Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year
|Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year|
|Awarded for||excellence in Latin music songwriting|
|Presented by||Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences|
|Currently held by||"La Bicicleta" by Carlos Vives, Shakira, and Andrés Castro (2016)|
The Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence, creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award is given to the songwriters of new songs containing at least 51% of lyrics in Spanish or Portuguese language. Instrumental songs or a new version of a previously recorded track are not eligible. Due to the increasing musical changes in the industry, from 2012 the category includes 10 nominees, according to a restructuration made by the academy for the four general categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
Eleven of the thirteen awarded songs have also earned the Latin Grammy for Record of the Year, which unlike this category, is given to songs that were released on a promotional level, and the prize is given to the performer, producer and audio engineer. The exceptions to this were in 2000, 2009 and 2013 when "Corazón Espinado" by Santana featuring Maná, "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" by Calle 13 featuring Café Tacvba and "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony, respectively, received the award without a nomination for Song of the Year. In 2014, "Universos Paralelos" by Jorge Drexler featuring Anita tijoux won the Latin Grammy Award for Record of The Year, but not Song of The Year, despite it received a nomination for the award.
Alejandro Sanz is the most awarded songwriter in the category with four wins out of eight nominations. Pedro Capó, Juan Luis Guerra, Jorge Luis Piloto and Jorge Villamizar are the only lyricists to be nominated twice in the same year: Capó in 2015 for songs performed by Ricky Martin and himself, Guerra in 2012 for songs performed by Juanes featuring Joaquín Sabina and himself, Piloto in 2009 for songs performed by Andrés Cepeda and Luis Enrique, while Villamizar wrote songs for the band Bacilos. Claudia Brant, Angie Chirino, Joy Huerta (of the Mexican band Jesse & Joy), Natalia Lafourcade, Shakira, and Mónica Vélez are the only female writers to be awarded. The current holders, as of the 2016 ceremony are Carlos Vives, Shakira, and Andrés Castro for the song "La Bicicleta".
An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Record of the Year.
|2000||Blades, RobertoRoberto Blades
|2001||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz||"El Alma al Aire" *||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz|||
|2002||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz||"Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" *||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz|||
|2003||Juanes||"Es Por Ti" *||Juanes|||
|2004||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz||"No Es Lo Mismo" *||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz|||
|2005||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz||"Tu No Tienes Alma" *||Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz|||
Luis F. Ochoa
|"La Tortura" *||Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz|||
|2007||Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra||"La Llave de Mi Corazón" *||Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra|||
|2008||Juanes||"Me Enamora" *||Juanes|||
|"Aquí Estoy Yo"||Fonsi, LuisLuis Fonsi featuring David Bisbal, Noel Schajris and Aleks Syntek|||
|2010||Domm, MarioMario Domm
|"Latinoamérica" *||Calle 13 featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca and Maria Rita||
|2012||Jesse & Joy
|"¡Corre!" *||Jesse & Joy||
|"Volví a Nacer"||Carlos Vives||
Gente De Zona
|"Bailando"||Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona||
|"Hasta la Raíz"*||Natalia Lafourcade||
|"La Bicicleta"||Carlos Vives & Shakira||
- ^[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).
Alejandro Sanz is the most awarded performer in this category with four wins.
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