Outstanding achievement in the music industry – This is the criteria on which the three Chilean nominees will be judged for the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards to be held in Las Vegas November 21.
Organized by the Latin Recording Academy, — a multinational association of music professionals from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries worldwide — the awards were first held in Miami, Florida in 2000.
Since the awards’ inception, 27 Chilean artists have been nominated, while seminal Santiago band La Ley have walked away with an award twice.
Among this year’s hopefuls are former La Ley frontman Beto Cuevas, now performing solo and finding crossover success in the new market. Cuevas is nominated for the Best Pop/Rock album for his latest effort, 2012’s Transformación, or Transformation.
Hailing from Concepción in the south of the country, Los Bunkers will represent the Chile in the category Best Rock Album. Formed in 1999, this will be the band’s first nomination for the awards after their 2013 album La Velocidad de la luz, or the Speed of Light, marked a development of their sound toward latin pop, more in-keeping with the style of the awards.
Following a nomination last year, Ana Tijoux returns again, this time competing in the Best urban Song category against artists such as Daddy Yankee and The Valderramas. Despite boasting international acclaim and a career dating back to the late 1990s, Ana Tijoux —who has been nominated twice for the US Grammy Awards — sees herself as distinct from many of the big-budget acts such as Beto Cuevas competing in this year’s event..
“For me it is already an achievement to be competing with artists who have invested millions in their albums and have music videos full of fireworks while we are doing something much more handcrafted,” Tijoux told La Tercera.
This “handcrafted” approach, however, has done Tijoux no harm in terms of international acclaim. The Chilean-French artist recently made the cut for popular US radio show Alt-Latino’s Top 10 Latin Alternative Albums of 2012 alongside compatriots and Santiago-based band Astro.