Colombian singers put rhythm to the Latin Grammys

In this Thursday’s ceremony, 22 national artists aspire to the coveted gramophone.

Since Shakira in 2000, in the first edition of the Latin Grammy, won the first gramophone for Colombia, national artists have been protagonists in the ceremony of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

That year the Barranquilla won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, with the theme Eyes like that, while Carlos Vives had six applications, although he did not win any.

Since then, “parce” is perhaps the word that has been heard the most in the different editions of the Latin Grammy, so much so that Juanes, with 45 nominations, is the musician with the most nominations in the history of these awards. In total, the Carolina-born Prince has won 24, a pair less than Residente, who is the most winner in history. The first awards were received by Juanes in 2001 for the album Pay attention, as Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best New Artist.

Another Colombian record is the one held by J Balvin, who in 2020 became, with 13 nominations, the interpreter with the most applications in a single edition. Since its first appearance in 2014, El Niño e ‘Medellín has accumulated 34 nominations, of which it has won 4.

This year

For the ceremony this Thursday, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the story is no different, the national artists are present in 22 of the 53 categories. The one with the highest nominations, with 10, is Camilo, who aspires to the award in divisions such as Record of the Year, with Rich life; Album of the Year, featuring My hands; Song of the Year, featuring Rich life; Best Pop Vocal Album, with My hands; Best Pop Song, with Rich life; Best Urban Fusion / Interpretation, with Tattoo; and Best Regional Mexican Song, with Yours and Mine.

Paula Arenas and Diamante Eléctrico are nominated for 4 awards, while Juanes and Balvin for three. Aterciopelados, Chabuco, Maluma and Carlos Vives add up to 2.

In the list of applicants, with a nomination, appear Karol G, Farina, Yatra, Petrona Martínez, Diana Burco, Silvestre Dangond, Felipe Peláez, Diego Daza and Carlos Rueda, Omar Pé, Geño Gómez and Charlie Cardona.

Other novelties are the figures that this year have Edmar Castañeda (best Latin jazz album), Juliana Velásquez (Best new artist) and Cantoalegre, Victoria Sur and Tu Rockcito, which compete in the category of best Latin music album for children.


Due to the number of applications and the impact his career has had in the last year, Camilo is running as the great winner of this edition, although nothing is said, and it has already been proven: in 2020, J Balvin with 13 nominations only won 1 Among the favorites to succeed is also Juanes, who has had a year full of recognition for his career. The Grammy in the Vallenato category is also fixed for Colombia.

In the 2020 virtual edition, Colombia won 12 of the 53 awards it aspired to at the 2020 Latin Grammy Awards, among which they won were Andrés Cepeda and Fonseca, J Balvin, Jorge Celedón and Andrés Torres & Mauricio Rengifo (Cali & el Dandee ).

What are they for

The music journalist and broadcaster Joaquín Pérez recalls that the Latin Grammys arose due to the pressure of the music market in the region that demanded their awards and not resign themselves to a single category in the Anglo edition, where Mexican bands almost always won the distinctions .

At the same time, it draws attention to the risk that the proliferation of so many awards in the music industry brings “because they undermine their importance” and at some point end up rewarding artists without merit

Pérez believes that in the nominations there is an obvious theme of talent and quality, “to which we must add that most of these singers belong to major record labels, which are a pressure factor.”

The music critic Diego Londoño highlights, although he has many qualms about the awards, that the Grammy has allowed Colombian music to be on the world’s radar.

“Juanes and Balvin are two faithful representatives of two different sounds that help to build that sound map of the planet.”

The gala

The ceremony (in person and with a red carpet) will be broadcast live from 8:00 pm (Colombian time) and will be hosted by Roselyn Sánchez, Ana Brenda Contreras and Carlos Rivera. It will be seen live on the TNT channel.

The only Colombians who will perform in the central show are Camilo, Paula Arenas and Juanes. They join a long list of artists who will sing live, among them Christina Aguilera, Becky G, Nathy Peluso, Bad Bunny, Rubén Blades (who will receive the award for life and work), Jorge Drexler, Alejandro Fernández and Israel Fernández .

Lafourcade, Maná, Ozuna, Danna Paola, Café Tacvba and Myke Towers are also invited

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Colombian singers put rhythm to the Latin Grammys