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Spain to host first Latin Grammys held outside US

Spain will host the next Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, marking the first time the star-studded event is held outside the United States, officials said Wednesday.

Spain to host first Latin Grammys held outside US
Spanish singer Rosalía (C) performs on stage during the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy awards at the Mandalay Bay's Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 17, 2022. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Like the Grammy Awards, which are considered the top US music honours, the Latin Grammys celebrate excellence in music and performances by Latin artists.

The gala will be held in November in the southern region of Andalusia, the head of the Spanish regional government announced, without specifying the host city or exact dates.

“It is no exaggeration if I say that it is a historic event for Andalusia,” Juan Manuel Moreno told a news conference.

“That the Latin Grammys will leave the United States for the first time is reason for special celebration, and what better place to hold them than Andalusia,” said the head of the Latin Recording Academy, Manuel Abud.

The gala, which was first held in 2000, is usually hosted in Las Vegas although it has also taken place in US cities such as Houston, Miami and New York.

Andalusia, one of Spain’s top tourist destinations, is home to cities such as Seville, Malaga and Córdoba.

Spanish artist Rosalía, known for her beautiful blend of flamenco music, won the best album prize at last year’s Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.

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Bob Dylan to perform 12 concerts in Spain in June

Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform 12 concerts in eight Spanish cities over the course of June 2023.

Bob Dylan to perform 12 concerts in Spain in June

Dylan will tour Spain over the course of June as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways world tour, music promoters Riff Music and Get In have announced.

His performances in Spain will be as follows, with two concerts planned in some cities:

Madrid, June 7th and 8th (Noches del Botánico)
Seville, June 10th and 11th (Fibes)
Granada, June 13th (Teatro del Generalife)
Alicante, June 15th (Plaza de Toros)
Huesca, June 17th (Plaza de Toros)
San Sebastián, June 19th and 20th (Auditorio Kursaal)
Logroño, June 21st (Palacio Deportes de La Rioja)
Barcelona, June 23rd and 24th (Gran Teatre Liceu)

Tickets for all concerts will go on sale on March 15th at 10am on riffmusic.es website.

The tour’s promoters have warned that mobile phones won’t be allowed inside venues, with organisers set to provide covers for concertgoers to put their devices in.

His performances will mostly be mostly focused on his newest album, launched in 2020 and going by the same name as his tour: Rough and Rowdy Ways.

So attendees will be lucky if he performs his all time classics “Like a rolling stone”, “Blowin’ in the wind’ or “All along the watchtower”.

Two of his lesser-known songs with a Spanish twist are “Boots of Spanish Leather” and “Spanish is the Loving Tongue”.

The last time Dylan was in Spain was in 2019, when he performed eight concerts in Valencia, Pamplona, Murcia and Seville.

Dylan, 81, was a major figure in popular culture during the 60s and is considered one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time.

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