Rainstorm washes out Latin Grammys green carpet

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Leslie Grace, center, arrives with members of Cirque Du Soleil: Ka at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

The flood of stars expecting to parade down the green carpet at the Latin Grammys was washed out by a real thunderstorm in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The fashion parade never quite got started as starlets in sparkling skin-tight gowns scampered indoors into the pressroom to avoid real fashion disasters.

The carpet, colored green to represent Heineken as a sponsor, got soggy, but the 14th annual awards show went on inside.

Wisin of the duo Wisin & Yandel kicked off the show by driving onto the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a dune buggy. His opening song, with a pounding chorus of "Live life, let the party continue," was appropriate for the wet weather.

The awards show, hosted by Mexican singer-actress Lucero, was being broadcast on Univision in the United States and includes 48 awards in 19 categories.

Puerto Rican singer Draco Rosa was competing for song of the year (for "Mas y Mas" with Ricky Martin) against flamenco diva Buika ("La Nave del Olvido") and Colombian actor-turned-vallenato-star Carlos Vives (for "Volvi a Nacer").

The funky Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas was nominated for five awards.

Two talents who work behind the scenes were favorites to rake in the awards: Javier Garza, a sound engineer from Florida who has worked with a long roster of Latin music's superstars, and Julio Reyes Copello, the Colombian producer behind Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin, Thalia and Nelly Furtado.

Following the untelevised pre-ceremony, electro-tango group Bajofondo, salsa producer Sergio George and Mexican pop-rocker Natalia Lafourcade led the award count with two each.

Bajofondo's "Pena en me Corazon" won for best alternative song and "Presente" for best instrumental album.

Lafourcade won best alternative album and best long video for "Mujer divina - Homenaje a Agustin Lara."

On Wednesday night, stars from across the Americas gathered to honor the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year, Miguel Bose. Ricky Martin, Juanes and Laura Pausini paid tribute to the Spanish singer for his music and his charitable work.