The Spanish were a key piece in the set of nominees this year. Luckily, many Latin Grammys travel to our country after a spectacular gala tribute to Ruben Blades.
Last night Las Vegas hosted one of the most special nights of Hispanic and Portuguese music. The Academy will celebrate its moment of honoring the best works between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
The Best Recording of the Year was against all odds “Maybe”, by Caetano Veloso and Tom Veloso. Surprise also in the Best Album of the Year, which did not opt for any mainstream award winner. “Salswing!” by Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta; Tribute and Latin Grammy for Rubén Blades… What more could you ask for?
The Song of the Year went to the Spanish Beatriz Luengo along with Gente de Zona, Yadam González, El Funky and Descemer Bueno. “Patria y Vida” is a song that tries to give visibility to the Cuban people, who suffer constant repression.
Beatriz Luengo herself was moved when she received the award, where she reported that she received death threats for collaborating on this issue, which was even deleted from YouTube. Just “Patria y Vida” also received the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song, so the tribute was double.
Juliana Velázquez received the award for Best New Artist, a category that was certainly fought for. Camilo was one of the great winners of the night, receiving the Latin Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Song, Best Fusion / Urban Performance along with Rauw Alejandro with his remix of “Todo de Ti” and Best Tropical Song.
Karol G also received a Latin Grammy, specifically for Best Urban Performance. Following the urban scene, Bad Bunny was another of those who took home two awards. “The Last Tour of the World” was considered Best Urban Music Album, and “Booker T” Best Rap / Hip Hop Song. Rimas Entertainment continues to reap successes left and right.
C. Tangana and his team were other great winners. Nothing more and nothing less than three Latin Grammys travel to El Madrileño’s house. Best Pop / Rock Song with “Hong Kong”, along with Calamaro and Jorge Drexler; Best Alternative Song with “Nominao” -which ends up closing the circle, a song that was just going to be nominated in these awards- and Best Recording Engineering for an Album with “El Madrileño”.
Therefore, three Latin Grammys for Alizzz, two for Jorge Drexler and one for Víctor Martinez. The entire team came out at a gala marked by the performance of Pucho, where in the purest Tiny Desk Home style, he surrounded himself with his own to bring the essence of El Madrileño to Las Vegas.
Nathy Peluso was part of that show as a palm tree and chorus girl; the same one that would receive the award for Best Alternative Music Album with “Calambre”.
Another big surprise was Bizarrap’s award drought. The Argentine producer was nominated for four categories, but finally he could not bring any Latin Grammy for his land. The truth is that the year of Bizarrap has been absolutely stratospheric, and although it has not been reflected in these awards, the numbers speak for themselves. The artist himself lamented about it on his own Instagram.
“It did not happen. I thought that of the 4 nominations, a Grammy was going to be able to go to Argentina. I didn’t make it this time, sorry. I want to thank you all for your unconditional support always, that is my biggest award. I don’t give up; maybe we’ll see you next year… I love you -biza🧢 ”
So far our review of the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards. A gala marked by the high quality of the live performances and with certain surprises, such as the lack of awards from Bizarrap, the three by C. Tangana or the four by Camilo, the winner par excellence. See you with the analysis of next year’s gala.