Drexler surprises with 6 Latin Grammys; Rosalía best album

Uruguayan Jorge Drexler was nominated for seven Latin Grammy Awards and on Thursday he took home six, surprising those who took Bad Bunny’s triumph for granted. The second surprise was that Rosalía won album of the year for “Motomami (Digital Album)”.

“They don’t know how unexpected all this is for me,” Drexler said when receiving the song of the year award for “Tocarte” from his album “Tinta y tiempo” that he performs with Spanish urban musician C. Tangana.

The Uruguayan musician performed “Tocarte” live with British singer Elvis Costello during the ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Drexler dedicated his award “to all those who make urban music in Spanish.”

Bad Bunny, who was not present at the ceremony, was the biggest nominee with 10 mentions.

In the end, he won all the awards in the urban music section: best fusion/urban performance for “Titi me pregunta” (Titi me pregunta); best reggaeton performance for “Lo siento BB: /” which she sings with Tainy and Julieta Venegas; best rap/hip hop song for “De museo”, best urban song for “Titi me pregunta” (Titi me pregunta); and best urban music album for “Un verano sin ti,” which was also nominated for a Grammy in the album of the year category, the first album sung in Spanish to do so.

Visibly surprised to win the album of the year at the Latin Grammys, Rosalía said that “’Motomami’ was the album that cost her the most to make, but that “has given me the most joy”.

Rosalía accepts the album of the year award for “Motomami” at the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Michelob Ultra Arena on Thursday, November 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Rosalía thanked Latin America, Spain, her team and “the love of my life,” she said looking at Puerto Rican urban artist Rauw Alejandro, who was in the front row.

Rosalía, who also won the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album for “Motomami,” performed “Hentai,” “La Fama” and her summer hit “Despechá.”

Drexler also won Latin Grammy Awards for Best Pop Song for “La guerrilla de la concordia”, Best Alternative Song for “El día que estrebaste el mundo”, Best Songwriter Album for “Tinta y tiempo” and Best Portuguese Language Song for “ Sardinian wind” with Marisa Monte.

“This is crazy, this is wonderful hype,” Drexler said.

Tied for best new artist

For the first time in the history of the Latin Grammys, a tie was announced in the category of best new artist, with 95-year-old Cuban singer-songwriter Ángela Álvarez sharing the award with 25-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada.

In an emotional moment, the young Mexican singer said that the award for best new artist “was already ours” because most of the candidates this year were women and “even more so because I have this wonderful woman here who has brought me to tears since forever”. since i saw her

“What exists is to represent the girls to come so that generations know that it is worth dreaming, fighting and working,” she said.

Álvarez took the stage accompanied by her grandson Carlos Álvarez, who produced her self-titled debut album.

Christina Aguilera joined Mexican Christian Nodal in a powerful rendition of his ranchera song “Cuando me de la gana” from his album “Aguilera,” which took home the award for best traditional pop vocal album.

The Ecuadorian-born American singer, whose previous album in Spanish was “Mi reflejo” in 2000, said she had longed to make another album in Spanish ever since.

After tying Drexler for best pop song, Colombian star Sebastián Yatra won the second Latin Grammy of his career for “Dharma” in the category of best pop vocal album.

“I want to continue inviting composers, young people, all the people who make music to make music that is always a reflection of their hearts,” Yatra said.

Yatra was recognized in the pop song category for his hymn “Tacones rojo” whose version in Spanish and English he performed with John Legend.

Mexican singer Ángela Aguilar performed “En realidad” (In Reality) while Chiquis won the Latin Grammy for best banda music album for “Abeja Reina” (Queen Bee).

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Drexler surprises with 6 Latin Grammys; Rosalía best album