Latin Grammys 2021: Rubén Blades, Vince Mendoza among jazz nominees

Rubén Blades, Vince Mendoza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Miguel Zénon are among the jazz notables nominated for this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.

For the top honour of album of the year, Rubén Blades and the Roberto Delgado Orchestra’s Salswing! is among the nominees, along with Nana Caymmi’s Nana, Tom, Vinicius. In another of the biggest award categories, the father-and-son duo of Caetano and Tom Veloso are up for record of the year for their song Talvez.

The nominees for the year’s best Latin jazz album are Antonio Adolfo, Roxana Amed, Edmar Castaneda, Iván Melon Lewis, and the duo of Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo.

Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba has earned a nomination for his album Mendó. Cuba has previously won four Latin Grammys, including the title of best new artist in 2010. He has also won three Juno Awards and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Rubén Blades and the Roberto Delgado Orchestra have also earned a second nod for their album Salsa Plus! in the category of best salsa album.

Earlier this year, eight-time Latin Grammy nominee Blades was named the 2021 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. He was honoured for his continued commitment to fighting for social justice around the world.

Vocalist Jon Secada and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba are nominated together for best traditional tropical album, while percussionist Pedrito Martinez is up for best contemporary tropical album.

Six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza is nominated for best arrangement for his work on Melody Gardot’s Um Beijo, from the American singer’s latest album Sunset in the Blue.

The 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Here’s a select list of nominees:

Album of the Year
  • Pablo Alborán – Vértigo
  • Paula Arenas – Mis Amores
  • Bad Bunny – El Último Tour Del Mundo
  • Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Salswing!
  • Camilo – Mis Manos
  • Nana Caymmi – Nana, Tom, Vinicius
  • Juan Luis Guerra – Privé
  • Juanes – Origen
  • Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. II
  • C. Tangana – El Madrileño
Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Antonio Adolfo – Bruma: Celebrating Milton Nascimento
  • Roxana Amed – Ontology
  • Edmar Castaneda – Family
  • Iván Melon Lewis – Voyager
  • Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo – El Arte del Bolero
Best Arrangement
  • Roxana Amed – Blue in Green (Sky and Sea) [arranged by Kendall Moore]
  • America Viva Band – Tierra Mestiza [arranged by César Orozco]
  • Jorge Calandrelli – Adiós Nonino [arranged by Jorge Calandrelli]
  • Melody Gardot – Um Beijo [arranged by Vince Mendoza]
  • Juan Luis Guerra – Ojalá Que llueva Café (Versión Privé) [arranged by Juan Luis Guerra]
Best Instrumental Album
  • Omar Acosta y Sergio Menem – Entretiempo y Tiempo
  • Cristovão Bastos e Rogério Caetano – Cristovão Bastos e Rogério Caetano
  • Hamilton De Holanda e Mestrinho – Canto da Praya – Ao Vivo
  • Ara Malikian – Le Petit Garage (Live)
  • Toquinho e Yamandu Costa – Bachianinha (Live at Rio Montreux Jazz Festival)
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
  • AleMor – AleMorología
  • Alex Cuba – Mendó
  • Mon Laferte – Seis
  • Covi Quintana – Mañana Te Escribo Otra Canción
  • Rozalén – El Árbol y el Bosque

You can find all the nominees at grammy.com.


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