Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Bad Bunny, 28, leads the fight for the Latin Grammy Awards, with ten nominations, including two of the most coveted, announced this past Tuesday by the Latin Recording Academy. However, with nine nominations, he is followed by the Mexican composer Édgar Barrera.
Perhaps with less world fame than the interpreter of “Dákiti”, the producer and musician originally from Ciudad Miguel Alemán (Tamaulipas), based in Miami (USA), at 32 years old, has 18 Latin Grammy trophies, in addition to an award in the Main version of the Grammy, which he received in 2015 for his work on “Más + Corazón Profundo” by Carlos Vives, distinguished as best Latin tropical album.
In the 2021 edition of the Latin Grammy, Édgar Barrera was consecrated as producer of the year for signing eight hits for artists such as Carlos Rivera, Daddy Yankee, Jennifer López and Reik. As well as Camilo’s awards for best pop song (“Vida de rico”) and best pop vocal album (“Mis Manos”), and Christian Nodal’s “Here Down”, which won best regional Mexican song.
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For the next 23rd edition, whose gala will take place on Thursday, November 17 in Las Vegas (United States), Barrera is nominated in the categories of producer of the year, recording of the year (“Pegao” by Camilo), album of the year ( “Aguilera” by Christina Aguilera), album of the year (“Pa’llá voy” by Marc Anthony); with “Índigo” by Camilo and Evaluna for song of the year and best pop song; and three works for best regional Mexican song: “Cada que” by Maluma and Grupo Firme, “Como lo hayo yo” by Matisse and Carin León, and “Vivo en el 6” by Christian Nodal.
The name of Édgar Barrera also appears in the credits of different artists and hits such as Ariana Grande (“Boyfriend”), Madonna (“Medellín”), Camila Cabello & Ed Sheeran (“Bam Bam”), Shakira (“I like it”) , Maluma (“Hawái”), Manuel Turizo (“La bachata”), Christian Nodal (“Bottle after bottle”), Marc Anthony (“They seem like Friday”), Prince Royce (“El Clavo”), Sebastián Yatra (“Ya does not have a boyfriend”), among others.
Born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, Bad Bunny competes for Album of the Year with his hit “Un Verano Sin Ti”, while with “Ojitos Lindos”, together with the Colombian group Bomba Estéreo”, he competes for Recording of the Year, where he was also nominated. Rauw Alejandro with “Te Felicito”, his ballad with Shakira.
Consolidating the expansion of reggaeton, the Puerto Rican musician Rauw Alejandro, with eight nominations, also disputes the Song of the Year with “Agua”, along with Daddy Yankee, one of the greatest figures of the genre who won an exclusive category in this award just two years ago. .
Pop diva Christina Aguilera, Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler and Spain’s Rosalía, the undisputed queen of the mix of genres, are tied with seven nominations each. With her success “Pa ‘my girls” -together with Becky G, Nicki Nicole and Nathy Peluso-, Aguilera competes for the Song of the Year, while her production “Aguilera” entered the competition for the “Album of the year”.
“Omgg!”, celebrated on Instagram the singer-songwriter who in a two-decade career has collected a gallery of awards, including five Grammy awards and a Latin Grammy. Drexler, winner of the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2005 for “Al Otro Lado del Río”, is nominated for the three main categories of the night with “Tocarte”, together with the Spanish C. Tangana, and “Tinta y tiempo”.
The Uruguayan, who celebrated with a series of tweets publishing the clips of each one of his indications, is also competing for the Best Portuguese-language song, with “Vento sardo”, together with the Brazilian star Marisa Monte. Rosalía also got the three coveted nominations. With her applauding her “Motomami”, she is looking for the Album of the Year, while her bachata “La Fama”, along with The Weeknd, and “Hentai” are respectively nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Another highlight of the announcement this Tuesday was the nomination of the Brazilian Anitta for the best Recording of the year with her hit “Envolver”, which made history by leading the global Spotify rankings. The carioca, who has become a musical sensation on the international scene, is also nominated for Best Reggaeton Performance.
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“Our group of nominees reflects the evolution of the Latin Academy as a modern and relevant institution”, in the virtual announcement this Tuesday. Abud recalled that the institution received more than 18,000 entries for the 53 award categories.
The director thanked the members of the Latin Recording Academy, which, he assured, maintains a “diverse representation”, something “fundamental to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive voting process,” he said. The 23rd edition of the Latin Grammys will be held on November 17 at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas.
The Latin Recording Academy will pay tribute in this ceremony to the Spanish Rosario Flores, the Chilean Myriam Hernández, the Brazilian Rita Lee, the Mexican Amanda Miguel and the Venezuelan singer-songwriter Yordano, awarding them their gramophone for musical excellence.
With information from AFP.
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