Calle13 Wins Big at Latin Grammys
CALLE13 WINS BIG AT LATIN GRAMMYS WITH 9 AWARDS
Calle 13, a Puerto Rican hip-hop group with Pan-American music, rebellious politics and a raunchy sense of humor, triumphed at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. “Entren Los Que Quieran” (“Everybody Is Welcome”), the fourth Calle 13 album, was nominated for 10 awards this year, a record for the Latin Grammys. It helped that Calle 13’s eclecticism qualified its songs for multiple categories —Urban, Alternative, Tropical.
“Entren Los Que Quieran” is Calle 13’s second album in a row to be named Album of the Year; it won the same award for its 2008 album, “Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo” (“Those From Behind Are Coming With Me”).
Calle 13’s “Latinoamérica”— a panorama of Latin American images, problems and perseverance, set to an Andean-rooted beat — was named Record of the Year (for the recording) and Song of the Year (for the songwriting). The band performed it to open the awards show, with the lead singer, rapper Residente (René Pérez), backed by a Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Accepting one award, for Best Urban Album, Residente said, “It’s very difficult for us navigating against the current,” and vowed to keep making “true music.” Returning for the Best Urban song award, for “Baile de los Pobres” (“Dance of the Poor”), Residente added, “I know that we’re those who are heard not on the radio, but in the heart of the people.” “Today music triumphed,” Residente said as he accepted the Album of the Year award.
(text from The New York Times –Jon Pareles-)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Entren los que Quieran, Calle 13
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Rafael Arcaute, Calle 13 Entren los que Quieran
SONG OF THE YEAR Latinoamérica, Calle 13
RECORD OF THE YEAR Latinoamérica, Calle 13
BEST URBAN SONG El Baile de los Pobres, Calle 13
BEST URBAN MUSIC ALBUM Entren los que Quieran, Calle 13
BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG Calma Pueblo, Calle 13
BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO Calle 13, Calma Pueblo
BEST TROPICAL SONG Vamo’ a Portarnos Mal, Calle 13
- article submitted by:Silvia Guevara, Conga Booking SL