The 2010s were a strong decade for Latin music. The decade gave birth to the Latin urban boom, which brought reggaeton and Latin trap to the top of the streaming charts but also saw artists pushing the Spanish-language music landscape to new boundaries outside of the subgenre. The 2020 GRAMMYs Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album nominees represent some of the artists who have not just earned the admiration of their colleagues but are a testament to the ever-evolving genre that continues to impact global audiences. Who would you choose as the best album?
Is it Bad Bunny's surprise Christmas drop X 100PRE? The full-length album is the Puerto Rican artist's much-awaited debut after releasing singles like "Chambea" and explosive song collaborations with the likes of Farruko, Nio Garcia, Jennifer Lopez, Jhay Cortez, J Balvin and more. His love-stricken raps, a bit of nostalgia, success flexes and tribute to emo music make for an album that is as fluid as his love of nail polish colors.
Speaking of J Balvin, the Colombian artists and leader of reggaeton's new wave is also nominated for a collaboration album with Bunny himself (yes, Bad Bunny is up against himself in this category). If there's one thing J Balvin has, it's a good ear for collabs and OASIS is an album featuring chill reggaeton-influenced pop songs and ballads, with one even featuring legendary rock frontman Marciano Cantero of Enanitos Verdes, that get you in your feels while simultaneously wanting to dance.
Or is it Flor De Toloache's Indestructible? The Latin GRAMMY-winning band from New York City's album is a collection of remakes, including bachata master Juan Luis Guerra's "Quisiera" and original songs, but all with their touch of violins, trumpets and other traditional mariachi instruments. The band brings together spectacular duets, among them John Legend and Miguel, and reimagines mariachi music in a creative light that has left people wanting more.
In a similar vein, Spanish singer Rosalia is pushing uncharted territory with her flamenco-influenced album El Mal Querer and has won many hearts and ears on the journey to her first GRAMMY nomination. Fusing R&B and pop with southern Spain's folkloric music and dance (which she has brought on tour with her), the album has taken the singer global and caught the attention of artists like Travis Scott, J Balvin and James Blake, all who have collabed with the "Malamente" singer.
And we can't forget about ile, one of Puerto Rico's strongest voices who has created thoughtful, powerful music with GRAMMY winners Calle 13 and reigned victorious in the category at the 59th GRAMMY Awards with iLevitable. In Almadura. The singer's voice serves as a call to action on songs like "Contra Todo," while the album's title is a play on words of "armadura" and honors Puerto Rico's resilient culture and spirit, as well as women's.
So, who would it be if you could vote? Show us above.