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Watch: El Fantasma, Los Dos Carnales & Lupita Infante Perform Live From Mexico City As Part Of The 2022 Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions
Recorded at the Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico City, the digital concert, presented by the Latin Recording Academy in partnership with Meta, includes never-before-heard collaborations and intimate conversations between all three artists.
The Latin Recording Academy is bringing the good vibes and good music straight to your screen with an exclusive performance from Latin GRAMMY nominee El Fantasma featuring by Latin GRAMMY winners Los Dos Carnales and Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY nominee Lupita Infante.
The digital concert premiered today via the Latin Recording Academy's Facebook page, where it'll be available to view for 48 hours; afterward, the performances will also be available exclusively on the artists' Facebook pages for 90 days. The performance marks the launch of the Latin Recording Academy's 2022 Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions, presented in partnership with Meta.
Watch the acoustic performance in full below.
Filmed at the renowned Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico City, one of the city's most architecturally significant venues, the digital concert mixes exclusive performances with unique storytelling. The 44-minute concert features renditions of songs chosen by the artists, never-before-heard collaborations and duets, and intimate conversations between all three artists, all set against a dramatic backdrop.
This performance puts the spotlight directly on the exploding Mexican Regional genre, which continues to grow online and around the world. El Fantasma, the vision of Mexican regional singer/songwriter Alexander Garcia, was noted as "part of the new wave of Mexillennials that you should really keep on your radar," Billboard reported in 2018. That same year, he and his group, y Su Equipo Armado, received their first-ever Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Banda Album for En El Camino.
Los Dos Carnales is the Mexican norteño duo comprising brothers Imanol and Poncho Quezada. After exploding on the scene via their 2018 debut album Te Lo Dije, the group won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Norteño Music Album for Al Estilo Rancherón at the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs. Their most recent single "No Estaré Aquí" debuted earlier this year.
Mexican American singer/songwriter, Latin GRAMMY nominee, and GRAMMY nominee Lupita Infante is deeply versed in the traditional mariachi, ranchera and norteño traditions, which she has successfully adapted for the millennial and Gen Z generations. The granddaughter of iconic Mexican singer and actor Pedro Infante, she propels her family's musical legacy forward with her own esteemed career. In 2020, her single "Dejaré" was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY, and a year later, she received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album for La Serenata.
The Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions began six years ago as a series of in-person events for small audiences offering intimate musical experiences combined with storytelling. In addition to showcasing established performers, the series aims to promote the new generation of up-and-coming talent focusing on diversity and equity within each genre. Two years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions added a global digital franchise, providing access to Latin musical excellence for all.
The next installment of the 2022 Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions, a digital concert shot in São Paulo, Brazil, will premiere later this year. Additional details, including the full lineup, will be announced soon.
15th Latin GRAMMY Awards Set For Nov. 20
The Biggest Night in Latin Music will be broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas; Latin GRAMMY nominations to be announced Sept. 24
The 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 20, and will air in the United States on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). This year marks the seventh time Latin music's most prestigious awards telecast will take place in Las Vegas and the first time from MGM Grand. This year's nominations will be announced Sept. 24, with additional details to follow.
"For the past 14 years we have showcased some of the greatest talent in Latin music, and now, entering our 15th anniversary celebration, we are delighted to commemorate this new milestone with more amazing musical segments," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "We also are pleased to once again work with the outstanding teams at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and our partners at MGM Resorts and Univision, who continue to collaborate with us to provide a memorable experience for not only attending guests, sponsors and members, but for music fans across the globe."
"The Latin GRAMMYs' 15th anniversary marks another important milestone for the Latin music industry and speaks to our commitment to celebrating our culture, our heritage and the influence and impact of Latinos in music," said Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content for Univision Networks. "Univision will once again be making history with our longtime partner, The Latin Recording Academy, and in a new venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena."
"The Latin GRAMMYs are a vibrant and exciting event that Las Vegas eagerly anticipates each year," said MGM Grand President and COO Scott Sibella. "The opportunity to host this event allows us to welcome Latin music's icons and their fans to MGM Grand while showcasing our world-renowned resort and amenities to our domestic and international guests."
"Las Vegas is excited to welcome back the Latin GRAMMY Awards for the seventh year," said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "As the entertainment capital of the world, there's no better place to hold such a star-studded event honoring the best performers in the Latin music industry."
Since debuting entirely in Spanish on Univision in 2005, the annual Latin GRAMMY telecast has consistently earned significant ratings each year in the United States and around the world. In fact, the Latin GRAMMYs has become one of Univision's most watched and highest-rated shows while delivering strong social media results and engagement.
Additionally, the Road To The Latin GRAMMYs — a monthlong series of cultural events culminating with The Biggest Night in Latin Music — begins with the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions and Latin GRAMMY Street Parties, taking place in several cities across the United States, Colombia and Mexico City, as well as the Special Awards Presentation and The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute gala.
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The Latin Recording Academy Names Quetzal Fuerte The Official Artist For The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs
Mexican muralist Quetzal Fuerte has been selected as the official artist of the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs — and his work has been commemorated with the Latin Recording Academy's first-ever NFT drop.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs are right around the corner, on Nov. 17 — and now we have a taste of its unique visual flair.
On Oct. 20, the Latin Recording Academy announced that Mexican muralist Quetzal Fuerte has been selected as the official artist of the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs.
Approaching this year's official Latin GRAMMY artwork with a fresh lens, Quetzal's mural for The Latin Recording Academy reflects his distinct, vibrant style, and capturesthe energy of Latin music through the use of colors.
The mural is on display in Morelia, Mexico, and a sister piece will soon be created at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles in November, in an effort to provide access to art and local enthusiasm for the upcoming Latin GRAMMYs.
Additionally, Quetzal's work will be featured prominently on collateral materials and as an exclusive NFT before and during the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Official artwork by Quetzal Fuerte for the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs | Photo Courtesy of the Latin Recording Academy
"I am grateful to The Latin Recording Academy for inviting me to join them in crossing a new frontier together through the creation of this mural in Morelia," said Quetzal Fuerte. "Art is nourishment for the soul, whether it's visual or through sound, and through this piece we have the opportunity to impact and transform the lives of those who see it here locally or in its digital form, planting seeds of thought and emotion that will hopefully inspire future creators."
"The Latin Recording Academy is proud to continue its tradition of supporting emerging artists, like Quetzal, whose vision so brilliantly captures the essence of our 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards," said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "His murals and accompanying free NFT mark a series of firsts for us at The Latin Academy, as we bridge music and visual art to make both accessible to fans around the world."
For the official artwork of the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards and accompanying mural, the artist shows a variety of musical instruments to illustrate the multifaceted Latino experience through the juxtaposition of bright and dark colors.
In partnership with OneOf, the leading Web3 platform for music, lifestyle brands and sports, The Latin Recording Academy will host the first-ever NFT collection tied to The Latin GRAMMY Awards with a series of drops celebrating Latin music through a collection of NFTs debuting with Quetzal's artwork.
The first NFT in the series is available free on OneOf's website for Latin GRAMMY enthusiasts. Users that claim the free NFT will unlock airdrops of exclusive content from the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Quetzal Fuerte describes himself as an urban acupuncturist — but instead of using needles, he uses paintbrush to bring healing to the pressure points of cities. Thus, he covers blank spaces with colorful, allusive art that depicts the highs and lows of modern life while providing residents with moments of respite.
The Latin Academy will host the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on Thursday, November 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. Central). For airing times in additional countries, please consult local guides.
For more information and the latest news, visit the official Latin Recording Academy site at www.LatinGRAMMY.com.
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17th Latin GRAMMYs Slated For Nov. 17
The Biggest Night in Latin Music returns to Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena; Latin GRAMMY nominations to be announced Sept. 21
The 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 17, and will broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). The Road To The Latin GRAMMYs will kick off with the announcement of this year's nominees on Sept. 21.
Latin GRAMMY Week will launch Nov. 15 with the third annual En La Mezcla, an event spotlighting nominees in the producing and engineering fields. On Nov. 16 The Latin Recording Academy will host the Special Awards Presentation, which honors Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Award recipients, followed by the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala.
Wrapping the week will be the highly anticipated Latin GRAMMY Premiere — where 85 percent of the Latin GRAMMY Awards will be presented live on LatinGRAMMY.com — leading into the 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast. Culminating the excitement is the Official Latin GRAMMY After-Party following the telecast on Nov. 17.
For more information, follow The Latin Recording Academy on Twitter and Facebook.
Photo: JC Olivera/Getty Images for The Latin Recording Academy.
GRAMMY Museum And The Latin Recording Academy Announce The Gabriel Abaroa Jr. Latin Media Gallery
Former Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. was responsible for the transition of the Latin GRAMMY telecast from English to Spanish, among many other accomplishments. The GRAMMY Museum's Latin Music Gallery has been renamed in his honor.
The GRAMMY Museum and the Latin Recording Academy have renamed the permanent gallery in the museum as the Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. Latin Media Gallery, in honor of former Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa, Jr.
Abaroa was awarded with the honor during a private reception attended by the Board of Trustees of both the Latin Academy and the Recording Academy, the Museum and the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, as well as Abaroa’s family and close friends.
"Gabriel’s almost two decades of leadership at the Latin Academy was a key influence for the worldwide impact, awareness and growth of Latin music," said Michael Sticka, President and CEO of the GRAMMY Museum.
Working in collaboration with the Latin Academy, the Museum renovated its third floor in 2019 to expand its Latin-themed exhibits and showcase the international resonance of Latin music. Currently on display in the Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. Latin Media Gallery is "Y Para Siempre… Marco Antonio Solís," which highlights the life of the renowned Mexican singer.
Abaroa's 20-year tenure at the Latin Academy has resulted in outstanding growth and exceptional financial stability. Some of his key accomplishments include implementing a strong Board of Trustees while fostering a healthy relationship with the Recording Academy, and assembling a team of talented and passionate executives and staffers. He was responsible for the transition of the Latin GRAMMY telecast from English to Spanish.
Under Abaroa’s leadership in 2018, the Latin Academy signed an unprecedented agreement extending an established partnership with Univision through 2028. In 2014, Abaroa led the establishment of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which furthers international awareness and appreciation of Latin music and its makers through college scholarships, grants and educational programs.
In 2021, Abaroa became President Emeritus of the Latin Academy, a newly created senior advisory role that will include working on assigned strategic projects.
"Gabriel’s unique leadership style truly exemplified the values of our organization: excellence, integrity and passion," said Latin Academy CEO Manuel Abud. "The Latin Media Gallery that will carry his name is a testament to his legacy, and will reinforce our rich heritage of supporting and honoring Latin music and its creators."