Las Vegas hosts the the 14th annual Latin Grammys tonight, airing on the Univision network, and it will include a diverse field of artists from around the world. Here are highlights of some of these nominees gaining wide attention for their work:
Draco Rosa, who as a child was a member of the popular Puerto Rican group Menudo, is receiving critical praise for his duets album Vida. Rosa was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, but earlier this year he announced to the world that he is cancer free.
The result of his time away from the spotlight resulted in music that Rosa assembled for this project featuring artists such as Colombia’s Juanes, Spain’s Alejandro Sanz and Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin who joins Rosa in the tender song “Más y Más.”
“Llorar” or “Crying” is nominated for song of the year. The composition is featured on the album of Mexican sibling act Jesse & Joy’s “Con quien se queda el perro?” ("Who Gets to Keep the Dog?"). The song, co-written with hit maker Mario Domm and Jesse's daughter Hanna Huerta, is a pop/rock ballad that that holds its own lyrically, musically — poetic and charming.
Singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno, nominated in the best new artist category, has been inspired by everything from pop to blues and in "Postales," the Guatemalan artist continues to create music that shows her broad range. Moreno’s album is filled with many lovely songs like “Valle de Magnolias” or “Valley of Magnolias,” an up-tempo composition that is fun while providing a throwback sound that’s catchy, whimsical and irresistible.
Looking at the urban scene, Argentina’s Illya Kuryaki and The Valderramas, also known IKV, are the leading nominees in five categories along with Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives. The duo behind IKV, Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, are up for best urban song, best urban performance and producer of the year, among others.
Friends since they were children, the duo has recorded together for many years until they amicably split up . A decade later they got back together and their comeback album is Chances. Expanding beyond hip-hop, rap and rock, the pair took a new direction in this album with pop songs such as “Ula Ula,” which led Oprah Winfrey to tweet about her love for the funky and cool song, which was featured in a Target commercial.
This year’s Latin Grammy person of the year is Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bosé, whose album, "Papitwo," is nominated for album of the year and best contemporary pop album. This album is his follow-up to his successful 2009 "Papito" duets album. In "Papitwo," Bosé continues to collaborate with well-known singers such as Italian crooner Tiziano Ferro, Mexican pop singer Ximena Sariñana and Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz who recorded her vocals with Bose for the song “Decirnos Adios” (Tell Us Goodbye).
This year in addition to his music, Bosé is being honored for his career achievements. He’s also a respected actor and has personally supported many causes such as music education for underprivileged youth and brought much awareness to the fight against HIV/AIDS.