21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards nominees announced

Bad Bunny, Camilo, Kany García, J Balvin, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Ricky Martin, Fito Páez and Carlos Vives vie for Album Of The Year

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, the preeminent international honor and the only peer-selected award celebrating excellence in Latin music. The Latin GRAMMYs are voted on by The Latin Academy’s international membership body of music creators, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers and engineers.

This year’s Album Of The Year category is composed of a diverse group of artists, featuring some of the most accomplished and renowned trendsetters and worldwide ambassadors of Latin music across genres, including: Bad Bunny (YHLQMDLG), Camilo (Por Primera Vez), Kany García (Mesa Para Dos), J Balvin (Colores), J Balvin & Bad Bunny (Oasis), Jesse & Joy Aire (Versión Día), Natalia Lafourcade (Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1), Ricky Martin (Pausa), Fito Páez (La Conquista del Espacio) and Carlos Vives (Cumbiana).

Artists with multiple nominations include Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Camilo, Karol G, Kany García, Josh Gudwin, Colin Leonard, Jon Leone, Richi López, Ozuna, Alejandro “Sky” Ramírez, Residente, Julio Reyes Copello, Rosalía, Marco Masis “Tainy” and Carlos Vives.

The 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards nominees were selected from more than 18,000 entries across 53 categories, reflecting an expansive range of artists who released recordings during the eligibility period (June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020). The Latin Recording Academy’s online entry process allowed members and record labels to submit product digitally during the COVID-19 pandemic and paved the way for the first-ever — and very successful — virtual screening and nominating process that enabled the participation of the large majority of voting members, regardless of their location.

“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate. Today, we are proud to unveil the nominees for the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards — a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music,” states Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Our Academy is stronger than ever as members are engaged, better informed, and committed to elevating and honoring musical excellence across all genres of Latin music. This year’s class of nominees is the result of a resilient and genuine awards process.”

New categories, voted on and approved earlier this year, including Best Pop/Rock Song, Best Reggaeton Performance and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song, received an overwhelming number of entries. Furthermore, the Best Merengue/Bachata Album, Best Flamenco Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition categories are returning after meeting the minimum submission requirements.

The final round of voting to determine Latin GRAMMY winners will begin October 8th. Winners will be revealed by The Latin Recording Academy on November 19th at the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Premiere and telecast ceremonies.

The 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast will air live on Univision at 8 pm ET/PT. With the theme “Music Makes Us Human,” the reimagined telecast will be anchored from Miami with uplifting performances from multiple cities around the world. Additional international broadcasting partners will be announced at a later date.

Preceding the telecast is the Latin GRAMMY Premiere ceremony where the majority of the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards categories will be awarded. This long-established afternoon full of unforgettable performances and heartfelt acceptance speeches will be a virtual, high-quality production featuring remote performances and the ability for all nominees to participate.

Record Of The Year
  • “China” — Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G Featuring Ozuna & J Balvin
  • “Cuando Estés Aquí” — Pablo Alborán
  • “Vete” — Bad Bunny
  • “Solari Yacumenza” — Bajofondo Featuring Cuareim 1080
  • “Rojo” — J Balvin
  • “Tutu” — Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó
  • “Lo Que En Ti Veo” — Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi
  • “Tusa” — Karol G & Nicki Minaj
  • “René” — Residente
  • “Contigo” — Alejandro Sanz
Album Of The Year
  • YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny
  • Oasis — J Balvin & Bad Bunny
  • Colores — J Balvin
  • Por Primera Vez — Camilo
  • Mesa para Dos — Kany García
  • Aire (Versión Día) — Jesse & Joy
  • Un Canto Por México, Vol. 1 — Natalia Lafourcade
  • Pausa — Ricky Martin
  • La Conquista del Espacio — Fito Páez
  • Cumbiana — Carlos Vives
Song Of The Year
  • “ADMV” — Vicente Barco, Édgar Barrera, Maluma & Stiven Rojas, songwriters (Maluma)
  • “Bonita” — Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Juanes & Sebastián Yatra)
  • “Codo Con Codo” — Jorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)
  • “El Mismo Aire” — Édgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Juan Morelli, songwriters (Camilo)
  • “For Sale” — Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Carlos Vives)
  • “#ELMUNDOFUERA (Improvisación)” — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
  • “Lo Que En Ti Veo” — Kany García, songwriter (Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi)
  • “René” — Residente, songwriter (Residente)
  • “Tiburones” — Oscar Hernández & Pablo Preciado, songwriters (Ricky Martin)
  • “Tusa” — Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Karol G, Nicki Minaj & Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, songwriters (Karol G & Nicki Minaj)
  • “Tutu” — Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters (Camilo Featuring Pedro Capó)
Best New Artist
  • Anuel AA
  • Rauw Alejandro
  • Mike Bahía
  • Cazzu
  • Conociendo Rusia
  • Soy Emilia
  • Kurt
  • Nicki Nicole
  • Nathy Peluso
  • Pitizion
  • Wos
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Spoiler — Aitana
  • Prisma — Beret
  • Por Primera Vez — Camilo
  • Más Futuro Que Pasado — Juanes
  • Pausa — Ricky Martin
Best Reggaeton Performance (New Category)
  • Yo Perreo Sola — Bad Bunny
  • Morado — J Balvin
  • Loco Contigo — Dj Snake & J Balvin Featuring Tyga
  • Porfa — Feid & Justin Quiles
  • Chicharrón — Guaynaa Featuring Cauty
  • Te Soñé de Nuevo — Ozuna
  • Si Te Vas — Sech & Ozuna
Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album
  • Energía Para Regalar — El Caribefunk
  • Mi Derriengue — Riccie Oriach
  • Mariposas — Omara Portuondo
  • Alter Ego — Prince Royce
  • Cumbiana — Carlos Vives
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album
  • Antología de la Música Ranchera — Aida Cuevas
  • Hecho en México — Alejandro Fernández
  • A Los 4 Vientos Vol. 1 “Ranchero” — Eugenia León
  • Bailando Sones y Huapangos con El Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández — Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández
  • AYAYAY! — Christian Nodal
Best Portuguese Language Song
  • “A Tal Canção Pra Lua (Microfonado)” — Vitor Kley, songwriter (Vitor Kley & Samuel Rosa)
  • “Abricó-De-Macaco” — Francisco Bosco & João Bosco, songwriters (João Bosco)
  • “Amarelo (Sample: Sujeito de Sorte – Belchior)” — Dj Duh, Emicida & Felipe Vassão, songwriters (Emicida Featuring Majur & Pabllo Vittar)
  • “Libertação” — Russo Passapusso, songwriter (Elza Soares & BaianaSystem Featuring Virgínia Rodrigues)
  • “Pardo” — Caetano Veloso, songwriter (Céu)

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