Latin Grammys are almost upon us and fans in the U.S. and around the world are getting amped for a night filled with the best in the industry — Latin artists who bring the traditional-to-contemporary, smooth Latin beats and rhythms, rich cultural components and some killer rhythm to boot!
The Latin Recording Academy recently announced that Latin Grammy winners and current nominees Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Juanes, Rubén Blades, Carlos Franzetti and the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat will perform for its milestone 15th anniversary on Nov. 20.
Also on the stellar Latin line-up includes current nominee Carlos Santana, who will perform for the first time with Latin Grammy-winner Pitbull, which was previously announced by The Latin Recording Academy. The legendary guitarist, who still continues to wow, has two nominations for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for “Corazón” (Deluxe Version) and Best Long Form Music Video for “Corazón: Live From Mexico – Live It To Believe It.”
Another special performance will include current nominee Pepe Aguilar and 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Miguel Bosé.
What are the former Latin Grammy winners and/or performers nominated for?
While there has been a lot of hype surrounding Marc Anthony’s personal relationships — from his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez’s recently released book, “True Love,” as well as his reported engagement with on-again, off-again girlfriend Shannon de Lima and a rumored wedding this month — the Puerto Rican crooner will focus on the music for the Latin Grammys.
Anthony has always managed to zero in on his music despite the famous loves of his life. Maybe being in-and-out of love has worked out for him, as it’s given him inspiration that he’s continued to thrive on professionally, earning him four Latin Grammy nominations this year.
According to the Latin Recording Academy, Marc Anthony has four nominations: two for Record Of The Year for “Cambio De Piel” and “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar,” (with Carlos Vives) and Album Of The Year and Best Salsa Album for 3.0.
It’s another stellar year for Grammy Award and seven-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer Carlos Vives, who has six nods: Record Of The Year for “El Mar De Sus Ojos” (featuring ChocQuibTown), Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Tropical Song for “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” (featuring Marc Anthony), and Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Tropical Album for “Más + Corazón Profundo.”
Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning Colombian superstar Juanes, who has been wowing the world and his native Colombia with special concert performances, has garnered two nominations for Best Pop/Rock Album for “Loco De Amor” and Best Rock Song for “Mil Pedazos.”
Panamanian salsa singer-songwriter and Latin jazz musician Rubén Blades, who celebrates Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres, is up for two nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Tango Album for “Tangos.”
Argentine-American composer Carlos Franzetti is up for three nominations: Album Of The Year for “Tangos,” Best Tango Album for “In The Keys Of Tango” and Best Classical Album for “Alma – Piano Music Of Argentina.”
In other Latin Grammy news, Aneeka, Pablo López and Mariana Vega are among the nominees for Best New Artist who will take the stage together. Vega is also nominated for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for “Mi Burbuja.” Debi Nova is nominated for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for “Soy.”
Confirmed to present awards are current Latin Grammy nominees Lila Downs, Debi Nova, Niña Pastori and Soledad Pastorutti as well as super model-designer Alessandra Ambrosio, actor Jaime Camil, actor-musician Carlos PeñaVega, and actress-singer Maite Perroni, actor Kuno Becker, actress Angelique Boyer, Grammy winner Ne-Yo and actor Sebastian Rulli.
The fun won’t stop with the culmination the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards, however.
“We’re thinking about beginning the festivities on the day of the awards and continuing to celebrate them during the entire year up to the 16th anniversary,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., The Latin Recording Academy President, in an earlier interview.
The Latin Grammys, co-hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes and Eugenio Derbez, will take place Nov. 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air live on the Univision Network from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).
–Courtesy of Latin Post