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Latin Grammy Award
Current: 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards
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Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the Latin music industry, primarily for works recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Latin Recording Academy
First awardedSeptember 13, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-09-13)
Websitelatingrammy.com/en
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS (2000–2004)
Univision (2005–present)
Most recent Latin Grammy Award winners
← 2018-19 Best in 2019-20 2020-21 →
  Natalia Lafourcade 2018 Gran Rex 37 (Cropped).jpg Alejandro Sanz - Cap Roig 2016.jpg
Award Album of the Year Record of the Year
Winner Natalia Lafourcade
(Un Canto por México, Vol. 1)
Alejandro Sanz
("Contigo")
  CALLE13-residente-NuevaYork-2006.jpg Mike Bahía in 2019.jpg
Award Song of the Year Best New Artist
Winner Residente
("René")
Mike Bahía

Previous Record of the Year

"Mi Persona Favorita"

Record of the Year

TBD

The Latin Grammy Awards are an award by The Latin Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry. The Latin Grammy honors works recorded in Spanish or Portuguese from anywhere around the world that has been released either in Ibero-America, the Iberian Peninsula, or the United States.[1] Submissions of products recorded in languages, dialects or idiomatic expressions recognized in Ibero-America and the Iberian Peninsula, such as Catalan, Basque, Galician, Valencian, Nahuatl, Guarani, Quechua or Mayan may be accepted by a majority vote.[2] Both the regular Grammy Award and the Latin Grammy Award have similar nominating and voting processes, in which the selections are decided by peers within the Latin music industry.

The first annual Latin Grammys ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 13, 2000. Broadcast by CBS, that first ceremony became the first primarily Spanish language primetime program carried on an English language American television network. The most recent ceremony, the 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards, was held on November 19, 2020 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Since 2005, the awards have been broadcast in the United States by Univision.[3] In 2013, 9.8 million people watched the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision, making the channel a top-three network for the night in the U.S.[4]

History[edit]

The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (now The Latin Recording Academy) was formed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (now The Recording Academy) in 1997. It was founded by Michael Greene and Producers & Songwriters Rudy Pérez & Mauricio Abaroa. Rudy Pérez was the Grammy Florida chapter's first President of the Board. The concept of a separate Grammy Awards for Latin music began in 1989.[5] According to organizers, the Latin Grammy Awards was established as the Latin music universe was deemed too large to fit on the Grammy Awards.[6] The Latin Recording Academy defines Latin music as music in Spanish or Portuguese.[7] The Latin Grammy Awards mainly encompasses music from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States.[8][9][10] In 2000, it was announced that the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards would take place at the Staples Center on September 13, 2000. On July 7, 2000, the nominations were announced in Miami, Florida, United States. The Latin Grammys were introduced with over 39 categories included limited to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recordings. The first telecast took place at the Staples Center and was broadcast. The following year's show was canceled due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which was the same day the show was to take place.[11] In 2002, the academy elected its first independent Board of Trustees. In 2005, the broadcast was moved from CBS to Univision where the whole telecast was in Spanish.[12]

Voting members live in various regions in the US and outside of the US including Latin America and Iberia.[13] For a recording to be eligible for a nomination, it must have at least 51% of its content recorded in Spanish or Portuguese and commercially released in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Spain, or Portugal.[8] Products recorded in languages and dialects from Ibero-America such as Catalan, Basque, Galician, Valencian, Nahuatl, Guarani, Quechua or Mayan may be accepted by majority vote of the committees of the Latin Recording Academy. The Latin Recording Academy also accepts Latin instrumental music from Ibero-America as well as compositions that have been composed or interpreted by an Iberian American musician.[1] The eligibility period is June 1 to May 30 for a respective awards ceremony. Recordings are first entered and then reviewed to determine the awards they are eligible for. Following that, nominating ballots are mailed to voting members of the academy. The votes are tabulated and the five recordings in each category with the most votes become the nominees. Final voting ballots are sent out to voting members and the winners are determined. Winners are later announced at the Latin Grammy Awards. The current President & CEO of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is Manuel Abud, who succeeded Gabriel Abaroa in 2021.[14]

Altogether there are three events: the Life Achievement when renowned artists are honored for lifetime achievement; Person of the Year, when one artist is honored at a gala dinner, and Grammy itself, an award that brings together artists from all over Latin America and Iberia and that today is broadcast live to 80 countries, including Brazil, by channel Univision (TNT in Brazil).[15]

Awards[edit]

Award categories[edit]

Alike from the Grammy Award there is a general field consisting of four genre-less award categories:

The rest of the fields are genre-specific.[16] Special non-competitive awards are also given out for more long-lasting contributions to the Latin music industry.

Ceremonies[edit]

# Year Album of the Year Record of the Year Song of the Year Best New Artist Multiple wins Multiple nominations Ref.
1 2000 Luis Miguel
Amarte Es Un Placer
Santana
Maná
"Corazón Espinado"
Marc Anthony
"Dímelo"
Ibrahim Ferrer Luis Miguel
Santana
Maná (3)
Marc Anthony
Shakira
Fito Páez (5)
[17]
2 2001 Alejandro Sanz
El Alma Al Aire
Alejandro Sanz
"El Alma Al Aire"
Alejandro Sanz
"El Alma Al Aire"
Juanes Alejandro Sanz (4) Juanes (7) [18]
3 2002 Alejandro Sanz
MTV Unplugged
Alejandro Sanz
"Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte"
Alejandro Sanz
"Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte"
Jorge Moreno Alejandro Sanz (3) Carlos Vives (6) [19]
4 2003 Juanes
Un Día Normal
Juanes
"Es Por Ti"
Juanes
"Es Por Ti"
David Bisbal Juanes (5) Juanes (5) [20]
5 2004 Alejandro Sanz
No Es Lo Mismo
Alejandro Sanz
"No Es Lo Mismo"
Alejandro Sanz
"No Es Lo Mismo"
María Rita Alejandro Sanz (4) Alejandro Sanz (4) [21]
6 2005 Ivan Lins
Cantando Histórias
Alejandro Sanz
"Tú No Tienes Alma"
Alejandro Sanz
"Tú No Tienes Alma"
Bebe Juanes (3) Bebe (5) [22]
7 2006 Shakira
Fijación Oral, Vol. 1
Shakira
Alejandro Sanz
"La Tortura"
Shakira
Alejandro Sanz
"La Tortura"
Calle 13 Shakira (4) Shakira (5) [23]
8 2007 Juan Luis Guerra
La Llave De Mi Corazón
Juan Luis Guerra
"La Llave De Mi Corazón"
Juan Luis Guerra
"La Llave De Mi Corazón"
Jesse & Joy Juan Luis Guerra (5) Juan Luis Guerra (5) [24]
9 2008 Juanes
La Vida... Es Un Ratico
Juanes
"Me Enamora"
Juanes
"Me Enamora"
Kany García Juanes (5) Juanes
Café Tacuba
Julieta Venegas (5)
[25]
10 2009 Calle 13
Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo
Calle 13
Café Tacuba
"No Hay Nadie Como Tú"
Luis Fonsi
Aleks Syntek
Noel Schajris
David Bisbal
"Aquí Estoy Yo"
Alexander Acha Calle 13 (5) Calle 13 (5) [26]
11 2010 Juan Luis Guerra
A Son de Guerra
Camila
"Mientes"
Camila
"Mientes"
Alex Cuba Camila
Juan Luis Guerra (3)
Juan Luis Guerra
Jorge Drexler
Alejandro Sanz (4)
[27]
12 2011 Calle 13
Entren Los Que Quieran
Calle 13
"Latinoamérica"
Calle 13
"Latinoamérica"
Sie7e Calle 13 (9) Calle 13 (9) [28]
13 2012 Juanes
MTV Unplugged
Jesse & Joy
"¡Corre!"
Jesse & Joy
"¡Corre!"
3BallMTY Jesse & Joy (4) Juan Luis Guerra (6) [29]
14 2013 Draco Rosa
Vida
Marc Anthony
"Vivir Mi Vida"
Carlos Vives
"Volví A Nacer"
Gaby Moreno Carlos Vives
Sergio George (3)
Carlos Vives
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
Javier Garza (5)
[30]
15 2014 Paco de Lucía
Canción Andaluza
Jorge Drexler
Ana Tijoux
"Universos Paralelos"
Enrique Iglesias
Descemer Bueno
Gente de Zona
"Bailando"
Mariana Vega Enrique Iglesias
Descemer Bueno
Gente de Zona (3)
Eduardo Cabra (10) [31]
16 2015 Juan Luis Guerra
Todo Tiene Su Hora
Natalia Lafourcade
"Hasta La Raíz"
Natalia Lafourcade
"Hasta La Raíz"
Monsieur Periné Natalia Lafourcade (4) Leonel García (6) [32]
17 2016 Juan Gabriel
Los Dúo, Vol. 2
Carlos Vives
Shakira
"La Bicicleta"
Carlos Vives
Shakira
"La Bicicleta"
Manuel Medrano Juan Gabriel
Carlos Vives
Shakira
Manuel Medrano
Yandel
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
Fonseca (2)
Djavan
Fonseca
Jesse & Joy (4)
[33]
18 2017 Rubén Blades
Salsa Big Band
Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee
"Despacito"
Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee
"Despacito"
Vicente García Luis Fonsi
Daddy Yankee (4)
Residente (9) [34]
19 2018 Luis Miguel
¡México Por Siempre!
Jorge Drexler
"Telefonía"
Jorge Drexler
"Telefonía"
Karol G Jorge Drexler (3) J Balvin (8) [35]
20 2019 Rosalía
El Mal Querer
Alejandro Sanz
Camila Cabello
"Mi Persona Favorita"
Pedro Capó
"Calma"
Nella Rosalía
Alejandro Sanz (3)
Alejandro Sanz (8) [36]
21 2020 Natalia Lafourcade
Un Canto por México, Vol. 1
Alejandro Sanz
"Contigo"
Residente
"René"
Mike Bahía Rosalía
Natalia Lafourcade
Carlos Vives (3)
J Balvin (13) [37]

Leading winners[edit]

With 21 Latin Grammy Awards, Calle 13 have won the most Latin Grammy Awards. Juanes, with 19 Latin Grammy Awards, holds the record for most awards won by a solo artist. Natalia Lafourcade is the biggest winner among female artists with 13 awards.

Criticism[edit]

As with its Grammy Awards counterpart, the Latin Grammy Awards has also received criticism from various recording artists and music journalists.

Upon the announcement of the Latin Grammy Awards in 1999, several musical journalists raised concerns about the awards being used as a marketing tool by the mainstream media. Manny S. Gonzalez of the Vista En L.A felt that the award would just be used to advertise artists being promoted by Emilio Estefan. The lack of categories for non Spanish and Portuguese-speaking music has been criticized, namely by artists who consider their work to be "Latin" but are not eligible for a Latin Grammy including those from Haiti (who have compared their compas music to merengue music from the Dominican Republic but is sung in French Creole) and Celtic musicians from the Galicia and Asturias regions of Spain.[6][38] The linguistic requirement has also been criticized by Tony Succar whose album, Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, was not eligible for a Latin Grammy Award despite the album being recorded in salsa music. In response to the criticism, a spokesman for the Latin Recording Academy stated: "The Latin Recording Academy considers music based on the contents of the recording itself -- the technical elements that go into the art of music making -- not based on how a recording or an artist is marketed externally."[39] In 2001, Cuban exiles living in Miami protested at the Latin Grammy Awards for allowing musicians living in Cuba to perform at the stage. This resulted in the Latin Grammys being moved to Los Angeles for the second annual awards (which would in the end be canceled in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks).[40]

In October 2010, a year in which he did not have any new works eligible for the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco De Vita – a previous nominee – called the Latin Grammys "fake and a lie" and stated that if he were to ever win an award, he would not accept it.[41] The following year, he won his first two Latin Grammy Awards, at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. American musician Willie Colón observed the relationship between the Latin Grammys and major Latin record labels.[42] Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek noted that Mexican artists in general were apathetic towards the awards.[43] The Latin Grammys was met with backlash at the 2019 awards ceremony when none of the urbano artists were nominated in the general categories despite its popularity. This led to several reggaeton artists, including Daddy Yankee and J Balvin, boycotting the event. The Latin Recording Academy responded to criticism by requesting the "leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy."[44]

Ceremony locations[edit]

The Latin Grammy Awards are held annually in Las Vegas. The ceremony has been held there annually since 2009 and was first held there in 2007. The ceremony spent its first few years being held in Los Angeles and in 2003 took place in Miami. The ceremony had also been held once in New York City and Houston.

In Las Vegas the ceremony has been held at three different venues over the years; the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the T-Mobile Arena.

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • "Spanish broadcast for Latin Grammys". (November 5, 2005). New Straits Times, p. 26.

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