Bad Bunny leads the list of Latin Grammy nominees

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It seems that “A summer without you” was not so sad for Bad Bunny: the Puerto Rican urban musician is the most nominated for the Latin Grammy in its 23rd edition thanks to his popular album, getting mentions in the recording and album of the year categories in the nominations announced Tuesday by the Latin Recording Academy.

Rauw Alejandro, with eight nominations, Christina Aguilera, Jorge Drexler and Rosalía, with seven, were other of the main nominated artists of the morning.

Bad Bunny also added mentions in the categories of best urban song and best urban fusion/interpretation for his ubiquitous nightclub anthem “Tití me ask”, as well as best reggaeton performance and best urban song for “Sorry BB:/”, his moving collaboration with Tainy and Julieta Venegas.

But the reggaetonero, who has previously won four Latin Grammys, did not get a nomination in the song of the year category, an award for songwriters. Although he will compete for the award for best urban music album for “A summer without you” and recording of the year for his hit “Ojitos Lindos” with Colombians Bomba Estéreo.

The nominations for Bad Bunny come at a time when he remains at the top of the charts in Latin America and globally for his album released in early May; he received the artist of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards (the first foreign-language singer to do so), and his tour is the most lucrative in the world.

But as Latin Grammy pundits know, enormous popularity is no guarantee of a nomination for a golden gramophone, a peer-voted award for musical excellence, which is why the mentions for Bad Bunny are even more specials.

“I am very excited to see that there is a congruence between musical excellence, dictated by the members, and commercial success,” said the general director of the Latin Recording Academy, Manuel Abud, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “These nominees that you see today are a reflection that Latin music is going through an incredible moment and that the members are also acknowledging with musical excellence something that at the same time is having commercial success.”

The second most nominated artist was Puerto Rican Rauw Alejandro, who competes for the recording of the year award for his spiteful song “Te felizo” with Shakira and song of the year for “Agua”, which he performs and composed with Nile Rodgers and Daddy Yankee. , among other authors. The pen also earned him other nominations in the album of the year category for his work as a composer on “Un Verano sin ti”, “Motomami” by Rosalía, and “Dharma” by Sebastián Yatra.

In the field of urban music, Rauw Alejandro competes in the categories of best urban song and best reggaeton performance for “Desesperados” with Chencho Corleone, and best urban music album for “Trap Cake Vol. 2”.

The rest of the nominees for album of the year are: “Aguilera” by Christina Aguilera, “Pa’lla voy” by Marc Anthony, “Deja” by Bomba Estéreo, “Tinta y tiempo” by Jorge Drexler, “Ya no somos los otros ” by Elsa and Elmar, “Viajante” by Fonseca and “Sanz” by Alejandro Sanz.

While the list of song of the year is completed by “Sometimes good and sometimes bad” by Ricky Martin with Reik, “Something is better” by Mon Laferte, “Baloncito viejo” by Carlos Vives and Camilo, “Besos en la forehead” by Fonseca, “Encuerme” by Carla Morrison, “Hentai” by Rosalía, “Pa’ mis mujeres” by Aguilera, Nicki Nicole and Becky G with Nathy Peluso, “Provenza” by Karol G, “Red heels” by Yatra and “Tocarte” from Drexler and C. Tangana.

“Very excited because there is everything, of all genres, of all nationalities, there is a lot of wealth, it is a very good reflection of what is happening in Latin music,” said Abud about the nominees.

In the revealing category of best new artist, Ángela Álvarez, Sofía Campos, Cande and Paulo, Clarissa, Silvana Estrada, Pol Granch, Nabález, Tiare, Vale, Yahritza y Su Esencia and Nicole Zignago compete, who will try to win the only gramophone you can win only once in your races.

The recording of the year category is completed by “Castillos de arena” by Pablo Alborán, “Envolver” by Anitta, “Pa’lla voy” by Marc Anthony, “Pegao” by Camilo, “Tocarte” by Drexler and Tangana, “Provenza” by Karol G, “Vale la pena” by Juan Luis Guerra, “La Fame” by Rosalía with The Weeknd and “Baloncito viejo” by Vives and Camilo.

The nominees for the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards were selected from more than 18,000 entries in 53 categories, with works published in the eligibility period (June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022).

Aguilera was nominated for her first Spanish-language album in more than 20 years, released just on the last day of the eligibility period. The artist, who in 2001 won a Latin Grammy for her album “Mi Reflex”, also competes in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Aguilera”, and has a double nomination in the category of Best Urban Fusion/Interpretation for “ For my girls” and “Santo” with Ozuna. Aguilera was even pleased with a nomination in the category of best regional Mexican song for “When I feel like it” with Christian Nodal.

“It is remarkable and it is to be applauded,” said Abud about the production of the American singer of Ecuadorian roots. “This is really a very well done piece of work, worthy of these nominations. Of course we are glad to have Cristina back in music in Spanish.”

Bad Bunny is closely followed by the Mexican Edgar Barrera, who works as a producer and composer. Barrera got nine nominations and competes in the recording of the year categories, for Camilo’s “Pegao”, album of the year for Aguilera’s “Aguilera” and Anthony’s “Pa’lla voy”, as well as the nominee for song of the year and best pop song “Índigo”, performed by Camilo and Evaluna Montaner.

The rest of the nominations for Barrera were in the categories of the Mexican regional music field, one of his specialties. He competes as a composer of “Cada que”, performed by Grupo Firme and Maluma, “Como lo hayo yo”, by Matisse, Carin León and “Vivo en el 6” by Christian Nodal. In addition, he once again received a nomination for producer of the year, an award that he received at the last Latin Grammy Awards.

The Latin Grammys will be broadcast live on November 17 from the Michelob ULTRA arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas shortly after the so-called “Premiere del Latin Grammy”, an event broadcast online in which the majority of the Latin Grammys are awarded. awards.

The gala in honor of Marco Antonio Solís, named Person of the Year 2022 by the Latin Recording Academy, will be held during Latin Grammy Week in November. The Awards for Musical Excellence will also be presented during the week to Rosario Flores, Myriam Hernández, Rita Lee, Amanda Miguel and Yordano, and those of the Board of Directors to Manolo Díaz, Paquito D’Rivera and Abraham Laboriel.

After more than two years of the pandemic, this will be the first edition totally “without restrictions” for the public, Abud announced. And this will make it easier to increase the number of events of the week, including the Leading Ladies of Entertainment gala, to honor outstanding women in the industry.

There will also be “a much more robust event” for special awards and Person of the Year, the director said. “He is a great character, you would be impressed to see the number of artists who have wanted to come to sing and pay tribute to him,” said Abud about Solís.

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