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Breaking Down The 2020 Grammys Nominees For Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

J Balvin and Bad Bunny
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J Balvin and Bad Bunny

The 2020 Grammys are sneaking up on us, counting with an already confirmed star-studded lineup that’ll feature debut performances by Billie Eilish and Lizzo, to name a few. 

Latin artists will also make their presence at music’s biggest event as nominees in the Latin categories include Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi, Maluma, Bad Bunny and Joss Favela. Spanish singer Rosalia, for example, will not only perform at the Grammy stage but is also up for two nominations, best new artist and best Latin rock, urban or alternative album with her 2018 release El Mal Querer. 

In that category, she’s up against Bad Bunny’s X 100Pre, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s joint production Oasis, Flor de Toloache’s Indestructible, and ILe’s Almadura.

The 2020 Grammy awards live telecast will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 via CBS.

Learn more about the best Latin rock, urban or alternative album nominees below. 


Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative album

X 100PRE - BAD BUNNY

After working on it for six months, Bad Bunny officially dropped his full-length debut album, X 100Pre, on Christmas Eve 2018. The 15-track set — which translates to an acronym for “por siempre” (“forever”) — holds true to the Puerto Rican’s Latin trap base while still experimenting with other rhythms, such as bachata and dembow on “La Romana” (featuring El Alfa), and punk rock on “Tenemos que Hablar.” His lyrics shed light on many social issues, such as domestic violence in “Solo de Mi,” and the importance of inclusivity in “Caro.” X 100Pre, released on RIMAS Entertainment, also includes his Spanglish collaboration with Drake, “Mia.” Bad Bunny nabbed his first-ever No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, unseating Ozuna, who had ruled the list for 21 consecutive weeks with his albums Aura and Odisea.

OASIS - J BALVIN & BAD BUNNY

J Balvin and Bad Bunny surprised fans at midnight on June 28 with the release of their first joint album. On the eight-track set, the two artists blend their individual flows and respective Colombian and Puerto Rican roots, bringing to life an album filled with old-school perreo, sensual trap and global reggaetón fusions. The first single, “Que Pretendes,” calls out an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend for wanting to get back together, while other tracks include a surprising collaboration with Enanitos Verdes frontman Marciano Cantero, who brings his distinguishable ’90s Latin rock to “Un Peso.” Oasis opened at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, scoring the biggest streaming debut for a Latin set released in 2019.

INDESTRUCTIBLE - FLOR DE TOLOACHE

Dubbed as New York’s first all-women mariachi group, Flor de Toloache’s 13-track Indestructible is a music fiesta that includes originals, collaborations and reimagined pop covers, such as No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak.” Revamping a Juan Luis Guerra classic, Flor de Toloache teamed up with John Legend for “Quisiera,” a collab that fuses mariachi with reggae and features an on-point Legend singing in Spanish. Indestructible, which also features Alex Cuba and Miguel, spotlights the graceful vocals, violin, trumpet, vihuela and guitarrón portrayed by the Latin Grammy winners, pushing the boundaries of traditional mariachi music.

ALMADURA - ILE

After sharing the spotlight as the kid sister of Residente and Visitante in the groundbreaking band Calle 13 and nabbing a Grammy for her first solo album, 2016’s Ilevitable, iLe (Ileana Cabra Joglar) presented her sophomore album, Almadura, a play on words meaning “armor” and “hard soul.” The 12-track set includes special guest Eddie Palmieri, who plays a four-minute introduction to “Mi Novia,” which the Latin jazz/salsa legend wrote as a love letter to his wife. Featuring a variety of rhythms from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, and heavy on percussion sounds, Almadura contains deep lyrics about social injustice, violence against women and the Puerto Rican political situation. “I’m expressing what I feel, but I know that those feelings also express a lot of other stories around the world,” iLe told Billboard on the eve of the album’s release.

EL MAL QUERER - ROSALIA

With her infectious mashup of traditional flamenco, electronic beats and urban melodies, Rosalía managed to put her modern flamenco pop at the forefront of her sophomore album, 2018’s El Mal Querer, co-produced by El Guincho and co-written by C. Tangana. The 11-song collection, based on Flamenca, a 14th-century gypsy novel about a woman held captive by her jealous partner, was her first top 10 and first chart entry on Top Latin Albums. “I am very excited, considering the album has a strong flamenco influence,” Rosalía told Billboard. “It’s music from my roots, music I grew up with, so how can one ask for more?” The singer is also nominated in the Big Four category best new artist.

2020 Grammy Awards


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