NEW YORK (AP) – 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 applicants from different genres, genres, countries and ages. Most of them are young people who are just starting to learn, but there are also experienced musicians.
Top New Artist will be crowing when the 22nd Latin Grammy Awards takes place in Las Vegas on Thursday. Let’s take a look at this year’s contenders:
JULIA BE: This 22-year-old Brazilian pop singer and songwriter signed with Warner Music Brasil in 2018 and released the song “With You” with Brazilian DJ Zerb. The following year, she achieved her first success with Too Bad, the main theme of the telenovela O Sétimo Guardião, and appeared on the Portuguese music charts with Menina Solta. Last year she released the mini-album “Solta”.
MARCHA BECERRA: Before becoming one of the most popular Argentine singers of the past year, Becerra was a YouTuber whose funny videos have amassed millions of views.… But her real passion was music, and in 2019 she made her debut with the single “222”. This year she released the EP “Animal, Parte 1”, which was followed by the album “Animal”. Her most recent 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, Vol. 39”) and Producer This year, Bizarrap seems to be the favorite in this category. The 23-year-old Argentinean producer and DJ specializing in urban genres such as trap and rap has been on the charts with his Music Sessions with Nicky Jam, Nicky Nicole and Anuel AA, among others.
BOSA: Growing up in the La Meri area of Panama, Boza didn’t have a career in music in mind, let alone get a Latin Grammy. His hit “Hecha pa ‘mí” was nominated for a 24-year-old urban musician who began his career at 17 fusing dancehall and R&B with Panamanian “canela” after a rough adolescence. With songs that also include “Ella”, “En la Luna” and “Perreito Salvaje,” Boza said the music saved him from the life of crime and vices in his area. The video for “Hecha pa ‘mí” has over 100 million views on YouTube and this month he will release “Bucle”, his second album.
ZOE GOTUSSO: Zoe Gotusso has stepped out of her comfort zone by leaving the burgeoning duo in Argentina to continue as a solo artist in what she calls the most difficult period of her life. However, instincts led her to one of the greatest joys. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter has received two Latin Grammy nominations for her debut album, Mi Primer Día Triste, including Best Pop Rock Song, Ganas.
HUMBE: The 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter debuted in 2017 with Sonámbulo, and three years later released the EP Soy Humbe, but it was Entropía, released last March, that earned him the award. recognition of the Latin Academy of Sound Recording. Hambe started playing the piano at the age of 9 and knew as a teenager that he wanted to make music professionally. He recently released his second full length album, 2021, Aurora.
RITA INDIANA: At 44, Indiana is the oldest of the group. The Dominican musician and writer returned to the music scene after a decade with the 2020 Mandinga Times album. The author of six novels and several storybooks, she made her musical debut in 2010 with the laudatory album El Juidero. She reappeared last November with her “apocalyptic” album, produced by former Calle 13 member Eduardo Cabra, in which she addresses everything from unpunished corruption to homosexual taboos with rhythms like dembow, heavy metal, merengue, traditional eider, electro-boogie-woogie, punk. and rap.
LASSO: After not being nominated in 2020 for the EP series that together make up his album Cuatro Estaciones, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Lasso realized that 2021 was his last chance: the maximum number of full-length albums. for the title of the best new artist three are able to compete, and at 33 he already had “Sin Otro Sentido” 2016 and “El Exilio Voluntario de una Mente Saturada” 2017. Lasso, who comes from a family of artists, was inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for his album about relationships that develop over the course of a year, with 21 songs featuring two collaborations with Dana Paola and one with Jose Madero of PXNDX.
PALOMA MAMI: Paloma Mami is one of the contemporary Latin American urban performers with songs such as No te Enamores, Qué Rico Fuera with Ricky Martin and QueLoQue with Major Lazer. The 22-year-old Chilean-American singer, whose music naturally combines Spanish and English, started rapping at 17 and soon met producers with whom she recorded her first song, “Not Steady”. This year she released her debut album Sueños de Dalí with hits such as For Ya, Religiosa and Traumada.
MARCOS MARES: The 28-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter poured out the pain of grief in a five-song EP that earned him a nomination. Curitas, its third production after 2019’s Estas Canciones me Recuerdan a Ti and 2014’s EP Para Ella, mixes musical styles such as rancher, cha-cha-cha, bachata, pop, R&B and trap. and also the word “Curita” (plaster) is found in songs such as “amable” and “bebé”. Raised in a musical family, he studied on a scholarship at Berkeley in Boston, where he began writing his own songs. In 2017, it had the viral hit “Flaquita”.
JULIANA VELASQUEZ: Velazquez took refuge in music, writing songs about themes of her life that she dared not talk about. The cathartic exercise led to the creation of the album and earned her her first Latin Grammy nomination. With a “retro” style, which she attributes to her love of mariachi, and an uplifting voice full of intonation and emotion, the 23-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who began her television career as a child, made her official musical debut with “Juliana.” The 11-track album starts with the song “Montaña Rusa”, which she created at the height of the pandemic with the help of her Instagram fans, and includes the singles “Dolor Anticipado”, “Juro” and “Presiento”.