The Latin Recording Academy introduced its nominations for the twenty second Annual Latin Grammys on September twenty eighth — and nearly instantly, the drama started. Camilo followers celebrated, regional Mexican followers have been upset, and reggaeton artists obtained into public social media spats. Listed here are 5 of key takeaways from this 12 months’s nominations.

We Get It, You Love Camilo

The Academy has declared the Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo its mustachioed golden little one, bestowing him with 10 nominations this 12 months. The fixation is a bit extreme, but it surely is smart when the Academy is attempting to steadiness its style for conventional pop with criticism that it hasn’t embraced younger artists sufficient. Camilo’s music is strong center floor: Together with his distinct, helium-high croon, the 27-year-old pulls from a variety of latest genres to craft songs steeped within the romantic sentimentality of throwback eras — filled with mass attraction, but nonetheless fairly innocuous. 

Plus, Camilo’s ubiquity within the business helps. The previous teen star and winner of an X Issue-style actuality sequence in Colombia grew to become a songwriter and producer for stars like Becky G and Maluma after which married into the Montaner household, with which he’s typically labored. He’s nominated not just for songs from his album Mis Manos, but in addition collaborations he helped write — together with “Dios Asi Lo Quiso,” carried out by Juan Luis Guerra and Camilo’s father-in-law Ricardo Montaner, and “Amen,” a track that options Camilo’s father-in-law; Camilo’s spouse, Evaluna Montaner; and her brothers, Mau Y Ricky. Camilo’s go-to producer Edgar Barrera obtained 9 nominations, an additional signal that the Academy is all in relating to this sound, to the chagrin of listeners hoping to see voters single out one thing slightly extra radical.

C. Tangana’s El Madrileño Brings Up the Spain Query — Once more

When the Spanish artist C. Tangana instructed his label that he needed to desert an album he’d been engaged on to pursue an experimental labor of affection that he ultimately titled El Madrileño, he was met with reluctance: “At first, they pulled their hair and thought: ‘This isn’t occurring, all that we’ve invested within the different album,’” he instructed Rolling Stone earlier this 12 months. Nonetheless, they got here round as soon as they heard how he blended modern sounds with folksy traditions whereas collaborating with veterans equivalent to Andrés Calamaro, Eliades Ochoa, and José Feliciano.

The Academy was into it, too: C. Tangana has 5 nominations and stands to be one among this 12 months’s massive winners. Nonetheless, the popularity introduced again a longtime query that additionally surfaced when Rosalia received a number of awards again in 2019: Does music by Spanish and different European artists belong on the Latin Grammys? The Latin Recording Academy CEO Manuel Abud says it does. “I don’t see why we should always exclude any nation,” he instructed Rolling Stone simply earlier than this 12 months’s nominations.

Girls Nonetheless Aren’t Represented Sufficient

Eleven girls are nominated throughout the large 4 classes this 12 months, together with Colombian singer Paula Arenas, who’s up for Tune of the 12 months, File of the 12 months, and Album of the 12 months. Within the Greatest New Artist class, six girls make up the 11 nominees. These numbers are an indication of combined progress because the Academy grapples with an total lack of illustration of ladies. Arenas, Mon Laferte, and Nathy Peluso are the ladies with probably the most nominations — however they nonetheless solely acquired 4 every, in comparison with Camilo’s 10 and Barrera’s 9. And the Producer of the 12 months class has been completely male since 2018, when Linda Briceño grew to become the primary lady to win.  

Different classes did flip up some thrilling honors, significantly for ladies who’ve been in music for many years. The prolific Brazilian singer Nana Caymmi was nominated once more for her album Nana, Tom, Vinícius, an homage to Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. Alexandra, the Dominican bachata veteran from the previous duo Monchy & Alexandra, is up for Greatest Merengue/Bachata Album for her launch Bachata Queen. And Petrona Martinez, an 82-year-old guardian of bullerengue music, received a nod for Greatest People Album for Ancestras, an album that options 14 collaborations that commemorate the African roots of music.

Rita Indiana, “New” Artist?

The nominees for Greatest New Artist signify a wide range of nations, together with Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and extra. However one title turned heads: The Academy voted the prolific Dominican creator and musician Rita Indiana as one of many 12 months’s rising stars, although she’s been making music for about 13 years. Whereas Rita’s first album, El Juidero, was a transformative venture launched in 2010, her apocalyptic follow-up Mandinga Instances is what drew consideration as a brash whirlwind of dembow, heavy metallic, and reggaeton, that includes the favored producer Eduardo Cabra, who has the second-most Latin Grammys in historical past. That Rita was observed after working with Cabra highlights how behind and insular the voters could be, typically failing to note expertise except it’s hooked up to acquainted names. Rita herself took the entire thing in stride: “The one factor I’m new at is getting nominated for one thing like this,” she tells Rolling Stone.


Regional Will get Shut Out — and Reggaeton Sparks a Huge Debate

The Academy’s remedy of reggaeton artists has been a topic of dialog for years. Some artists continued to name out the establishment’s perceived snubs this 12 months, and J Balvin (who truly was nominated) urged reggaeton acts boycott: “Those that have energy within the style NONE SHOULD GO!” he tweeted in Spanish hours after the nominations have been introduced. Balvin has gotten help when he’s raised the difficulty previously, however his tweet backfired this time. In an Instagram video, Residente, who has probably the most Latin Grammys in historical past, slammed the concept of a boycott and made enjoyable of Balvin, likening him to a sizzling canine vendor upset that he hadn’t received a Michelin star. The rapper Yotuel made a video and famous that “Patria Y Vida” — a collaboration of his that grew to become the rallying cry of Cubans throughout protests this summer season — is up for Tune of the 12 months. (It’s additionally up for Greatest City Tune.)

Whether or not reggaeton is represented sufficient this 12 months continues to be a debate. Residente identified that a number of reggaeton acts are nominated: Unhealthy Bunny’s El Último Tour Del Mundo vies for Album of The 12 months, and Rauw Alejandro’s “Todo De Ti” is up for File of the 12 months and Tune of the 12 months, although its pop-fusion sound makes the Academy’s preferences clear. However there are different evident omissions. Black reggaeton artists, who’re underrepresented throughout the entire business regardless of beginning the style, nonetheless have few nominations, one thing that has occurred repeatedly by means of the award ceremony’s historical past. (In his message to Balvin, Residente talked about that Tego Calderón has been thought-about for Latin Grammys earlier than, however Calderón has been nominated seven occasions and received solely as soon as; a pioneer like Ivy Queen has been nominated solely 3 times and has by no means received.) One other main oversight is Tainy: Although he’s architected a number of the greatest hits of the 12 months and arguably the present sound of reggaeton, he’s noticeably absent from the Producer of the 12 months class for an additional 12 months in a row.

And one of many greatest snubs of all is regional Mexican music. In a 12 months through which bands like Grupo Firme and Los Dos Carnales noticed huge international progress, they didn’t make it into main classes. Their albums are nominated underneath banda and norteño classes; it’s value noting, although, that Los Dos Carnales solely obtained consideration underneath Greatest Regional Tune for “Tuyo Y Mio,” a track whose lead artist is, in fact, Camilo.