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Thursday, 14 September, 2000, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Santana scoops Latin hat-trick
Carlos Santana with Mana's Alex Alvarez
Carlos Santana performs with Mana's Alex Alvarez
Carlos Santana led the way at the inaugural Latin Grammys on Wednesday, claiming a hat-trick of awards.

The veteran musician's haul included the record-of-the-year prize for Corazon Espinado - a collaboration with Mexican group Mana.

The latest accolades complete a remarkable year for Santana, who picked up a record-breaking eight gongs at February's Grammys.

A special honour was also awarded to Tito Puente, one of the world's most prolific composers and performers of Latin jazz, who died earlier this year.

Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan
Star turn: Ricky Martin duets with Gloria Estefan

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez introduced a tribute to Puente, which featured Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan performing a rendition of the legendary star's song Oye Como Va.

Lopez, who arrived at the ceremony in Los Angeles with long-time boyfriend Puff Daddy, sported a modest, dusky pink dress - in stark contrast with the revealing Versace number she wore to the Grammys.

Pop singer Christina Aguilera also performed, but lost out to Colombian star Shakira in the battle for best female pop and rock vocal performances.

Other guests included boy band 'N Sync, fresh from their triumph at the MTV Video Awards, and legendary singer Bootsy Collins.

Santana's three awards were matched by Mana.

Together they won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for Corazon Espinado, as well as individual prizes for respective instrumental and group performances.

Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy
Jennifer Lopez arrives with boyfriend Puff Daddy

The Latin Grammys were the first-ever awards shown on prime-time US TV devoted entirely to Spanish and Portuguese-language music.

Actor Jimmy Smits, star of LA Law and NYPD Blue, said: "We Latins not only make great music, but we look good doing it."

Emilio Estefan, who was named Best Producer, added: "This is a celebration for the Spanish community.

"Now we are making big progress and people are definitely starting to accept new sounds, new music and new fashion."

See also:

24 Feb 00 | Entertainment
Santana's Grammy glory
01 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Latin legend Puente dies
12 Jul 99 | Entertainment
Going 'loco' for Ricky
18 Jan 00 | Entertainment
Awards joy for Santana
08 Sep 00 | Entertainment
MTV triumph for Eminem
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