Which Latino artists will stroll away with a Golden Gramophone on the 2019 Grammys on Sunday?
Billboard Latin’s editorial staff made their predictions on who ought to and can win within the 4 Latin classes. These are educated guesses based mostly on and previous voting conduct, not endorsements of 1 artist over one other.
Our members are Leila Cobo, Billboard's vice chairman, Latin trade lead; Pamela Bustios, Latin charts supervisor; Jessica Roiz, assistant editor for Billboard.com; and Latin contributor Judy Cantor-Navas.
Here are our predictions:
BEST LATIN POP ALBUM
Prometo, Pablo Alboran
Sincera, Claudia Brant
Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2, Natalia Lafourcade
2:00 AM, Raquel Sofía
Vives, Carlos Vives
Judy Cantor-Navas: Should win, 2:00 AM by Raquel Sofía
Will win, Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 by Natalia Lafourcade
Leila Cobo: Should win, Carlos Vives’ Vives is a mixture of massive hits (“La bicicleta,” “Robarte un beso”), roots tracks (“El sombrero de Alejo”) and simply plain lovely Carlos Vives songs. While it doesn’t break new floor, it’s exhausting to seek out an artist who so constantly delivers nice materials.
Will Win, Natalia Lafourcades’ Musas has confirmed to be a critic darling. She might stroll away with this one.
Pamela Bustios: Should and can win, Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 by Natalia Lafourcade. The album is an homage to Latin American folklore that traverses by way of Cuban bolero nuances with Lafourcade jabbing out phrases of contemplation, detachment, flourishing and pleasure all through its songs.
Jessica Roiz: Should win, 2:00 AM by Raquel Sofia. In this album, the Puerto Rican singer pours her coronary heart out singing about spite, lack of affection and damaged hearts, intertwining all her emotions with refreshing acoustic guitar riffs.
Although I’d like to see Raquel stroll away with the Grammy, I’d need to agree with the women and say that Natalia Lafourcade’s masterpiece will win on this class.
BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN, OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Encanto Tropical, Monsieur Periné
JR: I’m a fan of each artist on this class, particularly of Aterciopelados. But, I extremely imagine that Monsieur Perine's Encanto Tropical will win this class. The album has sturdy infectious tropical vibes, it’s refreshing to the ear and general a fascinating manufacturing.
LC: Should win, Orishas’ comeback is a tasty city fusion and a reminder of why city beats made us sit up and pay attention within the first place. However, the album was not broadly heard within the U.S.
Will win, Monsieur Periné’s Encanto Tropical comes with heavy promo from the Latin Grammys.
JCN: Should and can win, Encanto Tropical by Monsieur Periné.
PB: Should win, Claroscura by Aterciopelados. It’s time. Aterciopelados has constantly set the bottom for palpable artistry that toys with Latin American in style sounds. After a decade of absence, the Colombians dive into an space of experimentation. The album teems with their archetypal Latin American folks instrumentation. However, Claroscura delves into an nearly mystical platform concocting an interplanetary vibration: calm and enraged, pleased and melancholic, mild and darkish, flanked by pop, rock, vallenato, blues, hip-hop and extra.
Will win, Zoé's Aztlán. In Aztlan, Zoé navigates a contemplative and private narrative. Carefully crafted, the album burgeons with insightful lyrics of interpersonal connection, convoluted love tales that journey by way of time, introspection and resignation. Synth-pop keyboards, heat bass strokes, strident guitar riffs and delicate drum patterns all co-exist on the idea of the band’s essence however in a extra mature panorama.
BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO)
Primero Soy Mexicana, Angela Aguilar
Mitad Y Mitad, Calibre 50
Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II, Aida Cuevas
Cruzando Borders, Los Texmaniacs
Leyendas De Mi Pueblo, Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
¡México Por Siempre!, Luis Miguel
PB: Will win, Luis Miguel’s ¡México Por Siempre!
JCN: Should win, Cruzando Borders by Los Texmaniacs.
Will win, ¡México Por Siempre! by Luis Miguel.
LC: Wouldn’t or not it’s superior if Little Angela Aguilar, together with her superb voice, walked away with this one for her debut album Primero Soy Mexicana?
Will win, Luis Miguel’s ¡Mexico por siempre! already received album of the 12 months on the Latin Grammys.
JR: I agree with Leila. I’d love to see Angela Aguilar stroll away together with her first-ever Grammy for her magical debut album. However, Luis Miguel, who nabbed album of the 12 months on the 2018 Latin Grammys, will most definitely win on this class.
BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM
Pa' Mi Gente, Charlie Aponte
Legado, Formell Y Los Van Van
Orquesta Akokán, Orquesta Akokán
Ponle Actitud, Felipe Peláez
Anniversary, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
LC: This class of largely little-heard albums may go in any path. My wager is Juan Formell y Los Van Van’s Legado on the power of their legacy.
JCN: Should and can win, Orquesta Akokán by Orquesta Akokán
PB: Will win, Orquesta Akokán by Orquesta Akokán