Blades, Juan Luis Guerra and Camilo: the winners of the Latin Grammy

Ruben Blades, Camilo and the theme “Homeland and life” against the Cuban Government shared the glory in the 22nd edition of the Latin Grammy, who returned to Las Vegas (USA) this Thursday after the 2020 ceremony that had to be virtual due to the pandemic.

The record of the Latin Recording Academy party was widely distributed and mostly male, since it also placed C. Tangana in prominent places with his successful album “El madrileño”, the incombustible Juan Luis Guerra and the star of the urban genre Bad Bunny.

Blades, who was named Person of the Year 2021 in a very special tribute on Wednesday, capped his success with album of the year awards for “Salswing!” and the best salsa album for “Salsa Plus!”. “Winning an award at the expense of someone else losing has never pleased me,” Blades acknowledged. “I’m not better than anyone, so I accept it for all the nominees, no one here wins.”

Faced with the Panamanian legend, the Colombian Camilo, who had landed as the top nominee with ten nominations and as a rising figure on the Latin scene, scored four golden gramophones, including best pop vocal album (“Mis manos”) and best song. of pop (“Life of rich”). “I want to dedicate it to Indigo so that when she is born she feels proud of her father,” said Camilo in reference to the baby he is expecting with his wife Evaluna Montaner. One of the surprises of the evening was the recording of the year distinction for “Maybe” by Caetano Veloso and his son Tom.

Instead, the Latin Grammy for song of the year went to “Patria y vida”, which brought criticism of the Cuban government to the gala. Yotuel, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo, El Funky, Yadam González and Beatriz Luengo are the composers of this openly political song, which also won the award for best urban song. “This song is dedicated to all the political prisoners in Cuba,” El Funky said before everyone interpreted it in one of the highlights of the night. Dressed completely in white, the artists ended the song by shouting “Long live Cuba libre.”

On the other hand, the traditional and amazing album “El madrileño”, by C. Tangana, won three awards, although technically only two of them went to the Spanish singer by the rules of the Latin Grammy: best alternative song (“Nominao” ) and best pop-rock song (“Hong Kong”). On the other hand, its producer Alizzz appeared as the winner in those two categories and also in the one for the best recording engineering of an album for “El madrileño”. Juan Luis Guerra, Jorge Drexler, Bad Bunny, Vicentico and AnaVitória were other artists who obtained a double prize in the face-to-face Latin Grammy tour, which also proclaimed the young Colombian Juliana Velásquez as the best new artist.


With a very colorful and festive carnival, Gloria Estefan started the gala, which was joined by guests who went from Anitta to Pedro Capó, passing through Carlinhos Brown to start the ceremony in style. The Latin Grammys boasted eclecticism from the start. Grupo Firme brought the essence of the Mexican region while Jay Wheeler, Myke TWoers and DJ Nelson offered the first samples of the urban genre with “La curiosidad”. Barefoot and with a stage between childish and tender, Camilo performed his laid-back cumbia hit “Vida de rico” before bringing the dance to the audience with “KESI.”

The first tribute of the evening was to remember the late bolero genius Armando Manzanero. Thus, Carlos Rivera, Nella and Paula Arenas joined forces to interpret immortal songs by Manzanero such as “This afternoon I saw it rain” and “Still”. The gala with C. Tangana suddenly traveled to Spain, who invited the attendees to an after-dinner with a few extra drinks, time stopped and a flamenco air. Inspired by her famous participation in NPR’s “Tiny Desk” space, C. Tangana surrounded herself with figures such as Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade and Antonio Carmona for a splendid look at “Ingobernable.”

Bachata made an appearance with Ozuna and Antony Santos, who wore sensuality and style in “Señor Judge”. Chilean by birth, but Mexican by adoption, a pregnant Mon Laferte took out the claw of band music with Banda Limón in “Se me ve a quemar el corazón” and then shook hands in a passionate duet with Gloria Trevi for ” The woman”. The Mexican flavor continued with a very rocky tribute to Juan Gabriel de Rubén Albarrán and Meme del Real (Café Tacvba) with Juanes, who addressed “I have no money.”

One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the return of Christina Aguilera to the Latin Grammy. First he opted for a piano ballad with “We are nothing” and then he showed off his feminine power along with Becky G, Nathy Peluso and Nicki Nicole in “Pa my girls”. In opposite coordinates, Juan Luis Guerra dazzled with tropical exuberance in the excellent “Vale la pena” and “El farolito”, while Rubén Blades did not resist making it clear why he is an icon of salsa. The Mexican regional hit again with Caliber 50, Banda Recodo and Los Dos Carnales. Mexico extended its leading role at the gala with the pop of Danna Paola and later with Maná and Alejandro Fernández, two names in capital letters of Mexican music that merged in “Mariposa traicionera”. The Latin Grammys closed their 2021 edition in a big way with Bad Bunny, devastating with a powerful version of “Damn poverty.”


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Blades, Juan Luis Guerra and Camilo: the winners of the Latin Grammy