8 first-time Latin Grammy nominees finally get the nods they deserve


The nominees for the 22nd Latin Grammys were released in a flurry of social media activity last week, revealing plenty of surprises and even a social media feud. Amidst the Camilo fan celebration, as the artist received eight nominations, including major categories, there was also the very public Instagram feud between J Balvin and Residente over the legitimacy of the awards, which until to yesterday, was still evolving.

And while these incidents made the most headlines, it is safe to say that there was no shortage of speeches surrounding the event. It all also went hand in hand with the happy sound of artists and fans celebrating the nominees for the first time. From Selena Gomez to praise for her first single sung in Spanish to Rita Indiana who received her first nomination after a ten-year career.

Here are the nominees for the first time at this year’s Latin Grammys for whom we are particularly rooted.

Selena Gomez

Gomez was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video for “De Una Vez”, the first single from her first full project sung in Spanish, Revelation. The music video for “De Una Vez” features nods to Gomez’s Mexican heritage, such as the pale pink dress she wears referencing the Tehuana cultural dress and the shining heart in her chest referencing the Catholic iconography of the sacred heart of Jesus.

In addition to receiving his first Latin Grammy nomination and launching the first season of his new show, Only the murderers in the building, the Mexican-American singer, actress and producer was named by the Latin Recording Academy as one of the Leading ladies in entertainment.

Gloria Trevi

This year, Gloria Trevi is nominated for her very first Latin Grammy, a nomination that is long overdue. Along with Chilean singer and former Latin Grammy winner, Mon Laferte, they were nominated in the Best Pop Song category for “La Mujer”, their collaboration. An indisputable Latin icon, Trevi has spent her decades-long career reinventing herself and her style, moving from singer to actress to businesswoman. After 11 albums, 25 awards (including a Premio Juventud for Girl Power) and his many hymns that have resonated with generations, Trevi has created a stimulating public figure by showing a fierce passion for his profession and by leading with authenticity. .


The producer who rocks the rhythms behind favorite new Latin pop tracks is nominated for the first time, including the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist and Producer of the Year. Bizzarap, whose real name is Gonzalo Julian Conde and originally from Buenos Aires, has already collaborated with artists like Nicky Jam and Nicki Nicole through his BZRP Music Sessions. These are short Youtube videos on his channel that show him and his guest artist performing a freestyle session – all vocals and production are done live and on location. Each of his videos has recorded millions of views and has consolidated his place as a must-have producer of the new generation. For the Best Rap / Hip-Hop Song, it shares the nomination with Snow Tha Product, also a first-time nominee who has long awaited Academy recognition.

Omar Apollo

Omar Apollo won his first Latin Grammy nominations for Recording of the Year and Best Alternative Song for “Te Olvidaste”, his new track with Spanish superstar C. Tangana. Apollo is a Los Angeles-based Mexican-American R&B musician, most recognizable for his delicate and haunting voice on self-played guitars. The past two years have been monumental for Apollo’s career. In addition to his nominations, he also released his first full album Apolonia. The album is a chamber-recorded celebration of a year spent inside, featuring artists like Kali Uchis and Ruel.

Maria becerra

One of the artists nominated in the coveted Best New Artist category, Buenos Aires-born Maria Becerra is making a statement in the trap-pop genre. Inspired by other powerful singers Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, Becerra’s style combines all the vocal acrobatics of her inspirations, with the art forms of her culture. His first album, Animal, presents her sultry voice and infectious tracks, with collaborators Becky G and Danny Ocean. With a combination of brilliant talent and rave reviews, Becerra is set to become the next big Latino pop star.

Danna paola

Star of the very popular Netflix show Elite and established pop sensation, Danna Paola received her first nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for KO The album is the sixth in her discography, starting when she was just 12 years old and performing Mexican telenovelas. KO introduced the “Mala Fama” singer in all her pop princess glory, with guests Sebastian Yatra and Mika help the musical journey. KO is a shining example of what excellence is in Latin pop, and Danna listeners and pop culture fans can agree that this nomination is long overdue.

Rita Indiana

Rita Indiana is an artist who can only be described as larger than life, fearlessly breaking the molds imposed on her and inventing herself in her art. This year, she received well-deserved recognition at the Latin Grammy, in the form of a nomination for Best New Artist. Another artist who has created a social media frenzy, Indiana’s name was taken to Twitter as thousands of her fans shared stories about how Indiana music has helped them find solace. in their identity as they discover their place on the LGBTQ + spectrum. Other fans criticized the Latin Recording Academy for being “disconnected” from the public since Indiana’s music career spanned 15 years and achieved what many people hail as iconic status – barely a New artist.


After the release of 10 solo EPs and LPs, an album with singer / director the ex Anwandter and three Copihue de Oro Award nominations, Chilean singer Gepe was ultimately nominated for his debut Latin Grammy — Best Alternative Song for his collaboration with Argentine composer Vincentico, “Confía”. Gepe is hailed as one of the new reinventors of Chilean folk music, combining the cultural elements that prevailed in the genre in the 60s and 70s, and giving it a breath of minimalist fresh air and electro pop inspiration.


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