Latin Grammys 2016 Comeback Stories, From Bebe to Sin Bandera

Pablo Franco
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

The 2016 Latin Grammys welcomes the return of some familiar names with nominations.

Here are four artists who've made a comeback over the past year:

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Seven years after their last studio recording, and three decades since their inception as a Buenos Aires party band, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs came swinging back to nab four 2016 Latin Grammy nominations. The Latin alternative fusion pioneers’ “rock opera” La Salvación de Solo y Juan is up for best rock album. The track “La Tomenta” is nominated for both song of the year and best rock song, while “Avern, El Fantasma” competes in the best alternative song category.

Sin Bandera

In 2007, Leonel Garcia and Noel Schajris, who had been known for seven years as the popular romantic pop duo Sin Bandera, went their separate ways to work on their solo careers. Together, they came back with an EP in 2016, and proved there’s been no love lost on the part of their fans. The video for the spare and emotional single “En Esta No” has been viewed more than 3.6 million times, and the song has earned them a Latin Grammy nomination for song of the year.

Charlie Zaa

Twenty years ago, Colombian singer Charlie Zaa (Carlos Alberto Sánchez) had a huge Latin hit with his debut Sentimientos, an album that brought the bolero back. Zaa’s tropical love songs lit a fuse for the Latin pop explosion and were a sign of the bachata craze to come. In 2015, Zaa rekindled his romance with the Billboard Latin charts with a tribute to the late great Mexican artist and composer Joan Sebastian. Mi Mejor Regalo topped the Tropical Albums chart and reached No. 2 on the Latin Albums chart. Zaa, now managed by Jose Puig of 2PK Entertainment, scored a Latin Grammy nomination for best contemporary tropical album.


Bebe’s 2004 album Pafuera Telerañas announced the arrival of an outspoken performer who played Spanish-accented rock music while representing the rights of women in tough songs like her signature “Malo,” which became a fist-pumping anthem against domestic violence. She won best new artist at the 2005 Latin Grammys, where Pafuera Telerañas racked up a total of five nominations. She rose fast and wrestled with her success, eventually becoming more famous in her native Spain for insulting journalists and other “bad” behavior. Four years since her last album, Bebe came back, more mellow, with Cambio de Piel, which is nominated this year for best alternative music album. 10 Años Con Bebé (Ten Years With Bebe), a documentary that tells the story of her ups and down, directed by her partner, filmmaker Hernan Zin, is nominated in the long form video category.