10 Latin Grammy Nominees We Love

The Latin Grammys are in two days! Who will be watching with us? We can't wait to see all the great performances from some of our favorite artists, including Natalia Jiménez, Il Volo, and ChocQuibTown. Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Who do you think this year's winners will be? Let us know in the comments below! 

Juan Luis Guerra

Who doesn't love Juan Luis Guerra? The Dominican-born singer-songwriter has penned a slew of beloved hits, including "Tus Besos," the lead single from Todo Tiene Su Hora (nominated for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Tropical Album), which reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's US Latin Pop Songs chart and Tropical Airplay chart. "Tus Besos" is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Tropical Song.

See "Muchachita Linda," one of our favorites from Todo Tiene Su Hora, featured on June's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.

 

Natalia Lafourcade

Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade released her first album in 2003, when she was just 19-years-old, and she hasn't stopped delivering her beautiful and inspired music since.

With four Latin Grammy Awards under her belt, Lafourcade hit it big this year with her sixth studio album Hasta La Raíz, which is nominated for Album of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Engineered Album.

The title song, "Hasta La Raíz," is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Alternative Song.

 

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin is killing it right now. Having just completed the US leg of his "One World Tour," he is currently a judge on Univision's new singing competition La Banda, a search for the next great Latin boy band.

A Quien Quiera Escuchar, Martin's 10th studio album released this past February, is nominated for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album. Its second single "Disparo al Corazón" is nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

 

Alejandro Sanz

Alejandro Sanz has such a captivating voice and we are thrilled to see him nominated this year in multiple categories, including Album of the Year (Sirope) and Record of the Year ("Un Zombie a la Intemperie").

"Un Zombie a la Intemperie," which we featured on April's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment, is also nominated for Song of the Year.

Sanz is currently a judge, alongside Ricky Martin, on La Banda.

 

Natalia Jiménez

We love Natalia! But you probably already know that if you've been following this blog.

Creo En Mí is nominated for Album of the Year and it is absolutely an Album We Love! In fact, we could probably listen to it all day!

Each song on Creo En Mí is perfectly crafted and filled with genuine emotion. We're addicted to the sunny and upbeat "Algo Brilla En Mí," which we included on April's list of our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment, as well as the gorgeous ballad "Tu y Yo," featured on June's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.

Ranchera-inspired "Quédate Con Ella" is nominated for Song of the Year.

 

Maluma

Maluma is currently reigning at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart with his newly released Pretty Boy Dirty Boy. The fun single "El Tiki," produced by Kevin ADG and Chan "El Genio," is nominated for Best Urban Performance. You can find it featured on May's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.

Maluma is currently a coach on Colombia's edition of La Voz Kids. Don't forget to check out our recent post 5 Reasons Why We Love Maluma!

 

Victor Manuelle

Victor Manuelle's career spans more than two decades, bringing us vibrant salsa hits like "Tengo Ganas," "Me Llamaré Tuyo," and "Si Tú Me Besas."

Que Suenen Los Tambores is nominated for Best Salsa Album, while the title track hit No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Airplay chart earlier this year.

"Agua Bendita," included on the album, is Manuelle's 25th to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Songs chart. It is nominated for Best Tropical Song. See it featured on June's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.

 

Pablo Alborán

It's hard to believe that Spain's Pablo Alborán is only 26-years-old. There's a certain wisdom that he conveys in his songs that is way beyond his years and completely enchanting.

Terral is his third studio album and is nominated this year for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album. "Por Fin," the album's lead single, is nominated for Song of the Year.

We especially love "Pasos de Cero." See it featured on March's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.

 

J Balvin

J Balvin is a fighter. He is resilient and he is ON FIRE. The Colombian reggaetonero has a bright future ahead of him and we can't wait to hear what kind of mega hit he'll hit us with next.

"Ay Vamos," his single included on La Familia B Sides, made the whole world take notice. It reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in March, while the accompanying music video has acquired over half a billion views on YouTube to date. "Ay Vamos" is nominated for Best Urban Performance and Best Urban Song.

In October, Balvin performed his most recent hit, "Ginza," on NBC's TODAY Show as part of their series VIVA Today in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

ChocQuibTown

The Grammy-nominated, Latin Grammy-winning trio was founded in Quibdó, Colombia, and made their debut in 2006, bringing their eclectic style to the world.

Produced by Andres Castro (Carlos Vives, Prince Royce), their album El Mismo is nominated for Best Tropical Fusion Album.

The hip, laid back single "Cuando Te Veo" was also released as a remix with Nicky Jam. See it featured on May's list of Our Top 5 Latin Songs of the Moment.


Don't miss the live stream via Latin GRAMMY en Vivo, starting at 5pm ET/2pm PT on November 19th. Red carpet starts at 7pm ET/PT (6pm CT) on Univision.

So, who are your favorite nominees this year? Let us know in the comments below!