Latin Grammys
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We’ve seen the Latin Grammys nominations – and we’ve soaked them in! On September 20, the Latin Recording Academy announced this year’s Latin Grammy nominees. While Bad Bunny took the lead with ten nominations, let’s take a deeper look at the Academy’s most interesting choices.

Here are our thoughts this year!

Who is Edgar Barrera & how is he nominated nine times?

This Mexican songwriter is nominated for a total of nine awards, right after Benito! But who is he exactly? He’s the co-songwriter behind the nominated hits “Índigo” by Camilo and Evaluna Montaner; “Pegao” by Camilo; “Cada Quien” by Grupo Firme and Maluma, “Como Lo Hice Yo” by Matissa and Carin León; and “Vivo En El 6” by Christian Nodal. He’s also nominated for his work on Christina Aguilera’s album Aguilera, and for Marc Anthony’s Pa’llá Voy; and for Producer of the Year. But he’s no newcomer to the scene – Billboard details that “he has placed 74 entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart,” in the last decade! 

Why wasn’t Becky G’s Esquemas nominated?

Esquemas was one of Becky G’s most proud moments this year – and with reason. The album gave the Mexican-American her first No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart. Yes, she was nominated for her collaborations with Karol G on “MAMIII,” and with Christina Aguilera on “Pa Mis Muchachas,” pero what happened with her full album?

Yahritza y Su Esencia’s two nominations

We love to see it! Yahritza y Su Esencia was one of the most talked about emerging artists this year! Of course we expected a nom for Best New Artist – but seeing them also nominated for Best Norteño Album with the norteño OGs makes their rise even more exciting!

Where’s Daddy Yankee’s LEGENDADDDY?

LEGENDADDY’s one of Daddy Yankee’s most innovative projects, in the sense that he worked with both prominent and emerging artists. He is nominated for a few Latin Grammys though, the noms include Song of the Year for “Agua” with Rauw Alejandro and Nile Rodgers, and for Best Rap/Hip Hop Song for “El Gran Robo, Pt.2” with Lito Mc Cassidy, to name a couple. But what happened to Album of the Year – I mean, it’s his retirement album!

What did you think about the nominees?

The Latin Grammy Awards will air live on Univision at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). It will take place at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.