Tonight is the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards, with actors and singers Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sanchez as hosts. The awards show starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT on the Univision network and there are a couple options when it comes to watch the show online via live stream. Some include free trials so that you do not have to pay to watch the event. Yesterday, the Latin Recording Academy held an additional, special awards ceremony prior to tonight’s big show and Billboard reported that several artists received the Lifetime Achievement award. Lucecita Benitez, JoAo Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Rio, Guadalupe Pineda and Cuco Valoy each took home the award. E! News reports that another honor was also given, the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Alejandro Sanz was this year’s recipient and he was celebrated by music artists Nick Jonas, Juanes, Camila Cabello, Anitta, and Residente. Natalia Lafourcade, Juan Luis Guerra, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Nina Pastori, Mon Laferte, Jesse y Joy, Rosalia, and Gian Marco also executed performances for the tribute.
At tonight’s awards show, Lin-Manuel Miranda is the recipient of the Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award. Gabriel Abaroa Jr., the President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, explains the choice to honor Miranda in a statement to the press. Abaroa stated that, “Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead. He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”
Residente is the lead nominee at tonight’s awards, with nine nominations. Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming, said to Billboard that Residente would be a shoe-in, at least for Album of the Year. Cobo stated, “I would be so surprised if Residente doesn’t win this. A superb album, great backstory, strong Grammy history. Having said that, I love Nicky Jam’s album not just because of the hits, but because of everything it symbolizes in his comeback.” Suzette Fernandez, assistant editor for Billboard en Español, also said that she thinks Residente will win Record of the Year, explaining that, “I think Residente will win. His single and his new album, musically, are really good.” For those hoping to watch the 2017 Latin Grammys online, but you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch Univision online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s show for free:
FuboTV: Univision is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It’s also included in the “Fubo Latino” package, which costs $14.99 per month. Both come with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
DirecTV Now: Univision is included in all four of DirecTV Now’s base channel packages, which range from $35 to $70 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: Univision is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package for $25 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
To follow the event and show details via social media, check out Facebook (LatinGRAMMYs), Twitter (@LatinGRAMMYs) or Instagram (@LatinGRAMMYs). Use hashtag #LatinGRAMMY for additional information on each of the social media platforms. The Latin Grammys Facebook page will be featuring a red carpet live stream, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The live stream will also feature backstage and behind-the-scenes coverage. The 2017 Latin Grammys air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. For the event, there is a long list of performers who have been added to the lineup, according to Your EDM. Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, Residente, Logic, French Montana, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Flor De Toloache, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Maluma, Sofia Reyes, Luis Fonsi and several others are all taking the stage.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr., the President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, has released the following statement about the importance of the Latin Grammys as this, “More than ever, Latin music continues to have an enormous cultural impact by uniting people throughout the world … These artists, producers, and writers, united by artistic excellence and devotion to their craft, have come together to deliver eclectic music that has resulted in worldwide success.” While tonight airs the Latin Grammys, this is not the only major awards show airing this week. On Sunday, the 2017 American Music Awards takes place, with artists including Selena Gomez, Pink, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, BTS, Niall Horan and Kelly Clarkson set to perform. Christina Aguilera is carrying out a Whitney Houston tribute and Diana Ross will be picking up the Lifetime Achievement Award.