“Un canto por México, Vol. 1” by Natalia Lafourcade, received this Thursday night the title of Album of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards, which celebrated its 21st edition with a great party from different parts of the world.
Lafourcade’s triumph was a recognition of the Latin Recording Academy for a work that exalts Mexican roots and that consists of versions of popular songs such as “Cucurrucucú paloma” or “Veracruz” and others of his own authorship such as “Hasta la root “Or” What we build. “
The singer could not collect the award in person on the stage of the gala, located in the American city of Miami, but neither did she intervene remotely.
The decision to award this work, for versions and popular sound, was surprising in an edition in which works that have combined commercial success with critical applause such as “YHLQMDLG”, by Bad Bunny, and “Colores”, were also nominated. by J Balvin.
In a year in which reggaeton reigned in almost all nominations, the Latin Grammys decided to give their star award to an artist and work completely different from the urban genre that dominates the algorithms of music applications, but not the awards.
In fact, Lafourcade’s album was born simultaneously with a homonymous concert with which he raised funds for the reconstruction of the Son Jarocho Documentation Center (CDSJ), destroyed in the earthquake in Puebla (Mexico) in 2017.
As happened in the live concert, some of the songs are collaborations with artists of the stature of Jorge Drexler, Panteón Rococó, Carlos Rivera or the group of son jarocho Los Cojolites, who played a leading role in the event.
Bad Bunny competed in this star category, for “YHLQMDLG”; Camilo, for “For the first time”; Kany García, for “Table for two”; J Balvin, for “Colors”; J Balvin and Bad Bunny, for “Oasis”; Jesse & Joy, for “Aire (Day version)”; Ricky Martin, for “Pausa”; Fito Paez, for “The conquest of space” and Carlos Vives, for “Cumbiana”.
Under the slogan “music humanizes us”, the Latin Grammy’s celebrated its 21st edition this Thursday with a gala broadcast from different countries to celebrate the worldwide success of Latin rhythms in a particularly tough year due to the coronavirus pandemic.