The Latin Recording Academy unveiled the nominees for the 2019 Latin Grammys Awards on Tuesday morning (Sept. 24), naming Alejandro Sanz this year’s most-nominated artist with eight mentions. He’s followed by Spanish singer Rosalía, who has five nods, including record of the year and album of the year.
One of the most exciting categories is best new artist, which in 2018 was nabbed by Colombian urban artist Karol G. This year, 10 artists are up for the golden record, including Colombian pop star Greeicy, Argentine trap artist Paulo Londra and Nella, a Venezuelan jazz singer from Berklee College of Music, among others.
Nominations for the Latin Grammys were selected from approximately 15,500 submissions across 50 categories of recordings released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019).
The 2019 Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via Univision.
Meet the 2019 best new artist nominees below.
Aitana is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Spain best known for her catchy urban-pop songs such as “Lo Malo” in collaboration with Ana Guerra and “Telefono.” On Instagram, the singer expressed: “I’m nominated in the Latin Grammys. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this day in my life.”
Formed in Bogota, Colombia, Burning Caravan is a musical group that combines cumbia, tango, rock, jazz and swing in a style they define as “gypsy rock to sing and dance.” “From our hearts, thank you for listening to us, for giving life to our music through your ears and your heart,” the band celebrated on Instagram.
Chilean singer-songwriter Cami (real name: Camila Gallardo) is making waves with her alternative rock powerhouse vocals. Cami, who gained recognition as the second-place winner on La Voz Chile in 2015, is nominated for best new artist and best contemporary pop vocal album.
Upon learning she was nominated, Mexican R&B/soul singer Fer Casillas expressed how she’s been having a couple of complicated months but the good news fills her heart. “This nomination is for all of you, for helping me grow and supporting me on this journey,” she thanked her team.
Chipi Chacón, a trumpeter, songwriter and producer from Venezuela, celebrated his birthday with the Latin Grammy news. “Thankful for the Latin Grammys for taking my music into consideration. This nomination is completely for Venezuela,” he expressed on Instagram.
ELSA Y ELMAR
Hailing from Bucaramanga, Colombia, comes Elsa y Elmar, a musical project by singer-songwriter Elsa Carvajal. “I thought these things were not for me,” the artist noted on Instagram. “Thank you to the academy for considering me worthy of a nomination. Like this, punk, as I am.”
Excited to be nominated alongside colleagues she loves and admires, Greeicy is a Colombian pop artist who after a 10-year acting career in her country decided to follow her true passion and resumed her musical career in 2016. Her music gives us an idea of who she is as an artist: romantic, edgy, unapologetic and empowering.
Fresh off his collaboration with Miranda! on “Clave,” Juan Ingaramo is an Argentine singer bringing his catchy urban-pop style to the music biz. “I can only think of the road taken and the privilege it has been to be able to work in what I love,” he said of his nomination on Instagram.
Putting the Argentine trap movement on the forefront is Paulo Londra, an artist with a unique raspy voice whose songs avoid topics such as violence and drugs, filling them instead with good, positive energy. Londra has scored various No. 1s on Argentina’s Hot 100, including “Cuando Te Bese” featuring Becky G and “Adan y Eva.”
New York-based Venezuelan singer Nella is a Berklee College of Music graduate who’s serenading the industry with her soulful voice. “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.”