Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song

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Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song
Awarded for quality tropical music songs
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded 2000
Last awarded 2011

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song 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 is reserved to the songwriters of a new song containing at least 51% of the lyrics in Spanish. Instrumental recordings or cover songs are not eligible. Songs in Portuguese may be entered in the Brazilian field.[2]

The award was first presented to Juan Luis Guerra for the song "El Niágara en Bicicleta" at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards held in 2000.[3] He is also the most awarded performer in this category, winning on every occasion he's been nominated, a total of four times. His song "La Llave de mi Corazón" also won the award for Song of the Year in 2007, becoming the first tropical song to do so.[4] Apart from Guerra other multiple winners include Sergio George and Jorge Villamizar, both with two wins.

Colombian songwriters have won this award a total of six times, more than any other nationality though it has also been presented to songwriters originating from the Dominican Republic four times, the United States three times and Puerto Rico once.


Year[I] Songwriter(s) Nationality Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2000 Juan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic "El Niágara en Bicicleta" Juan Luis Guerra 440 [3]
2001 Kike Santander  Colombia "Júrame (Merengue)" Gisselle [5]
2002 Andrés Castro
Martín Madera
Carlos Vives
 Colombia "Déjame Entrar" Carlos Vives [6]
2003 Sergio George
Jorge Villamizar
 United States
"Mi Primer Millón" Bacilos [7]
2004 Sergio George
Fernando Osorio
 United States
"Ríe y Llora" Celia Cruz [8]
2005 Juan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic "Las Avispas" Juan Luis Guerra 440 [9]
2006 Fonseca  Colombia "Te Mando Flores" Fonseca [10]
2007 Juan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic "La Llave de Mi Corazón" Juan Luis Guerra 440 [4]
2008 Emilio Estefan, Jr.
Gloria Estefan
Alberto Gaitán
Ricardo Gaitán
 United States
"Píntame De Colores" Gloria Estefan [11]
2009 Jorge Luis Piloto
Jorge Villamizar
 United States
"Yo No Sé Mañana" Luis Enrique [12]
2010 Juan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic "Bachata en Fukuoka" Juan Luis Guerra 440 [13]
2011 Calle 13  Puerto Rico "Vamo' A Portarnos Mal" Calle 13
  • Juan Magan — "Bailando Por Ahí" (Juan Magan)
  • Alex Bandana, Gloria Estrada and La Marisoul — "La Negra" (La Santa Cecilia)
  • Rafi Monclova and Gilberto Santa Rosa — "Me Cambiaron Las Preguntas" (Gilberto Santa Rosa)
  • Yoel Henríquez — "Me Duele la Cabeza" (Hector Acosta "el Torito")
2012 Yoel Henríquez
Alex Puentes
 Puerto Rico "Toma Mi Vida" Milly Quezada and Juan Luis Guerra [15]
2013 Andrés Castro and Carlos Vives  Colombia "Volví a Nacer" Carlos Vives [16]
2014 Andrés Castro and Carlos Vives  Colombia "Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar" Carlos Vives featuring Marc Anthony
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Latin Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.
  • ^[III] Showing the name of the songwriter(s), the nominated song and in parentheses the performer's name(s).

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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. ^ a b "Lista de nominados al Grammy Latino 2007" (in Spanish). Mujer Activa. August 31, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 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. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "THE LATIN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES, INC. FINAL NOMINATIONS" (PDF). Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Premios Latin Grammy 2013: conozca la lista de nominados". Terra Networks (in Spanish) (Telefónica). September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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