Ileana Cabra, otherwise known as Latin artist iLe, was at Placita de Santurce in her native Puerto Rico when she found out she had won the Grammy for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album for her solo debut LP iLevitable.
“I’m so happy. I’m actually still processing all of it,” iLe tells Billboard just hours after winning her first Grammy. “When my family and I found out we celebrated and hugged each other. We couldn’t stop smiling.”
“It’s crazy because I feel that the album just came out, I wasn’t expecting anything that has happened,” she gushes. “The fact that I was able to release this album is something big already and makes me so proud. It makes the whole family proud because everyone had something to do with it. It was a collective effort and I celebrate it with all of them. I hope I can continue making music, because for me that’s the most important thing. Music is what I plan to promote the rest of my life.”
iLevitable, an album filled with timeless boleros and ballads with a twist of trova folk, was particularly special since iLe sings two songs written by her deceased grandmother.
“I dedicate this award to my grandmother Flor Amelia de Gracia because two of her songs are on this album and they had never been released,” Cabra adds. “They are songs she had written in the 50s and 60s. Her energy was very present throughout the whole process of recording this album. She passed away a few years ago but I feel that I owe this to her because of everything that she taught me about music.”
¡Qué alegría! ¡Agradecida siempre de todos los que forman parte de esto! —-Esto va para Flor Amelia de Gracia, nuestra abuela querida.—-
— iLe (@ilevitable) February 13, 2017
Shortly after she was announced winner during the pre-telecast ceremony, iLe hopped on the phone with her Grammy-winning brothers and Calle 13 alums, Residente and Visitante.
“I talked on the phone with both of them already,” she says. “Everyone in the family is just very happy. I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony but being able to celebrate with my family here in Puerto Rico, I wouldn’t it change it for the world.”
On Twitter, the “Somor anormales” singer gave a shout out to his Grammy-winning sis. “I feel like I’m going to fly out of the roof. I love you.”
— Residente (@Residente) February 12, 2017
What’s next for iLe? “Continue touring with this album. It still feels so new, so I want to keep giving it some love.”