A look at the best new artists nominated for this year’s Latin Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) – The Latin Grammy for Best New Artist is often one of the most coveted awards, as it can only be won once in a lifetime and can open many doors.

This year’s nominees include 11 nominees from various genders, genders, countries and ages. Most are young beginners, but there are also seasoned musicians.

The best new artist will be celebrated when Las Vegas hosts the 22nd Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday. Here’s a look at this year’s contenders:

GIULIA BE: This 22-year-old Brazilian pop singer-songwriter signed with Warner Music Brasil in 2018 and released the song “With You” with Brazilian DJ Zerb. The following year, she had her first success with “Too Bad”, the main theme of the telenovela “O Sétimo Guardião”, and appeared in the music charts of Portugal with “Menina Solta”. Last year she released the EP “Solta”.

MARÍA BECERRA: Before becoming one of Argentina’s most popular singers last year, Becerra was a YouTuber whose funny videos generated millions of views. But her real passion was music and in 2019 she debuted with the single “222”. This year, she released the EP “Animal, Parte 1” followed by the album “Animal”. His recent hits include “Wow Wow” with Becky G, “Antes de ti” with Rusherking, “Mal Acostumbrao” with Mau & Ricky and “Qué más pues?” with J Balvin.

BIZARRAP: Also nominated for Best Urban Fusion / Performance (“Nathy Peluso: BZRP Music Lessons, Vol. 36”), Best Rap / Hip-Hop Song (“Snow Tha Product: BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 39”) and Producer of the year, Bizarrap seems to be a category favorite. The 23-year-old Argentinian producer and DJ, specializing in urban genres such as trap and rap, has hit the charts with his “Musical Sessions” with Nicky Jam, Nicki Nicole and Anuel AA, among others.

BOZA: Growing up in the La Meri neighborhood of Panama, Boza didn’t have a musical career in mind, let alone reach the Latin Grammys. His hit “Hecha pa ‘mí” earned the nomination for the 24-year-old urban musician, who began his career at 17 by merging dancehall and R&B with Panamanian “canela” after a difficult adolescence. With songs that also include “Ella”, “En la Luna” and “Perreito Salvaje”, Boza said the music had saved him from a life of crime and vices in his neighborhood. The video for “Hecha pa ‘mí” has over 100 million views on YouTube and it will release “Bucle”, its second album this month.

ZOE GOTUSSO: Zoe Gotusso has stepped out of her comfort zone leaving a rising duo in Argentina to continue as a solo artist in what she calls the most difficult time of her life. Her instincts, however, led her to one of her greatest joys. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter received two Latin Grammy nominations for his debut album, “Mi Primer Día Triste”, including a nod for best pop-rock song, for “Ganas”.

HUMBE: The 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter debuted in 2017 with the album “Sonámbulo” and three years later released the EP “Soy Humbe”, but it’s “Entropía” released. last March, which earned him recognition from the Latin Recording Academy. Humbe started playing the piano at age 9 and as a teenager he knew he wanted to pursue music professionally. In recent days, he released “Aurora”, his second full length album in 2021.

RITA INDIANA: At 44, Indiana is the oldest of the group. The Dominican musician and writer returned to the music scene after a decade with “Mandinga Times” in 2020. Author of six novels and several short stories, she made her music debut in 2010 with the acclaimed album “El Juidero “. She reappeared last November with her “apocalyptic” album produced by former Calle 13 member Eduardo Cabra, in which she tackles everything from unpunished corruption to the taboo around homosexuality to beats like dembow, heavy metal, merengue, traditional gaga, electro-boogie, punk. and rap.

LASSO: After he was not nominated in 2020 for a series of EPs that make up his album “Cuatro Estaciones”, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Lasso was aware that 2021 was his last chance: the maximum number of full albums to able to compete for the best new artist are three, and at 33 years old he already had “Sin Otro Sentido” from 2016 and “El Exilio Volunntario de una Mente Saturada” from 2017. Lasso, who comes from ‘a family of artists, was inspired by Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” for his album on a relationship that progresses throughout the year, with 21 songs including two collaborations with Danna Paola and one with José Madero of PXNDX .

PALOMA MAMI: Paloma Mami is one of the Latin urban performers of the moment thanks to songs like “No te Enamores”, “Qué Rico Fuera” with Ricky Martin and “QueLoQue” with Major Lazer. The 22-year-old Chilean-American singer, whose music naturally mixes Spanish and English, began rapping at age 17 and soon met the producers with whom she recorded her first song, “Not Steady”. This year she released her debut album, “Sueños de Dalí”, with hits like “For Ya”, “Religiosa” and “Traumada”.

MARCOS MARES: The 28-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter poured out the pain of heartbreak in a five-song EP that earned him the nomination. “curitas”, his third production after the 2019 album “Estas Canciones me Recuerdan a Ti” and the 2014 EP “Para Ella”, mixes musical styles such as ranchera, cha-cha, bachata, pop, R&B and trap, and the word “curita” (Band-Aid) appears in songs such as “amable” and “bebé”. Raised in a family of musicians, he studied on scholarship at Berklee in Boston, where he began writing his own songs. In 2017 he had a viral hit, “Flaquita”.

JULIANA VELÁSQUEZ: Velásquez found refuge in music by writing songs on topics in her life that she did not dare to talk about. The cathartic exercise led to an album and earned her first Latin Grammy nomination. With a “retro” style that she attributes to her love of mariachi and a sublime voice full of inflections and emotion, the 23-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who began her career as a child in television, officially made her music debut with “Juliane.” The 11-track album begins with “Montaña Rusa”, which she created in the midst of the pandemic with the help of her fans on Instagram, and includes the singles “Dolor Anticipado”, “Juro” and “Presiento”.


Bautista reported from Mexico City.

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