influential part of not only the U.S. but globally."

The Luis Fonsi megahit earned four nominations this year: record and song of the year, as well as best urban fusion/performance for its remix with Justin Bieber and best short form music video for its clip.

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. EST on Univision. More than 15 performances are scheduled for the show.


3:20 p.m.

Residente, Mon Laferte and the megahit "Despacito" have each earned trophies ahead of Thursday's 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards.

Residente takes home the trophy for the best urban music album during a pre-telecast event in which the bulk of the categories are awarded. He leads nominations with nine nods for his first solo album post-Calle 13.

The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. EST on Univision. The Latin Recording Academy has promised performances by Alejandro Sanz, Maluma, Residente and more.

Laferte won the first Latin Grammy of her career in the category of best alternative song for "Amarrame."

"Despacito (Remix)," a version of the megahit of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber won the award for best urban fusion/performance.


2:30 p.m.

With his first solo album, Residente has everything to gain at this year's Latin Grammy Awards.

The Puerto Rican rapper leads the nominations ahead of the Thursday ceremony in Las Vegas with nine nods for his work post-Calle 13, including album, record and song of the year. Colombian sensation Maluma has the second most nominations this year with seven, while Shakira's comeback garnered six.

The largest celebration of Spanish-language music comes at a time when many Latinos are wondering if there's anything to celebrate this year as they've felt the effects of the Trump administration's immigration agenda and their communities were destroyed by natural disasters. The Latin Recording Academy has promised performances by Alejandro Sanz, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Residente and more.

The show airs at 8 p.m. EST on Univision.

In only 4 days, Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.

Billboard reports the album, "reputation," sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release.

Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's "Divide" was the year's best-selling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" has sold 842,000 units.

Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — Sheeran's album has sold 2.3 million units overall. Lamar's has moved 2.5 million units.

Swift's "reputation" is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. It's Swift's fourth album to sell more than 1 million units in its first week of release.

Swift became the first artist to have three albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first week when "1989" reached the feat in 2014. Her albums "Speak Now" and "Red" also sold more than 1 million units in their debut weeks.

Latin Grammys pay tribute to Puerto Rico in songs, speeches

Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards were a love letter to Puerto Rico, with several artists dedicating their performances and awards to the island hard hit by Hurricane Maria.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, rapper Residente and singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi, all of Puerto Rican heritage, dedicated their awards to their homeland.

Fonsi's global hit "Despacito" was the night's big winner, making good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year.

"This song is a hymn to Puerto Rico," Fonsi said backstage. "Everything I do, and everything I will do, now more than ever, is to continue celebrating my island, my culture, my homeland and my music, and to make sure the public knows that Puerto Rico needs help."

Miranda, recognized for his artistic and philanthropic work with the President's Merit Award, thanked his wife, his parents, his many collaborators and his Puerto Rican roots. He said he intended to remind the U.S. government that the residents of the island territory "are human beings, too."

The ceremony, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast live on Univision, opened with a moment of silence for Puerto Rico, followed by a performance by one of its native sons. Residente wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag he performed his song "Hijos del Canaveral" ("Sons of Canaveral"), a tribute to his country.

He also won two awards: urban album for his self-titled solo debut and urban song for "Somos Anormales" ("We Are Abnormal"). Ruben Blades won the top prize, album of the year, for "Salsa Big Band." Other winners included Shakira, for contemporary pop album, Juanes, for pop-rock album, and Vicente Garcia, who was named best new artist.

Most of the night's awards were presented during a pre-telecast ceremony, while the live broadcast was dominated by performances, including Natalia Lafourcade, Maluma, Juanes, J Balvin, Lila Downs, CNCO, Mon Laferte, Nicky Jam and Carlos Vives.

Besides Puerto Rico, the Latin Grammys also had a political element. Multiple nominee Danay Suarez spoke about sexual harassment. Presenter Wilmer Valderrama urged viewers to "make history in the next three years." Other artists noted that music has no borders and no walls.

Alejandro Sanz, who received a special award, used his time onstage to call attention to the "dreamers" affected by President Donald Trump's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

As the Latin Recording Academy's 2017 Person of the Year, Sanz was feted during a starry gala earlier this week. On Thursday, he performed a medley of his hits, closing with a group of young people onstage wearing T-shirts that read, "We have one dream."

Sanz said backstage he was incredulous that such a decision could be made "in this century, in this country" with apparent disregard for the people it would impact.

"This is their country, in the end," he said. "These are the kids who will have the courage to say a border is not going to stop me. That's why I say that for every stone that's placed or every wall that's built, there will always be a call behind it to take it down."


Cohen reported from Los Angeles.

Lady Gaga stops show after seeing fan bleeding in the audience

Lady Gaga stopped in the middle of a concert to check on a fan who reportedly started bleeding after she was hit in the face -- presumably by accident -- in the middle of the show.

People reported that Gaga, who is back on her Joanne World Tour, was in Connecticut when the incident occurred. 

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“I just looked over and I saw,” Gaga said in a video a fan account posted to Twitter. “Are you all right? Do you need some extra help? Yeah? OK, so do you need a paramedic? They’re on their way? OK.”

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After learning the fan’s name is Meredith, Gaga went on to say, “Meredith, I’m so sorry that you got hit in the face and that you’re bleeding.” The audience gasped.

“You OK? We’re going to make sure that you’re OK, all right?”

The audience cheered as Gaga stood up.

“OK. I think she is gonna go off to see the doctors. What we all need to remember is that there are some things that are more important than show business. So we’ll do this one for Meredith, all right?” 

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The singer then broke out into an a cappella version of “Paparazzi.” She paused her singing and then said, “Make sure to give that girl a backstage pass, too.”

Gaga is back on tour after taking a break to focus on her health. She previously canceled recent tour dates in Europe due to her chronic pain from fibromyalgia.

Carpenters returns with vinyl remasters of hit albums

Fans of the Carpenters are about to have a dozen reasons to be on top of the world.

Twelve of the best-selling duo's albums have been remastered and pressed on high-quality vinyl. "Carpenters — The Vinyl Collection," which includes their hits "We've Only Just Begun" and "Top of the World," will be released on Friday.

Richard Carpenter says the new releases lack the pops and other noises of records from yesteryear.

The remastering process required him to go back and listen to the music he and his sister Karen created decades ago. Karen Carpenter died from complications of anorexia nervosa in 1983.

He tells The Associated Press the process has reminded him "just how marvelously talented" his sister was.

Comedy or not, 'Get Out' is a unique Oscar contender

The movie year seems destined to conclude the way it essentially began: With everybody talking about "Get Out."

Jordan Peele's horror sensation is again the subject of debate after it was reported that Universal Pictures submitted the film for Golden Globe Awards consideration as a comedy, rather than a drama. The film's classification will ultimately reside with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but whatever the outcome, the controversy shows how "Get Out" is already challenging the conventions of Hollywood's prestige movie season.

Peele, himself, has showed no desire to quell the backlash, only to slyly prod it.

"Get Out," he said simply on Twitter, is a documentary. Appearing on "The Late Show" on Wednesday night, Peele stuck with that label for his race-savvy social satire.

"The movie is truth. The thing that resonated with people is truth," said Peele, before seguing into a joke. "For me, it's more of a historical biopic. The original title was 'Get Out: The Kanye West Story' but I had to lop off the end."

Most experts believe "Get Out," which made $253.4 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget, is a favorite for a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Universal has mailed for-your-consideration screeners, and an awards campaign has been mounted.

If "Get Out" were to be nominated, it would be unusual on many counts. Seldom are directorial debuts, February releases or horror films nominated for best picture. (Among the few horror films that have been are "The Exorcist, "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Sixth Sense.") And then there's the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' poor record of nominating African-American-led movies and the "OscarsSoWhite" protests that have accompanied several recent Academy Awards.

The hard-to-define "Get Out" is poised to be an Oscar contender unlike any seen before, but not just for those traits. Peele's acclaimed film is an uncommonly sharp big-screen commentary on the real horrors of black existence and the hollowness of liberal progressiveness. It's a monster movie where society, as seen through African-American eyes, is terrifying.

"It doesn't fit into a genre," Peele told Colbert. "It sort of subverts the idea of genre. It is the kind of movie that black people can laugh at but white people not so much."

That's why many reacted strongly to simplifying "Get Out" as a comedy, even though Peele (half of the comedy duo of Key and Peele) is a comic veteran. Calling it a comedy in a way trivializes the racism it's depicting. "Was this a joke?" wondered Lakeith Stanfield, who co-stars in the film.

The Globes have previously confounded with their divisions between drama and comedy, most recently with the award-winning sci-fi adventure "The Martian." Judd Apatow and others objected to Ridley Scott's film being lumped in with the likes of Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck," and thereby finding an easier route to taking home hardware. When "Martian" star Matt Damon, who won best actor in a comedy for his performance in "The Martian" returned last year to present, he called his comedy win "funnier, literally, than anything in 'The Martian.'"

But "Get Out" is a unique case. And nothing on Mars is nearly so scary as what lies here on Earth in Peele's film.


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Tanglewood to host big musical tribute to Leonard Bernstein

The site of Leonard Bernstein's (BURN'-stines) longest-running gig is throwing the late composer a big birthday party.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, is paying tribute to America's most celebrated maestro by dedicating its 2018 season to Bernstein.

The Massachusetts-born conductor and composer would have turned 100 on Aug. 25, 2018. He died in 1990 at age 72 in New York City.

Bernstein was a fixture at the annual summer music festival at Tanglewood for half a century.

The 2018 season at the leafy outdoor venue in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts kicks off June 15 and runs through Sept. 2.

It will feature Boston Symphony renditions of Bernstein's wide range of compositions for orchestra, Broadway and film. Bernstein wrote the score for "West Side Story" and other musicals.

Steve Harvey to ring in 2018 with a special Fox telecast

Move over ABC, CNN and all the other networks planning to ring in the New Year. This year Steve Harvey will be hosting his own brand of New Year's revelry on Fox.

The popular personality and talk-show host will be stationed in Times Square for "Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey." It will air Sunday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

In its announcement Thursday, Fox said Harvey will be joined by surprise celebrity guests and some of the year's top music artists to wrap up 2017 and kick off 2018. These guests and co-hosts will be announced later.

The special adds to an already jammed schedule for Harvey, who hosts six TV shows and a nationally syndicated radio show.

15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

A resort and 15-acre crystal-clear lagoon is being planned for Orlando's Lake Nona development, officials with the Tavistock Development Company said Wednesday.

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Company officials said crews will break ground on the Lake Nona Resort on Lake Nona's southern shore next year. It's expected to open in 2020.

The eight-story resort will feature 250 rooms, 80 condominium units, a spa and a beach volleyball venue.

The resort's lagoon -- one the nation’s largest man-made crystal-clear lagoons -- will be lined with sandy beaches and have the potential to be expanded to more than 20 acres. Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming, sailing and paddle boarding.

The lagoon will be accessible by resort guests and members of the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, company officials said.

Expansion plans include luxury condominiums, single-family homes and a beach club along the lagoon, officials said.

The wellness resort will also feature an expansive rooftop lounge and ballroom and several restaurants.

Company officials announced Monday that a water sports park will be built near the Orlando VA Medical Center.

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Kids who read ‘Harry Potter’ are less prejudiced and more mature, study says

Did you read “Harry Potter” books as a kid? You’re a better human being than most, scientists say. 

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Researchers from universities in Italy published a paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology that explored how story reading can be a powerful strategy in improving human attitudes.

Many of the fictional groups in “Harry Potter,” including muggles, were marginalized much like immigrants, homosexuals and refugees are in the real world. That’s why scientists wanted to use the novels to examine the “perception of stigmatized groups” among elementary, high school and university students. 

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First, they administered a six-week course on “Harry Potter” to 34 fifth-graders. By the end of the course, the students were asked to fill out a questionnaire on immigration. They found that those who read the book discussed topics such as bigotry and prejudice, while those who didn’t read it did not. 

Next, they studied 117 high school students and discovered that those who dived into “Harry Potter” had more positive perceptions of the LGBT communities than those who did not.

Lastly, they assessed college students. They noticed that those who read it had less of an emotional connection with Voldemort, the villain of the series, and had "improved attitudes toward refugees," the study read.

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“Results from one experimental intervention and two cross-sectional studies show that reading the novels of ‘Harry Potter’ improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups among those more identified with the main positive character and those less identified with the main negative character,” the authors wrote. 

“Participants reading about Harry Potter's interactions with characters belonging to stigmatized groups may have learned to take the perspective of discriminated group members,” they said, adding, “and in turn, applied this enhanced ability to understand disadvantaged groups to real-world out-group categories.”

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Since their findings demonstrated that reading “Harry Potter” books yielded positive attitudes among children, they believe their studies could help reduce prejudices against disadvantaged groups. 

For future experiments, they hope to test other popular novels that may have similar effects. 

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