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2020 Latin GRAMMYs Award Show: Complete Winners & Nominees List

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2020 Latin GRAMMYs Award Show: Complete Winners & Nominees List

Bad Bunny, Camilo, Kany García, J Balvin, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Ricky Martin, Fito Páez and Carlos Vives vie for Album Of The Year - Find out who else is nominated for the 21st Latin GRAMMYs 2020.

GRAMMYs/Sep 29, 2020 - 05:32 pm

Last updated Nov. 19.

The Latin Recording Academy has announced all the winners for the 2020 Latin GRAMMY Awards, the preeminent international honor and the only peer-selected award celebrating excellence in Latin music. Winners were revealed Thursday, Nov. 19, at the 21st Latin GRAMMY Awards' Premiere and Telecast ceremonies. See below for the full list of winners and nominees.

General Field

1. Record Of The Year

  1. CHINA
    Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G Featuring Ozuna y J Balvin
    Marco Masis "Tainy", producer; Luis "Wichie" Ortiz, recording engineer; Luis "Wichie" Ortiz & Juan G. Rivera, mixers; Luis "Wichie" Ortiz & Juan G. Rivera, mastering engineers
    [Real Hasta La Muerte, Llc, Dist. By Sony Music Ent]
     
  2. CUANDO ESTÉS AQUÍ
    Pablo Alborán
    Pablo Alborán, record producer; Pablo Alborán & Lolo Álvarez, recording engineers; Oscar Clavel, mixer; Oscar Clavel, mastering engineer
    [Warner Music Spain]
     
  3. VETE
    Bad Bunny
    Cesar Oscar Batista Escalera, Jose Carlos Cruz, Freddy Montalvo, Ivaniel Ortiz, Edgar Wilmer Semper-Vargas & Xavier Alexis Semper-Vargas, record producers; La Paciencia, recording engineer; Josh Gudwin, mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
    [Rimas Music]
     
  4. SOLARI YACUMENZA
    Bajofondo Featuring Cuareim 1080
    Juan Campodónico & Gustavo Santaolalla, record producers; Julio Berta, recording engineer; Juan Campodónico, Aníbal Kerpel & Gustavo Santaolalla, mixers; Tom Baker, mastering engineer [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  5. ROJO
    J Balvin
    Alejandro "Sky" Ramírez & Taiko, record producers; Joel Iglesias, recording engineer; Josh Gudwin, mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  6. TUTU
    Camilo & Pedro Capó
    Jon Leone, Richi López & George Noriega, record producers; Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & George Noriega, recording engineers; Juan G. Rivera, mixer; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc/Hecho A Mano]
     
  7. LO QUE EN TI VEO
    Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi
    Julio Reyes Copello, record producer; Sebastián Ezequiel Sanabria, Carlos Fernando López, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez, Julio Reyes Copello, Marcos Sánchez & Daniel Uribe, recording engineers; Marcos Sánchez, mixer; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer Track from: Mesa Para Dos
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  8. TUSA
    Karol G y Nicki Minaj
    Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, record producer; Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, recording engineer; Rob Kinelski, mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino/Republic Records]
     
  9. RENÉ
    Residente
    Residente, record producer; Phil Joly & Carlos Velázquez, recording engineers; Beatriz Artola, mixer; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  10. CONTIGO - WINNER
    Alejandro Sanz
    Julio Reyes Copello & Rafa Sardina, producers; James Fitzpatick, Jan Holzner, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez, Julio Reyes Copello & Rafa Sardina, recording engineers; Nicolás Ramírez, mixer; Carlos Hernández Carbonell, mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Spain]

2. Album Of The Year

  1. YHLQMDLG
    Bad Bunny
    Jose Carlos Cruz & Freddy Montalvo, album producers; La Paciencia, album recording engineer; Josh Gudwin, album mixer; Bad Bunny, songwriter; Colin Leonard, album mastering engineer
    [Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  2. OASIS
    J Balvin & Bad Bunny
    Marco Masis "Tainy" & Alejandro"Sky" Ramírez, album producers; Joel Iglesias, La Paciencia, Marco Masis "Tainy" & Alejandro"Sky" Ramírez, album recording engineers; Josh Gudwin, album mixer; Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Marco Masis "Tainy" & Alejandro"Sky" Ramírez, songwriters; Colin Leonard, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino, Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  3. COLORES
    J Balvin
    Alejandro "Sky" Ramírez, album producer; Joel Iglesias, album recording engineer; Josh Gudwin, album mixer; J Balvin, Michael Brun, Rene Cano & Alejandro"Sky" Ramírez, songwriters; Colin Leonard, album mastering engineer
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  4. POR PRIMERA VEZ
    Camilo
    Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Ricardo Montaner, album producers; Jon Leone & Richi López, album recording engineers; Édgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC/Hecho A Mano Music (HAMM)]
     
  5. MESA PARA DOS
    Kany García
    Julio Reyes Copello, album producer; Carlos Fernando López, Natalia Ramírez, Nicolás Ramírez, Julio Reyes Copello & Daniel Uribe, album recording engineers; Nicolás Ramírez & Marcos Sánchez, album mixers; Kany García, songwriter; Gene Grimaldi, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  6. AIRE (VERSIÓN DÍA)
    Jesse & Joy
    Charlie Heat, Jesse Huerta & Martin Terefe, album producers; Oskar Winberg, album recording engineer; Josh Gudwin, album mixer; Jason Boyd & Jesse & Joy, songwriters; Colin Leonard, album mastering engineer
    [Warner Music Latina]
     
  7. UN CANTO POR MÉXICO, VOL. 1 - WINNER
    Natalia Lafourcade
    Kiko Campos, album producer; José Luis Fernández & Rubén López Arista, album recording engineers; Rubén López Arista, album mixer; Natalia Lafourcade, songwriter; Michael Fuller, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  8. PAUSA
    Ricky Martin
    Julio Reyes Copello & Jean Rodríguez, album producers; Nicolás De La Espriella, Enrique Larreal & Julio Reyes Copello, album recording engineers; Jaycen Joshua, album mixer; Ricky Martin & Danay Suárez, songwriters; Felipe Tichauer, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  9. LA CONQUISTA DEL ESPACIO
    Fito Paez
    Gustavo Borner, Diego Olivero & Fito Paez, album producers; Gustavo Borner & Phil Levine, album recording engineers; Gustavo Borner, album mixer; Fito Paez, songwriter; Justin Moshkevich, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  10. CUMBIANA
    Carlos Vives
    Andrés Leal, Martín Velilla & Carlos Vives, album producers; Andrés Borda, Nicolas Cajamarca, Jorge Corredor, Daniel Cortés, Chris Crawford, Einar Escaf, Sancho Gómez Escolar, Lobzan Graciani, Andrés Leal, Harbey Marín, Dave Rowland & Martín Velilla, album recording engineers; Manny Marroquin, album mixer; Carlos Vives, songwriter; Michelle Mancini, album mastering engineer
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

3. Song Of The Year

  1. ADMV
    Vicente Barco, Édgar Barrera, Maluma & Stiven Rojas, songwriters (Maluma)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  2. BONITA
    Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Juanes y Sebastian Yatra)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  3. CODO CON CODO
    Jorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L]
     
  4. EL MISMO AIRE
    Édgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Juan Morelli, songwriters (Camilo)
    Track from: Por Primera Vez
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc/Hecho A Mano]
     
  5. FOR SALE
    Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives)
    Track from: Cumbiana
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc] 
     
  6. #ELMUNDOFUERA (IMPROVISACIÓN)
    Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  7. LO QUE EN TI VEO
    Kany García, songwriter (Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi)
    Track from: Mesa Para Dos
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  8. RENÉ - WINNER
    Residente, songwriter (Residente)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  9. TIBURONES
    Oscar Hernández & Pablo Preciado, songwriters (Ricky Martin)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  10. TUSA
    Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Karol G, Nicki Minaj, Daniel Oviedo Echavarría & Juan Camilo Vargas, songwriters (Karol G y Nicki Minaj)
    [Universal Music Latino, Republic Records]
     
  11. TUTU
    Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters (Camilo & Pedro Capó)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc/Hecho A Mano]

4. Best New Artist

  1. ANUEL AA
     
  2. RAUW ALEJANDRO
     
  3. MIKE BAHÍA - WINNER
     
  4. CAZZU
     
  5. CONOCIENDO RUSIA
     
  6. SOY EMILIA
     
  7. KURT
     
  8. NICKI NICOLE
     
  9. NATHY PELUSO
     
  10. PITIZION
     
  11. WOS

Field 1 - Pop

5. Best Pop Vocal Album

  1. SPOILER
    Aitana
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  2. PRISMA
    Beret
    [Warner Music Spain]
     
  3. POR PRIMERA VEZ
    Camilo
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc/Hecho A Mano]
     
  4. MÁS FUTURO QUE PASADO
    Juanes
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  5. PAUSA - WINNER
    Ricky Martin
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]

6. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  1. LA METAMORFOSIS
    Reyli Barba
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V.]
     
  2. COMPADRES - WINNER
    Andrés Cepeda & Fonseca
    [Sony Music Entertainment Colombia S.A.]
     
  3. TRECE
    Andrés Cepeda
    [Sony Music Entertainment Colombia S.A]
     
  4. ¡SPANGLED!
    Gaby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks
    [Nonesuch]
     
  5. MIRÁNDOTE A LOS OJOS
    José Luis Perales
    [Warner Music Spain]

7. Best Pop Song

  1. AMOR EN CUARENTENA
    Raquel Sofía, songwriter (Raquel Sofía)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin Llc]
     
  2. BONITA
    Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Juanes y Sebastian Yatra)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  3. CUANDO ESTÉS AQUÍ
    Pablo Alborán, songwriter (Pablo Alborán)
    [Warner Music Spain]
     
  4. TUTU - WINNER
    Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters (Camilo & Pedro Capó)
    [Sony Music Entertainment Us Latin Llc/Hecho A Mano]
     
  5. UNA VEZ MÁS
    Elsa Carvajal, Grettel Garibaldi, Susana Isaza & Ximena Sariñana, songwriters (Ximena Sariñana)
    [Warner Music México S.A. De C.V.]

Field 2 - Urban

8. Best Urban Fusion/Performance

  1. CHINA
    Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G Featuring Ozuna & J Balvin
    [Real Hasta La Muerte, LLC]
     
  2. HABLAMOS MAÑANA
    Bad Bunny, Duki & Pablo Chill-E
    Track from: YHLQMDLG
    [Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  3. AZUL
    J Balvin
    Track from: Colores
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  4. CÁNTALO
    Ricky Martin, Residente & Bad Bunny
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. YO X TI, TU X MI - WINNER
    Rosalía & Ozuna
    [Colmbia Records]

9. Best Reggaeton Performance

  1. YO PERREO SOLA - WINNER
    Bad Bunny
    Track from: YHLQMDLG
    [Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  2. MORADO
    J Balvin
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  3. LOCO CONTIGO
    DJ Snake & J Balvin Featuring Tyga
    [DJ Snake Music Productions Limited / Geffen Record]
     
  4. PORFA
    Feid y Justin Quiles
    [UMG Recordings, Inc.]
     
  5. CHICHARRÓN
    Guaynaa Featuring Cauty
    [Guaynaa]
     
  6. TE SOÑÉ DE NUEVO
    Ozuna
    Track from: Nibiru
    [Aura Music Corp.]
     
  7. SI TE VAS
    Sech & Ozuna
    [Rich Music LTD]

10. Best Urban Music Album

  1. EMMANUEL
    Anuel AA
    [Real Hasta La Muerte, LLC]
     
  2. YHLQMDLG
    Bad Bunny
    [Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  3. OASIS
    J Balvin & Bad Bunny
    [Universal Music Latino, Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  4. COLORES - WINNER
    J Balvin
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  5. FERXXO (VOL 1: M.O.R.)
    Feid
    [UMG Recordings, Inc. / Universal Music Latino]
     
  6. NIBIRU
    Ozuna
    [Aura Music Corp.]
     
  7. 1 OF 1
    Sech
    [Rich Music Inc]
     
  8. EASY MONEY BABY
    Myke Towers
    [One World Music & Casablanca Records | Powered By GLAD Empire, LLC]

11. Best Rap/Hip Hop Song​

  1. ANTES QUE EL MUNDO SE ACABE - WINNER
    Residente, songwriter (Residente)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  2. NARCOS
    Anuel AA, songwriter (Anuel AA)
    Track from: Emmanuel
    [Real Hasta La Muerte, LLC]
     
  3. GOTEO
    Duki, songwriter (Duki)
    [SSJ Records / Dale Play Records]
     
  4. KEMBA WALKER
    Bad Bunny & Eladio Carrion, songwriters (Eladio Carrion y Bad Bunny)
    [Rimas Entertainment LLC]
     
  5. MEDUSA
    Anuel AA, J Balvin, Jhay Cortez, Josias De La Cruz, Misael De La Cruz, Sergio Roldan, Elvin Roubert & Nydia Yera, songwriters (Jhay Cortez, Anuel AA & J Balvin)
    [Universal Music Latin Entertainment / N&E Entertainment LLC]

12. Best Urban Song

  1. ADICTO
    Anuel AA, Jhay Cortez, Marco Masis "Tainy" & Ozuna, songwriters (Tainy, Anuel AA y Ozuna)
    [NEON16/Interscope Records Release]
     
  2. MUCHACHA
    Alejandro "Pututi" Arce, Ángel Alberto Arce, Luis Eduardo Cedeno Konig "Pucho", Roque Alberto Cedeno Konig "Tucutu", Gente De Zona, Paul Irizarry Suau "Echo", Andrea Mangiamanchi "Elena Rose", Daniel Joel Márquez Díaz, Yasmil Jesús Marrufo & Juan Morelli, songwriters (Gente De Zona y Becky G)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC/Magnus Media LLC]
     
  3. RAVE DE FAVELA
    Anitta, Tynashe Beam, Diplo, Eric Alberto-Lopez, MC Lan & Tropkillaz, songwriters (MC Lan, Anitta, BEAM e Major Lazer)
    [Warner Music Brasil]
     
  4. ROJO
    J Balvin, O 'Neill, Justin Quiles, Alejandro"Sky" Ramírez & Taiko, songwriters (J Balvin)
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  5. YO X TI, TU X MI - WINNER
    MI Pablo Diaz-Reixa "El Guincho", Ozuna & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & Ozuna)
    [Columbia Records]

Field 3 - Rock

13. Best Rock Album

  1. JUEVES
    El Cuarteto De Nos
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  2. SEREMOS PRIMAVERA
    Eruca Sativa
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  3. UNDOTRECUA
    Miguel Mateos
    [Miguel Mateos]
     
  4. ¿DÓNDE JUGARÁN LXS NIÑXS? (DESDE EL PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES) - WINNER
    Molotov
    [Universal Music México S.A. de C.V. / Mercury]
     
  5. INCOMUNICACIÓN
    Vetamadre
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]

14. Best Rock Song

  1. BIUTIFUL - WINNER
    Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte)
    [Universal Music México S.A. De C.V.]
     
  2. BOLA DE FUEGO
    Eduardo Ibeas, Felipe Ilabaca & Cristian Moraga, songwriters (Chancho En Piedra)
    [Chancho En Piedra]
     
  3. CREO
    Eruca Sativa, songwriters (Eruca Sativa)
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  4. MARIO NETA
    Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos)
    Track from: Jueves
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  5. YO ME LO MEREZCO
    Buika, Drago, Carlos Santana, Stoneface & Jay U Xperience, songwriters (Santana Featuring Buika)
    Track from: Africa Speaks
    [Concord Records]

15. Best Pop/Rock Album

  1. LA QUE MANDA
    Gina Chavez
    [Gina Chavez Music, LLC]
     
  2. CABILDO Y JURAMENTO
    Conociendo Rusia
    [Geiser Discos]
     
  3. ACABADABRA
    Juan Galeano
    [Independent]
     
  4. PANGEA
    Los Mesoneros
    [Los Mesoneros]
     
  5. LA CONQUISTA DEL ESPACIO - WINNER
    Fito Paez
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]

16. Best Pop/Rock Song

  1. DOLERME
    Pablo Diaz-Reixa, Frank Dukes, Rosalía & Matthew Tavares, songwriters (Rosalía)
    [Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment]
     
  2. LA CANCIÓN DE LAS BESTIAS - WINNER
    Fito Páez, songwriter (Fito Páez)
    Track from: La Conquista del Espacio
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  3. QUIERO QUE ME LLAMES
    Conociendo Rusia, songwriter (Conociendo Rusia)
    [Geiser Discos]
     
  4. QUIERO VIVIR
    Draco Rosa & Jaime Sabines, songwriters (Draco Rosa)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. ULTIMAS PALABRAS
    Los Mesoneros, songwriters (Los Mesoneros)
    [Los Mesoneros]

Field 4 - Alternative

17. Best Alternative Music Album

  1. SOBREVOLANDO - WINNER
    Cultura Profética
    [La Mafafa Discos]
     
  2. DISCO ESTIMULANTE
    Hello Seahorse!
    [ONErpm]
     
  3. 2030
    LOUTA
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  4. MISS COLOMBIA
    Lido Pimienta
    [Anti/Epitaph]
     
  5. UBICACIÓN EN TIEMPO REAL
    Barbi Recanati
    [Goza Records]

18. Best Alternative Song

  1. BUENOS AIRES
    Rafa Arcaute, Pedro Campos & Nathy Peluso, songwriters (Nathy Peluso)
    [Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L]
     
  2. CARACOLES
    Wilberto Rodríguez, songwriter (Cultura Profética)
    [La Mafafa Discos]
     
  3. CARAPAZÓN
    Eruca Sativa, songwriters (Eruca Sativa)
    Track from: Seremos Primavera
    [Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A.]
     
  4. CHILANGO BLUES
    Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte)
    [Universal Music México S.A. de C.V.]
     
  5. EN CANTOS - WINNER
    Ismael Cancel, Ile & Natalia Lafourcade, songwriters (Ile & Natalia Lafourcade)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

Field 5 - Tropical

19. Best Salsa Album

  1. 40 AÑOS DE POWER
    Luisito Ayala y La Puerto Rican Power
    [Musical Productions, Inc.]
     
  2. TENTACIONES VOL. 1
    Charlie Cruz
    [Get Crazy Note, LLC]
     
  3. 40 - WINNER
    Grupo Niche
    [PPM USA]
     
  4. MEMORIAS DE NAVIDAD
    Víctor Manuelle
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. UN GALLO PARA LA HISTORIA
    Tito Rojas
    [J&N Records, LLC]

20. Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

  1. POR EL MUNDO ENTERO
    Binomio De Oro De América
    [Codiscos]
     
  2. SIGO CANTANDO AL AMOR (DELUXE) - WINNER
    Jorge Celedón & Sergio Luis Rodríguez
    [Monterrey Music S.A. de C.V]
     
  3. DALE PLAY
    Kvrass
    [Codiscos]
     
  4. VOZ DE MUJER
    Karen Lizarazo
    [Toro Music Group]
     
  5. LOS CUMBIA STARS VOL. 2
    Los Cumbia Stars
    [Discos Fuentes Edimusica S.A.]

21. Best Merengue/Bachata Album

  1. THE GENETICS OF BACHATA
    José Manuel Calderón
    [Baile Records]
     
  2. BAILANDO CONTIGO
    Manny Cruz
    [Manny Cruz / La Oreja Media Group, Inc]
     
  3. LOS CONQUISTADORES
    Grupo Manía
    [Mania Music, Inc.]
     
  4. AHORA - WINNER (TIE)
    Eddy Herrera
    [Intermusic]
     
  5. LARIMAR - WINNER (TIE)
    Daniel Santacruz
    [Penluis Music]

22. Best Traditional Tropical Album

  1. ESTE ES NUESTRO CHANGÜÍ
    Changüí De Guantánamo
    [Egrem]
     
  2. PA'LANTE
    Ernesto Fernández
    [Indie]
     
  3. ÍCONO - WINNER
    Orquesta Aragón
    [Puntilla Music]
     
  4. FAILDE CON TUMBAO
    Orquesta Failde
    [Egrem]
     
  5. SOY PURO TEATRO - HOMENAJE A LA LUPE
    Mariaca Semprún
    [Our Plays LLC]

23. Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

  1. ENERGÍA PARA REGALAR
    El Caribefunk
    [Independiente]
     
  2. MI DERRIENGUE
    Riccie Oriach
    [Círculo Cuadrado]
     
  3. MARIPOSAS
    Omara Portuondo
    [Bis Music]
     
  4. ALTER EGO
    Prince Royce
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. CUMBIANA - WINNER
    Carlos Vives
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

24. Best Tropical Song

  1. BÚSCAME
    Kany García & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Kany García & Carlos Vives)
    Track from: Mesa Para Dos
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  2. CANCIÓN PARA RUBÉN - WINNER
    Rubén Blades & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Rubén Blades)
    Track from: Cumbiana
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  3. IMAGINARME SIN TI
    Elvis Crespo & Maribel Vega, songwriters (Elvis Crespo y Manny Cruz)
    [Flash Music]
     
  4. QUÉDATE
    Paula Arenas, Debi Nova & Juan Pablo Vega, songwriters (Debi Nova & Pedro Capó)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. Y BASTA YA
    Pavel Nuñez, songwriter (Pavel Nuñez)
    [La Oreja Media Group, Inc]

Field 6 - Singer-Songwriter

25. Best Singer-Songwriter Album

  1. SUBLIME
    Alex Cuba
    [Caracol Records]
     
  2. RECIENTE (ADELANTO)
    El David Aguilar
    [Universal Music México S.A. De C.V.]
     
  3. MESA PARA DOS - WINNER
    Kany García
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  4. 3:33
    Debi Nova
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]
     
  5. DESPUÉS DE TODO
    Yordano
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

Field 7 - Regional-Mexican

26. Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album

  1. ANTOLOGÍA DE LA MÚSICA RANCHERA
    Aida Cuevas
    [Cuevas]
     
  2. HECHO EN MÉXICO - WINNER
    Alejandro Fernández
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  3. A LOS 4 VIENTOS VOL. 1 "RANCHERO"
    Eugenia León
    [Eugenia León]
     
  4. BAILANDO SONES Y HUAPANGOS CON EL MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO DE JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ
    Mariachi Sol De Mexico De José Hernández
    [Serenata Records]
     
  5. AYAYAY!
    Christian Nodal
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]

27. Best Banda Album

  1. TE ENCONTRÉ
    Banda La Ejecutiva De Mazatlán Sinaloa
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]
     
  2. AL REY JOSÉ ALFREDO JIMÉNEZ
    Banda Lirio
    [Luz Record]
     
  3. PLAYLIST - WINNER
    Chiquis
    [UMLE - Fonovisa]
     
  4. LABIOS MENTIROSOS
    La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho
    [UMLE - Disa]
     
  5. SALUD POR NUESTRO 25 ANIVERSARIO
    La Séptima Banda
    [Brava Entertainment]

28. Best Tejano Album

  1. PA´LA PISTA Y PA'L PISTO, VOL. 1
    El Plan
    [Indepe Music]

  2. LIVE IN MÉXICO - WINNER
    La Mafia
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]

  3. 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONTIGO
    Jay Pérez And The Band
    [M Music & Entertainment Group, LLC / Freddie Records]

  4. PELÍCULA, VOL. 1
    Siggno
    [Azteca Records, LLC]

  5. IT'S TIME
    South Tx Homies
    [The M Group LLC]

29. Best Norteño Album

  1. DE TERÁN PARA EL MUNDO
    Buyuchek, La Abuela Irma Silva
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]
     
  2. SIMPLEMENTE GRACIAS
    Calibre 50
    [Disa/Calibre]
     
  3. A LOS 4 VIENTOS VOL. 2 "NORTEÑO"
    Eugenia León
    [Eugenia León]
     
  4. LA HISTORIA CONTINÚA
    Los Cardenales De Nuevo León
    [Independiente]
     
  5. LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE AT FOLSOM PRISON - WINNER
    Los Tigres Del Norte
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]

30. Best Regional Song

  1. AYAYAY!
    Christian Nodal, songwriter (Christian Nodal)
    [Fonovisa/Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.]
     
  2. CABALLERO
    José Luis Roma, songwriter (Alejandro Fernández)
    [Universal Music Latino]
     
  3. DEJARÉ
    Lupita Infante & Luciano Luna, songwriters (Lupita Infante)
    Track from: La Serenata
    [Guadalupita Music LLC/ONErpm]
     
  4. #HASHTAG
    Gabriel Flores, Wences Romo & Jesus Turner, songwriters (Siggno)
    [Azteca Records, LLC]
     
  5. MI RELIGIÓN - WINNER
    Natalia Lafourcade, songwriter (Natalia Lafourcade)
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]

Field 8 - Instrumental

31. Best Instrumental Album

  1. PLAYS DANIEL FIGUEIREDO
    Leo Amuedo
    [MJC Music]
     
  2. CARTOGRAFIAS
    Caetano Brasil
    [Caetano Brasil (dist. Tratore)]
     
  3. SOTAVENTO
    Compasses
    [EBD Records]
     
  4. FESTEJO
    Yamandu Costa Featuring Marcelo Jiran
    [Independiente]
     
  5. TERRA - WINNER
    Daniel Minimalia
    [Rose Records]

Field 9 - Traditional

32. Best Folk Album

  1. A CAPELLA - WINNER
    Susana Baca
    [Editora Pregon/Play Music Perú]
     
  2. HISTORIAS CANTADAS
    Gaiteros De Pueblo Santo
    [Yawaro Record]
     
  3. TOÑO GARCÍA: EL ÚLTIMO CACIQUE
    Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto
    [Llorona Records]
     
  4. QUINTETO CON VOZ
    Quinteto Leopoldo Federico
    [Giovanni Parra/Teatro Colsubsidio Roberto Arias Pérez]
     
  5. AGUIJE
    Tierra Adentro
    [IDS Music/Hit Music 21]

33. Best Tango Album

  1. CONTEMPORARY TANGO TRILOGY
    Alejandro Fasanini
    [Artphonus]
     
  2. TANGO ARGENTINO: GARDEL Y PIAZZOLLA
    Jorge Calandrelli
    [Forever Music/Cda Music Group Inc.]
     
  3. FUELLE Y CUERDA - WINNER
    Gustavo Casenave
    [Audio Network]
     
  4. COMME IL FAUT
    Pablo Estigarribia, Victor Lavallen y Horacio Cabarcos. 
    [Independiente]
     
  5. TANGO SACRO
    Rodolfo Mederos & Cuarteto Q-Arte
    [Naku Records]

34. Best Flamenco Album

  1. QUIMERAS DEL TIEMPO "ILUS3"
    zequiel Benitez
    [Lb Flamenco/Belayo Producciones S.L.]
     
  2. TARDO ANTIGUO
    Antonio Campos
    [La Voz Del Flamenco]
     
  3. VIVIR
    Naike Ponce
    [RockCD Records]
     
  4. FLAMENCO SIN FRONTERAS - WINNER
    Antonio Rey
    [Independiente]
     
  5. QUE SUENE EL CANTE
    ntonio Reyes
    [Lb Flamenco/Pelayo Producciones S.L.]

Field 10 - Jazz

35. Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

  1. TRADICIONES
    Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
    [MVM Music]
     
  2. ANTIDOTE
    Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
    [Concord Jazz]
     
  3. CARIB
    David Sánchez
    [Ropeadope / Stretch Music]
     
  4. PUERTOS: MUSIC FROM INTERNATIONAL WATERS - WINNER
    Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra
    [Avantango Records]
     
  5. SONERO: THE MUSIC OF ISMAEL RIVERA
    Miguel Zenón
    [Miel Music]

Field 11 - Christian

36. Best Christian Album (Spanish Language)

  1. CAMINEMOS CON JESUS
    Tony Alonso
    [Gia Publications Inc.]
     
  2. ÚNICO
    Amalfi
    [Zionic Music Corp.]
     
  3. ATMÓSFERA
    Arthur Callazans
    [Grace House Music]
     
  4. SOLDADOS - WINNER
    Alex Campos
    [Alex Campos]
     
  5. ¿QUIÉN DIJO MIEDO?
    Gilberto Daza
    [Creation Music Group]
     
  6. A LA MEDIANOCHE
    Elevation Worship
    [Elevation Worship Records]
     
  7. HAY MÁS
    Hillsong Worship
    [Hillsong Music & Resources LLC]
     
  8. ORIGEN Y ESENCIA
    Jesús Adrián Romero
    [Vastago Producciones]

37. Best Portuguese Language Christian Album

  1. CATARSE: LADO A
    Daniela Araújo
    [ONErpm]
     
  2. REINO - WINNER
    Aline Barros
    [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda.]
     
  3. PROFUNDO
    Ministério Mergulhar
    [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda.]
     
  4. MARIA PASSA À FRENTE
    Padre Marcelo Rossi
    [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda.]
     
  5. MEMÓRIAS II (AO VIVO EM BELO HORIZONTE / 2019 ]
    Eli Soares
    [Universal Music Christian Group]

Field 12 - Portuguese Language

38. Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album

  1. N
    AnaVitória
    [Universal Music International]
     
  2. ENQUANTO ESTAMOS DISTANTES
    As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira
    [Universal Music International]
     
  3. APKÁ! - WINNER
    Céu
    [Slap]
     
  4. GUAIA
    Marcelo Jeneci
    [Slap]
     
  5. EU
    Melim Featuring Você
    [Universal Music International]

39. Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album

  1. AMARELO - WINNER
    Emicida
    [Laboratório Fantasma]
     
  2. LITTLE ELECTRIC CHICKEN HEART
    Ana Frango Elétrico
    [Risco/Tratore]
     
  3. LETRUX AOS PRANTOS
    Letrux
    [Altafonte]
     
  4. UNIVERSO DO CANTO FALADO
    Rapadura
    [Nibiru Recordz]
     
  5. NA MÃO AS FLORES
    Suricato
    [Universal Music International]

40. Best Samba/Pagode Album

  1. MANGUEIRA - A MENINA DOS MEUS OLHOS
    Maria Bethânia
    [Quitanda / Biscoito Fino]
     
  2. MARTINHO 8.0 - BANDEIRA DA FÉ: UM CONCERTO POP-CLÁSSICO (AO VIVO)
    Martinho da Vila
    [Sony Music Entertainment Brasil ltda.]
     
  3. SAMBA JAZZ DE RAIZ, CLÁUDIO JORGE 70 - WINNER
    Cláudio Jorge
    [Mills Records]
     
  4. FAZENDO SAMBA
    Moacyr Luz e Samba do Trabalhador
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  5. MAIS FELIZ
    Zeca Pagodinho
    [Zeca Pagodiscos / Universal Music Ltda.]

41. Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

  1. O AMOR NO CAOS VOLUME 2
    Zeca Baleiro
    [Saravá Discos]
     
  2. BELO HORIZONTE - WINNER
    Toninho Horta & Orquestra Fantasma
    [Minas Records]
     
  3. BLOCO NA RUA (DELUXE)
    Ney Matogrosso
    [Matogrosso / Som Livre]
     
  4. PLANETA FOME
    Elza Soares
    [Deck]
     
  5. CAETANO VELOSO & IVAN SACERDOTE
    Caetano Veloso & Ivan Sacerdote
    [Uns Produções / Universal Music International]

42. Best Sertaneja Music Album

  1. #ISSO É CHURRASCO (AO VIVO) [DELUXE]
    Fernando & Sorocaba
    [Sony Music Entertainmnet Brasil ltda.]
     
  2. ORIGENS [AO VIVO EM SETE LAGOAS, BRAZIL / 2019] - WINNER
    Paula Fernandes
    [Universal Music International]
     
  3. LIVRE - VOL. 1
    Lauana Prado
    [Universal Music International]
     
  4. CHURRASCO DO TELÓ VOL. 2
    Michel Teló
    [Som Livre]
     
  5. POR MAIS BEIJOS AO VIVO (AO VIVO)
    Zé Neto & Cristiano
    [Som Livre]

43. Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

  1. VEIA NORDESTINA - WINNER
    Mariana Aydar
    [Brisa Records]
     
  2. AQUI ESTÁ-SE SOSSEGADO
    Camané & Mário Laginha
    [Warner Music Portugal, Lda]
     
  3. ACASO CASA AO VIVO
    Mariene De Castro e Almério
    [Biscoito Fino]
     
  4. TARGINO SEM LIMITES
    Targino Gondim
    [ONErpm]
     
  5. OBATALÁ - UMA HOMENAGEM A MÃE CARMEN
    Grupo Ofa
    [Gege Produções Artísticas / Deck]
     
  6. AUTÊNTICA
    Margareth Menezes
    [Estrela do Mar]

44. Best Portuguese Language Song

  1. A TAL CANÇÃO PRA LUA (MICROFONADO)
    Vitor Kley, songwriter (Vitor Kley & Samuel Rosa)
    [Midas Music]
     
  2. ABRICÓ-DE-MACACO - WINNER
    Francisco Bosco & João Bosco, songwriters (João Bosco)
    Track from: Abricó-de-Macaco
    [Som Livre]
     
  3. AMARELO (SAMPLE: SUJEITO DE SORTE - BELCHIOR)
    Dj Duh, Emicida & Felipe Vassão, songwriters (Emicida Featuring Majur & Pabllo Vittar)
    [Laboratório Fantasma]
     
  4. LIBERTAÇÃO
    Russo Passapusso, songwriter (Elza Soares & BaianaSystem Featuring Virgínia Rodrigues)
    [Deck]
     
  5. PARDO
    Caetano Veloso, songwriter (Céu)
    Track from: APKÁ!
    [Slap]

Field 13 - Children's

45.Best Latin Children’s Album

  1. VIVA LA FIESTA
    Colegio De Música De Medellín
    [Merlín Studios Producciones]
     
  2. PASEO LUNAR
    The Lucky Band
    [Rainy Day Dimes Music]
     
  3. ARTISTAS DE PROFESIÓN
    Sophia
    [NB Music]
     
  4. CANTA Y JUEGA - WINNER
    Tina Kids
    [Tina Kids]
  5. SONIDOS QUE CUENTAN
    Veleta Roja
    [Veleta Roja Editions]

Field 14 - Classical

46. Best Classical Album

  1. ETERNAL GRATITUDE - WINNER
    Paulina Leisring & Domingo Pagliuca; Samuel Pilafian, album producer
     
  2. JOSÉ ANTÔNIO DE ALMEIDA PRADO: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 - AURORA - CONCERTO FRIBOURGEOIS
    Fabio Mechetti, Conductor, Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra & Sonia Rubinsky, Soloist; Ulrich Schneider, album producer
     
  3. KING MANGOBERRY: MUSIC OF RICARDO LORENZ
    Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Manuel Alejandro Rangel, Maracas & Kevin L. Sedatole, Conductor; Sergei Kvitko & David Thornton, album producers
     
  4. LA VOZ DEL AVE
    Eddie Mora; Carlos Chaves & Eddie Mora, album producers
     
  5. THE JULIET LETTERS
    Elena Rivera y El Cuarteto Latinoamericano; Jc Vertti, album producer

47. Best Classical Contemporary Composition

  1. DUES PECES PER A PIANO
    Joan Magrané, composer (Noelia Rodiles)
    Track from: The Butterfly Effect
     
  2. JOSE SEREBRIER: VARIACIONES SINFÓNICAS SOBRE B A C H PARA PIANO Y ORQUESTA
    José Serebrier, composer (José Serebrier, Alexandre Kantorow & RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) Track from: Jose Serebrier Variaciones Sinfónicas Sobre B A C H Para Piano Y Orquesta
     
  3. PATARUCO: CONCIERTO PARA MARACAS VENEZOLANAS Y SINFÓNICA DE VIENTOS
    Ricardo Lorenz, composer (Kevin L. Sedatole Conducting Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Manuel Alejandro Rangel, Maracas)
    Track from: King Mangoberry: Music Of Ricardo Lorenz
     
  4. SACRE - WINNER
    Carlos Fernando López & José Valentino, composers (Carlos Fernando López)
    Track from: Lignarius
     
  5. SINE NOMINE
    Eddie Mora, composer (Eddie Mora)
    Track from: La Voz Del Ave

Field 15 - Arranging

48. Best Arrangement

  1. LA FLOR DE LA CANELA - WINNER
    Lorenzo Ferrero, arranger (Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra)
    Track from: Tradiciones
    [Mvm Music]
     
  2. TE EXTRAÑO
    Daniel Barón, arranger (Dani Barón)
    [DBaronMusic]
     
  3. ASAS FECHADAS
    John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers (Maria Mendes Featuring Metropole Orkest & John Beasley)
    Track from: Close To Me
    [Justin Time Records]
     
  4. BÉSAME MUCHO
    Ariel García & Carlos Peña, arrangers (Carlos Peña y Su Big Band & Daniela Calvario)
    [The Sixth House]
     
  5. GUAPANGUITO
    Rosino Serrano, arranger (Rosino Serrano & Orquesta Moderna Featuring Gianluca Littera & Alex Mercado)
    [Rosino Serrano Music]

Field 16 - Recording Package

49. Best Recording Package

  1. JINETES DEL APOCALIPSIS
    Daniela Herrera Ramírez & Ricardo Pollman, art directors (Alejandro De La Garza)
    [Alejandro De La Garza]
     
  2. LADO A
    Lucia Arias, Edgar Guerra & Fabli Soto, art directors (Alerta Rocket)
    [Fans Music]
     
  3. MSDL - CANCIONES DENTRO DE CANCIONES
    Gorka Olmo & Vetusta Morla, art directors (Vetusta Morla)
    [Pequeño Salto Mortal]
     
  4. SALTO AL COLOR
    Eva Amaral & Xabi Blanco, art directors (Amaral)
    [Gatorama Music, S.L.]
     
  5. SOY PURO TEATRO - HOMENAJE A LA LUPE - WINNER
    Pedro Fajardo, art director (Mariaca Semprún)
    [Our Plays LLC]

Field 17 - Production

50. Best Engineered Album

  1. AIRE (VERSIÓN DÍA)
    Eduardo Del Aguila, Keith Gretlein, Julian Prindle, Curt Schneider, Sasha Sirota & Oskar Winberg, engineers; Josh Gudwin, mixer; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer (Jesse & Joy)
    [Warner Music Latina]
     
  2. APKÁ!
    Alexandre Fontanetti, Diogo Poças & Pupillo, engineers; Mike Cresswell, mixer; Felipe Tichauer, mastering engineer (Céu)
    [Urban Jungle/Six Degrees Records]
     
  3. QUIMERA
    Mon Dvy, Alex Ferrer, Diogo Guerra, Felipe Guevara, Innercut, Red Mojo, Stego & Filipe Survival, mixers; Alex Ferrer & Carlos Hernández Carbonell, mastering engineers (Alba Reche)
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  4. SUBLIME
    John "Beetle" Bailey, engineer; John "Beetle" Bailey, mixer; Harry Hess, mastering engineer (Alex Cuba)
    [Caracol Records]
     
  5. 3:33 - WINNER
    Daniel Bitrán Arizpe, Daniel Dávila, Justin Moshkevich, George Noriega, Erick Roman, Paul Rubinstein & JC Vertti, engineers; Miles Comaskey, Najeeb Jones & Tony Maserati, mixers; Dale Becker, mastering engineer (Debi Nova)
    [Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC]

51. Producer of the Year

  1. RAFA ARCAUTE
    • Buena (Manuel Medrano) (S)
    • Buenos Aires (Nathy Peluso) (S)
    • Business Woman (Nathy Peluso) (S)
    • Copa Glasé (Nathy Peluso) (S)
    • La Mentira (Dani Martin Featuring Joaquín Sabina) (S)
    • LALIGERA (Lali) (S)
    • Los Huesos (Dani Martin y Juanes) (S)
    • No Se Perdona (Rels B y Nathy Peluso) (S)
    • Quiero Vivir (Draco Rosa) (S)
    • Tutu (Remix) (Camilo, Shakira & Pedro Capó) (S)
     
  2. EDUARDO CABRA "VISITANTE"
    • 2030 (LOUTA) (A)
    • Fallaste Nostradamus (Cuarteto De Nos) (T)
    • Mario Neta (Cuarteto De Nos) (T)
    • Mi Derriengue (Riccie Oriach) (A)
    • Orígenes (Sotomayor) (A)
    • Que Empiece El Juego (Cuarteto De Nos) (T)
    • Tiburones En El Bosque (Cuarteto De Nos) (T)
     
  3. PABLO DÍAZ-REIXA "EL GUINCHO"
    • A Palé (Rosalía) (S)
    • Dio$ No$ Libre Del Dinero (Rosalía) (S)
    • Goteo (Paloma Mami) (S)
    • Juro Que (Rosalía) (S)
    • Me Quedo (Aitana, Lola Índigo) (T)
    • Yalo Yale (Dellafuente) (S)
    • Yo X Ti, Tu X Mi (Rosalía y Ozuna) (S)
     
  4. GEORGE NORIEGA
    • Amor y Traición (Cabas) (S)
    • Mundo Paralelo (Monsieur Periné, Pedro Capó) (S)
    • No Ha Parado De Llover (Maná & Sebastián Yatra) (S)
    • No Le Llames Amor (Yuridia) (S)
    • No Pienso Volver (Ednita Nazario) (S)
    • No Vuelvas (Ednita Nazario) (S)
    • Puta (J Mena) (S)
    • Te Dejo Ir (Andrés Cepeda) (S)
    • Vamos A Mi Ritmo (Lasso & Isabela Souza) (S)
     
  5. ANDRÉS TORRES, MAURICIO RENGIFO - WINNER
    • A Dónde Vamos (Morat) (S)
    • Cartagena (Fonseca & Silvestre Dangond) (S)
    • Colegio (Cali y El Dandee) (A)
    • Falta Amor (Sebastián Yatra, Ricky Martin) (S)
    • Girasoles (Luis Fonsi) (S)
    • Infinito (Andrés Cepeda & Jesse y Joy) (S)
    • + (Aitana & Cali y El Dandee) (S)
    • Mi Otra Mitad (Manuel Medrano) (S)
    • Minifalda (Greeicy y Juanes) (S)
    • Perdiendo La Cabeza (Carlos Rivera, Becky G & Pedro Capó) (S)
    • Recuerdo (Tini, Mau y Ricky) (S)
    • Runaway (Sebastián Yatra, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha & Jonas Brothers) (S)
    • TBT (Sebastián Yatra, Rauw Alejandro, Manuel Turizo) (S)

Field 18 - Music Video

52. Best Short Form Music Video

  1. SACI (REMIX)
    BaianaSystem & Tropkillaz
    Rafael Kent, video director; Tânia Assumpção, Victor Ferrari & Rafael Marquez, video producers
    [Cave]
     
  2. ROJO
    J Balvin
    Colin Tilley, video director; Jamee Ranta, video producer
    [Universal Music Latino / UMLE - Latino]
     
  3. CUBANA
    Bivolt
    Gabriel Augusto & Quemuel Cornelius, video directors; Francesco Civita & Henrique Danieletto, video producers
    [Som Livre]
     
  4. PARA YA
    Porter
    Alexis Gómez, video director; Aura Solís, video producer
    [Universal Music México S.A. de C.V./Story]
     
  5. TKN - WINNER
    Rosalía & Travis Scott
    Nicolás Méndez aka CANADA, video director; Oscar Romagosa & Laura Serra Estorch, video producers
    [Columbia Records]

53. Best Long Form Music Video

  1. UNA VUELTA AL SOL
    Amaia
    Marc Pujolar, video director; Alex Julià, Alfonso Lanza & Gabi Ruiz, video producers
    [Universal Music Spain S.L.U.]
     
  2. THE WARRIOR WOMEN OF AFRO-PERUVIAN MUSIC
    Just Play Peru
    Matt Geraghty, Araceli Poma & Daniel Thissen, video directors; Matt Geraghty & Araceli Poma, video producers
    [Just Play Peru]
     
  3. LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE AT FOLSOM PRISON
    Los Tigres Del Norte
    Tim Donahue, video director; Ilan Arboleda, Zach Horowitz, Los Tigres Del Norte & Jessicya Materano, video producers
    [CreativeChaosVMG]
     
  4. RELATO DE LA MEMORIA FUTURO
    Siddhartha
    Arturo Fabián De La Fuente & Cristóbal González Camarena, video directors; Arturo Fabián De La Fuente & Cristóbal González Camarena, video producers
    [Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. de C.V.]
     
  5. EL MUNDO PERDIDO DE CUMBIANA - WINNER
    Carlos Vives Carlos Felipe Montoya, video director; Isabel Cristina Vásquez, video producer
    [Mestiza Films]

J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Anitta & More: 10 Unforgettable Moments From The 2020 Latin GRAMMYs

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

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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.

GRAMMYs/Jan 6, 2023 - 12:17 am

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.

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.

GRAMMYs/Nov 25, 2022 - 04:23 pm

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
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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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Hear All Of The Best Country Solo Performance Nominees For The 2023 GRAMMY Awards
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Hear All Of The Best Country Solo Performance Nominees For The 2023 GRAMMY Awards

The 2023 GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Country Solo Performance highlight country music's newcomers and veterans, featuring hits from Kelsea Ballerini, Zach Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Willie Nelson.

GRAMMYs/Nov 23, 2022 - 03:01 pm

Country music's evolution is well represented in the 2023 GRAMMY nominees for Best Country Solo Performance. From crossover pop hooks to red-dirt outlaw roots, the genre's most celebrated elements are on full display — thanks to rising stars, leading ladies and country icons.

Longtime hitmaker Miranda Lambert delivered a soulful performance on the rootsy ballad "In His Arms," an arrangement as sparing as the windswept west Texas highlands where she co-wrote the song. Viral newcomer Zach Bryan dug into similar organic territory on the Oklahoma side of the Red River for "Something in the Orange," his voice accompanied with little more than an acoustic guitar.

Two of country's 2010s breakout stars are clearly still shining, too, as Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini both received Best Country Solo Performance GRAMMY nods. Morris channeled the determination that drove her leap-of-faith move from Texas to Nashville for the playful clap-along "Circles Around This Town," while Ballerini brought poppy hooks with a country edge on the infectiously upbeat "HEARTFIRST."

Rounding out the category is the one and only Willie Nelson, who paid tribute to his late friend Billy Joe Shaver with a cover of "Live Forever" — a fitting sentiment for the 89-year-old legend, who is approaching his eighth decade in the business. 

As the excitement builds for the 2023 GRAMMYs on Feb. 5, 2023, let's take a closer look at this year's nominees for Best Country Solo Performance.

Kelsea Ballerini — "HEARTFIRST"

In the tradition of Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini represents Nashville's sunnier side — and her single "HEARTFIRST" is a slice of bright, uptempo, confectionary country-pop for the ages.

Ballerini sings about leaning into a carefree crush with her heart on her sleeve, pushing aside her reservations and taking a risk on love at first sight. The scene plays out in a bar room and a back seat, as she sweeps nimbly through the verses and into a shimmering chorus, when the narrator decides she's ready to "wake up in your T-shirt." 

There are enough steel guitar licks to let you know you're listening to a country song, but the story and melody are universal. "HEARTFIRST" is Ballerini's third GRAMMY nod, but first in the Best Country Solo Performance category.

Zach Bryan — "Something In The Orange"

Zach Bryan blew into Music City seemingly from nowhere in 2017, when his original song "Heading South" — recorded on an iPhone — went viral. Then an active officer in the U.S. Navy, the Oklahoma native chased his muse through music during his downtime, striking a chord with country music fans on stark songs led by his acoustic guitar and affecting vocals.

After his honorable discharge in 2021, Bryan began his music career in earnest, and in 2022 released "Something in the Orange," a haunting ballad that stakes a convincing claim to the territory between Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell in both sonics and songwriting. Slashing slide guitar drives home the song's heartbreak, as Bryan pines for a lover whose tail lights have long since vanished over the horizon. 

"Something In The Orange" marks Bryan's first-ever GRAMMY nomination.

Miranda Lambert — "In His Arms"

Miranda Lambert is the rare, chart-topping contemporary country artist who does more than pay lip service to the genre's rural American roots. "In His Arms" originally surfaced on 2021's The Marfa Tapes, a casual recording Lambert made with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall in Marfa, Texas — a tiny arts enclave in the middle of the west Texas high desert.

In this proper studio version — recorded for her 2022 album, Palomino — Lambert retains the structure and organic feel of the mostly acoustic song; light percussion and soothing atmospherics keep her emotive vocals front and center. A native Texan herself, Lambert sounds fully at home on "In His Arms."

Lambert is the only Best Country Solo Performance nominee who is nominated in all four Country Field categories in 2023. To date, Miranda Lambert has won 3 GRAMMYs and received 27 nominations overall. 

Maren Morris — "Circles Around This Town"

When Maren Morris found herself uninspired and dealing with writer's block, she went back to what inspired her to move to Nashville nearly a decade ago — and out came "Circles Around This Town," the lead single from her 2022 album Humble Quest.

Written in one of her first in-person songwriting sessions since the pandemic, Morris has called "Circles Around This Town" her "most autobiographical song" to date; she even recreated her own teenage bedroom for the song's video. As she looks back to her Texas beginnings and the life she left for Nashville, Morris' voice soars over anthemic, yet easygoing production. 

Morris last won a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance in 2017, when her song "My Church" earned the singer her first GRAMMY. To date, Maren Morris has won one GRAMMY and received 17 nominations overall.

Willie Nelson — "Live Forever"

Country music icon Willie Nelson is no stranger to the GRAMMYs, and this year he aims to add to his collection of 10 gramophones. He earned another three nominations for 2023 — bringing his career total to 56 — including a Best Country Solo Performance nod for "Live Forever."

Nelson's performance of "Live Forever," the lead track of the 2022 tribute album Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver, is a faithful rendition of Shaver's signature song. Still, Nelson puts his own twist on the tune, recruiting Lucinda Williams for backing vocals and echoing the melody with the inimitable tone of his nylon-string Martin guitar. 

Shaver, an outlaw country pioneer who passed in 2020 at 81 years old, never had any hits of his own during his lifetime. But plenty of his songs were still heard, thanks to stars like Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Nelson was a longtime friend and frequent collaborator of Shaver's — and now has a GRAMMY nom to show for it.

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