The Spanish Latin Grammy gala was very un-Spanish when it came to awards. One for Quevedo for a song in which he is a collaborator, an award for the Spanish-Argentine Nathy Peluso for a video clip and an award for Pastori Girl in a category in which there were only Spaniards. And another one too Marcos Vidal, for the best Christian album in Spanish. That is the harvest that the artists of our country collected in the 24th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, held this Thursday in Seville.
It was the first time that the Latin Grammys were held outside the United States. The arrival in Spain meant a lot of presence of our singers in performances, but very little balance in awards. This circumstance confirms what EL MUNDO warned a few weeks ago: Spanish music has been eclipsed by the strength of several Latin American countries, which have been able to take better advantage of the increase in interest in the world for music sung in Spanish. Latin music is today a business of 2000 million euros per year with forecasts to continue growing, and Spain only accounts for 2% of that sector.
Quevedo won a Latin Grammy for his megahit with Shaving in the category of best urban song. The young Argentine producer was precisely one of the great beneficiaries of yesterday’s gala, but to a greater extent because of his session with Shakira.
The Colombians were winners of the night, with dozens of awards and two of the big four of the night: the best album of the year for Karol G and the best song of the year for Bizarrap and Shakira.
The Spanish-Argentine Nathy Peluso took the award in the category of best music video, while Niña Pastori was recognized with the best flamenco album of the year.