Others winning big at the pre-telecast show include Alejandro Sanz, Paula Fernandes, Juan Gabriel, and Los Tigres Del Norte, while Carla Morrison claimed the Best Alternative Song title for Vez primera.

In her passionate speech she took aim at American's new President-elect Donald Trump, who upset many Latino's when he launched his presidential campaign by calling illegal Mexican immigrants to the U.S. murderers and rapists.

"I hope us as a Latin community can focus on making quality music, sending a message of equality and quality in music to the new artists who aspire to be on this stage," Morrison said. "It's important that we open our minds to give inspiration through music. We should not only talk about love. We have to open consciousness and open doors for new generations.

"Let’s not allow some orange son of a b**ch to take away our mental, spiritual and emotional liberty."

The bigger award winners will be announced on Thursday night during a ceremony at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, hosted by actress Roselyn Sanchez and featuring performances from Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, J Balvin, Prince Royce, Gerardo Ortiz, and Farruko.

Enrique Iglesias, Jesse & Joy, and Carlos Vives and Shakira will compete for the coveted Record of the Year honour. Jesse & Joy lead the way with four nominations, alongside Brazilian star Djavan and Colombian singer Fonseca.

The list of early winners is:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Los Duo 2 by Juan Gabriel

Best Urban Music Album - Energia by J Balvin

Best Urban Song - Encantadora by Egbert Rosa Cintron, Farruko, Eduardo A. Vargas Berrios & Yandel

Best Pop/Rock Album - Algo Sucede by Julieta Venegas

Best Rock Song - La Tormenta by Flavio Cianciarulo

Best Alternative Music Album - L.H.O.N. by Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas

Best Alternative Song - Vez Primera by Carla Morrison

Best Salsa Album - Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel by India

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album - Homenaje (A La Música De Diomedes Díaz) by Fonseca

Best Contemporary Tropical Album - Guaco Historico 2 by Guaco

Best Traditional Tropical Album - La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario by La Sonora Santanera

Best Singer-Songwriter Album - Manuel Medrano by Manuel Medrano

Best Tejano Album - Por Cielo Y Tierra by Michael Salgado

Best Norteno Album - Desde El Azteca by Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Regional Song - Ataud by Erika Ender, Manu Moreno & Monica Velez

Best Instrumental Album - Samba De Chico by Hamilton de Holanda

Best Folk Album - En Armonias Colombianas by Palo Cruza'O

Best Tango Album - Cuando Llora La Milonga by Nicolas Ledesma y Su Orquesta

Best Flamenco Album - Amame Como Soy by Nina Pastori

Best Latin Jazz Album - Cuba: The Conversation Continues by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) - Anos by Marcos Vidal

Best Portuguese Language Christian Album - Deus Nao Te Rejeita by Anderson Freire

Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album - Tropix by Ceu

Best Portuguese Language Rock Album - Derivacivilizacao by Ian Ramil and Eter by Scalene

Best Samba/Pagode Album - De Bem Com A Vida by Martinho da Vila

Best Musica Popular Brasileira Album - A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo by Elza Soares

Best Sertaneja Music Album - Amanhecer by Paula Fernandes

Best Brazilian Roots Album - AR by Almir Sater & Renato Teixeira

Best Portuguese Language Song - Vidas Pra Contar by Djavan

Best Latin Children’s Album - Arriba Abajo by 123 Andres

Best Classical Album - El Hilo Invisible (Cantos Sefaradies) by Cuarteto Latinoamericano & Jaramar

Best Classical Contemporary Composition - Cuarteto Para Buenos Aires - Claudia Montero, composer

Best Recording Package - El Poeta Halley - Sergio Mora, art director

Best Engineered Album - Tropix - Be Hussey, Gustavo Lenza, Diogo Poças & Rodrigo Sanches, engineers; Mike Cresswell, mixer; Felipe Tchauer, mastering engineer

Producer of the Year - Rafa Arcaute

Best Short Form Music Video - Gallo Negro by Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas

Best Long Form Music Video - Sirope Vivo by Alejandro Sanz