by Mónica Marie Zorrilla
01/29/2018 - 15:18
Latinos Won Big At Grammys
Surprisingly, it wasn't just Bruno Mars taking home glitzy golden gramophones last night at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
24K Magic by Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars is a Hawaiian native of Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Okay, there probably was a little too much Bruno for my taste and many deserving artists- including some Latinos! -were snubbed, but, either way, Mars, and his infectious funky jams are worthy of much acclaim.
Antonio Sánchez, the Mexican immigrant who infuses electro-rock with politics in Bad Hombre, lost to Prototype by Jeff Lorber Fusion.
Bruno Mars scored another win with “That’s What I Like," but Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis (a Colombian-American) did get recognized for "Get Out."
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.
In both of these categories, Dominican-Trinidadian rapper and personality Cardi B lost to Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." Let's give credit where credit is due, though: Cardi B is the first person of Dominican descent to make it to Billboard's Hot 100, and she's only just risen to prominence for her music in the past two years.
Cécile McLorin Salvant may have won for this category, but Raul Midón's Bad Ass and Blind was in consideration. Midón graduated from the prestigious Frost School of Music in Miami, Florida in 1990.
Jazz Tango by Pablo Ziegler Trio.
El Dorado by Shakira.
Residente by Residente.
Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas by Aida Cuevas.
Salsa Big Band by Rubén Blades, accompanied by Roberto Delgado and Orchestra.
Woah, out of five possible nomination slots, three were given to Latino musicians! Memoria de los Sentidos by Vicente Amigo, Para Mi by Buika, and Rosa Dos Ventos by Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro lost to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
I guess people still like La La Land? Lin-Manuel Miranda's impressive work on the Moana soundtrack was at least recognized.
“How Far I’ll Go," written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and sung by Auli'i Cravalho.
"Three Revolutions" by Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés.
El Orisha De La Rosa by Magín Díaz and Claudio Roncoli & Cactus Taller tied with Pure Comedy by Father John Misty and Sasha Barr, Ed Steed, & Josh Tillman.
24K Magic by Bruno Mars.
Higdon: Viola Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero, & Nashville Symphony. I just interviewed Roberto Díaz, the CEO & President of The Curtis Institute of Music, and his humility clearly knows no bounds- he never mentioned the Grammy nomination! All of us at AL DÍA warmly extend our congratulations to Mr. Díaz and his colleagues.