The 2018 Latin Grammy Award Nominations Are In


The 2018 Latin Grammy Award Nominations Are InThe nominees for the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced September 20th by the Latin Recording Academy. The Awards will be held November 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a live broadcast at 8PM EST on the Univision Network. Our talented labels and partners accrued a collective of nearly 50 nominations for this year’s awards, spanning 27 categories. Our label-base is packed with leaders across the independent Latin music scene, and we’re excited to celebrate all they have accomplished in 2018.

Based in Brazil, label Biscoito Fino has made a huge mark across the nominee list.  Renaissance man, Chico Buarque has accrued four nominations including Album of the Year and Best MPB Album for Caravanas as well as Best Portuguese Language Song and Best Arranging for tracks “As Caravanas” and “Massarandupió,” respectively. Biscoito Fino is also home to Edu Lobo, who alongside Dori Caymmi and Marcos Valle, are up for Best MPB Album. The album allowed these talented performers to experiment by performing two compositions each from the other two artist’s body of work. Another Biscoito Fino artist and one of the top selling artists in Brazil, Maria Bethânia has also been named among the Best Portuguese Language Song nominees with “Aponte.”

Speaking of labels that have made a massive impact, Som Livre dominated the list. With a 40 year history in the music business, Som Livre continues to amass a fruitful catalog of successful artists including this year’s nominees. Just a few listed from the label’s repertoire includes Best Portuguese Language Song for Erasmo Carlos‘ “Convite para Nascer de Novo” and Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album for both Erasmo Carlos and Ana Vilela‘s recent releases. The latter of which, recently climbed to stardom when her uplifting track “Trem-Bala” went viral, now with over 85 million plays on YouTube. These are just three of the many nominations the label received. 

The Orchard wishes the best of luck and biggest congratulations to all of the remarkable labels, artists and partners who made the cut!

See the full list of our distributed nominees below and find the complete 2018 Latin Grammy’s list here.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chico Buarque – Caravanas (Biscoito Fino / DiscMedi S.A. / RP Music)

BEST URBAN MUSIC ALBUM
Ozuna – Odisea (VP Records Corp/Dimelo Vi)

BEST ROCK ALBUM
El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado – La Sintesis O’Konor (Nacional Records / Limbo Starr)
No Te Va Gustar – Suenan las Alarmas (Bizarro / FYN S.A. aka Pop Art)
Richard Coleman – F – A – C – I – L (FYN S.A. aka Pop Art)

BEST ROCK SONG
El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado – “Ahora Imagino Cosas”(Nacional Records / Limbo Starr)
Richard Coleman – “Días Futuros” (FYN S.A. aka Pop Art)

BEST POP/ROCK ALBUM
Ella Es Tan Cargosa – La Sangre Buena (FYN S.A. aka Pop Art)

BEST SALSA ALBUM
Charlie Aponte – Pa’ Mi Gente (CA Records, Inc)
Pete Perignon – La Esquina del Bailador (Pete Perignon Music)

BEST CUMBIA/VALLENATO ALBUM
Jean Carlos Centeno y Ronal Urbina – De Parranda (Codiscos)
Juan Piña – La Elegancia de la Música (Vibra Music Entertainment S.A.S.)

BEST REGIONAL SONG
Pedro Fernández –Arránquense Muchachos (Pedro Fernández)

BEST MPB (MUSICA POPULAR BRASILEIRA) ALBUM
Chico Buarque – Caravanas (Biscoito Fino / DiscMedi S.A. / RP Music)
João Bosco – Mano Que Zuera (MP,B / Som Livre)
Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi e Marcos Valle – Edu, Dori e Marcos (Biscoito Fino)
Elza Soares – Deus É Mulher (Deckdisc)

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE SONG
Chico Buarque – “As Caravanas” (Biscoito Fino / DiscMedi S.A. / RP Music)
Erasmo Carlos – “Convite para Nascer de Novo” (2018 Som Livre)
Maria Bethânia – “Aponte” (Biscoito Fino)

BEST ARRANGING
Chico Buarque – “Massarandupió” (Biscoito Fino / DiscMedi S.A. / RP Music)
Milton Salcedo – “Se Le Ve (feat. Amauri Gutiérrez)”(The Entity Inc.)
Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea – “No Me Platiques Más (Instrumental)” (East Side Records)

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE CONTEMPORARY POP ALBUM
Erasmo Carlos – Amor É Isso (2018 Som Livre)
Ana Vilela – Ana Vilela (Slap)

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ROCK OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Kassin – Relax (Luaka Bop)
Tim Bernardes – Recomeçar (Tratore)
Rubel – Casas (Tratore)

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ROOTS ALBUM
Anastacia – Daquele Jeito (Atração Fonográfica TDA)

BEST CONTEMPORARY TROPICAL ALBUM
Daniel Santacruz – Momentos de Cine (Penluis Music)
Milton Salcedo – Swing 80 (The Entity Inc.)
Elvis Crespo – Diomedizao (Flash Music)

BEST TROPICAL FUSION ALBUM
Manny Cruz – Sobrenatural (Penluis Music)
Diego Gutiérrez – Pa’lante el mambo (EGREM)
Aymee Nuviola – Como Anillo al Dedo (Top Stop Music)

BEST BANDA ALBUM
Jerry Demara – Brindemos (Casa Nacional)

BEST TEJANO ALBUM
Michael Salgado – Otras Historias (Zurdo Records)

BEST NORTEÑO ALBUM
Pesado – Los Ángeles Existen (Remex)

BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Hamilton de Holanda Trio – Hamilton de Holanda Trio – Jacob 10ZZ (Deckdisc)

BEST TANGO ALBUM
Miguel Pereiro – Mística Ciudad (Epsa Music)

BEST LATIN JAZZ/JAZZ ALBUM
Nestor Torres – Jazz Flute Traditions (AlFi Records)

BEST SAMBA/PAGODE ALBUM
Thiaguinho – Só Vem! (Ao Vivo) Deluxe (Som Livre)

BEST SERTANEJA MUSIC ALBUM
As Galvão – 70 Anos (Atração Fonográfica TDA)
Naiara Azevedo – Contraste (Som Livre)
Michel Teló – Bem Sertanejo – O Show (Som Livre)

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION
Jorge Mejia – “Prelude in F Major for Piano and Orchestra” (Infusion LLC)

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Sibilino – La Gira (Dios Records)
Apanhador Só – Meio Que Tudo É Um (Tratore)

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM
Arthur Nogueira – Rei Ninguém (Tratore)

Image courtesy of Latin Grammy Awards

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