2022 Latin Grammys Nominations Snubs & Surprises – Billboard

The 2022 Latin Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday, September 20, with Bad Bunny as the first nominee, leading the pack with 10 nods. No surprise there, given the huge year the Puerto Rican superstar has had so far – thanks to his record album, A Verano Sin Ti, which is up for album of the year. But there are a few surprises and rebuffs that stand out:

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Snub: Nowhere to be found on the list is regional Mexican trio Eslabon Armado, despite a landmark album this year. Nostalgia became the first regional Mexican top 10 album on the Billboard 200 when released via DEL Records in May. The 14-track set continues the Mexican-American teen band’s winning streak: Over the past two years, Eslabon has released four albums, all of which reached No. BillboardRegional Mexican Albums Chart of . Leaving Eslabon out of the Big Four categories, and even passing them into the Mexican regional categories, is a big miss. And that goes hand in hand with regional Mexican music again being largely left out in general, with the genre not underrepresented in the upper categories.

Surprise: 95 and rising. Angela Álvarez, nominated for Best New Artist, pleasantly surprised the industry by earning a nomination in this category, which she shares with other emerging artists such as Silvana Estrada and Yahritza Y Su Esencia. A moment of well-being, like the Cuban-born singer-songwriter – who made an appearance in the film father of the bride (2022) — proves that it’s never too late to realize your dreams, and even to be recognized by the Latin Recording Academy.

Snub: Perhaps one of the most obvious snubs was dropping one of the biggest songs of the year in the Song of the Year category. Becky G and Karol G’s anthem “MAMIII”, although nominated for best urban song, did not get a higher nomination. Given its commercial success and global popularity, the song peaked at No. 4 on BillboardGlobal 200 chart and even No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, it would have been nice to recognize the song produced by Ovy on the Drums by two girl powerhouses that became a smash hit. The track also scored Becky G her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, while earning Karol G fourth place.

snub:Speaking of Ovy on drums – he and fellow chart-topping producer MAG were both snubbed producer of the year. MAG spent 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Producer chart, mostly for his work on Un Verano Sin ti, which is up for album of the year. Ovy, who is currently No. 3 on the count, should also have received a nod for “Provenza”, for Song and Record of the Year and of course “MAMIII”.

Surprise: Yahritza y Su Esencia becomes the only Mexican regional group to earn a nomination in the first four categories. The sibling trio, led by 15-year-old Yahritza, rightfully earned a nod in the Best New Artist category after taking the world by storm over the past few months. Their Sierra anthem “Soy El Único” debuted at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs (chart dated April 9) and earned its first Hot 100 entry at No. 20 – making her the youngest Latin performer to enter into the count all genres.

Snub: In total, Becky G scored four nominations (mostly for her collaboration with Christina Aguilera on “Pa’ Mis Muchachas) but none for her Latin Pop Albums chart-topping set, Esquemas. This complete and versatile package, Becky G’s best album to date, ranges from merengue in “Fulanito” with El Alfa, to the introspective “Dolores”, where she addresses mental health. It would have been great to give Becky G the recognition she deserved for this wonderful album.

Surprise: The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams scored nominations this year. With his appearance in Rosalía’s “La Fama”, the Canadian artist gets his second Latin Grammy nomination (his first name was thanks to Maluma’s “Hawái” remix). Meanwhile, Pharrell scores his first nods here thanks to his work as a producer and songwriter on Rosalía’s album of the nominated Ensemble of the Year, Motomami. It was nominated in three categories: album of the year, song of the year (“Hentai”) and best alternative song (“Hentai”).

Snub: Carla Morrison’s introspection The Renaissance was worthy of a nomination in the album of the year category. Not only is the set one of the finest albums of this year, filled with so much emotion and intentionality, The Renaissance also marks Morrison’s return to music after taking a break to battle his depression and anxiety. The set scored a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

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