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Ruben Blades: Power Doesn't Corrupt, Power Unmasks

Ruben Blades, third from right, Roberto Delgado, right, and his orchestra accept the award for album of the year for "Salswing!" while holding up the flag of Panama at the 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Ruben Blades, third from right, Roberto Delgado, right, and his orchestra accept the award for album of the year for "Salswing!" while holding up the flag of Panama at the 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Mexico City (AP) -- Sometimes one may wonder what would have happened if Ruben Blades had been president of Panama. Would he have been good? Hated? Was it better that he didn't?

“I think it would have been good for the country,” Blades said Thursday in a video call interview just hours before of the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. It turned into a huge night for Blades, who was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and won album of the year for “SALSWING!” and best salsa album for “SALSA PLUS!”, both with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta.