For many years, the Grammy Awards have been a household name and still they continue to be. Friends, family, musicians, and many others gather to watch this prestigious music award show full of not only recognitions, but amazing performances.
However, the Grammy's themselves can't to justice to all the talented musicians, producers, and composers out there so we have the Grammy's latin "sister", the equally prestigious called the Latin Grammy Awards.
The Latin Grammy Awards really give Latinos the opportunity to get the recognition they deserve for their hard work and musical talent. The Grammy is one of the most coveted awards and it's always exciting see who is going to win in each category.
This year, Maná was named Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Maná has a trajectory spanning for more than twenty years. They are "rock en español" icons, have a Hollywood star of fame, have their own charity foundation (Selva Negra), have done many tours, have had many sold-out shows, have a great work ethic amongst many other things. I have actually interviewed some of the members of Maná and when it comes to a strong, loving, caring band there is no one better than them. They are truly deserving of this recognition. Can't wait to see what happens!
Other nominees Desert of my Eye has interviewed and/or done album reviews for include: Aterciopelados, Vetusta Morla, and No Te Va Gustar!
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of talking to Gonzalo Castex of the Latin Grammy nominated No Te Va Gustar where we talked about their latest album, "Suenan Las Alarmas". That album just received a nomination under the "Best Rock Album" category! "NTVG is without a doubt the most powerful unifying group in South America and one of the most solid musical proposals of Latin America. With this album the group embraces the solidity and elegance that the band has built for over more than two decades of trajectory between songs, albums, collaborations, concerts and restless tours in Latin America, the United States and Spain." We can only wait and see until the award show happening on November 15th.
As mentioned before on this website, Aterciopelados was born in 1992 as a project between Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago. This duo from Colombia has been successful from the very beginning and they continue to be an iconic Latin-rock band! Their latest album "Claroscura" (which was their first release in almost ten year) was nominated for "Best Alternative Album" and their song "Duo" has been nominated for "Best Alternative Song"! Hopefully, this album get the recognition it deserves. The album not only has the iconic Aterciopelados sound, but it has underlying themes of feminism and magic. Truly a treat for the ears!
Last but not least, Vetusta Morla's album "Mismo Sito, Distinto Lugar" has been nominated for "Best Alternative Music Album", "Best Alternative Song" for "Consejo de Sabios" and "Best Recording Package". Vestusta Morla is not only one of Spain's most popular indie bands, but definitely a project to keep an eye on for they only get better and better. I remember listening to the "Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar" album and loving it because it took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.
There are many talented people throughout the categories. I could spend hours writing about each and one of them. However, that would not be possible in one article! The Latin Grammies are on November 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for updates!
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