Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album

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Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album
Awarded for quality albums of latin instrumental music
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded 2001
Last awarded 2013
Official website

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental 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 the artists for releasing albums containing at least 51% or more of instrumental tracks of Latin instrumental recordings.[2]

The award was first presented in 2001 in the pop field under the name of Best Pop Instrumental Album when it was handed out to Nestor Torres for the album This Side Of Paradise.[3] However it wasn't until the Latin Grammy Awards of 2004 when the instrumental field was created and the award received its current denomination Best Instrumental Album which was awarded to Yo-Yo Ma for Obrigado Brazil.[4]

Chick Corea is the biggest winner in this category with two awards. Furthermore, musicians from the United States have received this award on four occasions. The rest of the winners come from Argentina, Cuba, Colombia and Puerto Rico. In 2013, the album Presente by Bajofondo became the first instrumental album to be nominated for Album of the Year.


A man wearing a grey hat and a green sweater playing the electric guitar.
Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana won the peer category Best Pop Instrumental Performance for this award in 2000.

At the first Latin Grammy Awards ceremony a category intended for instrumental recordings was presented in the pop field under the name of Best Pop Instrumental Performance for singles and tracks only. The winner was Mexican guitarist Santana for the song "El Farol", which also happened to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance that same year, who competed against; Raul di Blasio for "El Despertar Escandalo", Ivan Lins for "Dois Córregos", Frankie Marcos featuring Arturo Sandoval for "Oh Havana, When I Think Of You" and Nestor Torres for "Luna Latina".[5] The following year a category was created under the name of Best Pop Instrumental Album now intended for full albums. In 2004 the category was renamed Best Instrumental Album and moved to the newly created instrumental field which now includes all forms of Latin instrumental music.


A man wearing glasses and playing the cello with his eyes closed with his image projected in the back.
Yo-Yo Ma, 2004 winner, the first recipient of this award under its current denomination.
A black man in the front wearing a light orange shirt and playing the saxophone with his eyes closed and in the back a white man with his eyes closed playing the cello.
Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez won the award in 2005.
An aged man smiling dressed in a grey suit with his arms crossed.
Bebo Valdés winner in 2006.
A man wearing glasses and playing the trumpet.
2010 winner Arturo Sandoval.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2001 Nestor Torres Puerto Rico This Side Of Paradise [3]
2002 Chucho Valdés Cuba Canciones Inéditas [6]
2003 Bajofondo Tango Club Argentina Bajofondo Tango Club
  • Tango di Blasio — Gardel
  • Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya — Historia Sinfonica Del Pop Español
  • Spam Allstars¡Fuacata! Live
  • Nestor TorresMi Alma Latina
2004 Yo-Yo Ma United States Obrigado Brazil Live In Concert [4]
2005 David Sánchez Puerto Rico Coral [8]
2006 Bebo Valdés Cuba Bebo
  • Banda Mantiqueira — Terra Amantiquira
  • Paquito D'RiveraThe Jazz Chamber Trio
  • Luis SalinasLuis Salinas Y Amigos En España
  • Mario Adnet & Zé Nogueira — Moacir Santos: Choros y Alegría
2007 Chick Corea and Béla Fleck United States Bebo [10]
2008 Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá Colombia Orquesta Filarmómoca de Bogotá - 40 Años [11]
2009 Carlos Franzetti and Eddie Gómez Argentina
Puerto Rico
Duets [12]
2010 Arturo Sandoval United States A Time for Love [13]
2011 Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White United States Forever
  • Al Di Meloa — Pursuit Of Radical Rhapsody
  • Escalandrum — Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla
  • Luis Salinas — Sin Tiempo
  • Omar Sosa — Calma
2012 Chick Corea, Eddie Gómez and Paul Motian United States
Puerto Rico
Further Explorations
2013 Bajofondo Argentina
  • Huáscar Barradas and Leopoldo Betancourt — Dos Mundos 2
  • Hamilton de HolandaTrio
  • Paquito D'Rivera and Sérgio Assad & Odair Assad — Dances From The New World
  • Theodore Kuchar conducting The Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela — Latin American Classics
  • Antonio Adolfo — O Piano de Antonio Adolfo
  • Yamandu CostaContinente
  • Hamilton de Holanda — Caprichos
  • Mónica Fuquen — Esferas de Creación
  • Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra — Final Night at Birdland

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


  1. ^ "Sobre La Academia Latina de la Grabación" (in Spanish). Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Category Guide: Instrumental Field". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on February 14, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The Full List of Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. July 18, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Lista de nominados al los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Complete List Of Nominations For First-ever Latin Grammy Awards". July 29, 2000. 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. ^ "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 2, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Faber, Judy (September 26, 2006). "Shakira Leads Latin Grammy Nominations". CBS News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lista de nominados al Grammy Latino 2007" (in Spanish). Mujer Activa. August 31, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ "9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 10, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Conoce a los nominados a los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. September 19, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Latin Grammy nominees announced: Alejandro Sanz and Camila among top contenders". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 8, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2011 Latin Grammys: Nominations (FULL LIST) Revealed". September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 

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