Romeo Santos Rockets to Record No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs Chart
1. Romeo Santos: Oh, Romeo, wherefore art thou? The singer has the top-selling Latin album of the year thus far (Formula, Vol. 2), has filled arenas around the world (including Yankee Stadium -- twice!) and even wrote about his lack of Latin Grammy love (in the song "Si Me Muero"). And yet, here we are, again with no nominations (save for his feature appearance in Enrique Iglesias' "Loco"). Commercial success aside, this is one heck of an album. He deserved the acknowledgement.
2. Ricardo Arjona: Is it something about names that begin with the letter R? Arjona's Viaje, a collection of stunningly beautiful songs,like only Arjona can craft, is selling like hotcakes despite radio's reticence to play pop and despite the fact that it's an indie release. Add to that that Arjona may be the most successful Latin touring act today, and this is a puzzle. The only Latin Grammy nod he received was for best singer-songwriter album.
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3. Shakira: For those still puzzling over Shakira's absence in the album categories, a reminder that her album was primarily in English. But what about the tracks? Not even World Cup anthem "La La La" got a nod in the song or record categories.
4. Alejandro Fernandez: Fernandez's last studio album, Confidencias, was also the last album produced by Phil Ramone, and featured duets with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Rod Stewart. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin albums chart and was truly one of Fernandez's most beautiful works. Still, no dice. Not even in the contemporary or traditional pop vocal categories.
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5. Los Angeles Azules: Mexico's most unlikely success story is the veteran Mexican cumbia band whose 2012 album, Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar, went on to sell over 300,000 copies (diamond certification) in Mexico. The album, which featured a roster of alternative and rock guests like Saul Hernandez, Vicentico and Carla Morrison, was denied a Latin Grammy nomination last year, but nabbed a Grammy nomination. After that, you'd think their live album, Cumbia Sinfónica en Concierto, another top-selling set full of marquee guest acts, would get at least one nod for this year's Latin Grammys. No dice.
The Latin Grammys will air live on Nov. 20 on Univision.