With more than half of the 56 awards to be handed out, Colombia has already confirmed itself as a musical power from where a good number of winners in the 24th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards come from, from Shakira to Juanes, including Karol G and Camilo.
During a ceremony held this Thursday at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla (FIBES), the first time that these awards are given outside the United States, the list of Colombians distinguished adds more names such as Carlos Vives or Juan Galiano, making this country by far the most graced.
Shakira and Karol G’s musical alliance in ‘TQG’ won the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Fusion/Performance; Juanes won Best Pop/Rock Album for ‘Vida cotidiana’ and Camilo won Best Long Form Music Video for “El primer tour de mi vida”.
Joining the list were Carlos Vives (cumbia or vallenato album for ‘Escalona nunca se había grabado así’); Andrés Cepeda (best traditional vocal pop album for ‘Décimo cuarto’); Monsieur Periné (best alternative music album for ‘Bolero Apocaplíptico’) and Juan Galiano (best rock song for ‘Leche de tigre’).
The Mexican-American Édgar Barrera, the main candidate of the night with 13 nominations, has also managed to translate three of his nominations, composer of the year, best regional Mexican song for ‘x100to’ and best producer of the year.
In the absence of more award winners, so far the Mexican Natalia Lafourcade, winner of the Latin Grammy for best album and best singer-songwriter song, has won two awards.
Lafourcade celebrated “the medicinal power” of music after acknowledging that this was “the most personal album” of her career, at a time when she was “all broken”.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Quevedo and Argentina’s Bizarrap have won the award for best urban song as composers of their famous ‘Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52’, which already achieved the feat of staying for seven weeks at number 1 globally on Spotify.
Among the acceptance speeches, Paquito D’Rivera dedicated his award for best contemporary classical work/composition to “the people of Cuba and Venezuela, who will one day be free”, and Gaby Amarantos, who did the same for “all the black women of Brazil” for her Portuguese-language roots music album.
From 22.30 local time (21.30 GMT) and already televised is scheduled to begin the great ceremony of the Latin Grammy Awards, which will be awarded the last 10 awards in major categories such as song, recording and album of the year, and with performances by stars such as Rosalia, Shakira, Maluma and Alejandro Sanz, among many others.