A look at the new nominees for the Grammys Latin Artist of the Year
New York The Latin Grammy for Best New Artist is often one of the most coveted awards, as it can only be won once in a lifetime and can open many doors.
This year’s nominees include 11 competitors of different genders, genders, countries and ages. Most of them are young people just starting out, but there are also some veteran musicians.
The Best New Artist will be protested when Las Vegas hosts the 22nd Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday. Here is a look at this year’s contenders:
Julia B: The 22-year-old Brazilian pop singer and songwriter signed with Warner Music Brasil in 2018 and released “With You” with Brazilian DJ Zrb. The following year, she achieved her first hit with the song “Too Bad”, the theme of the Telenovela series “O Sétimo Guardião”, and appeared on the Portuguese music charts with the song “Menina Solta”. Last year she released the music album “Solta”.
Maria Becerra: Before she became one of the most popular Argentine singers last year, Becerra was a YouTuber and her funny videos garnered millions of views. But her real passion was music and in 2019 she made her debut with the song “222.” This year she released the EP “Animal, Parte 1” followed by the album “Animal”. Her latest hits include “Wow Wow” with Becky G, “Antes de ti” with Rusherking, “Mal Acostumbrao” with Mau & Ricky, and “Qué más pues?” with J Balvin.
BIZARRAP: Also nominated for Best Urban Fusion/Performance (“Nathy Peluso: BZRP Music Lessons, Vol. 36”), Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song (“Snow Tha Product: BZRP Music Sessions, Volume 39”) and Producer of the Year, Bizarrap Appears Favorite in this category. The 23-year-old Argentine producer and DJ who specializes in urban genres like dirt and rap, has been on the charts with “music sessions” with Nicky Jam, Nicki Nicole, and Anuel AA, among others.
Boza: Growing up in the La Meri neighborhood of Panama, Boza wasn’t thinking about a musical career, let alone getting to the Latin Grammys. His song “Hecha pa ‘mí” earned him a nomination for the 24-year-old urban musician, who began his career at the age of 17 by merging dancehall and R&B with Panamanian “Canela” after a difficult adolescence. With songs that also include “Ella,” “En la Luna,” and “Perreito Salvaje,” Buzza said music saved him from a life of crime and vices in Barrio. His “Hecha pa’ mí” video has garnered over 100 million views on YouTube and this month he’s releasing his second album, “Bucle”.
ZOE GOTUSSO: Zoe Gotusso has broken out of her comfort zone by leaving a rising duo in Argentina to continue her work as a solo artist in what she calls the most difficult time of her life. However, her instincts led her to one of her greatest joys. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter received two Latin Grammy Award nominations for her debut album “Mi Primer Día Triste,” including a nod for Best Pop Rock Song for “Ganas.”
HUMBE: The 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter debuted in 2017 with the album “Sonámbulo” and three years later released the album “Soy Humbe”, but it was “Entropía”, released last March, that earned him recognition from the Recording Academy. Latin. Humbe started playing the piano at the age of nine, and as a teenager he knew he wanted to pursue music professionally. He released in recent days “Aurora”, his second full-length album in 2021.
Rita Indiana: At 44 years old, Indiana is the oldest of the bunch. The Dominican musician and writer returned to the music scene after a decade with the 2020 album “Mandinga Times.” The author of six novels and several short stories, she debuted in 2010 with the award-winning album “El Juidero”. She re-emerged last November with her “Horrific” album, produced by former Cali 13 member Eduardo Capra, in which she tackles everything from unpunished corruption to taboos about homosexuality through beats like dembow, Heavy Metal, Merengue, and gaga. traditional, electro-boogie, punk and rap.
LASSO: Having not been nominated in 2020 for the series of EPs that together make up his album “Cuatro Estaciones”, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Lasso was aware that 2021 was his last chance: the maximum number of complete albums able to compete for the best new artist, which is At 33, he has already been awarded the 2016 “Sin Otro Sentido” and the 2017 “El Exilio Voluntario de una Mente Saturada” 2017. Lasso, who hails from a family of artists, was inspired by Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” for his album about the relationship they Evolving through the year, with 21 songs including two collaborations with Danna Paola and one with PXNDX’s José Madero.
PALOMA MAMI: Paloma Mami is one of the urban Latin artists of the moment thanks to songs like “No te Enamores”, “Qué Rico Fuera” with Ricky Martin and “QueLoQue” with Major Lazer. The 22-year-old Chilean-American singer, whose music naturally blends Spanish and English, started rapping at the age of 17 and soon met producers with whom she recorded her debut single, Not Constant. This year she released her debut album, “Sueños de Dalí”, with hits including “For Ya”, “Religiosa” and “Traumada”.
Marcos Maris: The 28-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter plays with the pain of grief in a five-song EP that earned him a nomination. “Curitas” production, his third production after 2019 album “Estas Canciones me Recuerdan a Ti” and 2014 EP “Para Ella”, blends musical styles such as ranchera, cha-cha, bachata, pop, R&B, trap and word show song “curita”. (Band-Aid) in songs such as “amable” and “bebé”. Raised in a musical family, he studied on scholarship at Berklee in Boston, where he began writing his own songs. And in 2017, he had a hit, “Flaquita”.
Juliana Velázquez: Velázquez found sanctuary writing songs about topics in her life that she never dared to talk about. The healing exercise led to an album and earned her her first Latin Grammy nomination. With a “retro” style that she attributes to her love of mariachi and her sophisticated voice full of influence and emotion, the 23-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who began her career as a kid on TV, is officially featured in music with “Juliana”. The 11-track album begins with the song “Montaña Rusa” she created in the midst of the pandemic with the help of her Instagram fans, and includes the singles “Dolor Anticipado,” “Juro” and “Presiento.”
Bautista reported from Mexico City.
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