Among the 53 categories awarded during the Greatest Night of Latin Music, Album of the Year is one of the most anticipated awards of the ceremony. The 10 nominees for the LATIN GRAMMY 2021The coveted album’s honor – which honors artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, mixers and mastering engineers – ranges from Latin folk to experimental Spanish pop, and even includes a tribute album from the Colombian superstar. Juanes.
Before you tune in to the 22nd Latin GRAMMY Awards on Thursday, November 18, GRAMMY.com wants to help you familiarize yourself with this year’s nominees. Without further ado, here are the 10 Spanish and Portuguese releases nominated for Album of the Year.
Vertigo -Pablo Alboran
With an orchestration of succulent strings, Pablo Alboranthe fifth album of Vertigo is a luscious and passionate affair. Create the kind of Latin pop ballad worthy of transcending present and future generations, at the Alejandro sanz, the Malaga-born singer-songwriter wears his heart on his sleeve, cooing with universal emotions. Also nominated for best traditional pop vocal album and song of the year for the sweep “Si Hubieras Querido,” Alborán believes, “Cuántos universos hemos inventado?“(” How many universes have we invented? “), Testifying to its ability to create musical microcosms in a dizzying setting.
Mis Loves -Paula Arenas
The moving love songs of Paula Arenas find their way to the heart. A contrast to his spirited beginnings, Visceral, Mis Loves is a stripped-down confessional EP that reveals less is more. Arenas delivers stripped-down songs that blossom under his acoustic guitar and piano, with the singer’s warm whisper always at the center of the room. The project sees the musician from Bogotá revive the famous Colombian classic “Los Caminos de la Vida”, and she dedicates a tender lullaby to her newborn baby with the sincere “León”. Intimate and deep, Put Loves explore the multiple ways of loving, and we are charmed.
El ltimo Tour del Mundo – Bad rabbit
The apocalypse arrived on Earth in El ltimo Tour del Mundo (The last round the world), like Bad bunny brings a sort of Latin pop revolt. Alchemized by Puerto Rican-Dominican Breakout Producer MAG – with Super Producer Tainy – the album positions Bad Bunny as an eccentric madman who travels through time and space to prophesy his visions of the end of the world. Hike through urban soundscapes like latin trap and reggaeton, El ltimo Tour del Mundo also brings the brilliant sounds of rock guitar into the rock in spanish-back “Maldita Pobreza” and “Te Deseo Lo Mejor”. Boasting four Latin names at the GRAMMYs, Benito’s third solo release is the first all-Spanish release to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 64 years, testifying that this experimental and genre masterpiece is pop. Armageddon at its best.
Salswing! – Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Latin Recording Acedemy Person of the Year 2021 Ruben’s Blades and the other Panamanian GRAMMY winners Roberto Delgado & Orquesta unleash their salsa and Latin swing prowess at full throttle. This exhilarating duo brings their musical mastery to navigate through timeless sound cuts reminiscent of the golden age of Latin jazz conductors (think mambo kings Dámaso Pérez Prado and Tito Puente). Powered by a sturdy brass section, Salswing! revitalizes the global sounds of the big band era, barred by a Fania All-Stars alum and a Latin pop legend.
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Mis Manos – Camille
Long before he became a Latin pop sensation, Camilo Echeverry – better known as Camilo – was already a prolific songwriter in his own right, co-writing the two billion streaming smash “Sin Pijama” by Becky g and Natti natasha. The Medellín Multicut has played a role in the writing, production, recording and editing of Mis Manos, and the results were plentiful: Camilo won ten Latin GRAMMY nominations, making him the most nominated artist this year. Maneuver through scintillating champeta (“KESI”), dark pop piano (“Manos de Tijera”), rancheras (“Tuyo y Mío”), and a dash of sultry reggaeton (“Machu Picchu”) for good measure, Camilo proves its kind of versatility without ever straying from a perfectly crafted pop song.
Nana, Tom, Vinicius – Nana Caymmi
Brazilian singer Nana Caymmi pays a heartbreaking tribute to two late bossa nova icons: composer Tom Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes. Backed by a vast jazz orchestra, the saudade-tinged album is a poignant yet dazzling love story that honors the legacy of popular music brasileira. Whether enjoyed at a retro cocktail hour, in a grand ballroom, or in private quarters, Caymmi’s evocative voice throughout Nana, Tom, Vinicius are sure to wow you.
Private – Juan Luis Guerra
For more than three decades, Juan Luis Guerra has continually rewritten the playbook of Latin pop, mixing equal parts elegance and rebellion to its native island beats, including merengue and bachata. Dominican legend channels its sneaky tropical splendor onto Private, as evidenced by the opener “Las Avispas”. Carefully arranged with acoustic instrumentation, the album, which includes two new cuts and three reimagined Guerra classics, highlights the different nuances of fluid listening. in Spanish, from blues to classic configurations. Produced by Janina Rosado, the five-track EP ends with a downtempo jazz remake of her debut single, “Ojalá Que Llueva Café” from 1989, powered by Guerra’s pristine voice.
Origin – Juanes
Drawing on his eclectic musical past to illuminate his avant-garde interpretations, Juanes elevates his deep affinity for hard rock and Latin folklore on Origin. The Medellín native sets out on a quest to rediscover his musical roots, honoring legends that came before him with covers of 12 songs by different artists. It all starts in his beloved Colombia, where Juanes performs the invigorating salsa hook of Joe arroyoManifesto of (“La Rebelión”). He travels in time in the territory of the tango in “Volver” by Carlos Gardel and goes up the Andes to discover Julio Jaramillobeautiful boleros with “Nuestro Juramento”. He ends up heading to the Caribbean to kiss Bob marley‘s reggae on “Could You Be Loved” and Juan Luis Guerrabewitching merengue (“La Bilirrubina”), before moving on to 100% American rock by Bruce springsteen‘s “Dance in the Dark”. Juanes’ ninth album captures her own personal nostalgia while reinventing herself in exciting ways.
Un Canto Por México, Vol. II – Nathalie Lafourcade
As Nathalie Lafourcade gathered his previous project, the winning Latin GRAMMY album in 2020 Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1, she realized that a second volume was suitable to complete this collection. Originally born as a fundraising album to rebuild a son jarocho cultural center in his native Veracruz, the album has become a beacon of hope for Mexican pride and culture. At Flight. II, Lafourcade begins with the bewitching fable of “La Llorona”, displaying a bewitching cooing in all serenity. She unites with Pepe Aguilar for a tribute to the mariachis (“Cien Años”), and displays his talents of huapango alongside Aida Cuevas (“Luz de Luna”). Veracruz icons Los Cojolites set the stage with an arsenal of jarana guitars, like Caetano Veloso, Jorge drexler, and Rubén Blades bring international appeal to the famous Mexican odes, finely reconfigured by Lafourcade.
The Madrilenian – C. Tangana
On his third album The Madrilenian, C. Tangana feeds its creative agency by introspecting itself within its culture, informing a global Ibero-American masterpiece. Ranging from Spanish copla to postmodern pop art and Latin folklore, the 31-year-old maverick brings together an array of brilliant stars from the past, present and future. Legend of the Cuban son Eliade Ochoa adds his genius on “Muriendo de Envidia”, while Tangana invites Argentinian rock storyteller Andrés Calamaro for a captivating outing on “Hong Kong”, assisted by Uruguayan Jorge Drexler. Then there is the scintillating and loving “Te Olvidaste”, a duet with the Chicano soul revivalist Omar Apollo who is in contention for the record of the year. With captivating twists and turns in each track, C. Tangana The Madrilenian contains the qualities of an ambitious record that will surely stand the test of time in Spanish-speaking pop.
The GRAMMY Latins 2021, hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos rivera and Roselyn Sánchez, will air live on Univision on Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m. ET / PT (7 p.m. CT). It will also be broadcast on the TNT cable channel at 7:00 p.m. (MEX) / 8:00 p.m. (PAN-COL) / 9:00 p.m. (FRI) / 10:00 p.m. (ARG / CHI), and on Televisa on Channel 5. Learn more about the Latin GRAMMY Awards 2021 via the Latin Recording Academy’s official site.
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