The 21st Latin Grammy nominations are in! Here are the Salsa and tropical music artists nominated

If your social media feeds are filled with congratulations to musicians right now, it’s because the 21st Latin Grammy nominations were announced this morning. Below you’ll find the nominations for the genres that we love most – Salsa, merengue, bachata, Latin Jazz, and other tropical rhythms.

Category 19 – Best Salsa Album

  1. 40 Años de Power – Luisito Ayala y La Puerto Rican Power
  2. Tentaciones Vol. 1 – Charlie Cruz (More about this album here)
  3. 40 – Grupo Niche
  4. Memorias de Navidad – Victor Manuelle
  5. Un Gallo para la Historia – Tito Rojas

Category 21 – Best Merengue/Bachata Album

  1. The Genetics of Bachata – Jose Manuel Calderon
  2. Bailando Contigo – Manny Cruz (more about this album here)
  3. Los Conquistadores – Grupo Mania
  4. Ahora – Eddy Herrera
  5. Larimar – Daniel Santacruz (more about this album here)

Category 22 – Best Traditional Album

  1. Este es Nuestro Changüi – Changüi de Guantanamo
  2. Pa’Lante – Ernesto Fernandez
  3. Icono – Orquesta Aragon
  4. Failde con Tumbao
  5. Soy Puro Teatro – Homenaje a La Lupe – Mariaca Semprun

Category 23 – Best Contemporary / Tropical Fusion Album

  1. Energia para Regalar – El Caribefunk
  2. Mi Derriengue – Riccie Oriach
  3. Mariposas – Omara Portuondo
  4. Alter Ego – Prince Royce
  5. Cumbiana – Carlos Vives

Category 24 – Best Tropical Song

  1. Buscame – Kany Garcia and Carlos Vives
  2. Cancion para Ruben – Ruben Blades and Carlos Vives (More about this song here)
  3. Imaginarme Sin Ti – Elvis Crespo and Maribel Vega
  4. Quedate – Paula Arenas, Debi Nova, and Juan Pablo Vega
  5. Y Basta Ya – Pavel Nuñez

Category 35 – Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

  1. Tradiciones – Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
  2. Antidote – Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band
  3. Carib – David Sanchez
  4. Puertos: Music from International Waters – Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra
  5. Sonero: The music of Ismael Rivera – Miguel Zeñon


This is a most exciting time because now we can start listening to nominated music in our spare time. Keep an eye on the playlist on Spotify (access from right margin or at the bottom of this page) as I will be adding on my favorites!

Congrats to all the nominated!


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