Several Latin American and Caribbean musicians yesterday received the prestige of being named 2016 Grammy nominees, the St Lucia Times reports.
Among them were several reggae artists from the Caribbean as well as Trinidad-born rapper, Nicki Minaj, who received four nominations including Best Rap Album for ‘PinkPrint;” Best Rap Performance for ‘Truffle Butter’ featuring Drake; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘Only’ featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical for “ B**** I’m Madonna,” featuring Madonna.
Other Caribbean and Latin nominees are:
- Gilberto Gil of Brazil for Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo who is up in the Best World Music Album Category.
- Jamaica’s Jah Cure’s ‘The Cure,’ Barrington Levy’s ‘Acousticalevy;’ Luciano’s ‘Zion Awake’ and Morgan Heritage’s Strictly Roots’ up for Best Reggae Album.
- Cuban Canadian Alex Cuba for ‘Healer,’ and Puerto Rico’s Ricky Martin for ‘A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)’ – up for Best Latin Pop Album.
- Colombia’s Monsieur Periné and Bomba Estereo and Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade – up for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album.
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Cuba the Conversation Continues by Mexico’s Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
· Mi Vicio Mas Grande by Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizarraga
· Ya Dime Adiós by La Maquinaria Norteña
·Zapateando by Los Cojolites
· Realidades – Deluxe Edition by Los Tigres Del Norte
· Tradición, Arte Y Pasión by Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano
Best Tropical Latin Album
- Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto by Dominican salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario” & Septeto Santiaguero
- Son De Panamá by Panama’s Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra
- Presente Continuo by Venezuela’s Guaco
- Todo Tiene Su Hora by DR-born Juan Luis Guerra
- Que Suenen Los Tambores by Puerto Rico’s Victor Manuelle
Best Latin Jazz Album
Made In Brazil by Brazilian Eliane Elias
Suite Caminos by Cuban-born Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Identities Are Changeable by Puerto Rico-born Miguel Zenón.
This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 21,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015).
Kendrick Lamar led this year’s nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earned seven.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 15, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).