With the award to best urban music album for J. Balvin The central ceremony of the 2020 Latin Grammy Awards began. The Colombian dedicated this trophy to Colombia, the people of San Andrés and Providencia and “those who are suffering from the hurricane.” He added that “The world needs colors right now.”
The paisa reggaeton award -the most nominated in 2020 and the artist with the most applications in the same year- was awarded, shortly after an emotional tribute to Héctor Lavoe, in which Ricardo Montaner, Jesús Navarro, Victor Manuel, Rauw Alejandro and Ivy Queen performed the song The Singer together.
However, when this award was presented, already in a previous ceremony -the premier-, during the afternoon, most of the statuettes had been delivered, including the first eight for Colombian artists.
This was the premiere, before the television ceremony
In the premiere that preceded the television show of the largest Latin music party in the world, the president of the Latin Grammy, Gabriel Abaroa highlighted the decision to maintain the celebration of the Latin Grammy despite the crisis generated by the pandemic, as one more sample of the strength of music.
“We had to stay strong because of our music,” Abaroa said. He also highlighted that in this 2020 registration records were broken: more than 18,000 productions were registered. The best, in the opinion of music professionals, were nominated. And on this November 19, the process culminated with the presentation of the winners in two moments: the premier, which was broadcast to the public from the Latin Grammy FB page, in which 45 of 53 categories are delivered. And the television show, in which the most important awards are given, which will be broadcast on Univisión and can be seen in Colombia, from 8 pm, on TNT.
The Latin Grammy winners were:
The first prize awarded was for the Colombian Alex Campos, for the album Soldiers, won the award for best Christian music album.
In the category of best contemporary classical music composition, the award went to Sacre, a composition of the Colombian Carlos Fernando Lopez in a joint work with José Valentino. So in the first minutes, the Colombian artists already added two statuettes.
During this first part of the awards, the categories of regional Mexican music were awarded. Los Tigres del Norte, for example, won the award for best northern music album. For her part, Natalia Lafourcade also won another of these awards.
As the awards became known, some of the artists who were connected to the ceremony had the opportunity to share their thanks. They did so, precisely the Tigres del Norte and, later, Cultura Profética, among others.
“Compadre, we won compadre”, was the first thing they said Fonseca and Cepeda, connected to the broadcast, each from different locations, when the best pop vocal album for your joint work Compadres.
Another Colombian whose emotion when winning was seen live was Jorge Celedón, winner in the Vallenata music category. Accompanied by his manager, Celedón gave his brief speech of gratitude to his parents, God and the vallenato family. Later, more awards were announced for national artists: Niche won Best Traditional Tropical Album, with 40′ Y Carlos Vives, with Cumbiana, won Best Tropical Fusion / Contemporary Album.
For the second time in history, Colombia won the award of producer of the year, from the hand of Andrés Torres & Mauricio Rengifo, an award that in 2002 went to Kike Santander. Once this award was announced, the ceremony prior to the television show was closed, in which the most important awards of the night will be awarded.
The Colombian balance, so far is quite good, eight awards before the show begins is a high number if compared to what was obtained in previous years.
List of winners
Best Christian Music Album: Soldiers, Alex Campos.
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Sacre: Carlos Fernando López and José Valentino.
Best Pop Vocal Album: Pause de Ricky Martin.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Compadres, the joint album by Andrés Cepeda and Fonseca.
Best Reggaeton Performance: I dog alone Bad Bunny.
Top Rap / Hip Hop Song: Before the world ends. Resident
Best Urban Song: Me x you, you x me. Composers Award: Rosalía and Ozuna
Best Rock Album: Where the girls will play from the Palacio de los Deportes, Molotov.
Best rock song: Biutiful. My Laferte.
Best Pop Rock Album: The conquest of space, Fito Páez.
Best Pop-Rock Song: The song of the beasts. Fito Páez.
Best Alternative Music Album: Flying over. Poetic Culture.
Alternative song: In Cantos. Composition by Ile and Natalia Lafourcade (awards the authors).
Best salsa album: 40, Niche group.
Best cumbia / vallenato album: I keep singing to love, Jorge Celedón and Sergio Luis Rodríguez.
Best Bachata Merengue Album: Now, Eddy Herrera and Larimar, Daniel Santacruz (it was a tie).
Best album of traditional tropical music. Icon, Aragon Orchestra.
Best Contemporary / Tropical Fusion Album: Cumbiana, by Carlos Vives.
Best Folk Album: A capella, Susana bacca
Best flamenco music album: Flamenco without borders. Antonio Rey.
Best Latin Jazz Album: Puertos: Músic From International Waters, Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra.
Best Short Version Music Video: Tknby Rosalía and Travis Scott.
Best Long Version Music Video: The lost world of Cumbiana. Carlos Vives.Producer of the year: Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo.
Best Urban Music Album: J Balvin
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