The alternative rock group “La Santa Cecilia” took home a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” for their album “Treinta Días” – and promptly dedicated their win to the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
For the group, their songs about the lives of U.S. immigrants – in particular those without legal papers – hit close to home. Band member José “Pepe” Carlos is not a legal resident; he came from Mexico with his parents as a young child without documentation.
Lead singer Marisol Hernandez has said that the song “El Hielo,” referring to I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which describes the lives of people living with the fear of being deported, was based partly on her own mother’s experience.
Other Latino winners in Sunday’s 2014 Grammys include Bruno Mars, who won “Best Pop Vocal Album” for “Unorthodox Jukebox” and dedicated it to his late mother.
Singer and producer Robi “Draco” Rosa, whose career started as a young member of the group “Menudo,” won a Grammy for “Best Latin Pop Album” for “Vida.” Draco, who has been battling cancer, said through a statement, “what better way to celebrate music for all of its blessings.”
The “Best Latin Jazz Album” went to Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente.