rosalia and Jorge Drexler have been two of the great winners of the Latin Grammys. The Spanish singer has managed to win four Grammys, of the seven to which it was nominated. The most important, Best Album of the Year for motomami. Already won in 2019 this same category by The Evil Will.
While the Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler broke all the forecasts, which did not give him the winner in any of the main categories of the 23rd edition, and became the great winner of the night winning the gramophones for the best song and recording of the year for “Tocarte”.
Thanks to his seven awards, Drexler was the most recognized artist of a ceremony that also served to crown the career of the Spanish Rosalía for her album motomamiwhich was awarded as the best album of the year.
Likewise, the Spaniard bagged three more awards in the categories of best recording engineering for an album, best alternative music album and best packaging design for the same record work.
“This is the album that I have had to fight the most to be able to make. It was hard, but I pushed forward” the artist said excitedly from the stage of the Michelob ULTRA Arena, where the 2022 Latin Grammys were being held. “I feel very proud to succeed with an album led by myself as a woman,” she added, to end by emphasizing that this musical project was the result of of “a great transformation”.
“It took me three years to do it, I thought Jorge was going to win again. (…) Congratulations, Jorge”, he joked about the bell of the South American composer. Rosalía starred in one of the central performances of the gala in which she performed three songs: she started playing “Hentai” on the piano, continued with “La Fama”, and ended up dancing “Despechá” in the audience where his partner Rauw Alejandro was, whom he thanked for supporting his career.
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Before the start of this installment, all eyes were on the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny, whose latest musical project -“Un Verano Sin Ti”- was such a commercial success that everything indicated that it would devastate at this gala held at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas (United States).
“The Bad Rabbit”, who didn’t even attend the event, he ended up with five gramophones Latinos despite having been the most nominated in this edition with ten nominations.
The fiasco of Benito Martínez Ocasio, the artist’s real name, occurred mainly because could not prevail in any of the three categories most relevant with which the Latin Recording Academy honors its musicians of the moment: the award for song of the year, the one related to recording and the best album of that season.
“Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler and C.Tangana, best song
The gap left by Bad Bunny on the awards podium it was surprisingly occupied by Drexlerwho reacted with disbelief to how his song “Tocarte”, together with the Spanish urban artist C. Tangana, won the award for best song and recording of the year.
Song of the Year Award recognizes the composers of a theme; while the one for recording of the year goes to producers, singers, sound engineers and other members of the team.
In both he succeeded. “What I feel is inexplicable, this is a song I made in 6 hours with Pucho (C. Tangana). My favorite was Bad Bunny”, explained the Uruguayan after receiving the gramophone.
The buzz about Drexler’s success tonight was growing among the press moved to Las Vegas after he had already shone at the gala prior to the televised event and in which 44 of the 53 awards are given. In what is known as the Premier of the Latin Grammys, the musician had already won the award for best arrangementfor best song in the Portuguese language, for best pop song, for best alternative song and for best singer-songwriter album.
Traditional Latin music merges with the urban genre
Beyond Drexler’s triumphs, the figure of Argentine rocker Fito Páez, winner of three gamophones this Friday, has just shown the great moment of conviviality enjoyed by Latin music currently thanks to recognized fusions of genres and styles.
“My victory is not a return to the roots because here there is no competition between genders. We are in a moment of great revolution and democratization of music. I don’t know where the machinery is going, that must be answered by musicologists,” argued Páez, refusing any comparison between genres such as reggaeton and traditional Latin music.
The Hispanic scene showed that it is increasingly difficult, and it makes less sense for experts, to categorize musical productions of a region as rich in its variety as in opportunities.
And it is that the Cuban artist Angela Alvarez (95 years old) was proclaimed the winner in the fourth heaviest category at the Grammys, that of best new artist.
The nonagenarian singer shared the award with the young Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada in an attractive generational contrast in which both shared that “therein lies the beauty of music.” “What is new music? What does age matter? What prevails is honesty and making others feel thankful thanks to it,” Álvarez and Estrada agreed in another of the most outstanding moments of a gala that will be marked by its constant surprises.
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Rosalía wins four Latin Grammys