Alejandro Sanz Leads Latin Grammy Nominations With 8 Nods, Rosalia Has 5


Alejandro Sanz, who has unwaveringly stayed the path of the singer/songwriter with gravitas, pathos and melodies, even in the face of urban trends and single releases, is the top artist nominee for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards

Sanz is up for eight awards, including album of the year and best contemporary pop vocal album, for #Eldisco (#Thealbum). Ironically, Sanz gave it that name, he told Billboard earlier this year, “because it’s almost an endangered species.”

Aside from the album itself, two of its tracks — “No Tengo Nada” and “Mi Persona Favorita” (featuring Camila Cabello) — are competing against each other in the song and record of the year categories.

In terms of sheer number of nominations, Sanz’s closest competition is fellow Spaniard Rosalía, up for five awards. Rosalía’s groundbreaking flamenco set El Mal Querer will go head to head against Sanz, her countryman and advocate (Rosalía sang at Sanz’s Person of the Year tribute in 2017) in the album of the year and best contemporary pop vocal album categories. 

Rosalía also has three separate singles, only one of them from her album, competing in different categories: “Aute Couture,” is up for record of the year; “Con Altura” with J Balvin, and featuring El Guincho, is up for best urban song; and “Pienso en tu Mirá” (from El Mal Querer) is up for best pop song. Surprisingly, none of Rosalía’s stunning videos garnered nominations, but El Mal Querer is up for best engineered album and best recording package. El Guincho, Rosalía’s co producer, is also up for five awards.

Rosalía is most certainly an outlier in terms of genre definitions and also in terms of nominations that skewed pop and alternative, with urban totally absent from the main categories (save for Rosalía’s genre-bending fare). It almost felt as a rebuke against a global trend that has seen Latin urban music in all its forms gather record-breaking views on YouTube, streams on Spotify and Apple and positions on the Billboard charts.

Instead, artists like Bad Bunny (with two nominations), Ozuna and Daddy Yankee (with only one each), were found only in the urban categories. The most nods in the urban/reggaeton realm went to newcomer Sech, with three, including his multi-artist “Otro Trago,” which competes in the best urban song category against Ozuna (“Baila Baila”), ChocQuibtown’s  “Pa Olvidarte”; Rosalía and J Balvin’s “Con Altura”; and De La Ghetto’s “Caliente” featuring J Balvin. 

Following Rosalía, veterans Juan Luis Guerra, Fonseca and Andrés Calamaro are up for four awards each, as is percussionist and bandleader Tony Succar. All have nominations in the main categories, with Fonseca, Calamaro and Succar all vying for album of the year. Meanwhile, Guerra’s delightfully y “Kitipún,” a slow bachata with jazz undertones, is up for song and record of the year. 

Beyond the artists, sound engineer Jaycen Joshua is up for eight awards for his work mixing tracks and albums for a wide array of artists, including Juanes, Rosalía, Luis Fonsi and Sebastian Yatra.  Mastering engineer David Kutch is up for six awards, as are producers Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo and Julio Reyes Copello, all up for producer of the year (with Torres and Rengifo competing as a team).

As for the urbanos, they were also absent from the producer of the year category. And in video of the year, the representation came in the form of social commentary from Brazil ( Criolo’s “Boca du Lobo,” a harrowing look at Brazil’s societal crisis) and Spain (with rapper Nach’s “Los Zurdos Vienen Antes”). 

As ever, the best new artist category is exciting. This year, it includes Argentine trap star Paulo Londra; Colombian rising star Greeicy; and Nella, a Venezuelan jazz singer from Berklee College of Music. 

Nominations to The Latin Grammys were selected from approximately 15,500 submissions across 50 categories, of recordings released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019).

The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 14 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Univision. 

A partial list of nominees is below. For a full list, go to

Record Of The Year:

"Parecen Viernes" — Marc Anthony

"Verdades Afiladas" — Andrés Calamaro

"Ahí Ahí" — Vicente García

"Kitipun" — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40

"Querer Mejor" — Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara

"La Plata" — Juanes Featuring Lalo Ebratt

"Aute Couture" — Rosalía

"Mi Persona Favorita" — Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello

"No Tengo Nada" — Alejandro Sanz

"Cobarde" — Ximena Sariñana

Song Of The Year:

"Calma" — Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez & George Noriega, songwriters (Pedro Capó)

"Desconstrução" — Tiago Iorc, songwriter (Tiago Iorc)

"El País" — Rubén Blades, songwriter (Rubén Blades)

"Kitipun" — Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)

"Mi Persona Favorita" — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello)

"No Tengo Nada" — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)

"Quédate" — Kany García & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Kany García & Tommy Torres)

"Querer Mejor" — Rafael Arcaute, Alessia Cara, Camilo Echeverry, Juanes, Mauricio Montaner, Ricardo Montaner & Tainy, songwriters (Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara)

"Un Año" — Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Sebastián Yatra Featuring Reik)

"Ven" — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)

Best Pop Song:

"Bailar" — Leonel García, songwriter (Leonel García)

"Buena Para Nada" — Paula Arenas, Luigi Castillo & Santiago Castillo, songwriters (Paula Arenas)

"Mi Persona Favorita" — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello)

"Pienso En Tu Mirá" — Antón Álvarez Alfaro, El Guincho & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía)

"Ven" — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)

Best Urban Fusion/Performance:

"Tenemos Que Hablar" — Bad Bunny

"Calma (Remix)" — Pedro Capó & Farruko

"Pa' Olvidarte (Remix)" — ChocQuibtown, Zion & Lennox, Farruko Featuring Manuel Turizo

"Con Calma" — Daddy Yankee Featuring Snow

"Otro Trago" — Sech Featuring Darell

Best Urban Music Album:

Kisses — Anitta

X 100Pre — Bad Bunny

Mi Movimiento — De La Ghetto

19 — Feid

Sueños — Sech

Best Urban Song:

"Baila Baila Baila" — Ozuna & Vicente Saavedra, songwriters (Ozuna)

"Caliente" — J Balvin, René Cano, De La Ghetto & Alejandro Ramirez, songwriters (De La Ghetto Featuring J Balvin)

"Con Altura" — J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Alejandro Ramirez & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & J Balvin Featuring El Guincho)

"Otro Trago" — Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, Kevin Mauricio Jimenez Londoño, Bryan Lezcano Chaverra, Josh Mendez, Sech & Jorge Valdes, songwriters (Sech Featuring Darell)

"Pa' Olvidarte" — René Cano, ChocQuibtown, Kevyn Cruz Moreno, Juan Diego Medina Vélez, Andrés David Restrepo, Mateo Tejada Giraldo, Andrés Uribe Marín, Juan Vargas & Doumbia Yohann, songwriters (ChocQuibTown)

Best Alternative Music Album:

Latinoamericana — Alex Anwandter

Discutible — Babasónicos

Bach — Bandalos Chinos

Prender Un Fuego — Marilina Bertoldi

Norma — Mon Laferte​

Best Traditional Tropical Album:

Andrés Cepeda Big Band (En Vivo) — Andrés Cepeda

Vereda Tropical — Olga Cerpa y Mestisay

Lo Nuestro — Yelsy Heredia

A Journey Through Cuban Music — Aymée Nuviola

La Llave Del Son — Septeto Acarey​

Best Singer-Songwriter Album:

Acústica — Albita

Contra El Viento — Kany García

Amor Presente — Leonel García

Algo Ritmos — Kevin Johansen

Intuición — Gian Marco

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album:

Mi Persona Preferida — El Bebeto

Sigue La Dinastía…  — Alex Fernández

Más Romántico Que Nunca — Vicente Fernández

Indestructible — Flor De Toloache

Ahora — Christian Nodal

Best Norteño Album:

Por Más — Bronco

Las Canciones De La Abuela — Buyuchek

Mitad Y Mitad — Calibre 50

Percepción — Intocable

Amo — La Maquinaria Norteña

Best Long Form Music Video:

"Anatomía De Un Éxodo" — Mastodonte

"Piazzolla, Los Años Del Tiburón" — Astor Piazzolla

"Hotel De Los Encuentros" — Draco Rosa

"Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy" — Alejandro Sanz

"Déjame Quererte" — Carlos Vives​