Remember the 49 Latin Grammy nominations The Orchard got? Well, while people are still reeling over the kiss Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez shared on the T-Mobile Arena stage in Las Vegas during the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 17, 2016, The Orchard is celebrating eight Latin Grammy wins.
From tango to folk, seven of The Orchard’s artists brought home golden gramophones during Latin music’s biggest night. Let’s take a look at our wonderful winners.
The four-time nominated Brazilian singer-songwriter Djavan [Luanda Records Brasil/Sony Music], emerged with one major win in the Best Portuguese Language song “Vidas Pra Contar.” A meaningful song that details scenes of his childhood in Northeastern Brazil with lyrical beauty, “Vidas Pra Contar’s” achievement is Djavan‘s third Latin Grammy award to date.
Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu celebrated two major wins from her fourth studio album Tropix [Urban Jungle Records], for Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album and Best Engineered Album. Tropix holds subtle inflections of Brazilian folk music that are cleverly interlaced with contemporary electronic textures, jazz, bossa nova, and Afrobeat.
First gaining national attention as second place finishers on the Brazilian reality television show Superstar in 2009, the band Scalene won Best Portuguese Language Rock Album for their third studio release Éter [Slap].
Further cementing The Orchard’s strong presence in Brazilian popular music is Hamilton de Holanda‘s Latin Grammy win for Best Instrumental Album with Samba de Chico [Biscoito Fino]. A Brazilian bandolinist (a bandolin, being a type of mandolin that is unique to Brazil) who performs primarily in the instrumental Brazilian genre choro, Hamilton de Holanda is also known for his deftly experimentation with jazz and other idioms within the traditional framework of the choro.
Outside of Brazil, other winners include a Best Latin Jazz Album win for the critically acclaimed Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for their album Cuba: The Conversation Continues [Motema]; Nicolás Ledesma for his Best Tango Album win for Cuando Llora la Milonga [Epsa Music], and Best Folk Album for Palo Cruza’o’s En Armonías Colombianas [Vibra Music Entertainment S.A.S.]. A Colombian folklore group specializing in “la música Llanera,” the traditional music of a vast tropical grassland plain situated in both Colombia and Venezuela. Palo Cruza’o performs the traditional joropo of the region that blends other traditional and modern stylistic elements to create musical fusions that is appealing fans of all ages throughout Colombia, Venezuela, and beyond.
Click here to check out the full list of winners and nominees of the 17th annual Latin Grammy awards.