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2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees and Winners List

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2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees and Winners List

The Latin GRAMMYs celebrated 20 years of the Biggest Night In Latin Music. Find out who was nominated and who won big in Las Vegas!

GRAMMYs/Sep 24, 2019 - 05:33 pm

On Nov. 14, the Latin GRAMMYs celebrate its 20th anniversary of honoring notable artists in Latin music! See below for the complete list of this year's nominees and winners.

General Field

1. Record Of The Year

  1. PARECEN VIERNES
    Marc Anthony
    Marc Anthony & Sergio George, record producers; Carlos Alvarez, Juan Mario Aracil "Mayito", Natalia Ramírez & Julio Reyes Copello, recording engineers; Carlos Álvarez & Juan Mario Aracil "Mayito", mixers; Adam Ayan & Michael Fuller, mastering engineers
    Track from: Opus
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  2. VERDADES AFILADAS
    Andrés Calamaro
    Gustavo Borner, record producer; Gustavo Borner, recording engineer; Gustavo Borner, mixer; Eric Boulanger, mastering engineer
    Track from: Cargar La Suerte
    [Universal Music Argentina]
     
  3. AHÍ AHÍ
    Vicente García
    Eduardo Cabra & Vicente García, record producers; José Victor Olivier, Daniel Sanint & Harold Wendell Sanders, recording engineers; Fab Dupont, mixer; Diego Calviño, mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment Colombia]
     
  4. KITIPUN
    Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
    Juan Luis Guerra & Janina Rosado, record producers; Allan Leschhorn & Simon Rhodes, recording engineers; Allan Leschhorn, mixer; Adam Ayan, mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  5. QUERER MEJOR
    Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara
    Rafa Arcaute, Juanes & Tainy, producers; Alejandro Patiño & Orlando Vitto, recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  6. LA PLATA
    Juanes Featuring Lalo Ebratt
    Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, record producers; Nicolás Ladrón de Guevara, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer [Universal Music Latino]
     
  7. AUTE CUTURE
    Rosalía
    El Guincho & Rosalía, record producers; El Guincho, recording engineer; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
    [Columbia Records]
     
  8. MI PERSONA FAVORITA - WINNER
    Alejandro Sanz Con Camila Cabello
    Alfonso Pérez, Julio Reyes Copello & Alejandro Sanz, record producers; Nicolás De La Espriella, Carlos Fernando López, Alfonso Pérez, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez & Julio Reyes Copello, recording engineers; Trevor Lyle Muzzy, mixer; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
    Track from: #Eldisco
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  9. NO TENGO NADA
    Alejandro Sanz
    Alfonso Pérez, Julio Reyes Copello & Alejandro Sanz, record producers; Nicolás De La Espriella, Carlos Fernando López, Alfonso Pérez, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez & Julio Reyes Copello, recording engineers; Trevor Lyle Muzzy, mixer; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
    Track from: #Eldisco
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  10. COBARDE
    Ximena Sariñana
    Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, record producers; Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
    [Warner Music México, S.A. De C.V.]

2. Album Of The Year

  1. VISCERAL
    Paula Arenas
    Julio Reyes Copello, album producer; Nicolás de la Espriella, Carlos Fernando López, Ricardo López Lalinde, Natalia Ramírez & Julio Reyes Copello, album recording engineers; Nicolás Ramírez, album mixer; Paula Arenas & Julio Reyes Copello, songwriters; Antonio Baglio & Robin Reumers, album mastering engineers
    [Art House Society, Inc.]
     
  2. PARAÍSO ROAD GANG
    Rubén Blades
    Luis Enrique Becerra & Rubén Blades, album producers; Luis Enrique Becerra & José Ramón Guerra, album recording engineers; Luis Enrique Becerra & Rubén Blades, album mixers; Rubén Blades, songwriter; Geoff Pesche, album mastering engineer
    [R B Records Corporation]
     
  3. CARGAR LA SUERTE
    Andrés Calamaro
    Gustavo Borner, album producer; Gustavo Borner, album recording engineer; Gustavo Borner, album mixer; Andrés Calamaro & German Wiedemer, songwriters; Gustavo Borner, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Group]
     
  4. AGUSTÍN
    Fonseca
    Fonseca, album producer; Andrés Borda, album recording engineer; Iker Gastaminza & Trevor Lyle Muzzy, album mixers; Fonseca, songwriter; Dave Kutch, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. VIDA
    Luis Fonsi
    Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, album producers; Luis Fonsi, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, album recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, album mixer; Luis Fonsi, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, songwriters; Dave Kutch, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino / 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.]
     
  6. EL MAL QUERER - WINNER
    Rosalía
    El Guincho & Rosalía, album producers; El Guincho, album recording engineer; Jaycen Joshua, album mixer; Antón Álvarez Alfaro, El Guincho & Rosalía, songwriters; Chris Athens, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.]
     
  7. #ELDISCO
    Alejandro Sanz
    Alfonso Pérez, Julio Reyes Copello & Alejandro Sanz, album producers; Nicolás De La Espriella, Carlos Fernando Lopez, Alfonso Pérez, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez & Julio Reyes Copello, album recording engineers; Trevor Lyle Muzzy, album mixer; Alejandro Sanz, songwriter; Gene Grimaldi, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Spain, S.L.U.]
     
  8. ¿DÓNDE BAILARÁN LAS NIÑAS?
    Ximena Sariñana
    Juan Pablo Vega, album producer; Daniel Bitrán Arizpe, album recording engineer; Alejandro Patiño, album mixer; Ximena Sariñana & Juan Pablo Vega, songwriters; Alejandro Patiño, album mastering engineer
    [Warner Music México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  9. MAS DE MI
    Tony Succar
    Marc Quiñones & Tony Succar, album producers; Santiago Diaz, Nestor Rigaud & Tony Succar, album recording engineers; Alfredo Matheus, album mixer; Jorge Luis Piloto & Tony Succar, songwriters; Michael Fuller, album mastering engineer
    [Unity Entertainment]
     
  10. FANTASÍA
    Sebastián Yatra
    Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, album producers; Nicolas Ladrón De Guevara, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, album recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, album mixer; Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters; Dave Kutch, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino]

3. Song Of The Year

  1. CALMA - WINNER
    Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez & George Noriega, songwriters (Pedro Capó)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  2. DESCONSTRUÇÃO
    Tiago Iorc, songwriter (Tiago Iorc)
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  3. EL PAÍS
    Rubén Blades, songwriter (Rubén Blades)
    Track from: Paraiso Road Gang
    [R B Records Corporation]
     
  4. KITIPUN
    Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  5. MI PERSONA FAVORITA
    Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz Con Camila Cabello)
    Track from: #Eldisco
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  6. NO TENGO NADA
    Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
    Track from: #Eldisco
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  7. QUÉDATE
    Kany García & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Kany García & Tommy Torres)
    Track from: Contra El Viento
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  8. QUERER MEJOR
    Rafael Arcaute, Alessia Cara, Camilo Echeverry, Juanes, Mauricio Montaner, Ricardo Montaner & Tainy, songwriters (Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  9. UN AÑO
    Reik, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Sebastián Yatra Featuring Reik)
    Track from: Fantasía
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  10. VEN
    Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

4. Best New Artist

  1. AITANA
     
  2. BURNING CARAVAN
     
  3. CAMI
     
  4. FER CASILLAS
     
  5. CHIPI CHACÓN
     
  6. ELSA Y ELMAR
     
  7. GREEICY
     
  8. JUAN INGARAMO
     
  9. PAULO LONDRA
     
  10. NELLA - WINNER

Field 1 - Pop

5. Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album

  1. MONTANER
    Ricardo Montaner
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  2. BALAS PERDIDAS
    Morat
    [Universal Music Spain, S.L.U.]
     
  3. EL MAL QUERER - WINNER
    Rosalía
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.]
     
  4. #ELDISCO
    Alejandro Sanz
    [Universal Music Spain, S.L.U.]
     
  5. FANTASÍA
    Sebastián Yatra
    [Universal Music Latino]

6. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  1. VISCERAL
    Paula Arenas
    [Art House Society, Inc.]
     
  2. ROSA
    Cami
    [Universal Music Chile]
     
  3. HACIA ADENTRO
    Camila
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  4. AGUSTÍN - WINNER
    Fonseca
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. SENTIMIENTOS
    Pavel Núñez
    [Pavel Corredor Music Group]

7. Best Pop Song

  1. BAILAR
    Leonel García, songwriter (Leonel García)
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  2. BUENA PARA NADA
    Paula Arenas, Luigi Castillo & Santiago Castillo,
    songwriters (Paula Arenas)
    [Art House Society, Inc.]
     
  3. MI PERSONA FAVORITA - WINNER
    Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters
    (Alejandro Sanz Con Camila Cabello)
    Track from: #Eldisco
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  4. PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ
    Antón Álvarez Alfaro, El Guincho & Rosalía,
    songwriters (Rosalía)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.]
     
  5. VEN Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

Field 2 - Urban

8. Best Urban Fusion/Performance

  1. TENEMOS QUE HABLAR
    Bad Bunny
    Track from: X 100Pre
    [Rimas Entertainment]
     
  2. CALMA (REMIX) - WINNER
    Pedro Capó & Farruko
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  3. PA' OLVIDARTE (REMIX)
    ChocQuibtown, Zion & Lennox, Farruko Featuring
    Manuel Turizo
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  4. CON CALMA
    Daddy Yankee Featuring Snow
    [UMLE; El Cartel Records]
     
  5. OTRO TRAGO
    Sech Featuring Darell
    Track from: Sueños
    [Rich Music]

9. Best Urban Music Album

  1. KISSES
    Anitta
    [Warner Music]
     
  2. X 100PRE - WINNER
    Bad Bunny
    [Rimas Entertainment]
     
  3. MI MOVIMIENTO
    De La Ghetto
    [Warner Music Latina, Inc.]
     
  4. 19
    Feid
    [Intu Linea/UMLE]
     
  5. SUEÑOS
    Sech
    [Rich Music]

10. Best Urban Song

  1. BAILA BAILA BAILA
    Pablo C. Fuentes, Luian Malavé Nieves, Kedin Maysonet, Ozuna, Héctor Ramos, Vicente Saavedra, Edgar Wilmer Semper Vargas & Xavier Semper Vargas, songwriters (Ozuna)
    [VP Records/Dimelo Vi Dist. By Sony Music Entertainment
    US Latin LLC]
     
  2. CALIENTE
    J Balvin, Rene Cano, De La Ghetto, Alejandro Patiño "Mosty" & Alejandro Ramirez, songwriters (De La Ghetto Featuring J Balvin)
    [Warner Music Latina]
     
  3. CON ALTURA - WINNER
    J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Teo Halm, Alejandro Ramirez & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & J Balvin Featuring El Guincho)
    [Columbia Records]
     
  4. OTRO TRAGO
    Darell, Josh Mendez, Sech & Jorge Valdes, songwriters (Sech Featuring Darell)
    Track from: Sueños
    [Rich Music]
     
  5. PA' OLVIDARTE
    René Cano, ChocQuibtown, Kevyn Cruz Moreno, Juan Diego Medina Vélez, Andrés David Restrepo, Mateo Tejada Giraldo, Andrés Uribe Marín, Juan Vargas & Doumbia Yohann, songwriters (ChocQuibtown)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

Field 3 - Rock

11. Best Rock Album

  1. UNA RAZÓN PARA SEGUIR
    A.N.I.M.A.L
    [Sony Music]
     
  2. ARAWATO
    Arawato
    [Musicmarketing Plans]
     
  3. BASADO EN HECHOS REALES
    Carajo
    [Independiente]
     
  4. MTV UNPLUGGED: EL DESCONECTE
    Molotov
    [Universal Music Group]
     
  5. MONTE SAGRADO - WINNER
    Draco Rosa
    [Sony Music Latin]

12. Best Pop/Rock Album

  1. CARGAR LA SUERTE - WINNER
    Andrés Calamaro
    [Universal Music Group]
     
  2. MANUAL DE VIAJE A UN LUGAR LEJANO
    Jumbo
    [Universal Music Group/Discos Valiente]
     
  3. LEBÓN & CO.
    David Lebón
    [Sony Music / Columbia]
     
  4. NUCLEAR
    Leiva
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L]
     
  5. MADAME AYAHUASCA
    Taburete
    [Voltereta Records]

13. Best Rock Song

  1. CONECTAR
    Rodrigo Crespo, songwriter (Rodrigo Crespo)
    Track from: Careta
    [Che Robot Records]
     
  2. GODZILLA
    Leiva, songwriter (Leiva Featuring Enrique Bunbury y Ximena Sariñana)
    Track from: Nuclear
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L]
     
  3. NIRVANA
    Arawato, songwriters (Arawato)
    [Music Marketing Plans]
     
  4. PUNTA CANA
    Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos)
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  5. VERDADES AFILADAS - WINNER
    Andrés Calamaro & German Wiedemer, songwriters (Andrés Calamaro)
    Track from: Cargar La Suerte
    [Universal Music Group]

Field 4 - Alternative

14. Best Alternative Music Album

  1. LATINOAMERICANA
    Alex Anwandter
    [Nacional Records]
     
  2. DISCUTIBLE
    Babasónicos
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  3. BACH
    Bandalos Chinos
    [Casete]
     
  4. PRENDER UN FUEGO
    Marilina Bertoldi
    [Pelo Music S.A.]
     
  5. NORMA - WINNER
    Mon Laferte
    [Universal Music Group / Discos Valiente]

15. Best Alternative Song

  1. CAUSA PERDIDA
    El David Aguilar, songwriter (El David Aguilar)
    [EMI / Universal Music México S.A.]
     
  2. CONTRA TODO
    Ismael Cancel & Ile, songwriters (Ile)
    Track from: Almadura
    [Sony Music Latin]
     
  3. CUENTAS CLARAS
    Kevin Johansen, songwriter (Kevin Johansen)
    [Sony Music Entertaiment Argentina S.A.]
     
  4. LA PREGUNTA
    Adrián Dárgelos Rodríguez, songwriter (Babasónicos)
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  5. TÓCAMELA - WINNER
    David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Los Amigos Invisibles,
    Silverio Lozada & Servando Primera, songwriters (Los
    Amigos Invisibles)
    [Gozadera Records]

Field 5 - Tropical

16. Best Salsa Album

  1. CUBA LINDA
    Maite Hontelé
    [Merlín Producciones/Egrem]
     
  2. 55 ANIVERSARIO
    Mario Ortiz All Star Band
    [All Star Music Productions Inc.]
     
  3. MI LUZ MAYOR
    Eddie Palmieri
    [Uprising Music]
     
  4. NUESTRO HOGAR
    Quintero's Salsa Project
    [Quintero's Record]
     
  5. MAS DE MI - WINNER
    Tony Succar
    [Unity Entertainment]

17. Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

  1. CHECO ACOSTA 30 (EN VIVO)
    Checo Acosta
    [Codiscos]
     
  2. ESTO QUE DICE!
    Diego Daza y Carlos Rueda
    [ONErpm]
     
  3. PARA MIS MAESTROS CON RESPETO
    Juan Piña
    [Vibra Entertainment S.A.S]
     
  4. YO ME LLAMO CUMBIA - WINNER
    Puerto Candelaria & Juancho Valencia
    [Merlín Producciones/Peermusic]
     
  5. RAÍCES (Varios Artistas)
    José Gaviria & Fernando Tobón, producers
    [Babel Discos]

18. Best Merengue/Bachata Album

Due to the low number of entries received this year, these entries were combined with
Category 20.

19. Best Traditional Tropical Album

  1. ANDRÉS CEPEDA BIG BAND (EN VIVO) - WINNER
    Andrés Cepeda
    [Sony Music]
     
  2. VEREDA TROPICAL
    Olga Cerpa y Mestisay
    [Ediciones Mestisay/Egrem]
     
  3. LO NUESTRO
    Yelsy Heredia
    [Bis Music]
     
  4. A JOURNEY THROUGH CUBAN MUSIC
    Aymée Nuviola
    [Top Stop Music]
     
  5. LA LLAVE DEL SON
    Septeto Acarey
    [Septeto Acarey S.A.C]

20. Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

  1. BARRIOS DE MI TIERRA (CANCIONES DE RUBÉN BLADES)
    Iván Barrios
    [Hb Music Corp]
     
  2. CANDELA
    Vicente García
    [Sony Music Entertainment Colombia S.A]
     
  3. LITERAL - WINNER
    Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  4. TROPICALIA
    Ilegales
    [Dotel Productions Inc]
     
  5. MILLY & COMPANY
    Milly Quezada
    [Los Vecinos Enterprises, SRL]

21. Best Tropical Song

  1. EL AFORTUNADO
    Luis Enrique & Jorge Luis Piloto, songwriters (Septeto Acarey Featuring Luis Enrique)
    Track from: La Llave Del Son
    [Septeto Acarey S.A.C]
     
  2. KITIPUN - WINNER
    Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  3. MAS DE MI
    Jorge Luis Piloto & Tony Succar, songwriters (Tony Succar Featuring Angel López)
    Track from: Mas De Mi
    [Unity Entertainment]
     
  4. SUBIENDO Y BAJANDO
    Bobby Allende, Waddys Jáquez, David Maldonado & Adan Pérez, songwriters (8 y Más Featuring Rubén Blades)
    Track from: Otra Ruta
    [Unity Entertainment]
     
  5. VIVIR ES COMPLICADO
    Jorge Luis Piloto, songwriter (Andrés Cepeda & Dayhan Díaz)
    [Sinfonic LLC / Cortesía De Sony Music Entertainment Colombia]

Field 6 - Singer-Songwriter

22. Best Singer-Songwriter Album

  1. ACÚSTICA
    Albita
    [Innercat Music Group]
     
  2. CONTRA EL VIENTO - WINNER
    Kany García
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  3. AMOR PRESENTE
    Leonel García
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  4. ALGO RITMOS
    Kevin Johansen
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  5. INTUICIÓN
    Gian Marco
    [Enjoymusic Records]

Field 7 - Regional-Mexican

23. Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album

  1. MI PERSONA PREFERIDA
    El Bebeto
    [Disa Records / Universal Music Entertainment / Latin Power Music]
     
  2. SIGUE LA DINASTÍA...
    Alex Fernández
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  3. MÁS ROMÁNTICO QUE NUNCA
    Vicente Fernández
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  4. INDESTRUCTIBLE
    Flor De Toloache
    [Flor De Toloache / One RPM]
     
  5. AHORA - WINNER
    Christian Nodal
    [Fonovisa Records / Universal Music Entertainment]

24. Best Banda Album

  1. PARA QUE NO TE LO IMAGINES
    Saul El Jaguar Alarcón
    [Fonovisa]
     
  2. A TRAVÉS DEL VASO - WINNER
    Banda Los Sebastianes
    [Fonovisa Records / Universal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  3. 25 AÑOS VOL 1
    El Mimoso
    [Cielo Music Inc.]
     
  4. UN TRIBUTO AL SOL
    La Explosiva Banda De Maza
    [Warner Music México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  5. ME HICISTE UN BORRACHO
    Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa De Monterrey
    [Remex Music]

25. Best Tejano Album

  1. SIETE
    El Plan
    [Indepe Music]

  2. TU PRÍNCIPE
    Lucky Joe
    [M Music & Entertainment Group, LLC / Freddie Records]
     
  3. COLORES - WINNER
    Elida Reyna y Avante
    [Freddie Records]
     
  4. ASÍ ME ENSEÑARON
    David Lee Rodriquez
    [VMB Music Group]
     
  5. NUNCA TE RINDAS
    Vidal
    [Freddie Records]

26. Best Norteño Album

  1. POR MÁS
    Bronco
    [Sony Music Entertainment Mexico, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  2. LAS CANCIONES DE LA ABUELA
    Buyuchek y La Abuela Irma Silva
    [Fonovisa Records / Universal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  3. MITAD Y MITAD
    Calibre 50
    [Disa Records / Andaluz Music / Universal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  4. PERCEPCIÓN - WINNER
    Intocable
    [Universal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  5. AMO
    La Maquinaria Norteña
    [Fonovisa Records / Azteca Records / Universal Music Latin Entertainment]

27. Best Regional Song

  1. ALGUIEN MEJOR QUE YO
    Jose Luis Roma, songwriter (Bronco)
    [Seitrack Us]
     
  2. BESOS DE MEZCAL
    Shae Fiol, Camilo Lara & Mireya Ramos, songwriters (Flor De Toloache)
    [Flor De Toloache / One RPM]
     
  3. DE LOS BESOS QUE TE DI
    Edgar Barrera, José Esparza, Gussy Lau & Christian Nodal, songwriters (Christian Nodal)
    [Fonovisa Records / Unviersal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  4. NO TE CONTARON MAL - WINNER
    Edgar Barrera, Gussy Lau & Christian Nodal, songwriters (Christian Nodal)
    [Fonovisa Records / Unviersal Music Latin Entertainment]
     
  5. TE AMARÉ
    Manuel Monterrosas, songwriter (Alex Fernández)
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]

Field 8 - Instrumental

28. Best Instrumental Album

  1. BALANCE - WINNER
    Gustavo Casenave
    [Fula Records]
     
  2. SAXOFONES LIVE SESSIONS
    Cuban Sax Quintet
    [Egrem]
     
  3. FOLIA DE TREIS
    Edu Ribeiro, Fábio Peron, Toninho Ferragutti
    [Blaxtream]
     
  4. UNBALANCED CONCERTO FOR ENSEMBLE
    Moisés P. Sánchez
    [Uno Música]
     
  5. YO SOY LA TRADICIÓN
    Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet
    [Miel Music]

Field 9 - Traditional

29. Best Folk Album

  1. 48 AÑOS DESPUÉS
    Eva Ayllon
    [Aylloncito Producciones]
     
  2. DE MAR Y RÍO
    Canalón De Timbiquí
    [Llorona Records]
     
  3. ORINOCO
    Cimarrón
    [Independiente]
     
  4. ¡VA POR MÉXICO!
    Luis Cobos Con The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra & El Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán
    [Blanco y Negro Music, S.A]
     
  5. TIEMPO AL TIEMPO - WINNER
    Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
    [Chazz Music/ Empire Records]

30. Best Tango Album

  1. MARRÓN Y AZUL
    Daniel Binelli y Nick Danielson
    [Bell Ville]
     
  2. ROTO
    Enrique Campos
    [Acqua Records]
     
  3. ATÍPICO
    Bernardo Monk
    [Independiente]
     
  4. REVOLUCIONARIO - WINNER
    Quinteto Astor Piazzolla
    [East 54 Entertainment, Inc.]
     
  5. RADIOTANGO
    Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet
    [Zoho Music]

31. Best Flamenco Album

Due to the low number of entries received this year, these entries were combined with Category 29.

Field 10 - Jazz

32. Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

  1. TURNING PAGES
    Claudia Acuña
    [Delfin Records]
     
  2. ELEMENTAL
    Branly, Ruiz & Haslip
    [Blue Canoe Records]
     
  3. TERCER VIAJE
    Dos Orientales
    [Montevideo Music Group]
     
  4. RIO - SÃO PAULO
    André Marques
    [Blaxtream]
     
  5. JAZZ BATÁ 2 - WINNER
    Chucho Valdés
    [Mack Avenue Music Group]

Field 11 - Christian

33. Best Christian Album (Spanish Language)

  1. TODO PASA - WINNER
    Juan Delgado
    [Pristine Music Inc.]
     
  2. MI VIAJE (EN VIVO)
    Danilo Montero
    [Sígueme Internacional]
     
  3. LLUVIAS DE BENDICIÓN
    Gabriela Soto & Big Band
    [Gps]
     
  4. PADRE MIO
    Ricardo Torres y Su Mariachi
    [Independiente]
     
  5. ¿QUIÉN CONTRA NOSOTROS?
    Alex Zurdo
    [Az Music]

34. Best Portuguese Language Christian Album

  1. GENTE
    Priscilla Alcântara
    [Sony Music Entertainment]
     
  2. SAGRADO
    Adriana Arydes
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  3. GUARDA MEU CORAÇÃO - WINNER
    Delino Marçal
    [MK Music]
     
  4. PRETO NO BRANCO 3
    Preto No Branco
    [Universal Music Ltda/Balaio Music]
     
  5. 360º
    Eli Soares
    [Universal Music Christian Group]

Field 12 - Portuguese Language

35. Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album

  1. O TEMPO É AGORA - WINNER
    Anavitoria
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  2. TARÂNTULA
    As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  3. TODXS
    Ana Cañas
    [Independente]
     
  4. PARA DIAS RUINS
    Mahmundi
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  5. SELFIE
    Jair Oliveira
    [S de Samba/Ditto Brasil]

36. Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album

  1. VULCÃO
    The Baggios
    [Toca Discos]
     
  2. O FUTURO NÃO DEMORA - WINNER
    BaianaSystem
    [Máquina De Louco]
     
  3. O CÉU SOBRE A CABEÇA
    Chal
    [Toca Discos]
     
  4. GOELA ABAIXO
    Liniker e Os Caramelos
    [Independente]
     
  5. MATRIZ
    Pitty
    [Deckdisc]

37. Best Samba/Pagode Album

  1. CANTA SERENO E MOA
    Nego Álvaro
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  2. MART'NÁLIA CANTA VINICIUS DE MORAES - WINNER
    Mart'nália
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  3. DE TODOS OS TEMPOS
    Monarco
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  4. EM SUA DIREÇÃO
    Péricles
    [Onerpm]
     
  5. ANAÍ ROSA ATRACA GERALDO PEREIRA
    Anaí Rosa
    [Selo Sesc]

38. Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

  1. O AMOR NO CAOS
    Zeca Baleiro
    [Onerpm]
     
  2. CANTA TITO MADI
    Nana Caymmi
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  3. TUDO É UM
    Zélia Duncan
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  4. TEMPO MÍNIMO
    Delia Fischer
    [Nomad Música]
     
  5. OK OK OK - WINNER
    Gilberto Gil
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  6. BESTA FERA
    Jards Macalé
    [Zilles Produções]

39. Best Sertaneja Music Album

  1. HORA CERTA
    Paula Fernandes
    [Universal Music International]
     
  2. FRANCIS & FELIPE
    Francis & Felipe
    [Independente]
     
  3. EM TODOS OS CANTOS - WINNER
    Marilia Mendonça
    [Som Livre]
     
  4. LIVE MOVEL
    Luan Santana
    [Som Livre]
     
  5. AO VIVO EM SÃO PAULO
    Mano Walter
    [Som Livre]

40. Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

  1. AJO
    Foli Griô Orquestra
    [Foli Griô Orquestra/Tratore]
     
  2. MACUMBAS E CATIMBÓS
    Alessandra Leão
    [YB music]
     
  3. HERMETO PASCOAL E SUA VISÃO ORIGINAL DO FORRÓ - WINNER
    Hermeto Pascoal
    [Scubidu Music]
     
  4. O OURO DO PÓ DA ESTRADA
    Elba Ramalho
    [Deckdisc]
     
  5. REI CAIPIRA
    Zé Mulato E Cassiano
    [VBS Produções]

41. Best Portuguese Language Song

  1. ANSIOSOS PRA VIVER
    Mestrinho, songwriter (Mestrinho)
    [Atração Fonográfica]
     
  2. DESCONSTRUÇÃO - WINNER
    Tiago Iorc, songwriter (Tiago Iorc)
    [Universal Music Ltda]
     
  3. ETÉREA
    Criolo, songwriter (Criolo)
    [Oloko Records]
     
  4. MIL E UMA
    Arnaldo Antunes & Claudia Brant, songwriters (Claudia Brant Featuring Arnaldo Antunes)
    Track from: Sincera
    [Brantones Records Inc.]
     
  5. SEM PALAVRAS
    Mário Laginha & João Monge, songwriters (António Zambujo)
    Track from: Do Avesso
    [Universal Music Portugal]

Field 13 - Children's

42.Best Latin Children’s Album

  1. LUCES, CÁMARA, ACCIÓN
    Claraluna
    [Claraluna]
     
  2. ¡ALEGRÍA!
    Sonia De Los Santos
    [Golondrina]
     
  3. BUENOS DIAZ - WINNER
    The Lucky Band
    [Rainy Day Dimes Music]
     
  4. BIM BOM BAM!
    Payasitas Nifu Nifa
    [Nifu Nifa Oficial Llc]
     
  5. CANTA LAS LETRAS
    123 Andrés
    [Salsana Records]

Field 14 - Classical

43. Best Classical Album

  1. AMERICA
    Claudio Constantini; Francisco Moya, album producer
    [IBS Classical]
     
  2. ÁRBOLES DE VIDRIO
    Edith Ruiz; Edith Ruiz, album producer
    [Urtext Digital Classics]
     
  3. CUBA: THE LEGACY
    National Symphony Orchestra Of Cuba; Enrique Pérez Mesa, conductor; Aurelio De La Vega & Yalil Guerra, album producers
    [Rycy Productions, Inc.]
     
  4. REGRESO - WINNER
    Samuel Torres & La Nueva Filarmonía; Ricardo Jaramillo, conductor; Danilo Álvarez, Ricardo Jaramillo & Samuel Torres, producers
    [Independiente]
     
  5. SOLOSH
    Orquesta Sinfónica De Heredia; Eddie Mora, conductor; Jorge Castro, Carlos Pipo Chaves & Eddie Mora, album producers
    [Asociación Sinfónica De Heredia]

44. Best Classical Contemporary Composition
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Due to the low number of entries, this category will not be awarded this year.

Field 15 - Arranging

45. Best Arrangement

  1. RED WALL (VA A CAER)
    Otmaro Ruiz, arranger (Branly, Ruiz & Haslip)
    Track from: Elemental
    [Blue Canoe Records]
     
  2. MARIACHITLÁN
    Juan Pablo Contreras, arranger (Juan Pablo Contreras, Marco Parisotto & Orquesta Filarmónica De Jalisco)
    Track from: Mariachitlán
    [Universal Music México S.A. De C.V.]
     
  3. SIRENA - WINNER
    Rodner Padilla, arranger (Luis Enrique + C4 Trio)
    Track from: Tiempo Al Tiempo
    [Chazz Music]
     
  4. LOKO DE AMOR
    Pablo Cebrián & Ketama, arrangers (Ketama)
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  5. IMPREVISTO
    César Orozco, arranger (Raices Jazz Orchestra, Pablo Gil & Tony Succar)
    [Unity Entertainment]

Field 16 - Recording Package

46. Best Recording Package

  1. ANÓNIMAS Y RESILIENTES
    Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussán, Manuel
    García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors (Voces Del Bullerengue)
    [Chaco World Music]
     
  2. ASTRONAUTA
    Emilio Lorente, art director (Zahara)
    [G.O.Z.Z. Records]
     
  3. EL MAL QUERER - WINNER
    Man Mourentan & Tamara Pérez, art directors (Rosalía)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.]
     
  4. LIÇÃO #2: DORIVAL
    Deborah Salles, art director (Quartabê)
    [Risco]
     
  5. NUCLEAR
    Boa Mistura, art director (Leiva)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L]

Field 17 - Production

47. Best Engineered Album

  1. ANAÍ ROSA ATRACA GERALDO PEREIRA
    Carlos Lima & Gilberto Monte, engineers; Carlos Lima, mixer; Carlos Lima, mastering engineer (Anaí Rosa)
    [Selo Sesc]
     
  2. BACH
    Zac Hernández & Jerry Ordoñez, engineers; Jack Lahana, mixer; Chab, mastering engineer (Bandalos Chinos)
    [Casete]
     
  3. EL MAL QUERER - WINNER
    El Guincho & Brian Hernández, engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Chris Athens, mastering engineer (Rosalía)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.]
     
  4. ENCONTROS
    Roger Freret, engineer; Marcelo Sabóia, mixer; Ron McMaster, mastering engineer (Antonio Adolfo Featuring Orquestra Atlantica)
    [Aam Music]
     
  5. MONTANER
    Jan Holzner, David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Jon Leone, Carlos Fernando López, Ricardo López Lalinde, Yasmil Marrufo, Darío Moscatelli, Quaz & Tainy, engineers; Jaycen Joshua, mixer; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer (Ricardo Montaner)
    [Sony Music Latin]

48. Producer of the Year

  1. ANDRÉS TORRES, MAURICIO RENGIFO
    • Ay Corazón (Cali y El Dandee) (S)
    • Balas Perdidas (Morat) (A)
    • Cobarde (Ximena Sariñana) (S)
    • Fantasía (Sebastián Yatra) (A)
    • La Plata (Juanes Featuring Lalo Ebratt) (S)
    • Perdón (David Bisbal Featuring Greeicy) (S)
    • Quiero Volver (Tini) (A)
    • Serenata (Mike Bahía) (S)
    • Si Tú Te Vas (Ximena Sariñana) (T)
    • Suave y Sutil (Paulina Rubio) (T)
    • Teléfono (Remix) (Aitana Con Lele Pons) (T)
    • Todo En Mi Vida (Ximena Sariñana) (T)
    • Vida (Luis Fonsi) (A)
    • Volver A Verte (Fonseca Featuring Cali y El Dandee) (T)
     
  2. JULIO REYES COPELLO
    • Back In The City (Alejandro Sanz Con Nicky Jam) (T)
    • #Eldisco (Alejandro Sanz) (A)
    • Libre (Diana Fuentes) (T)
    • Mi Persona Favorita (Alejandro Sanz Con Camila Cabello) (T)
    • No Tengo Nada (Alejandro Sanz) (T)
    • Nostalgia (Daniela Brooker) (A)
    • Oxígeno (Malú) (A)
    • Visceral (Paula Arenas) (A)
    • Yo Te Extraño (Sebastián Yatra) (T)
     
  3. RAFA SARDINA
    • Fandango At The Wall: A Soundtrack For The United States, Mexico, And Beyond (Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra) (A)
    • Indestructible (Flor De Toloache) (A)
    • Volver (Plácido Domingo & Pablo Sainz Villegas) (A)
     
  4. TONY SUCCAR - WINNER
    • Amante Del Amor (Raul Stefano) (S)
    • El Alacrán (Eric Chacón & Tony Succar) (S)
    • El Ritmo De Mi Corazón (Gian Marco Featuring Grupo 5, Tony Succar) (S)
    • Imprevisto (Raices Jazz Orchestra, Pablo Gil & Tony Succar) (S)
    • Mas De Mi (Tony Succar) (A)
    • Tonada De Succar (Eric Chacón & Tony Succar) (S)
    • Vai La Vai La (Tony Succar Featuring Marcelo Amaro, Tuti & Nelson Arrieta) (S)
     
  5. JUAN PABLO VEGA
    • Conexión (Juan Pablo Vega) (A)
    • ¿Dónde Bailarán Las Niñas? (Ximena Sariñana) (A)
    • En Medio De Este Ruido (Kurt) (A)
    • Fuimos Amor (Esteman) (T)
    • Sofía (Mario Bautista) (S)
    • Vida De Mis Vidas (Santiago Cruz y Vicente García) (T)

Field 18 - Music Video

49. Best Short Form Music Video

  1. BOCA DE LOBO
    Criolo
    Denis Cisma & Pedro Inoue, video directors; Beatriz Berjeaut, video producer
    [Saigon Filmes]
     
  2. ME SOLTA
    Nego Do Borel Featuring Dj Rennan Da Penha
    Lucas Romor, video director; KondZilla, video producer
    [Sony Music Brasil]
     
  3. BANANA PAPAYA - WINNER
    Kany García & Residente
    Residente, video director; Stephanie "Tuty" Correa, video producer
    [Redrum Films]
     
  4. LOS ZURDOS MUEREN ANTES
    Nach
    Willy Rodriguez, video director; Willy Rodriguez, video producer
    [Universal Music Spain, S.L.U.]
     
  5. VIVIR LOS COLORES
    Todo Aparenta Normal
    Mariano Dawidson, video director; Eric Dawidson, video producer
    [S-Music]

50. Best Long Form Music Video

  1. ANATOMÍA DE UN ÉXODO
    Mastodonte
    Alfonso Cortés-Cabanillas & Asier Etxeandía, video directors; Jose Luis Huertas & Anibal Ruiz-Villar, video producers
    [Factoría Mastodonte]
     
  2. PIAZZOLLA, LOS AÑOS DEL TIBURÓN
    Astor Piazzolla
    Daniel Rosenfeld, video director; Daniel Rosenfeld, video producer
    [Idéale Audience / Daniel Rosenfeld Films]
     
  3. HOTEL DE LOS ENCUENTROS
    Draco Rosa
    Henry Duarte, José Luis Jiménez, Miguel Jiménez, Draco Rosa, Redamo Rosa & Revel Rosa, video directors; Hector Espinosa, Mio Hachimori, José Luis Jiménez, Miguel Jiménez, Draco Rosa, Revel Rosa & Sadaharu Yagi, video producers
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC / Phantom Vox / Sharpball]
     
  4. LO QUE FUI ES LO QUE SOY - WINNER
    Alejandro Sanz
    Mercedes Cantero, Oscar García Blesa, Gervasio Iglesias & Alexis Morante, video directors; Alvaro Agustin, Ghislain Barrois & Gervasio Iglesias, video producers
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U. / Sacromonte Films]
     
  5. DÉJAME QUERERTE
    Carlos Vives
    Juan Pablo Caballero & Felipe Cortés, video directors; Nathalie Burnside, video producer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

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Press Play On GRAMMY U Mixtape: New Year, It’s Poppin'! Monthly Member Playlist

The GRAMMY U Mixtape is a monthly, genre-spanning playlist to quench your thirst for new tunes, all from student members. GRAMMY U celebrates new beginnings with fresh pop tunes that will kickstart 2023.

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Did you know that among all of the students in GRAMMY U, songwriting and performance is one of the most sought after fields of study? We want to create a space to hear what these students are creating today!

The GRAMMY U Mixtape, now available for your listening pleasure, highlights the creations and fresh ideas that students are bringing to this industry directly on the Recording Academy's Spotify and Apple Music pages. Our goal is to celebrate GRAMMY U members, as well as the time and effort they put into making original music — from the songwriting process to the final production of the track.

Each month, we accept submissions and feature 20 to 25 songs that match that month’s theme. This month we're ringing in 2023 with our New Year, It's Poppin'! playlist, which features fresh pop songs that bring new year, new you vibes. Showcasing talented members from our various chapters, we felt these songs represented the positivity and hopefulness that GRAMMY U members embody as they tackle this upcoming year of exciting possibilities.

So, what’s stopping you? Press play on GRAMMY U’s Mixtape and listen now on Spotify below and Apple Music.

Want to be featured on the next playlist? Submit your songs today! We are currently accepting submissions for songs of all genres for consideration for our February playlist. Whether you write pop, rock, hip hop, jazz, or classical, we want to hear from you. Music must be written and/or produced by the student member (an original song) and you must be able to submit a Spotify and/or Apple Music link to the song. Students must be a GRAMMY U member to submit.

About GRAMMY U:

GRAMMY U is a program that connects college students with the industry's brightest and most talented minds and provides those aspiring professionals with the tools and opportunities necessary to start a career in music.     

Throughout each semester, events and special programs touch on all facets of the industry, including the business, technology, and the creative process.

As part of the Recording Academy's mission to ensure the recorded arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, GRAMMY U establishes the necessary foundation for music’s next generation to flourish.

Not a member, but want to submit to our playlist? Apply for GRAMMY U Membership here.

2022 In Review: 5 Trends That Defined Latin Music
(From left) Bad Bunny, El Alfa, Natalia Laforcade, Rosalía, Rauw Alejando

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2022 In Review: 5 Trends That Defined Latin Music

2022 glowed with abundance in every region and style — from Chilean folk and Mexican sierreño to Argentine synth-pop, Dominican dembow and good old fashioned rock en español.

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Years from now, 2022 is likely to be remembered as a moment of expansion and inspiration for Latin music. It’s not only that the unstoppable reggaetón beat and its multiple permutations brought people to their feet as the entire world danced to the sounds of Bad Bunny, KAROL G and Rosalía.  

After years of pandemic-related suffering, 2022 glowed with abundance in every region and style — from Chilean folk and Mexican sierreño to Argentine synth-pop, Dominican dembow and good old fashioned rock en español. Forgotten genres were resurrected and given bright new outfits, while a wave of daring young producers experimented with cutting-edge textures and studio effects. Globalization shook up the Latin spectrum, and the results are splendorous.

Here are some of the notable trends that emerged during the past 12 months.

The New Epicenter Of Global Pop? Puerto Rico 

As the mainstream embraces Latin trap, EDM and folk genres like champeta and bachata in this brave digital world of neo-reggaetón hits, Puerto Rican vocalists and producers have mastered the recipe of success. 2022 marked the third consecutive year in which Bad Bunny was the most streamed artist in the world on Spotify. An intriguing combination of raucous party hedonism and melancholy self-reflection, Benito’s musical universe continues to evolve, but his hold on pop culture is part of a wider trend.  

The year also saw the release of excellent new tracks by Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro, Daddy Yankee and Myke Towers, confirming San Juan as the avant-garde capital of Latin futurism. La isla del encanto’s dominance shouldn’t surprise the most studious observers of popular music, though. Just like Jamaica, Puerto Rico has given birth to countless legends in the past, from Tito Rodríguez and Cheo Feliciano to El Gran Combo and Héctor Lavoe. Further, there is a solid threadline that unites the early salsa sizzle of 'Maelo' Rivera with the 2000’s narratives of Tego Calderón and the melodic brilliance of a Rauw Alejandro.

The Seduction Of Retro Lives On 

Much of today’s Latin music relies on the-future-is-now sonics, with the use of autotune, synth patches and all sorts of studio gimmicks to create the slick patina of today's hits. At the same time, a number of artists prefer a return to analog warmth and the formats that hypnotized their ears in younger times.  

Growing up in Texas, multi-instrumentalist and Black Pumas leader Adrian Quesada developed an obsession with the intoxicating strand of psychedelic baladas that flourished throughout Latin America between the early ‘60s and mid ‘70s. Quesada had already recorded a reverential cover of "Esclavo y Amo" by Peruvian combo Los Pasteles Verdes, but in 2022 he recorded an entire album, Boleros Psicodélicos, with mostly original songs that capture the sinuous beauty and baroque harpsichord lines of the original genre.  

Following a similar vein, Natalia Lafourcade’s stunning De Todas Las Flores favored a retro approach with songs such as the breezy tropi-pop gem "Canta la arena." The album was recorded live on tape, with every musician present in the recording studio and no previous rehearsals. And if the intro to the solemn "Llévame viento" reminds you of Claude Debussy and French impressionism, it’s no coincidence. The Mexican vocalist showed producer Adán Jodorowsky pictures by Claude Monet for inspiration while they worked on the record.   

Dembow Transforms The Urbano Landscape 

Hypnotic and repetitive, the Dominican genre known as dembow is instantly addictive, but at the same time a bit of an acquired taste. Because of its aggressive pattern, it can be successfully transplanted to mainstream reggaetón — a prime example being Bad Bunny’s eye-opening use of dembow in his mega-hit "Tití Me Preguntó."

The indisputable king of the format remains El Alfa, the incredibly prolific, 31 year-old singer/songwriter from Santo Domingo who has turned the native riddims and hilarious slang from his homeland into a cottage industry of feverish dance anthems. El Alfa (Emanuel Herrer Batista) releases singles and videos at a breakneck pace, and 2022 found him riding a creative wave. A collaboration with Braulio Fogón and Chael Produciendo, "Tontorón Tontón" grooves with a fervor that borders on insanity, as El Alfa spits out rhymes that fuse hilarious vulgarity with surreal impressionism.

Last Night A Lo-Fi Songstress Saved My Life

While the ubiquitous stars of the Latin pop firmament compete for hundreds of millions of streams, indie artists from Argentina to Mexico continue doing what they do best: writing awesome songs. Easy access to recording equipment has allowed a young generation of female bedroom-pop and lo-fi rock performers to blossom undeterred by any record label interference.

On her brilliant and darkly hued EP Misterios de la Plata, Argentine singer Srta. Trueno Negro channels her devotion to the Velvet Underground. Hailing from Culiacán in Sinaloa, Bratty collaborated with Cuco on the hazy reverie of "Fin Del Mundo." In Brazil, São Paolo native Brvnks flexed her angular, guitar-based hooks on "sei la," an atmospheric duet with Raça. Seeped in the sugary vibes of ‘80s Argentine bands like Metrópoli, "Tuna" — an under promoted single by young Buenos Aires composer Mora Navarro — is probably one of the most gorgeous Latin songs of the decade.

Bachata Officially Not A Niche Genre Anymore

All those Dominican aristocrats of the early 20th century who looked down on bachata as the filthy music of the lower classes would shake their heads in disbelief if they saw the place of honor it occupies today. Prince Royce and Romeo Santos made headway in bringing the authentic strains of música del amargue into the mainstream.  

But just like salsa in the ‘90s, bachata is now part of the pop lexicon, and artists from different genres delve into its mystique. Most famously, Rosalía, whose majestic "LA FAMA" distorts the expected guitar lines into jagged, digitalized objects of beauty. The autobiographical lyrics are poignant, and the diva’s decision to enlist the Weeknd helped to further the cause (as it turns out, bachata’s wounded feelings sting even more deliciously as a duet.) In Colombia, Elsa y Elmar aimed at the very roots of the genre with "atravesao," complete with skittish bongó beats and a vocal delivery that bleeds unrequited romance. Even in Buenos Aires, bachata has attracted the muse of talented songwriters such as Silvina Moreno, whose "Ley de Atracción" muses philosophically on the perverse contradictions of erotic desire.

2022 Year In Review: 7 Trends That Defined R&B

A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea
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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea

James Brown changed the sound of popular music when he found the power of the one and unleashed the funk with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Today, funk lives on in many forms, including these exciting bands from across the world.

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It's rare that a genre can be traced back to a single artist or group, but for funk, that was James Brown. The Godfather of Soul coined the phrase and style of playing known as "on the one," where the first downbeat is emphasized, instead of the typical second and fourth beats in pop, soul and other styles. As David Cheal eloquently explains, playing on the one "left space for phrases and riffs, often syncopated around the beat, creating an intricate, interlocking grid which could go on and on." You know a funky bassline when you hear it; its fat chords beg your body to get up and groove.

Brown's 1965 classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," became one of the first funk hits, and has been endlessly sampled and covered over the years, along with his other groovy tracks. Of course, many other funk acts followed in the '60s, and the genre thrived in the '70s and '80s as the disco craze came and went, and the originators of hip-hop and house music created new music from funk and disco's strong, flexible bones built for dancing.

Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins learned the power of the one from playing in Brown's band, and brought it to George Clinton, who created P-funk, an expansive, Afrofuturistic, psychedelic exploration of funk with his various bands and projects, including Parliament-Funkadelic. Both Collins and Clinton remain active and funkin', and have offered their timeless grooves to collabs with younger artists, including Kali Uchis, Silk Sonic, and Omar Apollo; and Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat, respectively.

In the 1980s, electro-funk was born when artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Man Parrish, and Egyptian Lover began making futuristic beats with the Roland TR-808 drum machine — often with robotic vocals distorted through a talk box. A key distinguishing factor of electro-funk is a de-emphasis on vocals, with more phrases than choruses and verses. The sound influenced contemporaneous hip-hop, funk and electronica, along with acts around the globe, while current acts like Chromeo, DJ Stingray, and even Egyptian Lover himself keep electro-funk alive and well.

Today, funk lives in many places, with its heavy bass and syncopated grooves finding way into many nooks and crannies of music. There's nu-disco and boogie funk, nodding back to disco bands with soaring vocals and dance floor-designed instrumentation. G-funk continues to influence Los Angeles hip-hop, with innovative artists like Dam-Funk and Channel Tres bringing the funk and G-funk, into electro territory. Funk and disco-centered '70s revival is definitely having a moment, with acts like Ghost Funk Orchestra and Parcels, while its sparkly sprinklings can be heard in pop from Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and, in full "Soul Train" character, Silk Sonic. There are also acts making dreamy, atmospheric music with a solid dose of funk, such as Khruangbin’s global sonic collage.

There are many bands that play heavily with funk, creating lush grooves designed to get you moving. Read on for a taste of five current modern funk and nu-disco artists making band-led uptempo funk built for the dance floor. Be sure to press play on the Spotify playlist above, and check out GRAMMY.com's playlist on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.

Say She She

Aptly self-described as "discodelic soul," Brooklyn-based seven-piece Say She She make dreamy, operatic funk, led by singer-songwriters Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham. Their '70s girl group-inspired vocal harmonies echo, sooth and enchant as they cover poignant topics with feminist flair.

While they’ve been active in the New York scene for a few years, they’ve gained wider acclaim for the irresistible music they began releasing this year, including their debut album, Prism. Their 2022 debut single "Forget Me Not" is an ode to ground-breaking New York art collective Guerilla Girls, and "Norma" is their protest anthem in response to the news that Roe vs. Wade could be (and was) overturned. The band name is a nod to funk legend Nile Rodgers, from the "Le freak, c'est chi" exclamation in Chic's legendary tune "Le Freak."

Moniquea

Moniquea's unique voice oozes confidence, yet invites you in to dance with her to the super funky boogie rhythms. The Pasadena, California artist was raised on funk music; her mom was in a cover band that would play classics like Aretha Franklin’s "Get It Right" and Gladys Knight’s "Love Overboard." Moniquea released her first boogie funk track at 20 and, in 2011, met local producer XL Middelton — a bonafide purveyor of funk. She's been a star artist on his MoFunk Records ever since, and they've collabed on countless tracks, channeling West Coast energy with a heavy dose of G-funk, sunny lyrics and upbeat, roller disco-ready rhythms.

Her latest release is an upbeat nod to classic West Coast funk, produced by Middleton, and follows her February 2022 groovy, collab-filled album, On Repeat.

Shiro Schwarz

Shiro Schwarz is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis. On "Electrify" — originally released in 2016 on Fat Beats Records and reissued in 2021 by MoFunk — Shiro Schwarz's vocals playfully contrast each other, floating over an insistent, upbeat bassline and an '80s throwback electro-funk rhythm with synth flourishes.

Their music manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic — and impossible to sit still to. 2021 single "Be Kind" is sweet, mellow and groovy, perfect chic lounge funk. Shiro Schwarz’s latest track, the joyfully nostalgic "Hey DJ," is a collab with funkstress Saucy Lady and U-Key.

L'Impératrice

L'Impératrice (the empress in French) are a six-piece Parisian group serving an infectiously joyful blend of French pop, nu-disco, funk and psychedelia. Flore Benguigui's vocals are light and dreamy, yet commanding of your attention, while lyrics have a feminist touch.

During their energetic live sets, L'Impératrice members Charles de Boisseguin and Hagni Gwon (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), and Tom Daveau (drums) deliver extended instrumental jam sessions to expand and connect their music. Gaugué emphasizes the thick funky bass, and Benguigui jumps around the stage while sounding like an angel. L’Impératrice’s latest album, 2021’s Tako Tsubo, is a sunny, playful French disco journey.

Franc Moody

Franc Moody's bio fittingly describes their music as "a soul funk and cosmic disco sound." The London outfit was birthed by friends Ned Franc and Jon Moody in the early 2010s, when they were living together and throwing parties in North London's warehouse scene. In 2017, the group grew to six members, including singer and multi-instrumentalist Amber-Simone.

Their music feels at home with other electro-pop bands like fellow Londoners Jungle and Aussie act Parcels. While much of it is upbeat and euphoric, Franc Moody also dips into the more chilled, dreamy realm, such as the vibey, sultry title track from their recently released Into the Ether.

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Living Legends: Billy Idol On Survival, Revival & Breaking Out Of The Cage
Billy Idol

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Living Legends: Billy Idol On Survival, Revival & Breaking Out Of The Cage

"One foot in the past and one foot into the future," Billy Idol says, describing his decade-spanning career in rock. "We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol."

GRAMMYs/Nov 25, 2022 - 04:19 pm

Living Legends is a series that spotlights icons in music still going strong today. This week, GRAMMY.com spoke with Billy Idol about his latest EP,  Cage, and continuing to rock through decades of changing tastes.

Billy Idol is a true rock 'n' roll survivor who has persevered through cultural shifts and personal struggles. While some may think of Idol solely for "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," the singer's musical influences span genres and many of his tunes are less turbo-charged than his '80s hits would belie.  

Idol first made a splash in the latter half of the '70s with the British punk band Generation X. In the '80s, he went on to a solo career combining rock, pop, and punk into a distinct sound that transformed him and his musical partner, guitarist Steve Stevens, into icons. They have racked up multiple GRAMMY nominations, in addition to one gold, one double platinum, and four platinum albums thanks to hits like "Cradle Of Love," "Flesh For Fantasy," and "Eyes Without A Face." 

But, unlike many legacy artists, Idol is anything but a relic. Billy continues to produce vital Idol music by collaborating with producers and songwriters — including Miley Cyrus — who share his forward-thinking vision. He will play a five-show Vegas residency in November, and filmmaker Jonas Akerlund is working on a documentary about Idol’s life. 

His latest release is Cage, the second in a trilogy of annual four-song EPs. The title track is a classic Billy Idol banger expressing the desire to free himself from personal constraints and live a better life. Other tracks on Cage incorporate metallic riffing and funky R&B grooves. 

Idol continues to reckon with his demons — they both grappled with addiction during the '80s — and the singer is open about those struggles on the record and the page. (Idol's 2014 memoir Dancing With Myself, details a 1990 motorcycle accident that nearly claimed a leg, and how becoming a father steered him to reject hard drugs. "Bitter Taste," from his last EP, The Roadside, reflects on surviving the accident.)

Although Idol and Stevens split in the late '80s — the skilled guitarist fronted Steve Stevens & The Atomic Playboys, and collaborated with Michael Jackson, Rick Ocasek, Vince Neil, and Harold Faltermeyer (on the GRAMMY-winning "Top Gun Anthem") —  their common history and shared musical bond has been undeniable. The duo reunited in 2001 for an episode of "VH1 Storytellers" and have been back in the saddle for two decades. Their union remains one of the strongest collaborations in rock 'n roll history.

While there is recognizable personnel and a distinguishable sound throughout a lot of his work, Billy Idol has always pushed himself to try different things. Idol discusses his musical journey, his desire to constantly move forward, and the strong connection that he shares with Stevens. 

Steve has said that you like to mix up a variety of styles, yet everyone assumes you're the "Rebel Yell"/"White Wedding" guy. But if they really listen to your catalog, it's vastly different.

Yeah, that's right. With someone like Steve Stevens, and then back in the day Keith Forsey producing... [Before that] Generation X actually did move around inside punk rock. We didn't stay doing just the Ramones two-minute music. We actually did a seven-minute song. [Laughs]. We did always mix things up. 

Then when I got into my solo career, that was the fun of it. With someone like Steve, I knew what he could do. I could see whatever we needed to do, we could nail it. The world was my oyster musically. 

"Cage" is a classic-sounding Billy Idol rocker, then "Running From The Ghost" is almost metal, like what the Devil's Playground album was like back in the mid-2000s. "Miss Nobody" comes out of nowhere with this pop/R&B flavor. What inspired that?

We really hadn't done anything like that since something like "Flesh For Fantasy" [which] had a bit of an R&B thing about it. Back in the early days of Billy Idol, "Hot In The City" and "Mony Mony" had girls [singing] on the backgrounds. 

We always had a bit of R&B really, so it was actually fun to revisit that. We just hadn't done anything really quite like that for a long time. That was one of the reasons to work with someone like Sam Hollander [for the song "Rita Hayworth"] on The Roadside. We knew we could go [with him] into an R&B world, and he's a great songwriter and producer. That's the fun of music really, trying out these things and seeing if you can make them stick. 

I listen to new music by veteran artists and debate that with some people. I'm sure you have those fans that want their nostalgia, and then there are some people who will embrace the newer stuff. Do you find it’s a challenge to reach people with new songs?

Obviously, what we're looking for is, how do we somehow have one foot in the past and one foot into the future? We’ve got the best of all possible worlds because that has been the modus operandi of Billy Idol. 

You want to do things that are true to you, and you don't just want to try and do things that you're seeing there in the charts today. I think that we're achieving it with things like "Running From The Ghost" and "Cage" on this new EP. I think we’re managing to do both in a way. 

Obviously, "Running From The Ghost" is about addiction, all the stuff that you went through, and in "Cage" you’re talking about  freeing yourself from a lot of personal shackles. Was there any one moment in your life that made you really thought I have to not let this weigh me down anymore?

I mean, things like the motorcycle accident I had, that was a bit of a wake up call way back. It was 32 years ago. But there were things like that, years ago, that gradually made me think about what I was doing with my life. I didn't want to ruin it, really. I didn't want to throw it away, and it made [me] be less cavalier. 

I had to say to myself, about the drugs and stuff, that I've been there and I've done it. There’s no point in carrying on doing it. You couldn't get any higher. You didn't want to throw your life away casually, and I was close to doing that. It took me a bit of time, but then gradually I was able to get control of myself to a certain extent [with] drugs and everything. And I think Steve's done the same thing. We're on a similar path really, which has been great because we're in the same boat in terms of lyrics and stuff. 

So a lot of things like that were wake up calls. Even having grandchildren and just watching my daughter enlarging her family and everything; it just makes you really positive about things and want to show a positive side to how you're feeling, about where you're going. We've lived with the demons so long, we've found a way to live with them. We found a way to be at peace with our demons, in a way. Maybe not completely, but certainly to where we’re enjoying what we do and excited about it.

[When writing] "Running From The Ghost" it was easy to go, what was the ghost for us? At one point, we were very drug addicted in the '80s. And Steve in particular is super sober [now]. I mean, I still vape pot and stuff. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but it’s incredible. All I want to be able to do is have a couple of glasses of wine at a restaurant or something. I can do that now.

I think working with people that are super talented, you just feel confident. That is a big reason why you open up and express yourself more because you feel comfortable with what's around you.

Did you watch Danny Boyle's recent Sex Pistols mini-series?

I did, yes.

You had a couple of cameos; well, an actor who portrayed you did. How did you react to it? How accurate do you think it was in portraying that particular time period?

I love Jonesy’s book, I thought his book was incredible. It's probably one of the best bio books really. It was incredible and so open. I was looking forward to that a lot.

It was as if [the show] kind of stayed with Steve [Jones’ memoir] about halfway through, and then departed from it. [John] Lydon, for instance, was never someone I ever saw acting out; he's more like that today. I never saw him do something like jump up in the room and run around going crazy. The only time I saw him ever do that was when they signed the recording deal with Virgin in front of Buckingham Palace. Whereas Sid Vicious was always acting out; he was always doing something in a horrible way or shouting at someone. I don't remember John being like that. I remember him being much more introverted.

But then I watched interviews with some of the actors about coming to grips with the parts they were playing. And they were saying, we knew punk rock happened but just didn't know any of the details. So I thought well, there you go. If ["Pistol" is]  informing a lot of people who wouldn't know anything about punk rock, maybe that's what's good about it.

Maybe down the road John Lydon will get the chance to do John's version of the Pistols story. Maybe someone will go a lot deeper into it and it won't be so surface. But maybe you needed this just to get people back in the flow.

We had punk and metal over here in the States, but it feels like England it was legitimately more dangerous. British society was much more rigid.

It never went [as] mega in America. It went big in England. It exploded when the Pistols did that interview with [TV host Bill] Grundy, that lorry truck driver put his boot through his own TV, and all the national papers had "the filth and the fury" [headlines].

We went from being unknown to being known overnight. We waited a year, Generation X. We even told them [record labels] no for nine months to a year. Every record company wanted their own punk rock group. So it went really mega in England, and it affected the whole country – the style, the fashions, everything. I mean, the Ramones were massive in England. Devo had a No. 1 song [in England] with "Satisfaction" in '77. Actually, Devo was as big as or bigger than the Pistols.

You were ahead of the pop-punk thing that happened in the late '90s, and a lot of it became tongue-in-cheek by then. It didn't have the same sense of rebelliousness as the original movement. It was more pop.

It had become a style. There was a famous book in England called Revolt Into Style — and that's what had happened, a revolt that turned into style which then they were able to duplicate in their own way. Even recently, Billie Joe [Armstrong] did his own version of "Gimme Some Truth," the Lennon song we covered way back in 1977.

When we initially were making [punk] music, it hadn't become accepted yet. It was still dangerous and turned into a style that people were used to. We were still breaking barriers.

You have a band called Generation Sex with Steve Jones and Paul Cook. I assume you all have an easier time playing Pistols and Gen X songs together now and not worrying about getting spit on like back in the '70s?

Yeah, definitely. When I got to America I told the group I was putting it together, "No one spits at the audience."

We had five years of being spat on [in the UK], and it was revolting. And they spat at you if they liked you. If they didn't like it they smashed your gear up. One night, I remember I saw blood on my T-shirt, and I think Joe Strummer got meningitis when spit went in his mouth.

You had to go through a lot to become successful, it wasn't like you just kind of got up there and did a couple of gigs. I don't think some young rock bands really get that today.

With punk going so mega in England, we definitely got a leg up. We still had a lot of work to get where we got to, and rightly so because you find out that you need to do that. A lot of groups in the old days would be together three to five years before they ever made a record, and that time is really important. In a way, what was great about punk rock for me was it was very much a learning period. I really learned a lot [about] recording music and being in a group and even writing songs.

Then when I came to America, it was a flow, really. I also really started to know what I wanted Billy Idol to be. It took me a little bit, but I kind of knew what I wanted Billy Idol to be. And even that took a while to let it marinate.

You and Miley Cyrus have developed a good working relationship in the last several years. How do you think her fans have responded to you, and your fans have responded to her?

I think they're into it. It's more the record company that she had didn't really get "Night Crawling"— it was one of the best songs on Plastic Hearts, and I don't think they understood that. They wanted to go with Dua Lipa, they wanted to go with the modern, young acts, and I don't think they realized that that song was resonating with her fans. Which is a shame really because, with Andrew Watt producing, it's a hit song.

But at the same time, I enjoyed doing it. It came out really good and it's very Billy Idol. In fact, I think it’s more Billy Idol than Miley Cyrus. I think it shows you where Andrew Watt was. He was excited about doing a Billy Idol track. She's fun to work with. She’s a really great person and she works at her singing — I watched her rehearsing for the Super Bowl performance she gave. She rehearsed all Saturday morning, all Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning and it was that afternoon. I have to admire her fortitude. She really cares.

I remember when you went on "Viva La Bamback in 2005 and decided to give Bam Margera’s Lamborghini a new sunroof by taking a power saw to it. Did he own that car? Was that a rental?

I think it was his car.

Did he get over it later on?

He loved it. [Laughs] He’s got a wacky sense of humor. He’s fantastic, actually. I’m really sorry to see what he's been going through just lately. He's going through a lot, and I wish him the best. He's a fantastic person, and it's a shame that he's struggling so much with his addictions. I know what it's like. It's not easy.

Musically, what is the synergy like with you guys during the past 10 years, doing Kings and Queens of the Underground and this new stuff? What is your working relationship like now in this more sober, older, mature version of you two as opposed to what it was like back in the '80s?

In lots of ways it’s not so different because we always wrote the songs together, we always talked about what we're going to do together. It was just that we were getting high at the same time.We're just not getting [that way now] but we're doing all the same things.

We're still talking about things, still [planning] things:What are we going to do next? How are we going to find new people to work with? We want to find new producers. Let's be a little bit more timely about putting stuff out.That part of our relationship is the same, you know what I mean? That never got affected. We just happened to be overloading in the '80s.

The relationship’s… matured and it's carrying on being fruitful, and I think that's pretty amazing. Really, most people don't get to this place. Usually, they hate each other by now. [Laughs] We also give each other space. We're not stopping each other doing things outside of what we’re working on together. All of that enables us to carry on working together. I love and admire him. I respect him. He's been fantastic. I mean, just standing there on stage with him is always a treat. And he’s got an immensely great sense of humor. I think that's another reason why we can hang together after all this time because we've got the sense of humor to enable us to go forward.

There's a lot of fan reaction videos online, and I noticed a lot of younger women like "Rebel Yell" because, unlike a lot of other '80s alpha male rock tunes, you're talking about satisfying your lover.

It was about my girlfriend at the time, Perri Lister. It was about how great I thought she was, how much I was in love with her, and how great women are, how powerful they are.

It was a bit of a feminist anthem in a weird way. It was all about how relationships can free you and add a lot to your life. It was a cry of love, nothing to do with the Civil War or anything like that. Perri was a big part of my life, a big part of being Billy Idol. I wanted to write about it. I'm glad that's the effect.

Is there something you hope people get out of the songs you've been doing over the last 10 years? Do you find yourself putting out a message that keeps repeating?

Well, I suppose, if anything, is that you can come to terms with your life, you can keep a hold of it. You can work your dreams into reality in a way and, look, a million years later, still be enjoying it.

The only reason I'm singing about getting out of the cage is because I kicked out of the cage years ago. I joined Generation X when I said to my parents, "I'm leaving university, and I'm joining a punk rock group." And they didn't even know what a punk rock group was. Years ago, I’d write things for myself that put me on this path, so that maybe in 2022 I could sing something like "Cage" and be owning this territory and really having a good time. This is the life I wanted.

The original UK punk movement challenged societal norms. Despite all the craziness going on throughout the world, it seems like a lot of modern rock bands are afraid to do what you guys were doing. Do you think we'll see a shift in that?

Yeah.  Art usually reacts to things, so I would think eventually there will be a massive reaction to the pop music that’s taken over — the middle of the road music, and then this kind of right wing politics. There will be a massive reaction if there's not already one. I don’t know where it will come from exactly. You never know who's gonna do [it].

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