Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

The 19th Latin Grammys will be broadcast live on Univision from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 8 – 11pm.

Our favorite singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler (Jewish-Uruguayan) won big with Telefonía taking “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” honors.

Luis Miguel (Mexican) won “Album of the Year” for ¡México Por Siempre!, but his absence from the Awards drew boos from the crowd.

Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Will Smith sang Esta Rico. Ozuna sang El Farsante / Unica. Sebastian Yatra and Halsey sang No Hay Nadie Mas / Without Me. Best new artist Karol G sang Mi Cama.

But it was Rosalía (Spanish) who rocked the house with her performance of Malamente which won “Best Alternative Song” and “Best Urban/Fusion Performance.”

Drexler has been a favorite of ours for years. Rosalía is going to be a favorite for years to come.

2018 Winners and Nominees

Here’s the full list. There is so much good music that we listen to and a few artists and friends from New York City.

1. Record Of The Year

TelefoníaJorge Drexler

  • No Vaya A Ser – Pablo Alborán
  • É Fake (Homem Barato) – Anaadi
  • Mi Gente – J Balvin with Willy William
  • Internacionales – Bomba Estéreo
  • Para Siempre – Kany García
  • X – Nicky Jam and J Balvin
  • Danza De Gardenias – Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos
  • Bailar Contigo – Monsieur Periné
  • Malamente – Rosalía

2. Album Of The Year

¡México Por Siempre! – Luis Miguel

  • Prometo – Pablo Alborán
  • VibrasJ Balvin
  • Caravanas – Chico Buarque
  • Salvavidas De HieloJorge Drexler
  • Siguiente – El David Aguilar
  • Soy Yo – Kany García
  • Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 – Natalia Lafourcade
  • Encanto Tropical – Monsieur Periné
  • Cuando El Río Suena… – Rozalén

3. Song Of The Year

TelefoníaJorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)

  • Antes De Ti – Manú Jalil and Mon Laferte, songwriters (Mon Laferte)
  • Bailar Contigo – Monsieur Periné, songwriters (Monsieur Periné)
  • Danza De Gardenias – David Aguilar Dorantes and Natalia Lafourcade, songwriters (Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos)
  • Embrujo – El David Aguilar, songwriter (El David Aguilar)
  • La Puerta Violeta – Rozalén, songwriter (Rozalén)
  • Malamente – Antón Alvarez Alfaro, Pablo Diaz-Reixa and Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía)
  • Para Siempre – Kany García, songwriter (Kany García)
  • Robarte Un Beso – Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres, Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Sebastián Yatra)
  • Tu Vida Mi Vida – Fito Páez, songwriter (Fito Páez)

4. Best New Artist

Karol G

  • Ángela Aguilar
  • Anaadi
  • El David Aguilar
  • Alex Ferreira
  • Los Petitfellas
  • Nana Mendoza
  • Christian Nodal
  • Claudia Prieto
  • Benjamín Walker

5. Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album

F.A.M.E.Maluma

  • Ser – Axel
  • Camino Fuego Y Libertad – Pablo López
  • Cuerpo Y Alma – Beatriz Luengo
  • Miradas – Nana Mendoza

6. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Hazte SentirLaura Pausini

  • Prometo – Pablo Alborán
  • Solo Los Buenos Momentos – Mojito Lite
  • Amor Supremo Desnudo – Carla Morrison
  • Feliz – Nahuel Pennisi

7. Best Urban Fusion / Performance

Malamente – Rosalía

  • Mi Gente – J Balvin with Willy William Featuring Beyoncé
  • Internacionales – Bomba Estéreo
  • Yo Contra Ti – Daddy Yankee Featuring Orquesta Sinfónica De Puerto Rico
  • Sua Cara – Major Lazer Featuring Anitta and Pabllo Vittar

8. Best Urban Music Album

VibrasJ Balvin

  • Sin Miedo – ChocQuibTown
  • CoastCity – CoastCity
  • Odisea – Ozuna
  • Lebron – ToteKing

9. Best Urban Song

DuraDaddy Yankee, Urbani Mota Cedeño, Juan G. Rivera Vazquez & Luis Jorge Romero

  • Downtown – Anitta, J. Balvin, Justin Quiles & Alejandro Ramírez
  • Mi Cama – Rene David Cano, Andy Clay, Karol G, Antonio Rayo & Omar Sabino
  • Sensualidad – J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Juan M. Frías, Luian Malave, Prince Royce, Edgar Semper & Xavier Semper
  • X – Giordano Ashruf, Rashid Badloe, Shareef Badloe, J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina Vélez & Jonathan Bryan Thiel

10. Best Rock Album

Expectativas – Bunbury

  • F-A-C-I-L – Richard Coleman
  • La Síntesis O’konor – Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado
  • Ahora Lo Sabes Todo – Los Pixel
  • Suenan Las Alarmas – NoTeVaGustar

11. Best Pop/Rock Album

Geometría del Rayo – Manolo García

  • El Encuentro – Bambi
  • Cosmovisiones – Comisario Pantera
  • La Sangre Buena – Ella Es Tan Cargosa
  • Pensacola Radio – Lucas & The Woods

12. Best Rock Song

Tu Vida Mi VidaFito Páez

  • Ahora Imagino Cosas – Santiago Motorizado
  • Días Futuros – Richard Coleman
  • La Actitud Correcta – Enrique Bunbury
  • La Llamada – Leiva

13. Best Alternative Music Album

Claroscura – Aterciopelados

  • Puñal – Dante Spinetta
  • Fuerza Arará – Telmary
  • Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar – Vetusta Morla
  • Aztlan – Zoé

14. Best Alternative Song

Malamente – Antón Alvarez Alfaro, Pablo Diaz-Reixa & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía)

  • Azul – León Larregui, songwriter (Zoé). Track from: Aztlán
  • Consejo De Sabios – Guillermo Galván, songwriter (Vetusta Morla). Track from: Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar
  • Dúo – Andrea Echeverri, songwriter (Aterciopelados). Track from: Claroscura
  • Mi Vida – Dante Spinetta, songwriter (Dante Spinetta). Track from: Puñal

15. Best Salsa Album

25/7 ~ Victor Manuelle

  • Cantor Del Pueblo ~ Alexander Abreu y Havana D’ Primera
  • Pa’ Mi Gente ~ Charlie Aponte
  • Los Creadores del Sonido ~ Chiquito Team Band
  • La Esquina del Bailador ~ Pete Perignon

16. Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

Esto es Vida ~ Silvestre Dangond

  • Tributo a la Cumbia Colombiana 4 ~ Alberto Barros
  • Diana Burco ~ Diana Burco
  • De Parranda ~ Jean Carlos Centeno y Ronal Urbina
  • La Elegancia de la Música ~ Juan Piña

17. Best Contemporary Tropical Album

Vives ~ Carlos Vives

  • Diomedizao ~ Elvis Crespo
  • Presenta: Swing 80 ~ Milton Salcedo
  • Momentos de Cine ~ Daniel Santacruz
  • Golden ~ Romeo Santos

18. Best Traditional Tropical Album

A Mí Qué – Tributo a Los Clásicos Cubanos ~ José Alberto El Canario & El Septeto Santiaguero

  • Medoro Madera ~ Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta
  • La Fiesta Continúa ~ La Sonora Santanera
  • Omar Siempre ~ Omara Portuondo
  • Motivos ~ María Rivas

19. Best Tropical Fusion Album

Como Anillo Al Dedo – Aymee Nuviola

  • Sobrenatural – Manny Cruz
  • Palante El Mambo! – Diego Gutiérrez
  • Supernova – Sheila King
  • Cucucuprá, Cuprá – Safara

20. Best Tropical Song

Quiero Tiempo – Juan Carlos Luces & Víctor Manuelle, songwriters (Víctor Manuelle Featuring Juan Luis Guerra)

  • Cásate Conmigo ~ Silvestre Dangond, Nicky Jam, Juan Medina, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, songwriters (Silvestre Dangond Featuring Nicky Jam)
  • Enamórate Bailando ~ Jorge Luis Piloto, songwriter (Reynier Pérez y Su Septeto Acarey Featuring Gilberto Santa Rosa)
    Track from: Enamórate Bailando
  • Me Enamoro Más De Ti
    Jorge Luis Piloto, Jean Rodríguez & Tony Succar, songwriters (Tony Succar Featuring Jean Rodríguez)
  • Simples Corazones
    Fonseca, Mauricio Rengifo & Andrés Torres, songwriters (Fonseca)

21. Best Singer-Songwriter Album

Salvadidas de HieloJorge Drexler

  • Siguiente – El David Aguilar
  • Soy Yo – Kany García
  • Compositores – Claudio Prieto
  • 2:00 AM – Raquel Sofía

22. Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album

¡MÉXICO Por Siempre! ~ Luis Miguel

  • Primero Soy Mexicana ~ Angela Aguilar
  • José Alfredo y Yo ~ Tania Libertad
  • Leyendas De Mi Pueblo ~ Mariachi Sol De México De José Hernández
  • Me Dejé Llevar ~ Christian Nodal

23. Best Banda Album

Los Gustos Que Me Doy ~ Banda Los Recoditos

  • En Vida ~ Banda Los Sebastianes
  • Ahora Soy Yo ~ Luis Coronel
  • Brindemos ~ Jerry Demara
  • En El Camino ~ El Fantasma y Su Equipo Armado

24. Best Tejano Album

Tex Mex Funk ~ Roger Velásquez & The Latin Legendz

  • Porque Todavía Te Quiero ~ Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
  • Próximo Nivel ~ Grupo Alamo
  • Dolce Inferno: Dolce ~ Proyecto Insomnio
  • Otras Historias ~ Michael Salgado

25. Best Norteño Album

TIE
Guerra De Poder ~ Calibre 50
Los Ángeles Existen ~ Pesado

  • Irremplazable ~ Adrián Acosta
  • Con Toda La Fuerza ~ Conjunto Primavera
  • El Que A Ti Te Gusta ~ Voz De Mando

26. Best Regional Song

Probablemente – Christian Nodal, songwriter (Christian Nodal)

  • Arránquense Muchachos – Domingo Leiva Delgado, songwriter (Pedro Fernández)
  • Ayúdame A Olvidarte – Gabriel Flores and Yoel Henríquez, songwriters (La Explosiva Banda De Maza)
  • Corrido De Juanito – Edén Muñoz, songwriter (Calibre 50)
  • El Sueño Americano – Salvador Hurtado, songwriter (La Energía Norteña)

27. Best Instrumental Album

Identidad ~ Miguel Siso

  • Recanto ~ Yamandu Costa
  • Hamilton De Holanda Trio – Jacob 10ZZ ~ Hamilton De Holanda Trio
  • Aluê ~ Airto Moreira
  • No Mundo Dos Sons ~ Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo

28. Best Folk Album

Musas – Natalia Lafourcade

  • Viene de Panamá (Sin Raíz no hay País) – Afrodisíaco
  • Clavo y Canela – Eva Ayllón
  • La Alegría y el Canto – Marta Gómez
  • Idas y Vueltas – María Mulata
  • ¡Baila Conmigo! – Yubá-Iré

29. Best Tango Album

Vigor TangueroPedro Giraudo

  • Nostalgias – Daniel Binelli & Nick Danielson
  • Troilo por Mederos, en su Huella – Rodolfo Mederos Trio
  • Tango Cosmpolita – Omar Molo & Gran Orquesta Típica Otra
  • Mística Ciudad – Miguel Pereiro

30. Best Flamenco Album

Al Este Del Cante ~ Arcángel

  • 21 ~ Dani de Morón
  • Caminando Con Manuel ~ Alba Molina
  • Delirium Tremens ~ Rosario La Tremendita
  • Dos Caminos ~ Samuel Serrano

31. Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

Natureza Universal – Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band

  • La Casa de un Pianista de Jazz – Adrian laies Trio
  • Back to the Sunset – Dafnis Prieto Big Band
  • Jazz Flute Traditions – Néstor Torres
  • Mind of a Master – Bobby Valentin & The Latin Jazzists

32. Best Christian Album

Setenta Veces Siete ~ Alfareros

33. Best Portuguese Language Christian Album

Som Da Minha Vida ~ Fernanda Brum

  • Nível Do Céu ~ Cassiane
  • Contagem Regressiva ~ Anderson Freire
  • Pintor Do Mundo ~ Pr. Lucas
  • Adoração Na Guerra Ao Vivo ~ Léa Mendonça

34. Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album

Noturno ~ Anaadi

  • Amor é Isso ~ Erasmo Carlos
  • Dona De Mim ~ Iza
  • Ana Vilela ~ Ana Vilela
  • Xenia ~ Xenia

35. Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album

Lenine Em Trânsito ~ Lenine

  • Recomeçar ~ Tim Bernardes
  • Relax ~ Kassin
  • Casas ~ Rubel
  • Ecos Do Acaso e Casos De Caos ~ Jay Vaquer

36. Best Samba/Pagode Album

Amor E Música ~ Maria Rita

  • Alô Vila Isabeeeel!!! ~ Martinho Da Vila
  • Prazer, Eu Sou Ferrugem ~ Ferrugem
  • Munduê ~ Diogo Nogueira
  • Só Vem! Ao Vivo ~ Thiaguinho

37. Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album

Caravanas – Chico Buarque

  • Mano Que Zuera – João Bosco
  • Edu, Dori E Marcos – Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi e Marcos Valle
  • Campos Neutrais – Vitor Ramil
  • Deus É Mulher – Elza Soares

38. Best Sertaneja Music Album

Elas Em Evidências ~ Chitãozinho & Xororó

  • Sentimento De Mulher ~ Solange Almeida
  • 70 Anos ~ As Galvão
  • Contraste ~ Naiara Azevedo
  • Dois Tempos, Parte 2 ~ Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano
  • Sou Do Interior (Ao Vivo) ~ Fernando & Sorocaba
  • Bem Sertanejo – O Show ~ Michel Teló

39. Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

+AR – Almir Sater & Renato Teixeira

  • Daquele Jeito! – Anastácia
  • Mariza – Mariza
  • Fitxadu – Sara Tavares
  • Borghetti Yamandu – Borghetti Yamandu

40. Best Portuguese Language Song

As Caravanas ~ Chico Buarque, songwriter (Chico Buarque). Track from: Caravanas

  • Aliança ~ Pedro Baby, Pretinho Da Serrinha & Tribalistas, songwriters (Tribalistas). Track from: Tribalistas
  • Aponte ~ Nanda Costa, Lan Lanh & Sambê, songwriters (Maria Bethânia)
  • Convite Para Nascer De Novo ~ Erasmo Carlos, Dadi & Marisa Monte, songwriters (Erasmo Carlos). Track from: Amor É Isso
  • Pra Que Me Chamas? ~ Lucas Cirillo & Xenia, songwriters (Xenia). Track from: Xenia

41. Best Latin Children’s Song

Imaginare ~ Claraluna

  • Ana & Gio ~ Ana & Gio
  • Bita e a Natureza ~ Mundo Bita
  • Magia Todo El Día ~ Luis Pescetti y Amigos
  • Un Bosque Encantado 2 ~ Colectivo Animal

42. Best Classical Album

Mágica y Misteriosa ~ Claudia Montero; José Manuel Domenech & Claudia Montero

  • Buenos Aires Noir ~ Allison Brewster Franzetti & Carlos Franzetti; James Fitzpatrick
  • Enrique Granados: Goyescas ~ José Menor; Francisco Moya Castro
  • José Serebrier Conducts Granados ~ José Serebrier, Conducting Concerto Málaga String Orchestra; Juan Pablo Gamarro & José Manuel Gil De Gálvez
  • Leo Brouwer: The Book Of Signs, Paulo Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo ~ Brasil Guitar Duo & David Amado, Conducting The Delaware Symphony Orchestra; Alan Jordan

43. Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Luces y Sombras. Concierto Para Guitarra y Orquesta De Cuerdas ~ Claudia Montero, composer (Claudia Montero)
Track from: Mágica y Misteriosa

  • Montuno En Forma De Chacona ~ Roberto Sierra, composer (Silvia Márquez)
    Track from: Chaconnerie
  • Ofrenda ~ Eddie Mora, composer (Eddie Mora, Directing The Orquesta Sinfónica De Heredia)
    Track from: Ecos Del Silencio
  • Prelude In F Major For Piano & Orchestra ~ Jorge Mejia, composer (Jorge Mejia & The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra)
    Track from: An Open Book – 25 Preludes For Piano & Orchestra
  • String Quartet Nº.3 (In Memoriam Ludvvig Van Beethoven) ~ Yalil Guerra, composer (La Catrina String Quartet)
    Track from: Alma Con Brío

44. Best Arrangement

Se Le Ve ~ Milton Salcedo, arranger (Milton Salcedo Featuring Amaury Gutiérrez, Carlos Oliva y Michel Puche). Track from: Presenta: Swing 80

  • Massarandupió ~ Luiz Cláudio Ramos, arranger (Chico Buarque). Track from: Caravanas
  • No Me Platiques Más (Instrumental) ~ Rigoberto Alfaro, arranger (Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea). Track from: Divas Cantan Al Principe
  • Batango ~ Lisandro Baum, arranger (Quinteto Bataraz). Track from: Fiero
  • Campos Neutrais ~ Vagner Cunha, arranger (Vitor Ramil). Track from: Campos Neutrais

45. Best Recording Package

Diferentes Tipos De Luz ~ Carlos Sadness, art director (Carlos Sadness)

  • La Gira ~ Miguel Vásquez “Masa”, art director (Sibilino)
  • Meio Que Tudo É Um ~ Daniel Eizirik, art director (Apanhador Só)
  • Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar ~ Rubén Chumillas, art director (Vetusta Morla)
  • 9 ~ Christian Montenegro & Laura Varsky, art directors (Marco Sanguinetti)

46. Best Engineered Album

50 Años Tocando Para Ti ~ Rafa Sardina, engineer; Rafa Sardina, mixer; Eric Boulanger, mastering engineer (Orquesta Filarmónica De Bogotá)

  • Feliz ~ Gustavo Borner & Justin Moshkevich, engineers; Gustavo Borner & Justin Moshkevich, mixers; Nick Baxter, mastering engineer (Nahuel Pennisi)
  • Noturno ~ Leo Bracht, engineer; Leo Bracht, mixer; Felipe Tichauer, mastering engineer (Anaadi)
  • Rei Ninguém ~ Thiago Baggio & Rodrigo Sanches, engineers; Rodrigo Sanches, mixer; Rodrigo Sanches, mastering engineer (Arthur Nogueira)
  • Salvavidas De Hielo ~ Carles Campi Campón, Ernesto García & Pablo Martín Jones, engineers; Carles Campi Campón & Matías Cella, mixers; Fred Kevorkian, mastering engineer (Jorge Drexler)

47. Producer of the Year

Linda Briceño
• 11 (Linda Briceño Featuring Ella Bric & The Hidden Figures) (S)
• Segundo Piso (Mv Caldera) (A)

  • Rafael Arcaute
  • Eduardo Cabra
  • Andrés Torres, Mauricio Rengifo
  • Julio Reyes Copello

48. Best Short Form Music Video

Pa Dentro ~ Juanes

Duele ~ Bomba Estéreo

Sexo ~ Residente & Dillon Francis featuring Ile

Guerra ~ Residente

MalamenteRosalía

49. Best Long Form Music Video

En Letra De Otro – Documentary ~ Pedro Capó

  • Diego Álvarez, video director; Vicente Solís, video producer
  • Amar y Vivir Documentary ~ La Santa Cecilia
  • Charlie Nelson, video director; Javier Talán, video producer
  • 3.000 Vivos ~ Los Pericos
  • Diego Álvarez, video director; Verónica Álvarez, video producer
  • Un Mundo Raro: Las Canciones De José Alfredo Jiménez ~ Various Artists
  • Rubén R. Bañuelos & Iván López Barba, video directors; Iván López Barba & Alex Briseño, video producers
  • Panoramas ~ Zoé
  • Gabriel Cruz Rivas & Rodrigo Guardiola, video directors; Gabriel Cruz Rivas & Rodrigo Guardiola, video producers

Felicitaciones! (Congratulations) to all the nominees and winners.


Nominations

Colombian J Balvin Leads the Pack

Colombian romantic reggaeton singer J Balvin leads nominations with eight.

He has two nominations for record of the year: Mi Gente with William and X with Nicky Jam.  His album Vibras is up for album of the year.

Balvin has three hits in the urban fusion/performance category: Downtown with Anitta, Sensualidad with Bad Bunny and Prince Royce, and X with Nicky Jam.

Beyonce’s cover of Mi Gente earned another nomination in the best urban fusion / performance category.

It’s all very listenable. Hopefully romantic reggaeton is here to stay. It’s evolving in the way rock became soft rock and salsa became romantic salsa. Parents complained at first and then fell in love with the music. Balvin is the leading light of the trend. He says he wants his grandma to be able to listen to the music without blushing too much.

Rosalía’s Millenial Flamenco Pop Claps Its Hands

Catalan Spanish singer Rosalía broke out of her Spanish Flamenco roots with five nominations for Malamente from El mal querer.

The album is about a toxic relationship (oh that one, ouch). It’s inspired by the 13th century French Occitan novel Flamenca. Occitan is a language of southern France to which Catalan is related.

New Yorkers Get Some Nominations

Nicky Jam was a New Yorker although after burning out, he resurrected himself in Medellín, Colombia.

There’s Romeo Santos from The Bronx, and FANIA legend Rubén Blades.

In the Tango, Daniel Binelli, Nick Danielson, and Pedro Giraudo got nominations. Danielson plays in Tango bands around town, but he  is the assistant concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Friends from Miami

Tony Succar and Jorge Mejia earned nominations. Succar did a great Michael Jackson tribute as salsa.

Media happens to be the President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He gets up at 5am to practice his piano before running off to work to manage a publishing of a lot of other nominees’ work.

The one constant in all this music is that everybody works their butt off.


 


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