Latin Grammys are just as much about the music as they are about the fashion, so we snuck into one of our favorite band's room to see which looks they're going to be rocking this week in Las Vegas.
Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown, beloved at home in Choco and all around Latin America, is nominated in three categories this year - Album of the Year (Eso Es Lo Que Hay), Record of the Year ("Calentura," featuring Tego Calderon and Zully Murillo), and Best Alternative Music Album.
But they're not exactly new at this Latin Grammy thing. In 2009, they were up for Best New Artist, and they won Best Alternative Song in 2010 for "De Donde Vengo Yo."
The band's Colombian pride manifests itself strongly in the fashion choices of its lead singer Gloria Martinez (a.k.a. Goyo), as we were able to see firsthand during our visit to her hotel room in Vegas. "It's really important for me to support local designers," Goyo told me yesterday, right before our Twitcam with the group. If you missed it, check out the full, unedited video here.
The trio of Goyo, her brother Slow, and her hubby Tostao, had so much fun answering fan questions on Twitter, and shared everything from their favorite foods to their dreams of a possible collaboration with Calle 13, and even breaking into an awesome acapella of "Hasta El Techo" (fast foward to minute 14:00 of the Twitcam video)!
But first, I got an exclusive look at Goyo's wardrobe for the rest of the week. She makes the best dressed list in my book for all of her originality and support of local designers.
Check it out!
Goyo loves these Africa-inspired earrings from Colombian designer Lia Lozano . "I identify with everything that's ethnic," she says.
This bracelet was designed by Goyo's friend Camila Meucci, also from Colombia. Meucci's line is called Cuanto Glamour. Nelly Furtado and Spain's Buika are also fans.
Meucci makes fun, colorful bracelets that remind Goyo of the 80s, an era she loves.
This is Goyo's bustier, which she says also pays homage to African tribes, in a fashion-forward way.
Isn't she pretty?
This right here is the dress that Colombian designer Jorge Duque Velez, the winner of the 2010 Project Runway Latin America competition, designed exclusively for Goyo for this year's Latin Grammys red carpet. "It has real gold and silver threads in it," Goyo says.
Goyo likes to add a pop of color to anything. This is a close-up of a dress by Colombian fashion house Polite.
This is the hair accessory that Duque Velez made to go with Goyo's Latin Grammys dress. "It's an orchid, and orchids remind me of home."
Shoes, shoes, shoes!
A rare moment of relaxation before the madness begins...
These are her favorite shoes, so much so that she even sings about them in "Calentura"!