Drexler wins six Latin Grammys, Rosalía has album of the year

Jorge Drexler was nominated for seven Latin Grammys and on Thursday night he took six, surprising those who took Bad Bunny’s triumph for granted. The second big surprise was Rosalía’s victory in the album of the year category for “Motomami (Digital Album)”.

“You have no idea how unexpected all this is for me,” said Drexler, surprised to receive the song of the year award for “Tocarte”, from his album “Tinta y tiempo”, which he performs with the urban musician Spanish C. Tangana.

“I want to dedicate this award to all those who make urban music in Spanish because they have taken the language of the Spanish language to places on the planet that we had never reached before,” added the Uruguayan musician, who performed the song live with the British rocker Elvis Costello.

Bad Bunny, who was not present at the ceremony, was the most nominated of the night with 10 mentions. In the end, he won all the urban music awards: best urban fusion/interpretation for “Tití me pregunta”; best reggaeton performance for “Lo siento BB: /”, his song with Tainy and Julieta Venegas; best rap/hip hop song for “De museo”; best urban song for “Tití me pregunta” and best urban music album for his ubiquitous “Un verano sin ti,” which this week became the first album in Spanish to be nominated for a Grammy for album of the year.

Visibly surprised to receive the album of the year award at the Latin Grammys, Rosalía pointed out that “’Motomami’ is the album that I’ve had to fight the most to make, but that I pushed forward and that has given me the most joy”.

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 watching her from the front row.

The Spanish singer, who also won the Latin Grammy for best alternative music album for “Motomami”, had one of the most anticipated musical numbers of the ceremony broadcast live from the Michelob ULTRA arena in Las Vegas. She performed “Hentai”, “La Fama” and her summer hit, “Despechá”, which she danced to Rauw Alejandro.

Drexler won the record of the year award for “Tocarte” and the pop song award (in a tie) for “La guerrilla de la concordia.” In addition, he won the awards for best alternative song for “The day you premiered the world”, best singer-songwriter album for “Tinta y tiempo” and best song in Portuguese for “Vento sardo”, with Marisa Monte.

“This is crazy, this is wonderful hype,” Drexler said when picking up one of his awards.

One of the most emotional moments was the announcement of a tie in the best new artist category, the first in the history of the Latin Grammys. First the Cuban singer-songwriter Ángela Álvarez was named, and then the Mexican Silvana Estrada. Álvarez is 95 years old, Estrada 25 and both are guitar lovers.

“This award was already ours because this year the best new artist (best new artist) was the majority of women, so this award belongs to all of them,” said Estrada. “And even more so because I have this wonderful lady here who, since I saw her, brought me to tears (…) what exists is to represent for the girls to come, for the generations who know that it is worth dreaming, fighting and working ”.

Álvarez took the stage accompanied by her grandson Carlos Álvarez, producer of her eponymous debut album. Álvarez remembered her deceased daughter, María “Marucha”, in her thanks.

“I know that she is enjoying this moment and is very proud of her mother,” he said. “I want to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved homeland, Cuba, which I will never be able to forget. And also to those who have not realized their dream: although life is difficult, there is always a way out, and with faith and love they can achieve it. I promise you that it is never too late.

Christina Aguilera enchanted the audience with her powerful interpretation, along with Christian Nodal, of the ranchera “Cuando me de la gana”, from her album “Aguilera”, which won the award for best traditional pop vocal album. Upon receiving the award, the American singer of Ecuadorian origin, who had not had an album in Spanish since “Mi reflejo” (2000), said that she had longed to repeat the experience and thanked her fans for accompanying her through so many years.

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

“I want to continue inviting young composers, all the people who make music, that the music they make is always a reflection of their hearts,” said Yatra. “We have so many things to share with this world, let’s make sure or try our best that they are always beautiful things.”

Yatra performed the Spanish and English version of her award-winning song with John Legend, in an ornate musical number featuring dancers wearing tall hats, canes, and, of course, red heels.

Fito Páez won the awards for best rock song for “Lo mejor de nuestras vidas” and best pop/rock album for “Los años salvajes”, as well as best pop/rock song for “Babel”, which he sings with Carlos You live and it is included in the album “Cumbiana II” by the Colombian.

Marco Antonio Solís, the 2022 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, performed his hits “La venia bendita” and “Se vía venir” before receiving the award from Emilio Estefan.

“My heart is flooded with gratitude,” Solís said. “Today our music is all over the world, thank God (…) To all those who are dreaming of being here one day, a big hug and never lose your breath, and above all faith in our beloved creator.”

Towards the end of the ceremony, Solís sang his hit “Tu cárcel” with his band, Los Bukis.

Marc Anthony thanked his fiancée, Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira, when receiving the award for best salsa album for “Pa’lla voy” at the beginning of the gala.

“Nadia, thank you for accompanying me and giving me the best of yourself, for making me the happiest man,” said Anthony, who dedicated the award to the recently deceased Venezuelan percussionist Robert Vilera.

The ceremony began with a potpourri in honor of Solís in which the hosts, Luis Fonsi, Thalía and Laura Pausini participated. Later, they were joined as host by Brazilian star Anitta, who also performed their nominated song “Envolver”.

Among the artists with musical numbers were Romeo Santos, with “Bebo”, and Karol G, with “Provenza”, as well as Rauw Alejandro. Carlos Vives and Camilo sang their hit “Baloncito viejo” with Silvana Estrada and Nicole Zignago.

Nicky Jam performed his hit “El Perdón” with two young women who received scholarships from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. After remembering that music was a salvation in his life, the Puerto Rican star announced a scholarship that will bear his name, awarded by the cultural organization, to support future generations of musicians.

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Drexler wins six Latin Grammys, Rosalía has album of the year