By David Villafranca
Los Angeles, Sep 28 (EFE).- Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo is poised for a big night at the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards gala in Las Vegas after garnering 10 nominations.
The Latin Recording Academy on Tuesday unveiled its finalists for these prizes that recognize outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry, mainly for works recorded in Spanish or Portuguese.
Camilo, a 27-year-old rising star in Latin pop who won his first Latin Grammy last year and is known for his handlebar moustache, was recognized for his work on “Mis manos” (nominated for Album of the Year) and particularly his hit song “Vida de rico” (nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year).
He also is in the running for Record of the Year for the track “Amen,” a collaboration with his wife Evaluna Montaner, his father-in-law Ricardo Montaner and his brothers-in-law Mau and Ricky.
He is trailed by Dominican merengue icon Juan Luis Guerra and Spanish rapper C. Tangana, another rising Latin music star, who received six nominations and five nods, respectively.
Pablo Alboran, Paula Arenas, Bad Bunny, Bizarrap, Diamante Electrico, Mon Laferte, Ricardo Montaner, Nathy Peluso and Tainy each garnered four nominations.
The other songs competing for Record of the Year are “Dios asi lo quiso” (Ricardo Montaner and Juan Luis Guerra), “Si hubieras querido” (Pablo Alboran), “Todo de ti” (Rauw Alejandro), “Un amor eterno” (Marc Anthony), “A tu lado” (Paula Arenas), “Bohemio” (Andres Calamaro and Julio Iglesias), “Sueltame, Bogota” (Diamante Electrico), “Te olvidaste” (C. Tangana and Omar Apollo) and “Talvez” (Caetano Veloso and Tom Veloso).
Camilo also is making a double appearance in the Song of the Year category as one of the five songwriters of “Dios asi lo quiso.”
The other contestants for Song of the Year are “A tu lado” (Paula Arenas), “Agua” (Tainy and J Balvin), “A veces” (Diamante Electrico), “Hawai” (Maluma), “Cancion bonita” (Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin), “Mi guitarra” (Javier Limon, Juan Luis Guerra and Nella), “Patria y vida” (Yotuel, Gente De Zona, Descemer Bueno, El Funky and Maykel Osorbo), “Que se sepa nuestro amor” (Mon Laferte and Alejandro Fernandez), “Si hubieras querido” (Pablo Alboran) and “Todo de ti” (Rauw Alejandro).
The Record of the Year is a prize that rewards the efforts of a song’s artists, producers and engineers, while the Song of the Year honor recognizes outstanding songwriting.
The 10 nominees for Album of the Year are “Mis manos” (Camilo), “Vertigo” (Pablo Alboran), “Mis amores” (Paula Arenas), “El ultimo tour del mundo” (Bad Bunny), “SALSWING!” (Ruben Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta), “Nana, Tom, Vinicius” (Nana Caymmi), “Prive” (Juan Luis Guerra), “Origen” (Juanes), “Un canto por Mexico, Vol. 2” (Natalia Lafourcade) and “El madrileño” (C. Tangana).
In the category of Best New Artist, one of the most coveted Latin Grammy honors, the contestants are Giulia Be, Maria Becerra, Bizarrap, Boza, Zoe Gotusso, Humbe, Rita Indiana, Lasso, Paloma Mami, Marco Mares and Juliana Velasquez.
Among the Latin Grammys’ special awards, Panamanian salsa icon Ruben Blades has been selected as Person of the Year, while eight recording artists are to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards: Martinho da Vila, Emmanuel, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Fito Paez, Milly Quezada, Joaquin Sabina and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
The 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards gala is scheduled to be held on Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas after taking place in Miami without an audience in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the Latin Recording Academy said in Tuesday’s press release that it is “closely monitoring industry, county, state and federal health guidelines while continuing to plan this year’s ceremony and auxiliary events.”
“The safety of guests, nominees and performers is the most urgent priority,” it said. EFE