Reggaeton super star Juan Luis Londoño, better known as Maluma, won his first Latin Grammy at this year’s 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 24 year-old singer who hails from Medellin, Colombia won in the category of ‘Best Conteporary Vocal Pop Album’ for his latest album, F.A.M.E.
“This is like a dream!” said Maluma. “People who know me, know how hard I’ve worked for this.”
Since 2013, Maluma has been nominated a total of 10 times to the prestigious award including “Best New Artist”, “Record of the Year” and “Best Song of the Year,” but each time the Colombian heartthrob has come up empty handed.
But that all changed Wednesday when Maluma put an end to his losing streak scoring his first-ever Latin Grammy and according to his management, the singer was beside himself with emotion.
“Last year I was one of the most nominated and I left empty handed,” Maluma said. “And this year I had one nomination and I now have the Grammy in my hands!”
To say Maluma has had an amazing couple of years is really an understatement.
The singer who gave up playing soccer professionally in 2010 to give singing a chance has now reach global status with his sexy and upbeat Reggaeton style.
He has topped the Billboard charts with songs like “Felices los 4,” “Vente Pa’Ca, “Corazon” was recently honored at the Latin American Music Awards with the Extraordinary Evolution Award for reaching the pinnacle of success in eight short years since he debuted as an artist.
Maluma wasted no time in dedicating his first Grammy to his entire team who was with him in Las Vegas, he also sent a special message to his family watching from Medellin.
“I want to dedicate this (award) to my team and my parents who couldn’t be with me,” said Maluma “It was hard but did it!”
Maluma also gave a special salute and a very important message to the children of his foundation, “El Arte de los Sueños” (‘The Art of Dreaming’)