Uruguayan Jorge Drexler has been nominated for seven Latin Grammys and on Thursday won six, surprising those who took Bad Bunny’s triumph for granted. The second surprise was Rosalía’s album of the year for “Motomami (digital album)”.
“You have no idea how unexpected this all is for me,” Drexler said while receiving the Song of the Year award for “Tocarte” (Touch Yourself) from his album “Tinta y tiempo” ( Ink and Time) which he performs with Spanish urban musician C. Tangana.
The Uruguayan musician performed “Tocarte” live with British singer Elvis Costello during the ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Drexler dedicated his prize “to all those who make urban music in Spanish”.
Bad Bunny, who was not present at the ceremony, was the highest nominee with 10 mentions.
In the end, he won all the prizes in the urban music section: best fusion/urban performance for “Titi me preguntó” (Titi asked me); best reggaeton performance for “Lo siento BB:/” (I’m sorry BB:/) which he sings with Tainy and Julieta Venegas; best rap/hip hop song for “De museo” (From the museum), best urban song for “Titi me preguntó” (Titi asked me); and best urban music album for “Un verano sin ti” (A summer without you), which was also nominated for a Grammy in the album of the year category, the first album sung in Spanish to achieve this.
Visibly surprised to have won album of the year at the Latin Grammys, Rosalía said that “Motomami” was the album she had to fight for the most, but which “gave me the most joy”. .
Rosalía thanked Latin America, Spain, her team and “the love of my life,” she said, looking at Puerto Rican urban artist Rauw Alejandro, who was in the front row.
Rosalía, who also won the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album for “Motomami,” performed “Hentai,” “La Fama,” and her summer hit “Despechá.”
Drexler also won Latin Grammys for Best Pop Song for “La guerrilla de la concordia” (Guerrilla of Harmony), Best Alternative Song for “El día que estrenaste el mundo” (The Day You Made the world), best singer-songwriter album for “Tinta y tiempo” (Ink and Time) and best song in the Portuguese language for “Vento sardo” with Marisa Monte.
“That’s insane, that’s a wonderful exaggeration,” Drexler said.
For the first in Latin Grammys history, a tie was announced in the Best New Artist category, with 95-year-old Cuban singer-songwriter Ángela Álvarez sharing the award with Mexican singer-songwriter 25 years old Silvana Estrada.
In an emotional moment, the young Mexican singer said that the award for best new artist “was already ours” because most of the candidates this year were women and “especially since I have this wonderful woman here which always made my eyes water.” since I saw her.
“What exists is to represent for the girls to come that generations know that it is worth dreaming, fighting and working for,” she said.
Álvarez took the stage accompanied by her grandson Carlos Álvarez, who produced her self-titled debut album.
Christina Aguilera joined Christian Nodal from Mexico in a powerful rendition of their ranchera song “Cuando me dé la gana” (Whenever I Want) from his album “Aguilera”, which won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
The Ecuadorian-American singer, whose previous Spanish-language album was “Mi reflejo” in 2000, said she’s been itching to do another Spanish-language album ever since.
After tying Drexler for best pop song, Colombian star Sebastián Yatra won the second Latin Grammy of his career for “Dharma” in the category of best pop vocal album.
“I want to continue to invite composers, young people, everyone who makes music to make music that always reflects their hearts,” Yatra said.
Yatra was recognized in the pop song category for his anthem “Tacones rojo” (Red Heels) of which he performed the Spanish and English version with John Legend.
Mexican singer Angela Aguilar performed “En realidad” (In Reality) while Chiquis won the Latin Grammy for Best Group Music Album for “Abeja Reina” (Queen Bee).