Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Hear The Show

50 min 34 sec
 
Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album. i i

hide captionBrazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.

courtesy of the artist
Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.

Brazilian singer Mart'nália is nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album.

courtesy of the artist

I've always thought of the Latin Grammy Awards as thrift stores: It's all about patiently sifting through piles of nondescript and ludicrous junk until you find something that fits.

The Latin Grammys can be infuriating: They tend to regurgitate the same artists over and over again, year after year, and often award bland mediocrity. With so much exciting music in the Latin world, that's a real shame. Yes, Calle 13's massive win last year was an exciting shift, but I'm still sore about the Grammy for Best Rock Album taken by the Mexican band Mana: It was painful to watch, because the group was up against the innovative and amazing likes of Venezuela's La Vida Boheme.

But enough about past wounds. This year, Felix Contreras and I sift through the nominations and play the records we're most excited to see on the ballots. Mexican crooner Carla Morrison is up for several awards, including Album of the Year, which is a huge step for her — and which makes us tip our hats to the Academy. We review some of the exciting salsa and Latin jazz legends in the running, and fall in love with Colombian Vallenato music. Also, NPR classical-music expert Tom Huizenga stops by to talk about some of his favorite nominees.

The Latin Grammys have 34 categories, but you don't have to sift through them all: We've done that for you by handpicking the top of the crop.

—————————————————————————————————————————

Los Grammys Latinos son para mí como una tienda de ropa de segunda mano: uno tiene que buscar con mucha paciencia hasta encontrar algo que a uno le guste.


Como se podrán dar cuenta a partir de esta descripción, los Grammys no son nuestra ceremonia preferida aquí en Alt.Latino: los organizadores insisten en reciclar los mismos artistas una y otra vez, año tras año, y tienden a premiar la mediocridad. Con tanta música buena que llega a nuestros oídos todos los días, a veces llega a dar verguenza la lista de ganadores. Y aunque la arrasadora victoria de Calle 13 fue emocionante, todavía me enfurece que la banda de rock mexicana Maná haya ganado un Grammy al major álbum de rock; fue particularmente ridículo en vista de todas las bandas increíbles contra las cuales competía, entre ellas los venezolanos de La Vida Boheme, uno de los grupos más creativos de rock de los últimos años.

¡Pero ya dejemos de lamernos las heridas! Este año, Felix y yo revisamos la lista de postulantes al Grammy y escuchamos la música que más nos gustó. La maravillosa cantante mexicana Carla Morrison está nominada para varios premios, incluyendo para el mejor álbum del año- lo cual es un gran paso para ella y en nuestra opinión para la academia. También repasamos algunas de las leyendas de la salsa y el jazz latino que se encuentran entre los nominados, y nos enamoramos del carismático vallenato colombiano. Como si todo esto fuese poco, Tom Huizenga, nuestro consultor y experto en música clásica, pasa a visitarnos y hablarnos sobre sus nominados favoritos del género.
Los Grammys latinos tienen 34 categorías, pero a no desesperarse: nosotros seleccionamos lo major y hoy te lo ofrecemos en bandeja de plata!

Digging Through The Latin Grammys: Nominees You Should Hear

Cover for Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]

Mambo Legends Orchestra

  • Album: Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]
  • Song: Watch Out!
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Watch Out!"
  • Album: Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]
  • Artist: Mambo Legends Orchestra
  • Released: 2010
YouTube
 
Cover for Desde Rusia Con Amor

Molotov

  • Album: Desde Rusia Con Amor
  • Song: Chinga Tu Madre
YouTube
 
Cover for Dejenme Llorar

Carla Morrison

  • Album: Dejenme Llorar
  • Song: Dejenme Llorar
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Dejenme Llorar"
  • Album: Dejenme Llorar
  • Artist: Carla Morrison
  • Label: Carla Morrison Musica/Cosmica Records
  • Released: 2012
YouTube
 
Cover for Não Tente Compreender

Mart'nalia

  • Album: Não Tente Compreender
  • Song:
YouTube
 
Cover for Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]

Mambo Legends Orchestra

  • Album: Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]
  • Song: Birdland
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Birdland"
  • Album: Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]
  • Artist: Mambo Legends Orchestra
  • Released: 2010
 
Cover for Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

Miguel Zenón

  • Album: Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
  • Song: Tiemblas
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Tiemblas"
  • Album: Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
  • Artist: Miguel Zenón
  • Label: Marsalis
  • Released: 2011
 
Cover for Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard = Chano & Dizzy!

Poncho Sanchez/Terence Blanchard

  • Album: Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard = Chano & Dizzy!
  • Song:
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard = Chano & Dizzy!"
  • Album: Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard = Chano & Dizzy!
  • Artist: Poncho Sanchez/Terence Blanchard
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • Released: 2011
 
Cover for Blue Cha Cha

Manuel Galbán

  • Album: Blue Cha Cha
  • Song: Rumba del Ángel
close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Rumba del Ángel"
  • Album: Blue Cha Cha
  • Artist: Manuel Galbán
  • Label: Concord
  • Released: 2012
 
Cover for Le Canta a San Jacinto

Juan Piña, Rodrigo Rodriguez

  • Album: Le Canta a San Jacinto
  • Song: Sueño Con Maria
 
Cover for Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando De La Clave

Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando De La Clave

  • Album: Jerry Gonzalez Y El Comando De La Clave
  • Song: Obsesion
 

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.