Women in Music 2019

Who Is Nella? 5 Things to Know About Latin Grammys' 2019 Best New Artist

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Nella accepts the Best New Artist award during the 20th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 14, 2019 in Las Vegas.

One of the most highly awaited awards at the Latin Grammys is always best new artist. This year, the coveted title went out to Venezuelan singer Nella, who beat out rising nominees such as Paulo Londra, Greeicy, Cami and Aitana.

After receiving the golden gramophone from Angela Aguilar, De La Ghetto and Rudy Mancuso at the 20th annual ceremony, Nella thanked her family, her producer and mentor, Javier Limon, and her country for her accolade. “This is for everyone who, like me, comes from another country looking for new opportunities.”

Nella, who is a New York-based singer and Berklee College of Music graduate, joins previous titleholders including Karol G, Vicente Garcia and Manuel Medrano.

Learn more about this year’s 2019 best new artist below.

Defining Nella’s Music

“Her music,” according to her website, “is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries, and the music of the Andalusian region.” Nella likes to compare her sound to Monsieur Perine and Natalia Lafourcade

Her Biggest Mentor

During her speech, Nella thanked her mentor, Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón. She later expressed her gratitude on Instagram sharing a throwback photo of the two from 2013. “Living example that work, focus, passion, and love for what you do gives results. That’s what I learned from you, Javi. Thank you for trusting and believing in me,” she posted

Nella on the Big Screen

Nella is part of Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s film Todos Lo Saben, which opened the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In the movie, which stars Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, she sings songs written by Limón exclusively for the film.

Her Debut Album

Nella’s debut album, Voy, was released on May 31, comprised of music and production by Javier Limon. She’s signed by IMG/Casa Limón Records.

Singing With the Big Dogs

Fun fact: Nella has performed with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Luis Enrique, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives, Los Amigos Invisibles and more.

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