The Colombian Camilo and the Spanish C. Tangana conquered the 22nd edition of the Latin Grammy Awards which, back to its face-to-face format in Las Vegas, surrendered to the Cuban rappers of the Cuban hit “Patria y vida”.
“I am very honored to see who I was nominated for,” Camilo said at the end of the ceremony. The 27-year-old Colombian won four awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Song, Best Tropical Song, last with his father-in-law Ricardo Montaner, and Best Urban Fusion / Performance with Puerto Rican Rauw Alejandro.
The album El madrileño, by C. Tangana, prevailed in three categories. The singer celebrated the recognition and highlighted the influence of Latin American music in his production. “I am a fan of Latin American music. It inspires me to continue making music, “he said at the end of the gala.
One of the biggest winners of the night was the hit “Patria y vida”, performed by Cubans Yotuel, Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona, El Funky and Maykel Osorbo, who is imprisoned in Cuba.
The song that became the anthem of the protests that rocked the island in July took home the two Latin Grammys for which it was nominated: Best Urban Song and Song of the Year. “This is the first Grammy that the Cuban people have won,” Alexander Delgado, of the Gente de Zona duo, told the media.
Descemer Bueno stressed that Osorbo “is the first political prisoner to win a Grammy.”
“This song is a great example of the power that music has to mobilize and unite for the promise of a better day,” said Cuban singer Gloria Estefan at the gala, introducing the Cuban musicians who, dressed in white, performed rap and they closed their performance shouting “Homeland and life.”
The slogan was also heard in the corridors of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the ceremony was held.
Other big winners of the Latin Gammy were Juan Luis Guerra with two gramophones, among them the one for Best Tropical Song together with the Venezuelan Ricardo Montaner, among others, for “Dios lo lo lo”. “Entre mar y palmeras”, of his authorship, won the statuette for Best Long Version Music Video.
Panamanian Rubén Blades along with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year for Salswing !, and Best Salsa Album with Salsa Plus !.
The Chilean Mon Laferte entered the scene with a mariachi costume embroidered with uteruses and vaginas, she won a Latin Grammy for Best Singer-Songwriter Album with Six. Bad Bunny took the gramophones for Best Rap / Hip Hop Song and Best Urban Music Album and Juliana Velásquez took the award for Best New Artist. ❖
3. Mon Laferte. On show with Gloria Trevi.
4. C. Tangana. He won three Grammys.