Édgar Barrera has been behind some of the biggest Latin hits in the past year and the Latin Recording Academy has taken notice with the Mexican-Amercian singer-songwriter and producer earning 13 total nominations for the 24th annual Latin Grammys Awards, including nods in the top three categories of song, record and album.
Shakira, Camilo and Karol G, who embarked on a stadium tour this summer and has shattered records as a Latin female artist, earned the second-most nominations, with seven, and are vying for the top honors. Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny, Feid, Pablo Alborán, Natalia Lafourcade and Maria Becerra are also contenders in major categories with five nods.
Barrera, professionally known as Edge, will look to add more trophies to his mantle, which already includes 20 Latin Grammys. The talented producer has two nominations for Song of the Year in “NASA” with Camilo and Alejandro Sanz and “Un X100to,” a collaboration between Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny. Other songs nominated in that category include Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma’s “Ella Baila Sola” and “Acróstico” from Shakira, who has another nod for Song of the Year as a featured artist on Karol G’s “Tqg.” Barrera also has three nods in two categories: best regional and best tropical.
Alborán is up for album of the year with La Cu4rta Hoja along with Carlos Vives, Camilo, Juanes, Karol G, Lafourcade, Ricky Martin, Fito Paez and Paula Arenas.
Record of the Year is as competitive as ever with artists such as Maluma, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Lasso, Lafourcade, Fonseca and Juan Luis Guerra.
Collaborations dominate the Best Urban Performance category with recordings from Arcangel and Bad Bunny, Bizarrap and Quevedo, Karol G and Shakira and Yandel and Feid. Maria Becerra earned a nod as a solo artist with “Ojalá.”
Becerra is also recognized in Best Reggaeton Performance along with Karol G, Feid, Ozuna and genre legend Tego Calderon.
Just like many of the other categories, the Best New Artist nominees highlight the diversity of Latin music with artists such as Borja, Joaquina, Timø, Natascha Falcão, Gale and Maréh.
“After evaluating more than 19,000 entries, we are pleased to share the nominees for the 24th edition of the Latin Grammys,” Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, said in a statement. “This group of creators reflects musical excellence and the richness of Latin music, and I look forward to celebrating them during Latin Grammy Week in Sevilla which will be a truly historic moment for our organization.”
It’s a year of firsts for the Latin Recording Academy, which added three new categories in Songwriter of the Year, Best Singer Songwriter Song, and Best Portuguese-Language Urban Performance. Also, the ceremony will be held outside the U.S. for the first time since the history of the organization, taking place in the Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES), in Sevilla, Spain.
The music selected in the 56 categories had to have been released during the eligibility period between June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023, and the Academy stated that the nominations “must be new songs and contain a minimum percentage of lyric content (51%) in Spanish, Portuguese, or any native regional dialect.”