Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album

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Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album
Awarded for quality albums of the traditional tropical music genre
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded 2000
Last awarded 2011
Official website

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally.[1] The award goes to solo artists, duos, or groups for releasing vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% of new recordings in the traditional tropical music category which includes genres such as son, danzón, guaracha and bomba interpreted in a traditional style.[2]

Musicians originating from Cuba have dominated the category though the award has also been presented to artists from Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. It was first earned by Tito Puente with Mambo Birdland at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony held in 2000.[3]

Cachao is the only artist to have won this category three times, the last one posthumously (the first one to be awarded in this fashion).[4] Cachao also leads in number of nominations with four, followed by Ibrahim Ferrer and Eliades Ochoa with three nominations each. It is worth mentioning that Buena Vista Social Club members have been nominated ten times combined, excluding the two nominations by Juan de Marcos González (with Afro-Cuban All Stars and Sierra Maestra, respectively). →


An aged man smiling wearing a white chemise with sunglasses hanging on the shirt neck.
Tito Puente was the first winner of this category in 2000.
An aged man smiling dressed in a grey suit with his arms crossed.
Bebo Valdés won this award twice, in 2002 and 2004.
A man on the left wearing a black suit and holding a standup microphone and another man with glssses on the right with a grey suit and a red benet holding a microphone.
2003 winner Ibrahim Ferrer holds the record for most nominations.
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Diego El Cigala was the first European to receive this award in 2006.
A man in a black suit holding a contrabass.
Deceased Cachao López received the award posthumously in 2011, having also won in 2002 and 2005.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2000 Tito Puente United States Mambo Birdland [3]
2001 Celia Cruz Cuba Siempre Viviré [5]
2002 Bebo Valdés Trio with Israel López "Cachao" and Carlos "Patato" Valdés Cuba El Arte del Sabor [6]
2003 Ibrahim Ferrer Cuba Buenos Hermanos
  • The Mambo All Stars Orchestra — 50 Years of Mambo
  • Polo MontañezGuitarra Mía
  • Eliades OchoaEstoy Como Nunca
  • Plena Libre — Mi Ritmo
2004 Bebo Valdés and Diego El Cigala Cuba
Lágrimas Negras [8]
2005 Cachao Cuba ¡Ahora Sí!
  • Manny ManuelNostalgia
  • Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal — Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal
  • Omara PortuondoFlor De Amor
  • Tropicana All Stars — Tradición
2006 Andy Montañez and Pablo Milanés Puerto Rico
AM/PM Líneas Paralelas [10]
2007 Bobby Cruz Puerto Rico Románticos De Ayer, Hoy y Siempre
  • Francisco Cespedes — Con El Permiso De Bola
  • Ibrahim FerrerMi Sueño
  • La Charanga Cubana — A Comer Chicharrón
  • Alfredo Valdés Jr. — De La Habana A Nueva York
2008 Gloria Estefan United States 90 Millas
  • Albita, Rey Ruiz and Donato Poveda — Cuba: Un Viaje Musical
  • Chucho Avellanet with Trío Los Andinos — Bohemio
  • Edwin Colón Zayas — El Cuarto Puertorriqueño... Reafirmación
  • Victor ManuelleUna Navidad A Mi Estilo
2009 Gilberto Santa Rosa Puerto Rico Una Navidad Con Gilberto [13]
2010 Concha Buika Spain El Último Trago
  • Pedro Jesus — Tributo a Orlando Contreras "El Jefe del Despecho"
  • Septeto Habanero90 Años, Orgullos de los Soneros
  • Sierra MaestraSonando Ya
  • Various Artists — 100 Sones Cubanos
2011 Cachao López Cuba The Last Mambo
  • AlbitaToda Una Vida (Cuban Masterworks)
  • Adalberto ÁlvarezEl Son de Altura
  • Esencia — Con La Fuerza de un Tren
  • Septeto Santiaguero — Oye Mi Son Santiaguero
2012 Eliades Ochoa Cuba Un Bolero Para Tí
  • Miguel García — Guarachando
  • Plenealo — Soy Yo
  • Quinteto Criollo — La Trova de Siempre
  • Son de Tikiza — Bolero
2013 Arturo Sandoval Cuba Un Siglo De Pasión
2014 Sonora Santanera Mexico Grandes Éxitos de las Sonoras: Con la Más Grande, La Sonora Santanera

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Latin Grammy Awards held that year.

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  1. ^ "Sobre La Academia Latina de la Grabación" (in Spanish). Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Category Guide: Tropical Field". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Complete List Of Nominations For First-ever Latin Grammy Awards". July 29, 2000. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Calle 13 makes history at the Latin Grammy". Expertscolumn. November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Full List of Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. July 18, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Selected Nominees For The Third Latin Grammy Awards". August 3, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The nominees are ...". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. July 23, 2003. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lista de nominados al los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 2, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Faber, Judy (September 26, 2006). "Shakira Leads Latin Grammy Nominations". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lista de nominados al Grammy Latino 2007" (in Spanish). Mujer Activa. August 31, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 10, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Conoce a los nominados a los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. September 19, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Latin Grammy nominees announced: Alejandro Sanz and Camila among top contenders". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 8, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "2011 Latin Grammys: Nominations (FULL LIST) Revealed". September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 

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