Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Fonsi win at the Latin Grammys (18 images)

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards hosted in Las Vegas on Thursday night featured big wins for Luis Fonsi and Panamanian singer Ruben Blades. Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the President's Merit Award. Photo by James Atoa/UPI
Updated: Nov. 17, 2017 at 1:10 PM
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, recipient of the President's Merit Award, appears backstage with Gabriel Abaroa, President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda has been fighting for his home island of Puerto Rico, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Miranda said in his acceptance speech, “This is for Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico." Miranda will be hosting a Unity March for Puerto Rico in Washington Sunday.
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Luis Fonsi won big with his chart topping summer hit "Despacito." He won awards for Best Urban Fusion/Performance, Best Short Form Music Video, Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
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Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra appear backstage with the award for Album of the Year. Blades has been nominated for the award three times in the past.
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Ruben Blades (C) with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra accept the award for Album of the Year for Salsa Big Band.
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Puerto Rican rapper Residente appears backstage with the awards for Best Urban Song for "Somos Andormales" and Best Urban Music Album for "Residente."
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Residente accepts the award for Best Urban Song for "Somos Anormales" onstage.
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