The nominations for the 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards have just been announced, recognizing artistic and technical excellence in the recording arts and sciences, with a particular emphasis on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recordings. The Orchard is proud to announce that many of our Latin clients are nominees for 27 of the total 48 award categories at this year’s Latin Grammys.
Five recording artists lead the pack this year with four nominations each, including our own Djavan (Luanda Records), the esteemed Brazilian singer-songwriter whose album Vidas Pra Contar is nominated for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Singer-Songwriter Album, while his single of the same name is nominated for Best Portuguese Latin Song. One of Brazil’s leading songwriters and performers since the 1970s, Djavan’s musical output explores an impressive array of musical styles and rhythms, from samba and choro to jazz, soul and blues. Vidas Pra Contar, Djavan’s 23rd studio album, is no exception, featuring 12 songs that demonstrate his endless flirtation with musical genres and poetic songwriting style.
Another Orchard-distributed Latin music veteran faring well in this year’s Latin Grammy race is the seventy-five-year-old Dominican merenguero and salsero Johnny Ventura who received two nominations for his album Tronco Viejo (J&N Records aka Juan y Nelson Entertainment). Also, The Argentine skate punk group Massacre (PopArt) is still going strong after thirty years in the business with a Best Rock Album nomination for their eighth studio release Bliblia Ovni, as well as a Best Rock Song nod for “Niña Dios.” Lastly, the 54-year-old Argentine drummer, singer, and composer Andrea Alvarez (DobleA Digital Records) continues to show her immunity to ageism in the music industry with a Best Rock Album nomination for Y Lo Dejamos Venir.
As you will see from the list of Latin Grammy nominees below, our nominated artists are from three different continents and represent a diverse cross-section of musical genres: Colombian cumbia and vallenato, Brazilian samba/pagode, música popular brasileira, Mexican norteño and banda, Argentine tango, Spanish flamenco, and transnational genres such as salsa, merengue, Latin jazz, classical, alternative, and rock. We at The Orchard are proud of our growing efforts to support independent labels and artists throughout the Latino diaspora, as it is part of our continuing mission to support and empower the independent music industry globally.
List of The Orchard-distributed 2016 Latin Grammy nominees:
Banda Troyana — Tengo Ganas de Ser Fiel [Azteca Records LLC]: Best Banda Album
Los Ramones De Nuevo León — Tierra Mojada [Grupo RMS, LLC]: Best Norteño Album
Victor Biglione — Mercosul [Tratore]: Best Instrumental Album
Hamilton de Holanda — Samba de Chico [Biscoito Fino]: Best Instrumental Album, Best Engineered Album
Los Huayra — Gira [S-Music]: Best Folk Album
Ariel Ardit & Filarmónica de Medellín — Sinfónico Gardel [Alfiz]: Best Tango Album
Nicolás Ledesma — Cuando Llora la Milonga [Epsa Music]: Best Tango Album
Antonio Reyes y Diego Del Morao — Directo en el Círculo Flamenco de Madrid [Flamenco Vive]: Best Flamenco Album
Mario Adnet — Jobim Jazz Ao Vivo [Biscoito Fino]: Best Latin Jazz Album
Raul Agraz — Between Brothers [OA2 Records]: Best Latin Jazz Album
Céu — Tropix [Urban Jungle Records]: Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album, Best Engineered Album
Tiago Iorc — Troco Likes [Som Livre]: Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album, Best Portuguese Language Song (for “Amei Te Ver”)
Scalene — Éter [Slap]: Best Portuguese Language Rock Album
Versalle — Distante Em Algum Lugar [Slap]: Best Portuguese Language Rock Album
Eduardo Gudin & Noticias Dum Brasil 4 — Eduardo Gudin & Noticias Dum Brasil 4 [Dabliuq]: Best Samba/Pagode Album
Corina Magalhães — Tem Mineira No Samba [Tratore]: Best Samba/Pagode Album
Varios Artistas — Sambas para a Mangueira [Biscoito Fino]: Best Samba/Pagode Album
Dani Black — Dilúvio [Tratore]: Best MPB (Música popular brasileira) Album, Best Portuguese Language Song (for “Maior”)
Roberta Campos — Todo Caminho É Sorte [Deckdisc]: Best MPB Album
Roberta Sá — Delírio [Som Livre]: Best MPB Album; Best Engineered Album
Lucy Alves — Lucy Alves & Clã Brasil No Forró do Seu Rosil [Biscoito Fino]: Best Brazilian Roots Album
Heraldo do Monte — Heraldo do Monte [Biscoito Fino]: Best Brazilian Roots Album
Alceu Valença — A Luneta do Tempo – Trilha Sonora Original de Alceu Valença [Deckdisc]: Best Brazilian Roots Album
Clara Luna — 1,2,3 Llega Navidad [Vibra Music Entertainment S.A.S.]: Best Latin Children’s Album
Palo Cruza’o —En Armonías Colombianas [Vibra Music Entertainment S.A.S.]: Best Folk Album