Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year

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Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year
Awarded for excellence in Latin music songwriting
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded 2000
Currently held by "La Bicicleta" by Carlos Vives, Shakira, and Andrés Castro (2016)
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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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] 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.

Year[I] Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2000 Blades, RobertoRoberto Blades
Angie Chirino
Marc Anthony
Cory Rooney
"Dímelo" Marc Anthony [4]
2001 Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz "El Alma al Aire" * Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz [5]
2002 Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz "Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" * Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz [6]
2003 Juanes "Es Por Ti" * Juanes [7]
2004 Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz "No Es Lo Mismo" * Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz [8]
2005 Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz "Tu No Tienes Alma" * Sanz, AlejandroAlejandro Sanz [9]
2006 Shakira
Luis F. Ochoa
"La Tortura" * Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz [10]
2007 Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra "La Llave de Mi Corazón" * Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra [11]
2008 Juanes "Me Enamora" * Juanes [12]
2009 Claudia Brant
Luis Fonsi
Gen Reuben
"Aquí Estoy Yo" Fonsi, LuisLuis Fonsi featuring David Bisbal, Noel Schajris and Aleks Syntek [13]
2010 Domm, MarioMario Domm
Mónica Vélez
"Mientes" * Camila [14]
2011 Rafa Arcaute
Calle 13
"Latinoamérica" * Calle 13 featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca and Maria Rita [15]
2012 Jesse & Joy
Tommy Torres
"¡Corre!" * Jesse & Joy [16]
2013 Andrés Castro
Carlos Vives
"Volví a Nacer" Carlos Vives [17]
2014 Descemer Bueno
Gente De Zona
Enrique Iglesias
"Bailando" Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
2015 Leonel García
Natalia Lafourcade
"Hasta la Raíz"* Natalia Lafourcade [18]
2016 Andrés Castro
Carlos Vives
"La Bicicleta" Carlos Vives & Shakira [19]
  • ^[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. ^ a b "Manual de Categorías: Area General (1–4)" (in Spanish). Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Latin Recording Academy Continues Its Evolution of Latin Grammy Categories and Elects New Trustees". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. May 10, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Complete List Of Nominations For First-ever Latin Grammy Awards". July 29, 2000. Retrieved January 28, 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 completa de nominados al Latin Grammy" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. August 29, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 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. 
  16. ^ "JUAN LUIS GUERRA LEADS LATIN GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH SIX". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. September 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Premios Latin Grammy 2013: conozca la lista de nominados". Terra Networks (in Spanish). Telefónica. September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015" (in Spanish). infobae. September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  19. ^ Cobo, Leila (September 21, 2016). "Latin Grammys 2016 Nominations: See the Full List". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 

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