Argentines Nathy Peluso, Vicentico, Andrés Calamaro and Tinto Tango they won awards at the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards, which took place Thursday night at a crowded MMG Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Camilo was the winner, with distinctions in four categories, in a gala that had Rubén Blades as the big surprise for the award for “Best Album of the Year”.
The Panamanian singer-songwriter, who in addition to being distinguished as Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy, was crowned with the main award for “Salsa Swing”, the album he recorded with Roberto Delgado and Orquesta.
“I have felt an ambivalence about the award because winning an award at the expense of others losing has never pleased me. I don’t think that anyone here loses, it is not that I am better than anyone. So we accept this award on behalf of everyone those who are nominated because here in reality everyone wins, “he said when he took the stage.
The “Best Song of the Year” went to “Patria y Vida” – also winner of the statuette for “Best Urban Song”, written by Descemer Bueno, El Funky, Gente de Zona, Yadam González, Beatriz Luengo, Maykel Osorbo and Yotuel, who dedicated their live performance to the “unjust political prisoners of Cuba.”
At the premiere, where the Argentines prevailed and which took place before the formal start of the main gala, the urban singer Nathy Peluso won the statuette for “Best Alternative Music Album” for her album “Calambre”, while Vicentico won in “Best Rock Album” for “El Pozo Brillante” and in “Best Rock Song” for “Now 1”.
Calamaro, who took the stage accompanied by Jorge Drexler, shares the credits of his Grammy with the Spanish C-Tangana as composer and interpreter of “Hong Kong” along with Alizzz and Víctor Martínez.
“Happy and honored to share ‘Hong Kong’ with Jorge, who I admire and love a lot and with this definition of an artist of the XXI century, which is the master C-Tangana,” said the Argentine, upon receiving the distinction on behalf of the Madrilenian who was in full preparations to offer his show at the subsequent gala.
For its part, Tinto Tango, the project supported by three Argentines living in Los Angeles, triumphed for its “Tinto Tango plays Piazzolla” in “Best Tango Album” for a work dedicated to celebrating the centenary of the tango master.
Among the recognitions that Argentine artists received in this edition of the Latin Grammys, there is also that of Fito Páez, who received the Academy Award for Musical Excellence the day before.
Páez also participated in the ceremony as a presenter -together with María Becerra- of the shortlist for “Best Pop Album” in which Camilo finally won and in which Calamaro competed for “Dios los cría”.
With the conduction of Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos Rivera and Roselyn Sánchez, the Latin Grammys recovered all their brilliance in the return of the ceremony, the first since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the most anticipated performances by the Argentine public, was that of Nicki Nicole and Nathy Peluso, who gave ample evidence of the great moment their careers are going through by performing live “Pa ‘Mis Muchachas” with Christina Aguilera and Becky G, in a performance loaded with sensuality and feminine empowerment.
“I am very grateful and honored and blown away by the incredible talent I have shared with. I spent a lot of time in Miami and shared with many creators, musicians and singers and I was able to fall in love with Latin music. It has been something beautiful and we are going to have a great time with the girls “, Aguilera had pointed out a while before about his colleagues and highlighting the” camaraderie “between the four of them.
Peluso also took the stage during the gala to accompany C-Tangana and his friends in clapping and choirs in a relentless version of “Ingobernable” where the Madrilenian recreated with a staging the table of friends from his official video along with other artists consecrated.
Among other winners, there were awards for Bad Bunny and Marcos Daniel Borrero for “Best Rap / Hip Hop Song) and” Best Fusion / Urban Interpretation “for Rauw Alejandro and Camilo for the remix of” Tattoo “.
The Colombian artist, the favorite for his ten nominations, was the winner of the night, although not in the most outstanding categories: for him they were also the awards for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for “Mis Manos”, “Best Pop Song “for” Vida de Rico “and” Best Tropical Song “for” Dios Así Lo Lo “, the song he co-wrote for his father-in-law Ricardo Montaner, who was commissioned to present it before his performance with his wife Evaluna.
Bizarrap, the greatest exponent of the current national urban scene, finally could not be crowned in any of the four categories in which he was nominated: “It didn’t happen. I thought that of the four nominations, a Grammy was going to be able to go to Argentina, “he later said on social networks.
“I didn’t make it this time, sorry. I want to thank you all for your unconditional support as always, that’s my biggest award. I won’t give up; maybe we’ll see you next year … I love you,” he completed.
The night was also marked by the impressive live performances of artists such as Mon La Ferte and Gloria Trevi and other heartfelt tributes such as the one performed live by Juanes and Café Tacuva to remember Juan Gabriel with a rock and black and white version of ” I have no money”.
There was also a heartfelt tribute to the late Armando Manzanero in the voices of Carlos Rivera, Nella and Paula Arenas.
For his part, the Puerto Rican rapper Residente offered through tears a heartfelt speech to the honoree Blades, who listened with emotion and tears in his eyes to the words of his colleague at the time of receiving his distinction as Personality of the Year.
With his hand trembling, he could barely hold the sheet he was trying to read and in which he declared all his admiration to the Panamanian who ended up assisting him so that he could finish his speech: “In those moments when everyone is hiding, there you were. You gave me what I needed: a guide and a direction. You are my mentor, my friend, my teacher, you are like a father to me, “said the former leader of Calle 13.
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Latin Grammy Awards 2021: Camilo, the winner, and four distinguished Argentines | Nathy Peluso, Vicentico, Andrés Calamaro and Tinto Tango obtained distinctions