- Best New Artist
- Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
- Best Urban Fusion/Performance
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Best Latin Pop Album
- Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
- Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
- Best Tropical Latin Album
- Best Singer-Songwriter Album
- Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album
- Best Norteño Album
- Best Banda Album
- Best Regional Mexican Song
- Best Tropical Song
- Best Singer-Songwriter Song
- Best Ranchero/Mariachi Song
- Best Norteño Song
- Best Banda Song
- Album of the Year
- Record of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Producer of the Year
- Best Engineered Album
- Best Arrangement
- Best Long Form Music Video
Miami was the site of the 2016 Latin Music Awards, and the city did not disappoint. From the red carpet to the awards show itself, Latin music’s biggest stars came out to celebrate the best in the industry.
The Latin Music Awards 2016 will be held in Miami on April 7th, 2016. This awards show celebrates the best in Latin music and is one of the most prestigious events in the industry. Held annually, the Latin Music Awards recognizes artists from all over the world who have made outstanding contributions to the Latin music scene. This year’s event will feature performances by some of the genre’s biggest stars, as well as many up-and-coming talents. The awards show will be broadcast live on television and radio across the globe, so make sure to tune in and catch all the action!
Best New Artist
The Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. Before 2012, the category was known as Best New Artist.
This award is given to an artist who releases, during the eligibility period, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist. A nomination in this category is reserved only for artists with a previously released recording who have not won a Latin Grammy.
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award went to the artist with the highest-selling contemporary pop album of the year.
This award was first presented at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards in 2000. Mexican singer Luis Miguel was the first recipient of this award for his album “Amarte Es Un Placer”. As of 2016, Spanish singer David Bisbal is the most recent winner in this category for his album “7”.
Best Urban Fusion/Performance
Urban music is a genre of music that combines elements of different styles, including hip hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and Latin music. The term was first used in the 1980s to describe the work of artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwerk, and Soulsonic Force. In the 1990s, the term came to be associated with a more diverse group of artists, including bands like Fugees and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as solo artists like Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur. The term is now used to describe a wide range of music made by artists of all backgrounds.
The Best Urban Fusion/Performance category at the Latin Music Awards honors artists who have blended different genres to create unique and innovative sounds. This year’s nominees are:
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
The Latin Recording Academy announced the winners of the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night (Nov. 17).
Among the evening’s big winners were Ricky Martin, who took home three statuettes, including best long form music video, and Shakira, who took home two awards, including best female pop vocal album for her LP El Dorado.
Here is the complete list of winners in the traditional pop vocal album category:
-Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Sony Latin)
-Shakira, El Dorado (Sony Music Latin)
-Alejandro Sanz, Sirope (Universal Music Latino)
-Jesse & Joy, Un Besito Mas (Warner Music Latina)
-Enrique Bunbury, Licenciado Cantinas (Sony Music Latin)
Best Latin Pop Album
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album is an award given by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recording artists for releasing a Spanish-language pop album. Mario Reyes became the first ever winner of this award with his self-titled album in 2000. Santana’s Supernatural was the first album to receive the award twice, winning in both 2000 and 2002. Colombian singer Shakira’s La Tortura received the award in 2006 and 2010, making her the only female artist to win it twice. Argentine singer Diego Torres won the award in 2007 for his album Un Mundo Diferente and again in 2013 for Buena Vida. Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy won the award in 2009 for Electricidad and again in 2015 for ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? Chilean singer kudai won it in 2008 for their self-titled album and again in 2012 for Instinto Animal.
This is a list of Latin Grammy Award winners and nominees for Best Latin Pop Album. Mario Reyes and Santana are tied as the most awarded artists in this category with two wins each.
Shakira is the only female artist to have won this category twice.
Diego Torres is the only artist to have won this category twice consecutively.
Jesse & Joy are the only duo or group to have won this category twice.
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Fueled by the success of rock en español in the 1990s, Latin alternative music has become one of the most vibrant and exciting genres in recent years. From Colombia to Mexico, Chile to Puerto Rico, a new generation of artists are making their mark on the world with their fresh take on traditional sounds. The Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category at the Latin Grammy Awards highlights these talented musicians and celebrates their contributions to the genre.
past winners include:
-Calle 13 (2013)
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award is given to regional Mexican music albums, defined as “albums containing at least 51% of new recordings in Spanish by artists originating from Mexico or whose music shows Mexican influences and are within the Regional Mexican genres of Norteño, Banda, Duranguense, Mariachi, Ranchera, Grupera and Tejano.”
This is a list of the winners and nominees of the Latin Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano), since its inception in 2001. Norteño group Ramón Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte are the most awarded act in this category with three wins.
Best Tropical Latin Album
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes “excellence and prominence in the recording industry” in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the United States, and other Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world. The award is given to recordings in the tropical latin music genre.
Since its inception, the award has been presented to musicians originating from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain and the United States. American singer Gloria Estefan holds the record for most wins in this category with five. Spanish recording artist Gilberto Santa Rosa and Puerto Rican singer Víctor Manuelle share second place with four each. Colombian musician Sergio George is the only producer with three wins.
Italian singer Tullio de Piscopo and Spanish musician Javier Vásquez are tied in third place with two wins apiece. Winners were announced during the awards show on November 17, 2016.
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
This year’s Latin Grammy Awards took place in Miami on November 17, 2016, and celebrated the best in Latin music from the past year. The awards are given out by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in more than 30 categories, including Best Singer-Songwriter Album.
The nominees for this year’s Best Singer-Songwriter Album were:
iLe – iLevitable
Julieta Venegas – Algo Sucede
Luis Enrique – En hora buena
Ricardo Arjona – Apague la luz y escuche
Rosana – En la memoria de la piel
And the winner is… Ricardo Arjona!
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album
The best ranchero/mariachi album was awarded to Marco Antonio Solís for his album “Marco Antonio Solís y Los Dinos en Vivo.”
Best Norteño Album
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Norteño Album is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizess excellence and promotes a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award goes to solo artists, duos, or groups for vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of new norteño recordings.
Norteño music is a popular music genre originating in Northern Mexico that combines Hispanic folk music with elements of Country music, punk rock, and hip hop. Common instruments used in norteño music include the guitar, accordion, and drums.
Best Banda Album
The Latin Grammy award for Best Banda Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award is given to solo artists, duos, or groups for vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% of new recordings in the banda genre.
According to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which votes on the Latin Grammy Awards, the purpose of the award is to “recognize outstanding achievement in the field of banda music album production.” NARAS defines the banda genre as “an upbeat Mexican Norteño style dance music played by a group of musicians (usually 8-12) featuring at least 2 vocalists and 2 trumpets.” The eligibility period for the award is July 1 to June 30. Recordings are first evaluated and nominated by a panel of voting members who comprise NARAS; this recruits “experts in various genres” from across the music industry including professionals such as producers, engineers, disc jockeys, journalists, radio programmers, and retailers. The nominations are then voted on by all active members.
The award was first presented as part of the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000; it was presented under the name Best Banda Performance until 2002 after which it assumed its current title. From 2000 to 2009 only one album was awarded; since 2010 two albums have been selected each year as winners: one for performances by solo artists or duos and another for performances by groups. Jose Remedios Ruiz Valdés became the first recipient with his self-titled album which won for Best Banda Performance; Ricky Martin was awarded Best Banda Album for his 2001 album Almas del Silencio. In 2010 Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga’s En Vivo Desde el Dodge Theatre became only album to receive multiple nominations when it was nominated in both categories winning both—for Best Banda Soloist/Duo Album and Best Banda Album—making them also only recipients to win more than once from two nominations each in this category.
As of 2015, six different albums have been honored twice: Limón y Sal by Julieta Venegas (2006–2007); Bohemia Rapsodia by Bandana (2009–2010); La Balanza del Pacífico Sur & Norte released jointly by Eddie Santiago & Binomio de Oro de América (2011–2012); En Vivo Desde México: Su 15 Aniversario by Calibre 50 (2013–2014); Ayer y Hoy…y Mañana Naranjo en Flor configuration edition also credited to Gerardo Ortíz featuring Calibre 50 (2015) which won again his second consecutive trophy for Calibre 50’s third studio album 3 Años de Amor; finally Arriba el Cielo featuring Jerry Rivera also won their second consecutive trophy but Desde la cantina Parte I compilation album edition released jointly with Memo Aponte credited Gerardo Ortíz received his third consecutive trophy making him also the most awarded artist with three wins on this category tied with Calibre 50 making both artists tied as most awarded acts on this category while Naranjo en Flor configuration edition make Gerardo Ortiz tied as most awarded configurational edition along with Bohemia Rapsodia which won previously on 2010 becoming both albums tied as most awarded configurational editions on this category while Arriba el Cielo become also tied as most awarded live recording along with La Balanza del Pacífico Sur & Norte which won previously on 2011 becoming both albums tied as most awarded live recordings on this category.
Best Regional Mexican Song
This year’s Latin Music Awards 2016: Miami was a star-studded event, and there were plenty of awe-inspiring musical performances. One of the most talked-about moments of the night was the award for Best Regional Mexican Song, which went to “Desde El Día Que Te Fuiste” by Los Tigres del Norte.
The song is a heart-wrenching ballad about a man pining for the love he lost when his partner left him. The lyrics are incredibly moving, and the performance by Los Tigres del Norte was simply stunning. It’s no wonder that this song resonated so strongly with the audience and took home the top prize.
Best Tropical Song
Best Tropical Song is an award presented annually by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences at the Latin Grammy Awards. The award is given to the songwriter(s) of a song containing at least 51% of lyrics in Spanish, regardless of the genre of the song. Songs not originally written in Spanish are eligible if they contain at least 51% of lyrics translated into the language.
The award was first presented as Best Salsa Song at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards in 2000. In 2002, it was renamed Best Salsa/Merengue Album, before being given its current title in 2005. Puerto Rican singer Ednita Nazario and Colombian band Grupo Niche are the most awarded acts in this category, with two wins each.
Best Singer-Songwriter Song
Nominees for the best singer-songwriter song at the Latin Music Awards 2016 in Miami have been announced. The nominees are:
-“Amor” by Camila Cabello
-“Besos en la Boca” by Valentino
-“De qué te sirve” by Jesse & Joy
-“Nada” by Enrique Iglesias
-“Si no te hubieras ido” by Manny Manuel
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Song
The ranchera, also known as Mexican rodeo music, is a style of Mexican folk music. It dates back to the 18th century and is often written in 6/8 or 4/4 time. It is popular throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States, and has been performed by a variety of artists over the years. Mariachi bands often play rancheras, and the two genres are sometimes combined.
The best ranchero/mariachi song at the Latin Music Awards 2016 was “México Lindo y querido” by Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.
Best Norteño Song
The best Norteño song of the year was awarded to “El Buen ejemplo” by Los Tigres del Norte.
Best Banda Song
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Banda Album is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin music in the United States and internationally. The award goes to thebanda artist whose album has been determined as the best recording of the year.
This is a list of banda artists who have won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Banda Album.
-Los Tigres del Norte (2010)
-Banda El Recodo (2011)
-La Original Banda el Limón (2012)
-Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga (2013)
-Gerardo Ortiz (2014)
-Banda Carnaval (2015)
-Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda (2016)
Album of the Year
The 2016 Latin Grammy Awards are set to air on Thursday, Nov. 17 on Univision.
Nominees for Album of the Year include:
-“Un Besito Mas” by Jesse & Joy
-“I Am Mexican American” by Aida Cuevas
-“Hasta La Raiz” by Natalia Lafourcade
-“Cotorra” by iLe
-“Made In Cuba, Vol. 1 – Abucheados” by Orquesta Akokan
Record of the Year
The Record of the Year award is presented to the artist who performed the music and/or vocals for a song that was first commercially released in the United States during the eligibility period. This award includes songwriter(s) credit.
-“Elastic Heart” by Sia
-“Uptown Funk (Feat. Bruno Mars)” by Mark Ronson
-“Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” by Taylor Swift
-“Lean On (Feat. MØ & DJ Snake)” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Song of the Year
The 2016 Latin Song of the Year was awarded to “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. The track was released on January 13, 2017, and quickly rose to the top of the charts, becoming one of the most popular songs of the year. “Despacito” won the award for Song of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards, and also took home the award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance at theLatin Music Awards.
Producer of the Year
The Producer of the Year will be announced at the Latin Music Awards 2016: Miami. This award is given to the producer who has exhibited exceptional production skills on one or more Latin music albums released during the eligibility period.
Best Engineered Album
The Best Engineered Album award is given to the best sounding album of the year. This award is often given to albums that have been mixed and mastered well, and have a good overall sound. This year, the nominees for Best Engineered Album are:
-Justin Bieber, “Purpose”
-Taylor Swift, “1989”
-The Weeknd, “Beauty Behind the Madness”
-U2, “Songs of Innocence”
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Arrangement is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award is given to musicians who have performed an arrangement on a Latin recording.
This year’s nominees for Best Arrangement are:
-Cubano Chant by Grammy-winning arranger Stephen Bray for Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist Pedrito Martinez’s album Habana Dreams
-El cantante by Nelson Gonzalez for Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés’ album Aries
-Gitana sin alma by flamenco composer Juan Gómez “Chicuelo” for Chicuelo’s album Bailaora
-La flaca by Uruguayan bandoneon player Daniel Binelli and Argentine singer Julieta Venegas for Binelli’s album Bandoneón Arrabalero
-Rosa by Mexican bandleader/arranger Eugenio Toussaint for Mexican singer Lila Downs’ album Balas y Chocolate
Best Long Form Music Video
The Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video is an award presented at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and promotes a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award was first presented as the Latin Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000.
In 2003, the award was given the name Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. From 2004 to 2011, it was known as theLatin Grammy Award for Best Music DVD.
The award is given to the artists, directors and/or producers of a music video album accompanying a recorded musical work. The work should generally be at least 30 minutes in length, and must have been released commercially in audio format.