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Who Are The Record Of The Year Nominees At The 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards? Find Out Here
At the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs this week, Latin music fans will find out who will take home the coveted Record Of The Year award, which recognizes the artists, producers, recording engineers, and mixers and mastering engineers behind some of the biggest records this season. Ahead of the 22nd Latin GRAMMY Awards, which air Thursday, Nov. 18, GRAMMY.com dives into the records nominated for one of the most anticipated award shows this year.
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"Si Hubieras Querido" - Pablo Alborán
Since his Best New Artist nomination at the 2011 Latin GRAMMYs, Pablo Alborán has racked up 23 career nominations. He earned four of those nominations this year, including in the Big Three categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. "Si Hubieras Querido" (or "If You'd Have Wanted") marks the Spanish singer-songwriter's sixth nomination for Record of the Year. The sultry track was helmed by Colombian producer Julio Reyes Copello, who has multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards to his name. Here, Alborán channels his hypnotic voice to take the lust and longing of the Vértigo standout to irresistible places.
"Todo De Ti" - Rauw Alejandro
Rauw Alejandro received his first Latin GRAMMY nomination last year for Best New Artist. Even though he didn't win, he proved himself to be one to watch, and his three nominations this year, including for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, bear that out. While Alejandro is known for his reggaeton and Latin trap hits, pop smash "Todo De Ti" (or "All of You") shows an added layer of versatility. The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter produced the song with his longtime collaborator Luis J. González, a.k.a. Mr. NaisGai. The duo dialed it back to the eighties with disco and funk influences that made "Todo De Ti" a summertime anthem.
"Un Amor Eterno" (Versión Balada) - Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony is a veteran of the Latin GRAMMYs, dating back to the award show's inception in 2000. The Nuyorican icon has seven Latin GRAMMY Awards to his name (and three GRAMMY Awards), and is no stranger to the Record of the Year category. He previously won the award in 2013 for his salsa music anthem "Vivir Mi Vida." This year, he's nominated for Record of the Year for "Un Amor Eterno" (or "Eternal Love"), the standout from his latest album, Opus,. A ballad version of the track was helmed by Copello (who is nominated for a second time here) and Venezuelan producer Motiff. Piano and strings back Anthony's powerful performance as he sings about a romance that's out of this world.
"A Tu Lado" - Paula Arenas
Paula Arenas was nominated for her first Latin GRAMMY Award in 2017 for Best New Artist. This year, Arenas received four nominations, including for the Big Three for Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year. (She's tied with Mon Laferte and Nathy Peluso as the most-nominated female artists this year.) Arenas' "A Tu Lado" (or "By Your Side") was helmed by Colombian producers María Elisa Ayerbe and Sebastián Mejía. In 2019, Ayerbe was honored by the Latin Recording Academy as one of Leading Ladies of Entertainment. Arenas' tender love song is soundtracked with the gentle strum of a guitar — making the fact that the song was inspired by her husband, Beto Pérez, all the sweeter.
"Bohemio" - Andrés Calamaro & Julio Iglesias
Argentine rocker Andrés Calamaro has five Latin GRAMMY Awards to his name. For his song "Bohemio," Calamaro teamed up with Spanish icon Julio Iglesias, who previously won a GRAMMY and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Chilean producer Carlos Narea helmed the collaboration, which embraces a jazzier sound that still maintains Calamaro's Latin edge. With Iglesias, he sings about a woman named Bohemio who has them both absolutely captivated. The song's passionate performances show that Calamaro and Iglesiashave the same effect on the listener.
"Vida De Rico" - Camilo
Camilo won his first Latin GRAMMY Award last year for Best Pop Song. And after a GRAMMY Award nomination this year, he's now the most-nominated artist at the 2021 Latin GRAMMY Awards with 10 nominations, including the Big Three of Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The Colombian singer-songwriter worked on "Vida De Rico" (or "Rich Person's Life") with Mexican hit-maker Edgar "Edge" Barrera, who is also nominated for Producer of the Year. The track finds Camilo leaning into his quirkiness as an artist by putting a pop twist on cumbia music, making this heartfelt love song all the more adorable.
"Suéltame, Bogotá" - Diamante Eléctrico
Since 2015, Colombian rock band Diamante Eléctrico have won three Latin GRAMMY Awards,and received four more nominations this year, including in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories. "Suéltame, Bogotá" (or "Let Me Go, Bogotá") was helmed by frontman Juan Galeano and Colombian producer Andrés Rebellón, and embraces a more funk-influenced sound in the standout from Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer. Diamante Eléctrico tap into their sensual side as they surrender themselves to a whirlwind romance.
"Amén" - Ricardo Montaner, Mau y Ricky, Camilo & Evaluna Montaner
Ricardo Montaner is an Argentine icon who received the Latin GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. His single nominated this year, "Amén", is a family affair featuring his sons, Venezuelan duo Mau y Ricky, his daughter Evaluna Montaner, and his son-in-law Camilo. The elder Montaner helmed the song with Colombian producer Richi López, who won Best Pop Song last year with Camilo. In the song, the Montaners and Camilo are facing dark times that they illuminate through their united front and powerful performances, stirring piano and guitar making the family's prayers to God all the more moving.
"Dios Así Lo Quiso" - Ricardo Montaner & Juan Luis Guerra
Montaner is nominated for a second time in the Song of the Year category with "Dios Así Lo Quiso" (or "God Wanted It That Way"), here teaming up with Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra, who has multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards to his name. Montaner helmed the song with brothers Davand Johnny Julca (also known as XAXO) and Venezuelan producer Yasmil Marrufo. Montaner and Guerra sing about their heaven-sent romances over salsa music with a light, Latin pop touch, proving to be a dream team.
"Te Olvidaste" - C. Tangana & Omar Apollo
In 2018 and 2019, C. Tangana won four Latin GRAMMY Awards for his work on Rosalía's El Mal Querer album. This year, the Spanish rapper is nominated for five awards for his breakthrough album El Madrileño, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. In the album's standout track, "Te Olvidaste" (or "You Forgot"), C. Tangana erred on the alternative edge of Latin music by teaming up with Mexican-American singer Omar Apollo. C. Tangana helmed the song with longtime collaborator Alizzz, Argentine veteran Rafa Arcaute, and rising producer Federico Vindver. C. Tangana's swagger meets Apollo's soulful voice, making "Te Olvidaste" a fresh, unforgettable collaboration.
"Talvez" - Caetano Veloso & Tom Veloso
Caetano Veloso is a Brazilian legend, a singer-songwriter with multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards to his name. For "Talvez" (or "Maybe"), Veloso teamed up with his son, Tom, and their collaboration is the only nominee in the Record of the Year category sung in Portuguese. Co-produced by Mário Adnet and Cézar Mendes, "Talvez" finds father and son sharing a tender moment in a charming love song with a multi-generational reach.
The 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos Rivera and Roselyn Sánchez, will air live on Univision on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). It will also air on cable channel TNT at 19.00 (MEX) / 20.00 (PAN-COL) / 21.00 (VEN) / 22.00 (ARG/CHI), and on Televisa on Channel 5. Learn more about the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards via the Latin Recording Academy's official website.