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2022 Latin GRAMMYs Hosts Announced: Luis Fonsi, Laura Pausini, Thalía & More
Held Thursday, Nov. 17, the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs will be hosted by four superstar artists, each of whom have a special history with the Latin GRAMMYs.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs are less than a month away, and we now know who will be hosting the Biggest Night in Latin Music.
The Latin Recording Academy announced today that Latin GRAMMY nominee Anitta, Latin GRAMMY winner and GRAMMY-nominated artist Luis Fonsi, Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Laura Pausini, and Latin GRAMMY nominee and recipient of the Latin Recording Academy’s President’s Award Thalía will together host the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs promise to honor the legacy, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of Latin music — all with a deliberate consciousness about the future generations of music creators. With their array of styles, successes and histories, this year’s hosts embody that promise.
Anitta | Courtesy of Marco Ovando
With a total of eight career Latin GRAMMY nominations, Brazilian pop star Anitta is currently nominated for Record of the Year and Best Reggaeton Performance. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, she has helped Brazilian culture reach a global audience. She made history earlier this year when her Spanish-language single, "Envolver," topped the Global Top 50 chart on Spotify — making her the first Brazilian singer and the first solo Latin artist to do so.
Luis Fonsi | Photo Courtesy of Mario Alzate
Over his two decade-plus career, Luis Fonsi has won five Latin GRAMMY Awards and received five GRAMMY nominations. The Puerto Rican singer/songwriter has broken multiple records, topped the charts, and collaborated with everyone from Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Ozuna. His latest album, Ley de Gravedad, debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and registered 975 million combined streams on various digital platforms.
Laura Pausini | Photo Courtesy of PRC GenteMusic
Over nearly 30 years, Italian singer Laura Pausini has sold more than 70 million albums, earned four Latin GRAMMY Awards, and won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. Pausini performs in six languages and has made a significant impact in the Latin music market since releasing her first Spanish-language album in 1994. Recent years have seen Pausini soar to greater heights, earning a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and an Oscar nomination. Pausini has collaborated with renowned artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Shakira, and Mariah Carey.
Thalía | Photo by James Macari
Latin pop icon Thalía can add businesswoman, author, fashion designer, and social media star to her list of accomplishments. She has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her impact in globalizing Latin music and culture, has topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with four consecutive releases, and honored by the Latin Recording Academy with the President’s Award in 2019.
The Latin Recording Academy will host the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The telecast will air live on Univision beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT), and the Latin GRAMMY Premiere, where the majority of the categories are awarded, will precede the telecast. Additional international broadcasting partners will be announced at a later date.
For more information and the latest news, visit the official Latin Recording Academy website.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Christina Aguilera Celebrates Her Latin Heritage After Winning Her First Latin GRAMMY In 20 Years
In May 2022, Christina Aguilera made a stunning return to Latin music with ‘Aguilera.’ Six months later, she won her second Latin GRAMMY — and she made sure to thank everyone who was part of the journey.
Last year, pop diva Christina Aguilera returned to her Ecuadorian roots with Aguilera, her first full Spanish-language album since Mi Reflejo (2000). By the end of the year, she snagged multiple awards for the LP, including Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2022 Latin GRAMMY Awards.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment Aguilera took the stage to accept her gramophone for her self-titled project.
"This is so important to me, and it's been amazing to come back to this home," Aguilera shared before expressing gratitude to her collaborators and longtime supporters.
"The fans, the Fighters, thank you so much!" She squealed. "We've been on this journey for so long, so I couldn't thank you more."
It was quite an eventful night for Aguilera. She received seven nominations in total — including Album Of The Year and Record and Song Of The Year for "Pa Mis Muchachas" — and delivered a show-stopping performance of "Cuando Me Dé la Gana" with Christian Nodal.
Press play on the video above to watch Christina Aguilera's complete acceptance speech for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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10 Incredible Moments From The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs: Rosalía, Shakira, Peso Pluma & More
The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs were truly international, embracing sounds of flamenco, norteño, reggaetón, and everything in between. Read on for 10 of the most exciting moments from the Biggest Night In Latin Music.
It is not a coincidence that the 24th annual edition of the Latin GRAMMYs took place in Sevilla, Spain — far away from the traditional epicenters of Latin music production. More than ever before, the sound of the Latin GRAMMYs are truly international, embraced by fans all over the world.
At a time of unprecedented global turmoil and collective anxiety, the songs of Bad Bunny, Shakira, Peso Pluma and Rosalía — to name a few of many reigning stars — have enough zest, honesty and passion in them to provide comfort. Both Spain and Latin America boast a long standing tradition of healing through rhythm and melody. Not surprisingly, this year's ceremony felt like a casual gathering of friends for an evening of dancing and celebrating.
From the strains of flamenco to the boom of Mexican music and the ongoing permutations of reggaetón, these are the takeaway points from the unforgettable 2023 Latin GRAMMYs.
The Genius Of Rosalía Transcends Her Own Songbook
It was only fitting that Rosalía — one of the most visionary singer/songwriters in global pop — should open up the first Latin GRAMMY ceremony in Spanish territory.
She could have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to drop a new single or perform one of her many hits. Instead, Rosalía sang an achingly beautiful version of the 1985 classic "Se Nos Rompió El Amor" by the late singer Rocío Jurado. It was a lovely way to deflect the spotlight and focus on celebrating her Spanish roots.
Spain And Latin America Make Beautiful Music Together
From beginning to end, the telecast underscored the organic kinship that unites the music of Spain and Latin America. It took place during the International Day of Flamenco, and the transcendent genre was present in Alejandro Sanz's moving performance of "Corazón Partío." The award for Best Flamenco Album, won by Niña Pastori for Camino, was presented during the main ceremony — a GRAMMY first.
Later in the telecast, Spanish pop singer Manuel Carrasco and Colombian artist Camilo performed an acoustic duet of "Salitre." They were soon joined by Brazilian singer IZA Texas-born producer/songwriter Edgar Barrera, transforming the Sevilla stage with Carnivalesque energy.
Hell Hath No Fury Like A Pop Star Scorned
Since its release in January, “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” the collaboration between Shakira and Argentine producer Bizarrap, has become a global cultural phenomenon. Not only is it a grand pop song with slick EDM accents, but the Colombian diva's lyrics struck a chord with its message of empowerment and fortitude in the face of adversity.
The duo's brisk performance — preceded by a brief intro with Shaki showcasing her tango dancing skills — was an iconic pop culture moment. The track itself won awards in the Best Pop Song and Song Of The Year categories.
Emerging Talent Is The Lifeline That Keeps Latin Music Alive
Watching young artists performing together with the legends that inspired them is a Latin GRAMMY staple. This year was particularly poignant, as Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes performed a moving rendition of the atmospheric rocker "Gris" — about overcoming a relationship crisis — with majestic background vocals provided by six of the 10 Best New Artist nominees: Borja, Natascha Falcão, GALE, Paola Guanche, León Leiden and Joaquina — who ended up winning the award.
For Mexico, The Time Is Now
The moment was ripe for the richness and depth of música Mexicana to shine on an international scale. 2023 was the year when the entire world fell in love with the strains of banda, norteño and corridos tumbados.
The infectious collaboration between Peso Pluma and Eslabón Armado, "Ella Baila Sola" became the emblem of this revolución mexicana. A buoyant rendition of the track was a telecast highlight, as well as the performance by Carín León, who won the award for Best Norteño Album.
Laura Pausini's Artistry Evokes The Elegance Of Decades Past
Introducing herself as "the most [expletive] Latina Italian woman in the world," Laura Pausini seemed overjoyed with her Person Of The Year award. Her medley of career highlights — full of drama and gorgeous melodies — included nods to her first mega-hit, the nostalgic "La Solitudine," and the cinematic "Víveme."
"I thank my father because he chose not to go to the movies with my mom, and instead stayed at home, made love to her and had me, the Person Of The Year," Pausini quipped. Her songbook evokes the golden era of Latin pop, a time of elegance and style.
Radical Genre Bending Never Fails To Intrigue
Latin music is currently experiencing a moment of grace, and this creative apex is frequently expressed through intriguing fusions of seemingly disparate styles. The adrenaline-fueled performance by Puerto Rican neo-reggaetón star Rauw Alejandro gained in electricity when he was joined by Juanes on a rocked-up rendition of "BABY HELLO."
Exquisite Singing & Songwriting Will Never Go Out Of Style
There's something to be said about an album that was recorded live on tape with analog equipment — the singer surrounded by her band, as they perform together in the same space, with no outside guests allowed.
Natalia Lafourcade's "De Todas Las Flores" is all about feeling and warmth, her vulnerable vocals framed by delicate piano notes and supple percussion. A worthy Record Of The Year winner, this exquisitely layered track proposes that some traditional methods of music making are definitely worth preserving. At the Premiere Ceremony, Lafourcade also took home golden gramophones for Best Singer-Songwriter Song and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.
Hip-Hop Is A Natural Component Of The Latin Music DNA
At the tail end of the ceremony, the performance by Colombian vocalist Feid — aided by the stellar skills of producer DJ Premier — included a moody reading of "Le Pido a DIOS" with nods to '90s rap and jazzy keyboard flourishes. Just like EDM, hip-hop has been fully incorporated into the Latin music lexicon, assuming an identity of its own.
KAROL G Is Much, Much More Than Just A Global Pop Star
Just like Rosalía's Motomami, KAROL G's fourth studio LP – winner of the coveted Album Of The Year award — will be remembered for the dazzling quality of its songs and the kind of indelible magic that can only be experienced, not described. The Colombian singer's artistic partnership with producer Ovy On The Drums has resulted in a futuristic sound that leaves ample space for the warmth of her vocals — and it grooves like crazy.
Most importantly, MAÑANA SERÁ BONITO celebrates the small pleasures, the brief glimpses of inner peace, and the decision to embrace self-acceptance even in the wake of emotional storms. In KAROL G's world, optimism is the only pathway out to a better tomorrow.
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6 Things To Know About Laura Pausini: From Regaining Her Voice To Person Of The Year
"There have been moments of great insecurity," Laura Pausini says of her musical journey. At the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, she will be honored as Person Of The Year — a recognition of the myriad ways Pausini has achieved her dreams via her unique voice.
At times, Laura Pausini has used music as a shield. On stage, she has felt powerful, untouchable. But when the music stops, her insecurity has managed to silence the creative corners of her mind.
Five years ago, Pausini released Fatti Sentire / Hazte Sentir, which won a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Despite this victory, comments from people around her regarding the future of women over 40 in the music industry had a demoralizing impact on her spirit.
"At that time, they told me that it was no longer possible for me to win an award as an older woman, with a musical style that no longer worked much on the radio," Pausini tells GRAMMY.com via Zoom from Milan.
The Italian singer admits that she felt confused and blocked for a while. Her inspiration was absent for three years, and she could not find a song that made her feel strong again.
"There have been moments of great insecurity, fear, doubts, thinking about the future in general as a woman, mother, and, of course, as a singer," says Pausini. "I have felt baffled. I was blocked. I felt safe only when I was at home, not when I went outside."
In 2021, she won a Golden Globe for the song "Ìo Si / Seen," composed by Diane Warren, Pausini, and Niccolò Agliardi. The song also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (which ultimately went to H.E.R. for "Fight For You").
Pausini's path after the Oscar loss was transformative, and at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, she will be honored as Person Of The Year on Nov. 15. Read on for six takeaways from Laura Pausini's journey to finding purpose, new dreams to conquer, and her unique voice.
Even With Dozens Of Awards Under Her Belt, Pausini Still Feels Pressure
Pausini's career began in 1993 after winning the famous Sanremo Music Festival in her native Italy. She did it with the song "La Solitudine," quickly leading her to internationalization. She soon became a household name in Spain and throughout Latin America.
In her three-decade career, Pausini has been recognized with prestigious awards. In addition to multiple GRAMMY nominations and a golden gramophone at the 48th GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Pop Album, Pausini had won an ASCAP Latin Music Award, multiple awards in Italy, a Billboard Latin Music Award, and four Latin GRAMMYs.
"When I won the Golden Globe, I questioned how I could deserve this new award and what new responsibility I had. "In these 30 years, I have luckily won many awards, and with each one, I have said to myself: Okay, now I have won, so I must do better the next one because if I have an award, the responsibility is to improve myself," Pausini tells GRAMMY.com.
Despite making headlines worldwide after her Golden Globe win, Pausini says she needed to be stronger and ready to manage the internal pressure. "I even wondered if I was capable of accepting a daily challenge with what was happening at that time."
One Song Changed Everything — And Renewed Pausini's Confidence
All this sea of doubts was appeased two years ago with a song, "Durare / Durar." Translated as "to last" in English, the ballad talks about the evolution of love over time and a couple's commitment to making the relationship last. With a theme that bets on love and relationships, the song illuminated the dark corners of her art.
"This song has opened all the doors that, inside my mind, my heart, my soul, were closed and afraid to open," says Pausini.
The topic triggered a personal process where Pausini analyzed herself as an artist. That internal reckoning resulted in the creation of 2023's Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas, her fifteenth studio album.
Pausini Observed Herself To Create Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas
The idea of Pausini's latest album arose after a creative exercise, where the GRAMMY winner was able to "get out" of her body and observe herself from above. She saw herself walking through the streets of the world; she saw the zebra crossings that are now the cover of her album, and she met people whose faces we do not see but whose stories we do hear.
"I have begun to criticize myself, also to say that I have done something brave," Pausini reflects. "And then I started seeing other people in those streets. All the people I saw were not walking in my direction; they were going everywhere."
Inevitably, this inner work made her rediscover her power. Pausini found "the nerve to put my voice and my face before everyone's judgments."
After Looking Inward, Pausini Looked Outward To Tell New Stories
Translating to "parallel souls," Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas is unique in Pausini's discography. It's the first album that tells stories not exclusively from Pausini's experience, but also reflects on parts of her life.
"It's the first album that doesn't talk about something just mine, what I've experienced, what I want. [It is] dedicated to 16 stories from 16 different people," she says. "It is an album that celebrates diversity, the right to individuality…because we are all citizens of the same streets in the world, but we do not have the same souls, with different dreams, desires, and ideals."
Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas is committed to inclusion, on the record and in life. Its dialogue is a hopeful exploration of how people who do not share the same point of view can still show respect and empathy.
Pausini took the theme further, describing "the world I would like to have" as one in which she wakes up "every morning and hear no talk about war, bullying, violence. The one where I observe from above people living their lives in peace on the streets of the world."
"For the first time, I realized that perhaps all that news, which scared me incredibly, exists because people cannot respect each other for being different. I've wanted to dedicate an album to that. It is an album celebrating diversity and the right to individuality,” she explains.
The Passage Of Time Inspires Pausini
Reflecting on the passage of time — and the links between the past, present, and future — is so present in Pausini's life that it echoes throughout her latest album. Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas even begins with a ticking clock.
Not only does it musically give us clues about this process, but also, in the physical format, among the photographs in the booklet, there is a phrase from the artist that encompasses the production.
"'I have passed to be present in your future.' This phrase contains three of my favorite words, which give me the strength to believe in myself today," Pausini reflects. " I don't want to reject anything from my past. I want to feel strong in this present, and I want to dream of my future."
Pausini Will Be Honored As The Latin Recording Academy's Person Of The Year
All the experiences that Pausini has lived have led her to be the most awarded artist in Italy, to be adopted by Latin America and Spain as another citizen, and, among other triumphs, to be the third woman in the history of the Latin GRAMMY to be named Person Of The Year.
Still, Pausini doesn't quite know how she arrived at this point. It could be the deep bond she shares with her global fanbase.
"From day one, I have always felt adopted by all of you, and I have felt like all the people who are adopted in life. I don't have the same blood, but I have grown up with my family, which is you. That is undoubtedly a very moving thing for me," she says.
Pausini's life and career will be celebrated on Nov. 15 in Sevilla, Spain, one night before the 24th Latin GRAMMYs.