Camilo was the top Latin Grammy winner, taking home four awards in various musical genres on Thursday night, but failed to prevail in the overall categories. The song of the year award went to the Cuban anthem “Patria y vida”, and the album of the year went to Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta for “SALSWING!”
“A surprise, really a big surprise,” said Blades, who in addition to being Person of the Year won the award for best salsa album for “Salsa Plus!”, Also with Delgado.
“I have a situation,” he continued. “I have felt an ambivalence about the award because winning an award at the expense of others losing has never pleased me. I do not believe that here nobody loses, it is not that I am better than anyone. So we accept this award on behalf of all those who are nominated because here, in reality, everyone wins ”.
“Patria y vida”, written by Descemer Bueno, El Funky, Gente de Zona, Yadam González, Beatriz Luengo, Maykel Osorbo and Yotuel, also won the trophy for the best urban song.
The issue, launched in February, became the anthem of the demonstrations in Cuba in the middle of the year after some of its authors dared for the first time to express their disagreement with the government.
Played by Yotuel Romero, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo and El Funky, it changes the revolutionary slogan “homeland or death” created by Fidel Castro by saying “No more lies, my people ask for freedom, no more doctrines / Let’s not shout anymore ‘Homeland or death’ but rather ‘Homeland and life’ ”.
“Thank God for making this possible, to my Cuba … to my mother who told me ‘son, have the courage to do what my generation did not do'”, said Yotuel surrounded by his companions on stage. “This Grammy I dedicate to all the Latin mothers in the world who fight for the dream of each child,” he added to cheers from the audience. “To my free Cuba! Homeland and life! “
In absentia, Caetano Veloso and Tom Veloso won the recording of the year award for “Maybe.”
Camilo, who topped the list of nominees with 10 mentions, won the awards for best pop song for “Vida de rico”, best urban fusion / performance for “Tattoo (remix)”, with Rauw Alejandro; best tropical song for “Dios thus lo lo”, which he co-wrote for Ricardo Montaner and Juan Luis Guerra, and best pop vocal album for “Mis manos”.
“I want to dedicate this award to Indigo so that when she is born she will feel proud, proud or proud of her father,” said Camilo using inclusive language in reference to the baby he is expecting with his wife Evaluna Montaner, upon receiving the latest award. He also thanked his country, Colombia, where he said that he grew up exposed to a great biodiversity that today is reflected in his music.
The coveted honor for best new artist went to Juliana Velásquez. The 23-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who began her career as a child on television, officially debuted in music with the album “Juliana”, a “retro” style that she attributes to her love of mariachi and a sublime voice full of inflections and emotion. .
“At the tip of the palm I saw the little bird that you called wallflower / Besito pose on his forehead with a taste of the sea, before setting sail from the San Luis dock,” he sang a cappella upon receiving the award, part of the lyrics of “Joaquín” .
“It is a song that I composed for a fisherman from my country in Colombia, San Andrés and Providencia, the islands of my country; a fisherman who went to work and did not return and this award is Colombia and they are all the people that I have come across along the way and the stories that I have been able to tell through my music ”, he expressed with evident emotion. “Colombia, this is yours!”
In its 22nd edition, the Latin Grammys returned to Las Vegas with the theme “Rediscovering life through music” after having been held in Miami without an audience and without special awards last year due to the pandemic.
Gloria Estefan, who won the award for best contemporary tropical album for “Brazil 305”, opened the ceremony with a number full of color and joy in which she performed a medley of her hit “Opening doors”, “When there is love” and the classic in Portuguese “Magdalenha” accompanied by Anitta, Carlinhos Brown, Laércio da Costa, Pedro Capó, Farina, Giulia Be and Diego Torres.
Among other multi-award winners, Spanish rapper C. Tangana and Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler shared the honor for the best pop / rock song for “Hong Kong” (performed by Tangana and Andrés Calamaro) with their co-authors Alizzz, Calamaro and Víctor Martínez; and the best alternative song for “Nominao”, which they perform together and which they also wrote with Alizzz.
Juan Luis Guerra won the awards for the best arrangement for “Ojalá que llueva café (private version)” and best traditional vocal pop album for “Privé”, and his concert on the beach “Entre mar y palmeras”, directed by his son Jean Gabriel Guerra, won best long version music video.
Bad Bunny also won two awards: best urban music album for “The last world tour” and best rap / hip hop song for “Booker T”.
“Wow, sometimes I don’t know if it’s better to win or lose because climbing here makes me nervous, no matter how many times I ride, I never know what to say … What else can I say than thanks to the people who listen to my music , to the people who support me, who love me, thanks to the Academy for recognizing what I do without expecting anything in return, I do it because I love them, “said the superstar of urban music. “I dedicate it to all the people who work together with me.”
In the rock category, Vicentico took the honors for best rock album for “El pozo bright”, and best rock song for “Now 1”. Juanes, meanwhile, won best pop / rock album for “Origen”.
Mon Laferte won the award for best singer-songwriter album, for “Seis”, dressed in a two-piece suit with a huge hole in the torso through which her pregnant belly poked out.
“I love that we are women nominated in this category, which was always all men,” she said, greeting her colleague Rozalén, who also competed in the field. This year, he stressed, it would be “best singer-songwriter album.”
Laferte and Gloria Trevi performed “La mujer”, which was nominated for best pop song, along with René Camacho’s La Arrolladora Banda El Limón.
Other winners were Nathy Peluso, with the award for best alternative music album for “Calambre”, and Karol G, who did not attend the ceremony, for best reggaeton performance for “Bichota”.
In a tie, Los Dos Carnales and the group Palomo shared the award for the best northern music album, for “Al Estilo rancherón” and “Volando Alto”, respectively.
Among the most anticipated numbers, Christina Aguilera returned to the Latin Grammy after two decades to sing “Pa mis chicas” with Becky G, Nicki Nicole and Nathy Peluso on a stage decorated in a bar style and dancers with black masks.
Camilo, for his part, performed “Vida de rico” and “Kesi” and at one point he came down from the stage to dance down a corridor among the audience, who gave him an ovation at the end.
Another one who was applauded standing up was Juanes, who along with Rubén Albarrán and Meme del Real de Café Tacvba interpreted Juan Gabriel’s classic “I have no money” with the same retro style in black and white as “Origen, el documental”.
Myke Towers, Jay Wheeler and DJ Nelson got the audience dancing to “Curiosity.”
In a sublime moment, Carlos Rivera, Nella, and Paula Arenas paid homage to the late maestro Armando Manzanero with a performance of “This afternoon I saw it rain” and “Still”.
Anitta highlighted Marília Mendonça, who died earlier this month in a plane crash at the age of 26. Winner of a Latin Grammy, the Brazilian singer was nominated this year for best sertaneja music album with Maiara & Maraísa for “Patroas”.
Tangana, meanwhile, remembered her popular concert from NPR’s Tiny Desk series by singing, in front of a table surrounded by friends, her song “Ungovernable.” He was accompanied by Antonio Carmona, Nathy Peluso, Diego del Morao, Jorge Drexler, Israel Fernández, La Húngara, Natalia Lafourcade and Omar Apollo.
The Latin Grammy ceremony was hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos Rivera and Roselyn Sánchez and was broadcast live on Univision.
AP journalist Berenice Bautista, in Mexico City, contributed to this report.