When the 56th Annual Grammy Awards presentation gala touches down at the Los Angeles Staples Center on January 26, the music fraternity worldwide will be expecting to see the lead artist, Jay-Z, scoop a collection of awards in the nine categories he has been nominated for. However, the tropical music scene will be waiting to see the number of Grammys that will be claimed by Latino artists who were among the nominees touted for the awards when the in National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences made the announcements a few days ago. The Grammy Nominations Concert Live did mention renowned tropical musicians in several categories.
Latinos in the mix
Latinos who managed the cut include the legendary Gloria Estefan who was nominated for her latest The Standards album. She will be looking to clinch the “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” award. Miguel, also known as Miguel Jontel Pimentel, will be hoping to win the “Best R&B Performance” category for his How Many Drinks single and another for “Best Rap Song Collaboration” alongside J-Cole. Paquito D’Rivera is another Latino singer who got two nominations. The “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” and “Best Latin Jazz Album” will be the saxophonist’s main hope for an award.
The list of Latino hopefuls for the Grammy is far from over. Other artists set for the D-day include Buika with her La Noche Más Larga, Wayne Wallace and the Latin Jazz Quintet with their epic Latin Jazz-Jazz album and rock band, Cafe Tacvba. Marc Anthony is also lined up for a spot with Best Tropical Latin Album. La Santa Cecilia, El Tri, Illya Kuryaki, and Los Amigos Invisibles are competing against Café Tacuba. Other contenders from the Hispanic industry include Sergio George, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Los Angeles Azules, and Carlos Vives. Draco Rosa, Tommy Torres Frankie J and Ricardo Montaner are also on course for the Best Latin Pop Album.