Berklee Alumni Win Four Latin Grammys, 30 Students Perform with Superstar Alejandro Sanz

By 
Nick Balkin
November 22, 2013
Thirty Berklee students performed with Alejandro Sanz at the 14th Latin Grammy Awards.
Berklee AVP of Artist and Music Industry Relations Carl Beatty (left) with alumnus Benny Faccone '78, who won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year as a mixer on Draco Rosa's Vida.

Four Berklee alumni won Latin Grammys and 30 Berklee students performed with Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards, held Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. 

This year's alumni winners include Juan Luis Guerra '83, whose Asondeguerra Tour won Best Contemporary Tropical Album; Benny Faccone '78, who mixed Draco Rosa's Vida, which won Album of the Year; Sebastian De Peyrecave '04, who won Best Engineered Album for his work on Kany Garcia's self-titled album; and Welsey Cole Switzer '07 for performing on Lucky Díaz y La Familia Música's album ¡Fantastico!, which one for Best Children's Music Album.

At the event, 30 Berklee students from 14 countries joined Sanz on stage to perform his single "La Música No Se Toca." The opportunity for the performance came when students backed Sanz at a career-spanning concert at Berklee on November 6, the night the college awarded him an honorary doctorate.

 

Sanz's La Música No Se Toca won in the Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category. 

Alumni Shafik Palis '01 and Tommy Torres '93, and Javier Limón, artistic director for the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute, were also nominated this year for Latin Grammy Awards. 

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, to date, 26 Berklee alumni have received 75 Latin Grammy Awards. 100 Berklee alumni have received 231 Grammy Awards. Read complete lists of award-winners from the Berklee community.