Given Rosalía’s extraordinarily visible year, it wasn’t an unexpected win, despite the fact that she had hefty competition with Bad Bunny’s X100Pre and Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s Oasis. What was definitely unexpected was a tie.
A tearful Nuviola took the stage to accept, thanking her husband, who stood close by, and her indie label Top Stop. “I’m here representing my Cuban people,” said a visibly emotional Nuviola. “A journey through Cuban music was a big challenge for us because we have such great musicians.”
Hers wasn’t the only nod to tradition. The best regional Mexican album Grammy went not to albums of new music by successful (and excellent) artists like Joss Favela or Intocable, but to venerable Mariachi Los Camperos for De Ayer Para Siempre, a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings album.
Latin artists netted another laudable win in the best contemporary instrumental album category, where Mexicans Rodrigo y Gabriela won for Mettavolution.
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