On Thursday, November 19, the music industry celebrated the biggest night in Latin music at the 21st annual Latin GRAMMY Awards! Hosted (virtually) from Miami on Univision, the night gave way to show stopping performances from all over the world, heartfelt speeches, and a powerful call for unity to cap off a notoriously rough year.
Hosted by Carlos Rivera, Ana Brenda Contreras, and Yalitza Aparicio, the theme of the awards show was “music makes us human”. The theme emphasized that, while this year was challenging, no matter what, music provides a sense of purpose and can bring communities together. Due to COVID-19, the show did not have a red carpet or live audience. But that didn’t mean the night wasn’t a celebration in itself!
The evening included performances from Best New Artist nominee Anuel AA and Mr 305 aka Pitbull, who brought in a band of frontline workers to the stage, aiming to honor the efforts of those first responders as the COVID-19 pandemic continued.
Decimal Talent Agency/Kee Records artist Alex Campos was awarded Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) for Soldados. The Colombian artist has been performing for more than 16 years and released more than 11 albums in his tenure.
Another winner this evening, Carlos Fernando López, was presented with the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for “Lignarius,” a track from the work, Sacre. Carlos, a renowned pianist, joins forces with Dr. José Valentino Ruiz on the flute to create an experience ripe for self discovery intended to take the listener “on a sonic journey portraying the human experience.”
A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees of this year’s iconic Latin GRAMMY Awards!
Best Christian Album (Spanish Language)
Alex Campos – Soldados (Decimal Talent Agency/Kee Records)
Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album
Céu – APKÁ! (Slap) *Only Distributed by The Orchard in Brazil
Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album
Emicida – Amerelo (Sterns Music) *Only Distributed by The Orchard in Europe
Best Portuguese Language Song
Francisco Bosco & João Bosco, songwriters (João Bosco) – “Abricó-de-Macaco“ Track from: Abricó-de-Macaco (Som Livre)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Carlos Fernando López & José Valentino, composers (Carlos Fernando López) “Sacre” Track from: Lignarius (Landl Entertainment LLC)