One of the biggest Latin Grammy Award honors goes to those who have created some of the most memorable songs of the year. It's a category that recognizes the creative process by honoring the songwriter, as opposed to record of the year, which is bestowed to the recording artist and producer.
Writers: Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Joaquin Sabina
The union of this trio resulted in the creation of a jazz-inspired and playful composition featuring the Spanish-born Joaquin Sabina, known for his singing as well as his poetry with more than a dozen albums to his name. Add award winner Juan Luis Guerra to the song, featured on Juanes' "MTV Unplugged", and the result is an infectious combination.
Writers: Jesse & Joy, Tommy Torres
Mexican pop duo siblings Jesse and Joy Huerta have become major players in the music industry. Teaming with Puerto Rican-born Tommy Torres for "¡Corre!," featured on the pair's "¿Con Quien Se Queda el Perro?", makes for a tender ballad highlighting Joy's powerful voice.
'CREO EN TI'
Writers: Kiko Cibrian, Gilberto Marin, Julio Ramirez, Monica Velez
The song was born with a melody and a guitar. Eventually the words came and a soulful ballad took shape for Reik's self-titled album. "The song is confirmation that we were living in a very creative moment," Kiko Cibrian says, adding that "it was not just with me, but with everyone involved."
Writer: Carla Morrison
Last year Carla Morrison was a Latin Grammy nominee for best new artist and since then the rising singer/songwriter has shown what the power of words can achieve. A mesmerizing vocalist and a master of writing lyrics, the Mexican-born artist is turning heads around the globe.
'EN EL CIELO NO HAY HOSPITAL'
Writer: Juan Luis Guerra
The voice, the songs-Juan Luis Guerra is known as the poet and musician of the people. His nominated composition, featured on his "Coleccion Cristiana", is embued with multiple musical styles, from bachata to merengue to son.
'ESTOY HECHO DE PEDACITOS DE TI'
Writers: Jose Luis Latorre, Antonio Orozco, Xavi Perez
Barcelona-born singer/songwriter Antonio Orozco is celebrating a decade with the release of D1ez, and his collaboration with Jose Luis Latorre and Xavi Perez is a lyrically rich ballad featuring Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez.
Writers: Maycon Ananias, Cassyano
"Extranjero" is a romantic pop ballad that pairs well with former Latin Grammy nominee Maria Gadu's voice. Featured on the singer's "Mais Uma Pagina", the song is part of a collection of tracks that merits special recognition with delicately placed lyrics and a pleasing melody.
Writer: Ricardo Arjona
First, Ricardo Arjona launched his label Metamorfosis. Then he released his own album followed by signing singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno, who's featured on "Fuiste Tu." Their voices combine on a well-written composition, becoming an instant classic.
Writers: Amaury Gutierrez, Gian Marco
The collaboration between the two award-winning singer/songwriters only adds depth to Gian Marco's album, "20 Anos". A collection of poetic songs matched with the pointed sentimentality of "Invisible" makes for a great musical achievement.
'NO ME COMPARES'
Writer: Alejandro Sanz
The track's two nominations, for song and record of the year, position Alejandro Sanz as a front-runner. Featuring a back-to-basics sound with thoughtful lyrics, the song makes "La Musica No Se Toca" one of the most anticipated projects of the year.