Breaking Down All Of Alejandro Sanz's 2019 Latin Grammy Nominations

Alejandro Sanz
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Alejandro Sanz

In a world that’s currently and mostly dominated by Latin urban acts, there’s Alejandro Sanz, who for the past three decades has been crooning the music world with his flamenco-influenced ballads, poetic lyrics, and soothing voice. Sanz, who recently made his comeback to the scene after a four-year hiatus, is the top artist nominee for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards. 

The Spanish singer is up for eight awards, including album of the year, record of the year, and song of the year. Julio Reyes Copello, who worked on Sanz’s album, is also up for producer of the year. The 2019 Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via Univision. 

Billboard congratulates Sanz, who was honored as 2017 Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year, by breaking down his nominations below. 

“Mi Persona Favorita” featuring Camila Cabello
record of the year, song of the year, and best pop song

Released on March 2018, “Mi Persona Favorita,” which translates to “My Favorite Person,” is a feel-good Latin pop song that highlights all of the beautiful qualities a person has. On Instagram, Camila Cabello expressed how the song was born, stating that Sanz invited her to Miami during summer 2017 to record the song and film the music video together. “Making this song with you has been very special and a total adventure. Thank you for thinking of me and inviting me to work together," she said on social media.

“No Tengo Nada”
record of the year and song of the year

The Spanish singer wrapped up 2018 by surprising fans with his single “No Tengo Nada,” which, in true Sanz fashion, features deep lyrics about life. "Basically we spend time thinking about the past and the future and they are two times that totally do not exist. The past is gone and the future is not even here,” Sanz previously told Billboard of the emotional ballad, adding that “we focus on material things and we forget who we have near.”

album of the year and best contemporary pop vocal album

Produced by Sanz with Julio Reyes Copello and Alfonso Pérez, #ElDisco, released April 5, is home to 10 fresh tracks, including collaborations with Camila Cabello and Nicky Jam. “I called it #ElDisco because it’s almost an endangered species,” Sanz told Billboard in March. “I don’t know what name the format will have in three or four years. I put the hashtag in there because it represents the now. The before is the album.”

Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy
Nomination(s): best long-form music video

Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy first premiered during spring 2018 at the Malaga Film Festival in Spain before making its way to the U.S. and Latin America via Netflix. The documentary captures Sanz's journey from playing rock songs on the streets to playing flamenco guitar with Paco de Lucia, to recording the two biggest-selling albums in Spain and becoming one of Latin music’s biggest stars while remaining “a normal person.” Shakira, Miguel Bosé and Juan Luis Guerra are among the many other artists who make appearances in the film.