On the Winning Side: grandMA2 Joins 12th Latin Grammy Awards

For video programmer Laura Frank, the Latin Grammy Awards marked her first big show with the grandMA2

grandMA2 took on a Spanish accent for the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast live on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Pennsylvania-based Atomic Lighting provided 3 x grandMA2 light consoles with 3 x grandMA2 fader wings to control the show’s lighting and another 2 x grandMA2 full-size consoles to run 16 universes of Art-Net for the video content. Fifty Clay Paky Sharpy formed part of the lighting inventory. Carlos Colina was the lighting designer of the show.

Since its debut on Univision entirely in Spanish in 2005, the Latin Grammy Awards show has consistently increased its ratings worldwide; it is also one of Univision’s highest rated shows as well as the most watched and highly regarded awards event by Hispanics.

Atomic’s vice president of operations Brett Puwalski, who has served as the show’s gaffer for the last five years, reports that the grandMA2 performed “solidly – as always.” For video programmer Laura Frank, the Latin Grammy Awards marked her first big show with the grandMA2. “Everything went very well, and Laura loved them,” says Puwalski. “This was a very video-driven show with video projection, LEDs and VersaTubes.”


Lighting programmers Felix Peralta and Kevin Lawson had used the grandMA2 on “Sing Off” and “America’s Best Dance Crew,” but the Latin Grammys were their first experience with the system’s new software release. “Sometimes software upgrades come with bugs and issues,” notes Puwalski. “But there were no complaints about the new software. We hope to stick with the upgraded software whenever possible since everybody loves its added features.”

John Daniels and Darren Langer were the lighting directors for the Latin Grammy Awards; Alex Flores, Dave Hunkins and Mike Smallman the lighting technicians; and Jorge Dominguez the scenic designer.