Who Are the Most-Nominated Artists at Argentina's Gardel Music Awards?

Martin Witteveen

Argentina’s Premios Gardel (Gardel Awards), take place June 2 at the Grand Rex theater in Buenos Aires. The awards, put together by local music chamber CAPIF, are akin to our Grammys, honoring music in 45 categories, and with more than 500 producers, musicians, journalists and others in the industry voting for the eventual winners.

But the similarities end there. The Gardels -- so named after fabled tango master Carlos Gardel -- delve into musical categories many non-Argentines know little about. While there is pop and, in true Argentine spirit, a wealth of rock (there are five rock categories, including best heavy rock album and best rock-alternative pop album), there are also categories devoted to tango, folklore, chamamé (a folk hybrid of accordion, Spanish guitar and traditional Argentine music), and cuarteto (the fast-clipped Argentine dance music that typically uses accordion, horns, percussion and guitars).

In anticipation of the awards, which will stream live on TN.com.ar, here are the top three finalists.  

The top finalist, with six nods, including album of the year for "Tus ojos, mis ojos" (Your Eyes, My Eyes), Axel sings traditional, soaring romantic pop with a singer/songwriter’s flair. His love stories have connected majorly in his homeland, aided by powerful videos big on storytelling.


The electro-pop quartet, fronted by a girl-boy team (Alejandro Sergi and Juliana Gattas) makes deliciously sticky, uptempo, feel-good music. They’re up for three awards, including album of the year for Safari. Ironically, this is their first album without charismatic guitarist Lolo Fuentes, who parted ways to go solo.



Las Pelotas​
The veteran rock sextet is up for album of the year for their live CD/DVD 5x5, recorded at a June 7, 2014 show at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas -- a great way to understand the group’s vibe.


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