sábado, 21 de febrero de 2009

Juanes Arrasa con 5 Latin Grammys & Breaks All-Time Mark with 17 Awards

¡Qué Noche para Colombia! El cantante de Medellín, Juanes, logró 5 premios Grammy Latino el jueves, incluidos los de Álbum del Año y Grabación del Año, llegando así acumular un total de 17 gramófonos dorados en su carrera, la mayor cantidad que haya cosechado hasta ahora un artista latino desde que se entregan los premios, desde hace ya nueve años. Con una increible actuación de manos de Jhon Leyend, se demostró por qué es unos de los más grandes artistas en la actualidad.
On a night when the theme of change and cultural fusion echoed in lyrics, performances and acceptance speeches, a Colombian rocker who's become a voice for social issues walked away as the king of the Latin Grammy Awards:
Y no es de sorprendernos que grandes de la música como The Black Eyed Peas, Jhon Leyend o Nelly Furtado hayan cantado con él, e incluso el mismo Tony Bennett en uno de sus últimos especiales "Duets: An American Classic" con la canción "The Shadow of Your Smile":

Houston proved to be a state of many stars on Thursday evening but it was Juanes who was the proverbial Texas-sized winner as The Latin Recording Academy honored the best and brightest artists in Latin music at the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. 
The night belonged to the 12-time Latin GRAMMY-winning Colombian pop rocker, who added five more statues to his mantle including the impressive trio of Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Album with the Best Short Form Music Video — breaking Alejandro Sanz's mark of 14.

In picking up Album Of The Year, Juanes was joined by the 9-time Latin Grammy Winner Juan Luis Guerra and his producer Gustavo Santaolalla, who took the opportunity to underscore that "the quality of the artist and the human being can go hand in hand."


In accepting the award for Song of The Year for "Me Enamora," Juanes graciously acknowledged the broad spectrum of his songwriting influences including tango master Carlos Gardel, rocker Gustavo Cerati of Soda Stereo fame, and Colombian salsa star Joe Arroyo:

El codiciado Record of the Year/Grabación del Año también fue a sus manos, entregado por Ednita Nazario y Carlos Santana, así lo informó un medio argentino:
No nos sorprendería si, entre tantas emociones a Juanes se le escapa alguna lisurilla  por tanto homenaje:
Y este es el Video ganador al Grammy Latino al Best Sort Form Music Video con una de las canciones más escuchadas del año: "Me Enamora"

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viernes, 20 de febrero de 2009

9th Latin Grammys 2008 Celebró a lo Grande lo Mejor de la Música en Español

La 9na Entrega Anual de los Latin GRAMMY Awards realizada en Houston - Texas, fue totalmente emocionante! Grandes performances como la de Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano y Carlos Santana nos dejaron con la boca abierta y no era para menos. Estefan performed "Mi Tierra," the title track form her 1993 GRAMMY-winning album of the same name, and "Oye Mi Canto" before being joined on stage by the legendary pair of Feliciano and Santana for the song "No Lloren." Esta noche Gloria fue homenajeada como Persona del Año 2008 :
Actor/GRAMMY winner Andy García introduced Estefan, the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, as "someone who knows that success is more than selling 90 million records and filling the largest stages in the world." Este premio se lo dedico a 2 gigantes de la música latina, 2 late cuban music greats: la gran Celia Cruz e Israel López ´Cachao´
Otra de las actuaciones en vivo que llamó mucho la atención, fue la del cantante Panameño Flex con Belinda, en una versión Spanglish de la canción de nigga "Te quiero" :

Esta canción precisamente fue la que se apoderó del Latin Grammy a la Mejor Canción de Música Urbana / Best Urban Music Song:
El gran talento de la ganadora de 1 Grammy y 4 Latin Grammys, Julieta Venegas, también brilló en la ceremonia al interpretar "El Presente", tema de su disco "Mtv Unplugged", ganador de 2 premios esa noche, junto con varios talentos del continente. The jam featured Norteño artist Michael Salgado, vallenato artist Emiliano Zuleta, and tango artists Fernando Otero (who played the melodica) with Hector Del Curto on bandoneón (a button accordion), and Tejano star David Lee Garza. Sin duda fue una excelente puesta dada por los organizadores del evento:
Victor Manuel también nominado en esta oportunidad, puso la gota sabrosa de la noche llevando en alto el nombre de Puerto Rico cantando "Mi Salsa" que puso a todos a bailar :
No podríamos dejar de lado obviamente al Grupo Mexicano con el mayor número de nominaciones este año, Café Tacvba ganadores de 2 Latin Grammy a la Mejor Canción Rock y a la Mejor Canción de Música Alternativa por sus singles del album "Sino". Aquí esta su magnífica presentación y su premiación:
Ahora miren este video que se hizo segundos antes de comenzar el show :
Pues a Kany García le esperó lo mejor porque no solo fue premiada como Mejor Nuevo Artista, sino que además ganó el Grammy sorpresivamente en la categoría de Mejor Album Vocal Pop Femenino por su disco "Cualquier Día" frente a otras fuertes candidatas. 
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In accepting her award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album, singer/songwriter García quipped, "A year ago I was at home watching this like a dream and now being here...." , luego cantó en vivo uno de sus últimos singles:
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Entre los ganadores también figura el nombre del maestro José Feliciano que se adjudicó su primer Latin Grammy de su carrera (sin contar los 7 Grammys Americanos que posee). Feliciano, in accepting his award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album for Señor Bachata, was touched and said, "I didn't expect this. I came here to be with my sister Gloria [Estefan] and [her husband] Emilio." Lets remember his talent here with Santana & Ricky Martin:


La actuación que se mereció todo nuestro respeto fue la que pudo interpretar Jorge Celedón y el  Mariachi Vargas que recibió una merecida ovación de pie del respetable al compás de "Que bonita es esta Vida" :
Pero continuemos con los premiados. En la categoría de Mejor Canción Tropical / Best Tropical Song el Grammy fue a manos de Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Alberto y Ricardo Gaytán compositores por el tema "Pintame de Colores":
El Mejor Album de Rock fue indiscutiblemente para el argentino Andrés Calamaro por su disco "La Lengua Popular":
Brazilian gospel singer Soraya Moraes also racked up three Latin GRAMMYs including Best Christian Album (Spanish Language), Best Christian Album (Portuguese Language) and Best Brazilian Song. Esta gran artista nos cuenta como vivió la noticia, según informa un medio brasilero:
En todos los paises de los respectivos ganadores fue celebrado estos reconocimientos, así lo podemos ver como el "Cholo Valderrama" se impuso ante sus contrincantes y logró ganar en la categoría de Mejor Album Folclorico / Best Folk Album. Aquí se les ve como recién llegan desde Houston a su tierra con esta magnifica noticia e incluso le hacen una inesperada caravana por las principales calles:
En la categoría de Mejor Album de Cumbia-Vallenato los ganadores fueron Peter Manjarrés, Emiliano Zuleta y Sergio Luis por su disco "Sólo Clásicos" merecido premio a estos artistas :
Sin embargo hubieron algunos que se presentaron en vivo más no ganaron en sus categorías como lo fue en el caso de La Reina del Rock & 2003 Latin Grammy winner Alejandra Guzmán. In one of the evening's more emotional moments, Guzmán, who has battled back from a bout with breast cancer, performed a dramatic rendition of "Hasta El Final." Guzmán then picked the energy up for the provocative rocker "Soy Solo Un Secreto" — providing further evidence as to why she was once dubbed the Latin counterpart to Madonna :
Olga Tañón otra también de las nominadas, al igual que Fonseca fueron desplazados por el "Señor Bachata" de Jose Feliciano en la categoría de Mejor Album Tropical Contemporáneo. Lo mismo sucedió con Jenni Rivera — the only woman nominated in the Best Ranchero Album category — performed a dramatic "Sufriendo A Solas" ("Suffering Alone") accompanied by a mariachi band led by her brother Lupillo Rivera. The former Rivera was then joined by Olga Tañón and a Lifetime Achivement award winning Vikki Carr for a supercharged version of "Cosas Del Amor."
Y Los Tigres del Norte también se hicieron presente en esta gala de celebración a la música Latina con su canto. Los Tigres Del Norte offered a passionate medley that reflected the band's Mexican roots. The set led off with "Somos Mas Americanos" ("We're More American"), in which they sang about the mix of Native Americans and Spanish people that mark the heritages of both Latin America and Mexico. The medley closed with the scorching double shot of "Sangre Caliente" and “Mis Dos Patrias." Escuchemos:
Llegando el fin de fiesta, éste tenía que ser muy especial. Y sí que lo fue. In bringing the evening's theme of meaningful words and songs full circle, the closing number "No Dudaria" ("I Wouldn't Doubt") featured an all-star international supergroup of Mexican artist Belinda, flamenco singer Antonio Carmona, Venezuelan singer Jeremías, Juanes, Spanish singer Rosario, Olga Tañón, and Puerto Rican artist Tommy Torres. Y esperemos a ver que sorpresas más nos traerán los Grammy para el próximo año:
Pre-telecast Show winners & Backstages:
Sergio George: Producer of the Year
Molotov: Best Rock Album by a Dúo or Group with Vocals for "Eternamiente"
Soraya Moraes: Best Christian Album (Spanish Language), Best Christian Album (Portuguese Language) and Best Brazilian Song for Som da Chuva

Peter Manjarrés, Emiliano Zuleta y Sergio Luis: Best Cumbia-Vallenato Album for "Sólo Clásicos"
Gloria Estefan: Best Tropical Song for "Píntame de Colores", Best Tropical Album for "90 Millas" & "Person of the Year"
Andrés Calamaro: Best Rock Solo Album for "La Lengua Popular"
Café Tacvba: Best Alternative Music Song for "Volver a Comenzar" & Best Rock Song for "Esta Vez"
 Kany García: Best New Artist & Best Female Pop Vocal Album for "Cualquier Día"
Flex: Best Urban Music Song for "Te Quiero"
Siggno: Best Norteño Album for "Six Pack"
Belanova: Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Fantasía Pop"
Miguelito: Best Latin Music Children Album for "El Heredero"
José Feliciano: Best Contemporany Tropical Album for "Señor Bachata"
Julieta Venegas: Best Long Form Music Video & Best Alternative Music Album for "Mtv Unplugged"
Los Horóscopos de Durango: Best Banda Album for "Ayer, Hoy y Siempre"
Juanes: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Album & Best Short Form Music Video for "Me Enamora" from "La Vida es ... un Ratico" (producer: Gustavo Santaolalla)
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jueves, 12 de febrero de 2009

Gloria Estefan Named LARAS´Person Of The Year 2008

GLORIA ESTEFAN TO BE HONORED AS
2008 LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Star-Studded Concert And Tribute Dinner To Be Held During Latin GRAMMY® Week
On Nov. 12 In Houston


MIAMI (Aug. 19, 2008) — GRAMMY®- and Latin GRAMMY®-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan will be honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy®. Estefan was chosen for her philanthropic, professional and cultural accomplishments and will receive the honor at a star-studded concert and tribute dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. A portion of the proceeds from the evening's tribute dinner will benefit the Gloria Estefan Foundation as well as St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The prestigious event will be produced by 13-time GRAMMY winner Phil Ramone and will precede the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston on Thursday, Nov. 13, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Television Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
"The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees are elated to recognize Gloria Estefan as an extraordinary Latina woman, humanitarian and talented musician who has made a global impact on music and culture," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. "She is one of Latin music's most enduring icons, and we are privileged to be honoring such a dedicated, generous, and gifted lady."

Estefan has been a force within the music industry for three decades with 22 albums and more than 90 million records sold. She began her career collaborating with the Miami Latin Boys band. Estefan became an integral part of the band and was essential in creating the group's new sound and by 1980, she and the group became known as Miami Sound Machine and were signed to a record label. They went on to release albums such as Primitive Love, which sold more than 3 million units in the United States alone and produced the hit singles "Bad Boy," "Words Get In The Way" and "Conga." The next two albums, Let It Loose (1987) and Cuts Both Ways (1989), were both worldwide chart-topping sensations, and produced such hits as "Can't Stay Away From You," "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Anything For You," "1-2-3," "Don't Wanna Lose You," and "Get On Your Feet."


After a bus accident that left her partially paralyzed in March 1990, Estefan, against all odds, triumphantly returned to the stage with a 17-country tour and her chart-topping album, Into The Night. 
In 1993 she returned to her Latin music roots and released Mi Tierra, which garnered Estefan her first GRAMMY Award. 
She performed the official theme song, "Reach," at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, which became the first single from a new English-language album Destiny. 
Released in 2001, Alma Caribeña/Caribean Soul earned Estefan a GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album 

And a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2000 for Best Short Form Music Video. 

Her most recent album, 90 Millas, pays tribute to the roots of Cuban music and gave Estefan the opportunity to work with fellow legendary artists such as Sheila E., Andy García, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Johnny Pacheco, Carlos Santana, and many others.

She is a music leyend, her songs will stay with us for ever


Not only is Estefan an award-winning singer/songwriter and musician, she is also a compassionate philanthropist who established the Gloria Estefan Foundation, which aims to promote good health, education and cultural development. One of the main benefactors of the Gloria Estefan Foundation is the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis — the leading research center for spinal cord injuries. Estefan served as chairwoman for a capital campaign that raised more than 40 million dollars to build the Lois Pope Life Center neurological research facility. The foundation also raises funds for other organizations and has donated millions of dollars to a number of charities including the American Red Cross, UNICEF and the Miami Children's Hospital Brain Institute. 

Estefan is the ninth Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree and is the first woman to receive the honor. She joins a prestigious list of previous honorees, which includes Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra and Carlos Santana.

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domingo, 8 de febrero de 2009

SELENA´s Hometown To Host The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards 2008!

Aprovechando la oportunidad de que la 9na Entrega de los Latin Grammy Awards 2008 se realizarán en Houston - Texas, quisiera que recordemos a una de sus más grandes artistas a nivel internacional, GRAMMY Award winner Selena Quintanilla. Su música, su legado y su carisma, estarán por siempre con nosotros a través de los años.  
El gran talento que poseía, junto a una increible voz, desde muy pequeña la hizo única. Selena hizo bailar y delirar a miles de fanáticos en México, Estados Unidos y en varias partes del mundo. Lamentablemente, siendo tan joven tuvo que dejarnos. Partió al cielo, pero desde allí, seguirá cantando para todos nosotros.
A más de 10 años de su fallecimiento grandes artistas de la talla de La India, Gloria Estefan, Los Kumbia Kings, Alejandra Guzmán y Soraya entre otros le rindieron un gran homenaje a Reyna del TexMex en el Astrodome de Houston, en donde su familia, fueron los invitados de honor:
When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and Los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on popular the radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and Los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo.


In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of Cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos´s lead guitarist and GRAMMY winner, Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, a Latin GRAMMY winner too, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer.

Selena won her first GRAMMY Award in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business.

A su vez, también realizó un comercial para la marca Coca Cola:
In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, LA, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

Algunos medios transmitieron así la triste despedida de la cantante:
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It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.
A special service was held in the Los Angeles Colliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year.

Después de la muerte de Selena se publicaron diversas recopilaciones de sus obras a través de la disquera EMI que incluían temas en inglés, y otras con canciones del gran compositor Camilo Sesto tales como Tú, solamente tú y Tres veces no (Siempre Selena y All my hits), al igual que la parte del disco que había grabado en inglés, así como nuevas versiones de algunos de sus más grandes éxitos, el cual fue titulado Dreaming of You.

Dentro de sus aportes musicales, se destaca por ser la primera cantante en denominar formalmente a la Tecnocumbia como aquel género que se propagaría años después en México, Centro América y en el sur del continente, formalizado así su tema homónimo "Tecnocumbia", el cual se convertiría en una variante de la Cumbia mexicana.

La venta de sus discos creció espectacularmente naciendo así un mito, cuya vida fue llevada a la pantalla grande por la actriz Jennifer López en 1997 en la película Selena
Su repercusión fue tal, que la revista People le dedicó su portada una semana después de morir e incluso un número conmemorativo.

Numerosas figuras musicales muy importantes de la música latina, como por ejemplo: Paulina Rubio, Alicia Villareal (Esposa de Cruz Martínez, integrante de Kumbia Kings. Alicia realizó una de las mejores interpretaciones al cantar Si una vez), Kumbia Kings, Fey y Aleks Syntek, Soraya, Pablo Montero y Mariana Seoane, Banda el Recodo, Gloria Estefan, La India, Ana Barbara, Carlos Vives, Olga Tañón, Pepe Aguilar, Bobby Pulido, los Barrio Boyzz, Alejandra Guzmán, Ana Gabriel y Thalía han participado en homenajes póstumos a su memoria, como el celebrado el 7 de abril de 2005 Selena Vive que se ha convertido en el programa más visto en la historia de la televisión de habla hispana con un rating de 35.9.
SELENA VIVE !

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