It has been quite the year for Latino music both in the United States and throughout Latin America, but as the Latin Grammy’s take place tonight, and the names for best record are announced, it’s really easy to forget the magnitude of each song.
We’ve all heard songs like international sensation “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Beiber, which became one of the highest grossing songs of all time. While others songs like “Felices los 4” by Colombian singer-songwriter, Maluma, wooed audiences across the globe with romantic danceable ballads infused with reggaeton rhythms that never stopped making us dance.
And, of course, classic groups and singers like Juanes, Ricky Martin, and Shakira reminded us of their greatness with songs like “Chantaje” (Shakira), “Vente Pa Ca” (Ricky Martin), and “El Ratico” (Juanes).
But while the Latin Grammy’s represent some of the year’s best Latin artists, there has, however, been some controversy for the snubbing of popular Latin Trap artists like Faruko, Bryant Meyers, and Bryant Meyers, which, some claim, is due to the elitism found in the selection committees.
Still, there’s a lot to celebrate and because of that we’ve put together the music videos for the category of the record of the year.
Guerra – Residente
Residente spent time in conflict zones throughout the world to create this song and music video.
Shakira – Chantaje
It’s one of the first collaborations between Shakira and Maluma but we’re almost certain that it won’t be the last.
Ricky Martin – Vente Pa’ Ca
Ricky Martin, the legend, and Maluma came together to produce this instant classic.
Maluma – Felices los 4
What’s there not to love about this video by the golden boy of reggaeton?
Mon Laferte – Amárrame ft. Juanes
This Chilean singer-songwriter brought Juanes for a collaboration and it was magic.
Juanes – El Ratico ft. Kali Uchis
Juanes and rising star Kali Uchis brought different generations of music lovers together with this one.
Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
The entire world has heard this song. And by the entire world, we mean the entire world.
Alejandro Fernández – Quiero Que Vuelvas
Alejandro Fernandez sang about wanting an lover back into his life in this song. Apart from being a great song, the video also brings in interesting visuals and themes.
Jorge Drexler – El Surco
The Uruguayan musician just reminded us how to combine traditional South American folk music in a way that speaks to a massive audience.
La Flor De Canela – Ruben Blades
The legendary salsa singer just took a classic song and reminded us that he may be a legend but he still has what it takes.