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According to the new round of Latin Grammy nominees, announced Tuesday morning, Mexican-American songwriter and producer Edgar Barrera is at the epicenter of the action in today’s Latin music scene. Not only did Barrera garner the most nominations overall – with 13 nominations – but the three singers trailing him in this year’s nominations are all his collaborators.
These artists, who each received seven nominations for the 24th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, are three Colombian singers: Camilo, Karol G and Shakira.
As with the general Grammy Awards, the Latin Grammys now have a minimum of 10 nominees in each of the so-called “Big Four” categories for record of the year (which is awarded for recorded performance of a song and includes 11 nominees) , Album of the Year, Song of the Year (which is a songwriting honor), and Best New Artist.
Camilo and Karol G are both up for Album of the Year. At the same time, Shakira is a featured artist in a collaboration with Argentinian producer and DJ Bizarrap that was nominated for Record of the Year; the breakup anthem “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”. (Bizarrap himself has six nominations for this year’s awards.) Shakira was also nominated for three different songs in the song of the year category.
Another Colombian songwriter, Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, also earned seven nominations. Working under the name Keityn, he has also collaborated with Karol G and Shakira.
Other top contenders include six artists and creators who each earned five nominations: Spanish singer-songwriter Pablo Alboran; Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny; Argentinian singer Maria Becerra; the Colombian singer Feid; mastering engineer Dave Kutch; and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade.
The 10 contenders in the best new artist category are Borja, Conexion Divina, Ana Del Castillo, Natascha Falcao, Gale, Paola Guanche, Joaquina, Leon Leiden, Mareh and Timo.
The Latin Grammy nominations, which cover 56 categories in total, were announced Tuesday morning by the Latin Recording Academy. The awards ceremony will take place on November 16 in Seville, Spain.