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Jimmie Allen delivered the majority of Latin music categories at the preliminary ceremony of the Grammys
Jimmie Allen delivered the majority of Latin music categories at the preliminary ceremony of the Grammys. Photo: Getty Images

Juanes, Álex Cuba and Bad Bunny, main winners of the Grammy's Latin categories

The big surprise was the triumph of Álex Cuba thanks to his latest album “Mendó”, which won the gramophone for the best Latin pop album

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At the "premiere" gala (prelude) of the Grammy, the most prestigious musical awards on the international scene, Aléx Cuba, Juanes and Bad Bunny were the main winners of the Latin categories.

The big surprise was the triumph of Álex Cuba thanks to his latest album “Mendó”, which won the gramophone for the best Latin pop album over big names like Camilo or Selena Gómez. Camilo pointed out as the main favorite: he recently won four Latin Grammys and is in the best moment of his career.

In the category of best urban music album, there were no surprises: Bad Bunny won with “The last tour of the world”, leaving behind other candidates such as Karol G, J Balvin, Kali Uchis and Raw Alejandro. It should be noted that neither the Puerto Rican singer nor any other winner were present to receive the award.

The Colombian singer Juanes was awarded for his album "Origen" in the category of best Latin or alternative rock album, surpassing C. Tangana or Nathy Peluso. In this album, the artist returned to the roots that inspired his career, performing versions of Fito Páez, Bob Marley, Joaquín Sabina or Bruce Springsteen.

Other Latin category winners included Vicente Fernández, who won best regional Mexican music album with “A mis 80’s,” and Rubén Blades, who won best tropical Latin album with “Salswing.” Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel won the Grammy for best choral performance. He was awarded for his work “Mahler: Symphony n.8”, which he led as director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Los Lobos, a rock and fusion band from Los Angeles, won the category of best album for “Americana” with their work “Native Sons”. Carlos Rafael Rivera, an American composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent, won the award for best soundtrack for an audiovisual platform. It was thanks to his work on the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit".

 

Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias won the category for the best Latin Jazz album with “Mirror Mirror”, where she had the participation of the late American pianist Chick Corea.

The only Latin artist who performed on stage at the prelude gala was Mon Laferte, who was nominated for the Grammy for the first time with “Seis”, in which she aspired to win the best regional Mexican music album. The Chilean, who lives in Mexico, offered a surprising performance of "La mujer", a song of female empowerment recorded as a duet with Gloria Trevi.

In the official gala, where Olivia Rodrigo and Jon Batiste emerged as the main winners and protagonists, the telematic participation of Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenski stood out, who demanded greater commitment from the musicians to denounce the atrocities committed by Russia in the invasion from Ukraine. “Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on television. Support us in any way you can, whatever. But not with silence,” implored the Ukrainian leader.

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