Venezuelans at the Latin Grammys

On November 18, the Latin Grammy award ceremony will take place in Las Vegas, United States. Several Venezuelans are nominated to receive the award in different genres and categories.

The Grammy Awards, awarded for the first time on May 4, 1959, are a distinction awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize excellence in the field of musical productions. Unlike other awards, they are not awarded according to the success of songs or performers in terms of popularity, but rather by vote.

At present they are conferred in 90 categories related to 29 musical genres, and their prestige is equivalent to that of the Oscars in cinematographic matter.

The Latin Grammys emerged in 2000, in response to the size of the Latino population in the United States and the growing Latin American record production. They are awarded by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to musical productions sung in Spanish, Portuguese or other languages ​​present in Latin America. Includes 53 categories.

This year Ricardo Montaner is nominated in the category Record of the year for his song “Amen”, and also in the category of Collaboration and Tropical Song for his work with Juan Luis Guerra “God wanted it that way”. The album “Legendarios”, by the band Billo’s Caracas Boys appears for the award of Best Contemporary / Fusion Album.

Nella Rojas competes in Tropical song with “My guitar”, in Pop song with “There”, and in Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album with his album “Doce margaritas”.

In the Best category Rock album They are nominated Caramelos de Cianuro, for their album “Control”, and Los Mesoneros, for “Live desde Pangea”.

Alejandro Zavala is nominated for the award for Best Folk Album, Akapellah for the Best Urban Music Album and also compete to obtain the award for the Best Rap / Hip-Hop Song.

Lasso is nominated for best new artist, and Kristhyan Benítez promises to win the award for Best Classical Music Album for his album “Latin American Classics”.

We all know how hard the road to success is and, without detracting from the achievements of all those who aspire to the award, I want to refer to a nomination that pleases me in particular: that of Omar Acosta and Sergio Menem in the category Best Instrumental Album for his album “Entretiempo y Tiempo”.

Omar’s career not only stands out for his performance as a flutist, which has led him to share the stage with figures of the stature of Claudio Arrau, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal, Montserrat Caballé or Plácido Domingo, but also for having become a an excellent musical ambassador of Venezuela, carrying out an intense work of research and fusion of Latin American and Spanish music, evident in his “Flamenco Suite for Flute and String Orchestra”, his “Venezuelan Suite for Flute and String Orchestra”, and in the “Concerto for flamenco cajon and orchestra”, commissioned by the Morella Muñoz Foundation.

Omar officially became part of the Spanish National Ballet in 2012, performing important works such as the arrangements for the symphonic orchestra and flamenco group of the Work “Suite Sevilla”, by Rafael Riqueni.

We recognize the wonderful work of all those who raise the name of our country in the most universal of languages, music. We wish them success in the development of their careers and, sincerely, we congratulate them because, after all, it is already a prize to have been nominated.

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Venezuelans at the Latin Grammys

Hank Gilbert