The 2020 GRAMMY Awards take place this Sunday, Jan 26 at Staples Centre in L.A. Every year artists and groups of many various genres are nominated to receive a GRAMMY Award and winning one is a tremendous accolade in music. Some of the most popular categories include Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist but there are also some multicultural categories. We will explore the artists in these categories.



Best Latin Pop Album

Luis Fonsi – Vida
– From Peurto Rico, Vida is the album that brought us popular songs “Despacito”, “Échame la Culpa”, “Calypso”, “Imposible” and “Sola”.

Maluma – 11:11
From Colombia, 11:11 features guest appearances from Ricky Martin, Ozuna, Madonna and many more. The leading singles are “HP”, “11 PM”, “Instinto Natural” and “No Se Me Quita”, and “Déjale Saber”

Ricardo Montaner – Montaner
Venezuelan-Argentine singer and songwriter. This is Montaner’s 24th studio album and his first time collaborating with an urban artist, Farruko.

Alejandro Sanz – #ElDisco
From Spain, Sanz has already won 17 Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards. #ElDisco is lead by the singles “No Tengo Nada”, “Back in the City” and “Mi Persona Favorita”.

Sebastian Yatra – Fantasia
From Colombia, Yatra’s Fantasia is self-proclaimed “a different, romantic pop album”. This album is inspired by the one thing all people have in common – love. The album peaked at number 1 on the Latin Pop Album charts for songs like lead singles include “Un Año” and “Date la Vuelta”.


Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Bad Bunny – X 100pre
 From Puerto Rico, X 100pre is the debut album by Puerto Rican Latin trap singer Bad Bunny. It features guest appearances from Diplo, El Alfa, and Drake. The leading singles are “Estamos Bien” and “Mia” featuring Drake.

J Balvin & Bad Bunny – Oasis
J Balvin is one of the top acts in Latin pop today. Reigning from Colombia and teaming up with Bad Bunny, Oasis features hits like “Qué Pretendes”, “La Canción”, “Yo Le Llego”, and “Cuidao por Ahí”.

Flor De Toloache – Indestructible
Latin GRAMMY Winners, Flor De Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. As an homage to the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela.

iLe – Almadura
This alternative/indie album rallies for Puerto Rican freedom and the freedom of the artist herself. A play on the word armadura (armor), the title literally translates to “strong soul”.

Rosalia – El Mal Querer
From Spain, this album’s title translates to The Bad Loving. This album mixes flamenco music with contemporary urban sounds drawn from pop and reggaetón.


Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Joss Favela – Caminando
Favela, a Mexican singer, and producer, is the youngest person ever to win a Composer of the Year award from ASCAP and has been nominated for several Latin Grammys.

Percepcion – Intocable 
– Intocable,
 now 26 years old, is their 22nd album. This album takes their signature style of rocking conjunto, norteno rhythms, and folk ballads and adds pop hooks and melodies. This new twist is thanks to producer Don Was.

Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea – 20 Aniversario
– The Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea 
is an all-female mariachi band based in Los Angeles, California. In 2009, they became the first all-female mariachi band ever to be nominated for a Grammy Award and the first to win one. This album celebrates the group’s 20th anniversary.

Mariachi Los Camperos – De Ayer Para Siempre
– Representing the tradition and soul of Mexican music, the title of the album translates to “From Yesterday to Forever”.


Best Tropical Latin Album

Marc Anthony – Opus
Anthony is an American tropical salsa artist and two-time Grammy Award and six-time Latin Grammy Award winner. His album Opus ignores popular trends in Latin music such as trap and reggae production, instead, he stays true to what gave him his claim to fame, salsa.

Luis Enrique + C4 Trio – Tiempo Al Tiempo
Enrique, from Nicaragua, states the joint album is about connecting with people. Enrique is nominated for three Latin Grammys, two of which are alongside Venezuelan music ensemble C4 Trio. The notable single is “Sirena,” which is also nominated for best arrangement.

Vicente Garcia – Candela
From the Dominican Republic, Garcia has garnered three Latin Grammys for his sophomore album, A la Mar. Candela pulls inspiration from traditional Dominican merengues. The leading single is “Loma de Cayenas”.

Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 – Literal
– Literal 
is the 14th studio album by Dominican singer, songwriter, and producer Juan Luis Guerra. His musical style is influenced greatly by classical music. Literal includes the song “I Love You More” which is influenced by, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Aymée Nuviola – A Journey Through Cuban Music
– From Cuba, this is not this artist’s first Grammy nomination. Nuviola was the winner of the 2018 Latin Grammy best tropical fusion album and nominated for Cubadisco in the category of dance music voices. Her album First Class to Havana was nominated for best Salsa album and best Tropical album in 2015.


Best World Music Album

Altin Gün – Gece
A psychedelic Turkish folk-rock band, their album Gece has been described as a “dirty blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars, and analog organs.”

Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley – What Heat
Bokanté & Metropole Orkest is a Netherlands-based hybrid ensemble. Their style consists partly of jazz big band and part symphony orchestra. What Heat is led by English conductor Jules Buckley.

Burna Boy – African Giant
– African Giant
is the fourth studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. The genre of the album mixes Afro-fusion, Afrobeat, dancehall, pop, and hip hop. Some of the notable singles are “Gbona,” “On The Low,” and “Killin Dem”.

Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet – Fanm D’ayiti
– Fanm D’ayiti,
 which translates to Women of Haiti, is an evening-length record consisting of voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics.

Angelique Kidjo – Celia
– Kidjo makes this album to commemorate celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz. Celia investigates the Cuban-born woman who became the “Queen” of salsa and how the genre was invented by Caribbean immigrants in New York.


Here are more of the categories to be awarded this Sunday.


Album of the Year

Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman F*cking Rockwell!
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go
H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride


Song of the Year

Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Brandi Carlile – “Bring My Flowers Now”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”
Lana Del Rey – “Norman F*cking Rockwell”
Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Love”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”


Record of the Year

Bon Iver – “Hey Ma”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 rings”
H.E.R. – “Hard Place”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone – “Sunflower”


Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas


Best Pop Solo Performance:

Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”


Best Pop Vocal Album:

The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go — Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next — Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran
Lover — Taylor Swift