2018 Latin Grammys: Jorge Drexler Cleans up With Three Wins

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Jorge Drexler, the Uruguayan artist recognized for his introspective, finely-crafted music, was the large winner on the 2018 Latin Grammys, taking house the track and document of the yr awards for his single “Telefonía” and the most effective singer/songwriter album for Salvavidas de hielo. The awards aired dwell Nov. 15 from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on the Univision community.

Drexler’s wins within the document and track classes have been a shock. He was up in opposition to favorites J Balvin -- who had eight nominations and gained one, for greatest city album for Vibras -- and Rosalía, whose fascinating single “Malamente” was up for 5 awards.

Rosalía, the Spanish singer/songwriter, whose stunning fusion of flamenco and concrete music has turned her right into a rising movie star with broad attraction, gained greatest different track and greatest city/fusion efficiency for “Malamente.”

Also taking house two Latin Grammys was salsa star Victor Manuelle, who gained greatest tropical track and greatest salsa album. And Mexican celebrity Luis Miguel, who’s had an infinite resurgence following the profitable mini-series based mostly on his life, additionally gained two awards for his album ¡MÉXICO Por Siempre!  The set gained greatest ranchero/mariachi album and, surprisingly, album of the yr, a prize Luis Miguel hadn’t taken since 2000’s Amarte es un placer.

It was, surprisingly, the primary Latin Grammy win for Victor Manuelle, a veteran who has usually been nominated. Drexler, a critic’s favourite who additionally gained an Academy Award in 2005 for greatest unique track for “Al otro lado del rio” had gained solely two Latin Grammys in his profession, regardless of a number of nominations by way of the years. He carried out his profitable “Telefonía,” in an acoustic setting together with Natalia LaFourcade, Mon LaFerte and El David Aguilar.  

While Drexler and Victor Manuelle are veterans, Rosalía is a newcomer who’s garnered enormous buzz each in Latin and worldwide circles in only a few months. At a time when city music and reggaetón are dominating not simply Billboard charts but additionally world playlists, Rosalía's wins acted as a bridge between what's present and what could possibly be, between custom, as embodied by flamenco, and present city traits.

It was additionally the tip of the iceberg in a night that rewarded ladies in key classes and the place messages of feminine empowerment have been current all through the present.

The hotly-contested producer of the yr award, for instance, went to the lone feminine nominee -- Linda Briceño -- who beat out her a lot better-known counterparts: Eduardo Cabra, Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo (of “Despacito” fame), Rafael Arcaute and Julio Reyes Copello.

“I need to thank all the ladies within the business who've taught me that it's potential [que sí se puede],” mentioned Rosalía, who carried out "Malamente" backed by a military of feminine dancers. “A lady can have many roles on this business, not simply as a performer. Many of us are composing, we’re within the studio and I gained’t cease combating till we discover the identical variety of ladies as males within the recording studio.”

“2017 and 2018 have been key years for ladies,” mentioned Karol G, who gained in the most effective new artist class and carried out a rock-tinged model of her hit "Mi cama."  “I really feel now we've equality and I see it in these awards. It was laborious, it was powerful, however now is a superb second. In my opinion, I believe the doorways are utterly open now and I really feel it’s about women and men in the identical class in search of Latin music to be enormous.”

“I’m thrilled that girls are getting observed,” mentioned Laura Pausini, who gained the most effective conventional pop vocal album for Hazte Sentir (Get Yourself Noticed). “I wish to suppose that these of us who've one thing to say are all the identical. I’m blissful that the ladies performing as we speak can provide one thing distinctive and are displaying fuse previous and current.”

Despite the continuing debate on immigration, social and political messages have been largely muted, significantly in comparison with earlier Latin Grammys, the place a number of artists had socially aware commentary and performances. At one level, presenters Carlos Rivera and Ana de la Reguera known as for gun management and for an inclusive society. But the most important social message was delivered backstage within the press room by individual of the yr honorees Maná, who've lengthy been outspoken on urging folks to vote and asking for social compassion and equality. When requested if they'd a message for immigrants, lead singer Fher Olvera minced no phrases.

“Don’t lose hope,” he mentioned, echoing a message he has usually repeated in current weeks. “You have to grasp that you've got all the ability. There are 40 to 50 million of us [Latins] right here. Don’t despair. Vote. With your vote you possibly can change something. Two years in the past we have been performing on the White House. I doubt that may occur any time quickly,” he mentioned with fun. “But nonetheless.”

Maná’s efficiency of a medley of rock hits underscored a night marked by selection -- in performances and in genres -- with the highlight usually shining on singer/songwriters.

While city music has dominated charts, it didn’t dominate the wins, or the performances.

Ozuna, the top-selling artist out there proper now, carried out a very acoustic track, accompanied solely by guitars, earlier than launching into extra dance-based fare. Bad Bunny, who was nominated for “Sensualidad” with Prince Royce and J Balvin, sang backed by a refrain and with rock parts.

The ambivalence of musical style permeated at many ranges. Maluma, who flew in the identical day from Brazil, was nominated -- and gained -- in the most effective modern pop vocal album and never in any city class, a nod, maybe, to his more and more world presence.

The notion that not all music is city was echoed by many.

“The future of music by no means results in demise,” mentioned Fito Paez, winner in the most effective rock track class, when requested if rock was useless.

And Olvera echoed the phrases he had mentioned the earlier evening throughout the individual of the yr gala: “Maybe I’m not as up to date with lyrics as we speak however I consider in romance,” mentioned Olvera backstage. “We’ve all the time finished songs with nice respect. I don’t suppose ladies are simply meant to shake their asses.”

Beyond the multiplicity of genres and the prevalence of key feminine wins, it was a night of congeniality, with many artists, together with Karol G and Rosalía, thanking colleagues who had lent them a hand.

“I need to share this Grammy with my colleagues,” mentioned Balvin, gathering his lone win for Vibras. “Ozuna, you realize I respect you deeply,” he informed his largest contender in the most effective city album class. “Reggaeton has saved lives, it has motivated folks to go away the streets and seek for different issues,” added Balvin, ever the bridge-builder.  “Let's not kill the desires of recent composers and producers. Let’s worth new blood as a result of we’re the way forward for music. Obviously, respecting our legendary artists, nevertheless it’s time to create new legends.”

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