meta-script2022 Latin GRAMMYs Premiere Performers Announced: Elsa y Elmar, Fonseca, Carla Morrison, Bruses & More Confirmed | GRAMMY.com
2022 Latin GRAMMYs Premiere Performers Announced: Elsa y Elmar, Fonseca, Carla Morrison, Bruses & More Confirmed
Miguel Ángel Muñoz

Photo courtesy of the artist

news

2022 Latin GRAMMYs Premiere Performers Announced: Elsa y Elmar, Fonseca, Carla Morrison, Bruses & More Confirmed

Hosted by singer/songwriter Debi Nova and actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz, the Biggest Night In Latin Music will kick off with performances from Elsa y Elmar, Fonsesca, Luis Figueroa, and more.

GRAMMYs/Nov 9, 2022 - 03:20 pm

The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs will see some massive names take the stage — but just before the main show, the Latin GRAMMY Premiere will boast astonishing talent all its own.

The Latin Recording Academy has announced performers and presenters for its Latin GRAMMY Premiere. This thrilling ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the Mandalay Bay North Convention Center and broadcast live across all of The Latin Academy platforms beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.

During this event full of unforgettable performances, heartfelt acceptance speeches and unique moments, winners in 44 of 53 Latin GRAMMY categories will be awarded.

Hosted by Debi Nova and Miguel Ángel Muñoz — a Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, and actor, respectively — The Biggest Night in Latin Music will kick off with performances from a diverse array of luminaries from across the Latin music world.

Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Song Latin GRAMMY nominee Bruses will team up with Elsa y Elmar, who is nominated for three Latin GRAMMYs — for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop/Rock Song.

Luis Figueroa (Best Tropical Song and Best Salsa Album), Fonseca (Album Of The Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Song and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), and Jão (Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album and Best Portuguese Language Song) will take the stage as well.

Carin León, with Matisse (Best Regional Song), and Carla Morrison (Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album) will also perform.

"Once again, we celebrate another year of excellence in Spanish and Portuguese language recordings during the Latin GRAMMY Premiere," Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, said in a statement. "This time we will take a tour through several musical genres with performances of works nominated in various categories, including Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best Salsa Album."

Greg Fera, Ayleen Figueras and Macarena Moreno will serve as executive producers, with David Cabrera as musical director.

The Latin GRAMMY Premiere is followed by the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, airing live on Univision at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT); on cable channel TNT at 19.00 (MEX) / 20.00 (PAN-COL) / 21.00 (VEN) / 22.00 (ARG/CHI/BRAZIL), and on Televisa Channel 5. The show will also be available on HBO Max in Spanish only.

For more information and latest news, visit the official Latin Recording Academy site at LatinGRAMMY.com. You can also follow them on Facebook (LatinGRAMMYs), Twitter (@LatinGRAMMYs) or Instagram (@LatinGRAMMYs), and use #LatinGRAMMY on all popular social media platforms.

We'll see you not only at the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs — but the exciting Latin GRAMMY Premiere that will kick off the historic ceremony!

2022 Latin GRAMMYs Performers Added: Rosalía, Silvana Estrada, Gente de Zona, & More Announced

Best Tropical Latin Album Nominee Luis Figueroa On Charting A New Path For Salsa & The Power Of Puerto Rico
Luis Figueroa

Photo: Juan Hernandez courtesy Sony Music Latin

interview

Best Tropical Latin Album Nominee Luis Figueroa On Charting A New Path For Salsa & The Power Of Puerto Rico

"I realized that I wanted to partake in the evolution and revolution of this traditional genre," Figueroa says. At the 2024 GRAMMYs, his urbano-meets-salsa EP, 'Voy A Ti,' is up against works by Carlos Vives, Rubén Blades and Grupo Niche.

GRAMMYs/Jan 22, 2024 - 05:23 pm

Back in 2021, a song released on Marc Anthony’s record label caused a stir among salsa fans. 

It was a revamped version of the minor 1993 hit "Hasta el Sol de Hoy," and the track introduced singer/songwriter Luis Figueroa as a messenger of change. It pulsated with the languid vibes of salsa romántica, but also uncoiled a harder, more ferocious groove on the chorus. It sounded like a Marc Anthony hit, but with an added patina of 2020’s urbano slickness. Anthony loved it. 

"I realized that there was an open door —the opportunity to add a fresher sound to salsa for a younger audience," Figueroa, 34, tells GRAMMY.com.

Since then, the Philadelphia native of Puerto Rican origin has become one of the few artists who consciously chose the somewhat forsaken mystique of salsa and turned it into a viable pathway for critical and commercial success. His latest recording – a fiery EP of urbano-styled salsa titled Voy A Ti — is nominated for Best Tropical Album at the 2024 GRAMMYs, alongside genre giants such as Rubén Blades, Grupo Niche and Omara Portuondo.

"Salsa is the music that I grew up with, and it was always a natural choice," he says. "I guess I was taken by the passion and purity of the many salsa songs that focus on real love."

Figueroa was just 9 years old when he began singing "music that is meant to be enjoyed mostly at nightclubs," and met many genre legends. Graciela and Joe Cuba became his mentors. It was at that point that he envisioned himself following in the footsteps of Marc Anthony, Eddie Santiago — his sister’s favorite singer — and also his mother’s choice salseros: Frankie Ruiz and El Gran Combo.

"Because I was involved in music at a very young age, people called me el niño mimado de Filadelfia [Philadelphia’s pampered kid]," he recalls. "Artists like Ismael Miranda, Andy Montañez and Michael Stuart would come to the city for salsa fairs and they all wanted to meet the young kid who was singing their music. I got to perform [‘90s mega-hit] 'No Vale La Pena' onstage with Johnny Rivera."

It was only natural that Figueroa would gravitate to the salsa romántica sound that was prevalent at the time. "My all-time favorite singer is Jerry Rivera, so clearly I have a weakness for the romantic side of tropical music," he agrees. "Luis Miguel’s bolero album Segundo Romance (1994) was also an influence."

But then, Figueroa got the chance to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he discovered the complexity of R&B and other genres. A stint touring as backup vocalist with Romeo Santos allowed him to observe the bachata mega-star’s songwriting process. Just like Santos had updated and revolutionized the way bachata was supposed to sound, Figueroa thought that salsa could also benefit from a makeover.  

"I realized that I wanted to partake in the evolution and revolution of this traditional genre," he recalls.

Compared to the other nominees, Figueroa sounds like a salsa modernist on Voy A Ti. Its lead single, "La Luz," kicks off with a digital loop and a vocal line that could belong in a straight-ahead reggaetón track, before it morphs into salsa and the singer’s impressive soneos anchor the chorus on traditional Afro-Caribbean territory. At times, the melody has subtle points in common with Karol G’s "Tusa," the 2019 urbano anthem. The dramatic pyrotechnics of "A Escondidas," on the other hand, with its smoldering trombone riffs and high-octane emoting, stems from the Marc Anthony school of thought. 

Not surprisingly, Figueroa became a Latin GRAMMY regular. In 2022, his self-titled album and the song "Fiesta Contigo" were nominated (he lost both to label boss Marc Anthony.)  Voy A Ti was also nominated for a Latin GRAMMY a few months ago.

These accolades confirmed the prophetic worlds of salsa diva India, who met Figueroa at the beginning of his career and hailed him as a future star.

"She invited me onstage at the end of a festival," he recalls. "I remember the bright lights and the smoke machines; the electricity of the moment. The keyboardist started playing the intro to 'Dicen Que Soy,' and people were singing the chorus before she stepped onstage. It was an epiphany, because at that moment I envisioned what I wanted my career to look like: to have, one day, people singing along in my own concerts."

Now, Figueroa has become the latest in a distinguished line of salsa singers with boricua roots. From Tito Rodríguez and Héctor Lavoe to Cheo Feliciano and Ismael Miranda, the contribution of Puerto Rico to the salsa mystique is staggering — a reality that baffles the first time GRAMMY nominee.

"I don’t really know how to explain this phenomenon," he says. "Is it something in the water? Is it the air? Is it the privileged location? If you ever understand it, please let me know." [Laughs.

While Figueroa craved the acceptance of Puerto Ricans who live on the island, he eventually realized  that many salsa icons were born outside of it, including his idols Marc Anthony, India, and Frankie Ruiz. 

"Creativity flows naturally in Puerto Rico, it stems from the heart and the soul. We have so many great singers and composers, poets, boxers, tattoo artists. Such a small island, too. It’s one of the great mysteries of the world," he says.

2024 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Full Nominees List

GRAMMY Rewind: Christina Aguilera Celebrates Her Latin Heritage After Winning Her First Latin GRAMMY In 20 Years

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

video

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.

GRAMMYs/Nov 17, 2023 - 06:01 pm

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.

10 Incredible Moments From The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs: Rosalía, Shakira, Peso Pluma & More

Watch: Carin Leon Performs "Primera Cita" At The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs
Carin León performs onstage during the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs on November 16, 2023, in Seville, Spain

Photo: Courtesy of The Latin Recording Academy/Kevin Winter, Getty Images © 2023

news

Watch: Carin Leon Performs "Primera Cita" At The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs

At the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, Best Norteño Album winner Carin Leon brought his genre-blending but proudly Mexican sound to the Sevilla stage with a performance of "Primera Cita."

GRAMMYs/Nov 16, 2023 - 10:04 pm

The lights went down low as Leon took the stage for his sultry performance of “Primera Cita.” With his band jamming behind him, Leon allowed his voice to be the main event as it soared. He also changed one of his lyrics to reflect the Latin Grammy Awards taking place in Spain this year. Leon masterfully translated his country-infused Mexican song into a captivating live performance. Towards the end, he shouted out Mexico and his home state of Sonora. Leon showed the future of Música Mexicana through his live soulful moment.

Carin Leon is one of the breakthrough Latin acts of the year, and is among the artists bringing Música Mexicana to a global audience.

The Mexican singer/songwriter racked up multiple on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, including "Que Vuelvas" with norteño band Grupo Frontera and his heartfelt hit "Primera Cita." In the latter song, Leon blended in influences of American country and soul music with his proudly Mexican sound. The genre-bending track was included on his latest LP Colmillo de Leche, which received a nomination for Best Norteño Album at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs.

On Colmillo de Leche, Leon pushed Música Mexicana to new places in "De Piedra a Papel," which mixed in flamenco influences from Spanish singer Pablo Alborán. Colombian pop star Camilo also featured on the hit "Ni Me Debes, Ni Te Debo," which has racked up over 90 million streams on Spotify. 

Earlier this year, Leon launched the "F— Regional" campaign to stop use of the "regional Mexican music" classification since the genre has gone global. Leon also featured on Maluma’s recent hit "Según Quién" on his latest album, Don Juan

2023 Latin GRAMMYs: See The Complete Nominations List

2023 Latin GRAMMYs Performers Announced: Rauw Alejandro, Alejandro Sanz, Christian Nodal, Feid, Maria Becerra & More
2023 Latin GRAMMYs performers (Clockwise, top-left to right) Maria Becerra, Bizarrap, Feid, Carin León, Alejandro Sanz, Rauw Alejandro, Christian Nodal, and Kany García

Photos Courtesy of the Artists

news

2023 Latin GRAMMYs Performers Announced: Rauw Alejandro, Alejandro Sanz, Christian Nodal, Feid, Maria Becerra & More

The first wave of performers for the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs also includes current nominees Bizarrap, Kany García and Carin León.

GRAMMYs/Oct 17, 2023 - 11:58 am

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the first wave of performers for the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, officially known as the 24th Latin GRAMMY Awards. The lineup includes current nominees Maria Becerra, Bizarrap, Feid, Kany García, Carin León, Christian Nodal, Rauw Alejandro, and Alejandro Sanz. More performers at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Maria Becerra has four nominations, including Song of the Year, Best Reggaeton Performance and Best Urban Song, while Bizarrap is nominated in six categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Producer of the Year. Feid has five nominations, including Best Reggaeton Performance, Best Urban Music Album and Best Rap/Hip Hop Song. Kany García is nominated for Best Regional Song, and Carin León is in the running for Best Norteño Album. Christian Nodal also has two nominations, for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album and Best Regional Song. Rauw Alejandro is a Best Urban Music Album nominee, and Alejandro Sanz is nominated in two categories, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Read More: 2023 Latin GRAMMYs: See The Complete Nominations List

The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs will broadcast live from the Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES) in Sevilla (Seville) in Andalucía (Andalusia), Spain, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on Univision, UniMás and Galavisión in the U.S., and at 10:30 p.m. CET on Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) in Spain. Additional international broadcasting partners and local airings will be available soon. This year’s awards show will be the first-ever international telecast in the history of the Latin GRAMMYs and the Latin Recording Academy

The Latin GRAMMY Premiere, where the majority of the categories are awarded, will precede the telecast; additional details about this annual event full of special Latin GRAMMY moments will be announced at a later date.

2023 Latin GRAMMYs Nominations: Carlos Vives, Iza, Kenia Os, Gaby Amarantos & More React To The Big Announcement