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The Latin Grammy awards kicked off in Las Vegas this week, with Argentina’s Gustavo Cerati picking up early awards for best rock album and song.

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Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010, 6:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:01 PM

Cerati, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke earlier this year, has been a fixture in Latin music for decades. He fronted the popular rock band Soda Stereo in the 1980s and 90s before launching a solo career.

Cerati won the best rock album Latin Grammy for Fuerza Natural and best rock song award for Deja Vu during a pre-telecast ceremony in which 34 statues were handed out.

The award for best urban song went to Spanish hip-hop singer Mala Rodriguez for No Pidas Perdon. Rodriguez is also nominated for best urban album for Dirty Bailarina.

Several elder statesman of Latin music picked up key awards, including Panamanian salsa singer Ruben Blades for best singer-songwriter album with Cantares del Subdesarrollo, Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil took home best MPB (musica popular brasileira) album for Banda Dois and best native Brazilian roots album for Fe Na Festa.

Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval won best instrumental album for A Time For Love.

The Latin Recording Academy recognises music released anywhere in the world under the condition that they were recorded in Spanish or Portuguese.

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