2018 Latin Grammys Predictions: Who Will Win?

2018 Latin Grammys Predictions: Who Will Win?


Who will win on the 2018 Latin Grammys? Each 12 months, Streets Talkin provides its evaluation of who will win and who ought to win in the principle classes. These are educated guesses primarily based on and previous voting conduct. They will not be endorsements of 1 artist over one other. This 12 months, main as much as Thursday's Latin Grammys, we’ve gathered our Latin editorial workforce and launched into a full of life dialogue about predictions.

Our members are Leila Cobo, Streets Talkin’s govt director of Latin content material and programming; Suzette Fernndez, affiliate editor, Latin, for Streets Talkin.com; Jessica Roiz, assistant editor for Streets Talkin en Espaol; and Latin contributor Judy Cantor-Navas.

Here are our predictions:

"No vaya a ser,"  Pablo Alborn
" faux (Homem Barato)," Anaadi
"Mi gente," J Balvin con Willy William
"Internacionales,"  Bomba Estreo
"Telefonia,"  Jorge Drexler
"Para siempre," Kany Garca
"X," Nicky Jam & J Balvin
"Danza de gardenias," Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos
"Bailar contigo," Monsieur Perin
"Malamente," Rosala

Leila Cobo: I really like “Malamente,” however I’m going to be contrarian right here. Of all of the classes J Balvin is nominated in, that is the one the place he ought to clearly win, for my part. It’s been over a 12 months since "Mi Gente" with Willy William was launched, so we’re now not in speedy awe of its groundbreaking beats and electrifying fusion. Not solely did “Mi Gente” make the whole world dance and raised consciousness of Latin music, however it additionally exemplifies the which means of the “report of the 12 months” class as one which honors the precise recording of the track — on this case, a masterful remake of the Willy William authentic with a Latin twist. 

Judy Cantor Navas: As all the time, this area is eclectic. Some might even name it random, however as with the Latin Grammys total, it supplies an area for various voices. I’m going to go for “Malamente” by Rosala. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a lot pleasure a few track amongst those that work in music, and I’m hoping that pleasure will carry her to a win — the hype is deserved.

Suzette Fernandez: I might like to see Nicky Jam and J Balvin win a Latin Grammy along with “X.” It might be an epic second. But Rosala can win with “Malamente” as a result of the track brings new sounds and a brand new model in music along with her flamenco pop.

Jessica Roiz: Even although I dance to Nicky Jam and J Balvin's "X" at each celebration, I might like to see Rosalia stroll away with report of the 12 months for "Malamente." Her musical model, as heard on this masterpiece, is a contemporary tackle the standard flamenco from Spain. Who else can modernize flamenco with Latin lure and pop music and make it sound so contemporary? Rosalia — no ifs, ands or buts.

Prometo, Pablo Alborn
Vibras, J Balvin
Caravanas, Chico Buarque
Salvavidas de hielo, Jorge Drexler
Siguiente, El David Aguilar
Soy yo, Kany Garca
Musas (Un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano de manos de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2, Natalia Lafourcade
Encanto Tropical,  Monsieur Perin
Cuando el ro suena, Rozaln

JCN: This is a tricky one for me, as a result of this entire area demonstrates the very wholesome state of Latin music that has not essentially made it to the U.S. Latin charts. My coronary heart bursts once I hearken to Chico Buarque’s model of Pablo Milanes' “Yolanda.” And Rozaln actually deserves this. But I feel that Jorge Drexler can win this class with Salvavidas de Hielo. The Latin Grammy veteran is already on the radar of the Academy’s members, and this album is Drexler at his finest — my private favourite since his 2004 groundbreaker Eco.

LC: This is a class the place the Academy could be very eclectic and notably not reliant on industrial success. I feel Drexler has a superb shot, however my inclination is for both Kany Garca or Natalia LaFourcade. My favourite is Kany Garca’s Soy Yo, a gutsy album, superbly executed, and the songs are all potential hits. But Balvin's Vibras is a implausible album and likewise worthy of the nod.

SF: I feel Kany Garcia would be the winner with Soy Yo. I’ts an incredible album vocally and musically.

JR: J Balvin by no means fails to impress, and Vibras is proof of that — so are his Latin Grammy nods, main the pack with eight. Balvin's fifth studio album is house to many bomb collaborations, together with Carla Morrison, Wisin & Yandel, Anitta and Rosalia. In reality, "Mi Gente" with Willy William and "No Es Justo" that includes Zion & Lennox have develop into celebration anthems for many individuals all over the world.

“La Puerta violeta,” Rozaln songwriter (Rozaln)
“Malamente,” Antn Alvarez Alfaro, Pablo Diaz-Reixa & Rosalia, songwriters “Para siempre,” Kany Garca, songwriter (Kany Garca)
“Robarte un beso,” Mauricio Rengifo, Andrs Torres, Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra)
“Telefona,” Jorge Drexler, songwriter (Jorge Drexler)
“Antes de ti,” Man Jalil & Mon Laferte, songwriters (Mon Laferte)
“Bailar contigo,” Monsieur Perin & Mauricio Rengifo, songwriters (Monsieur Perin)
“Danza de gardenias,”  David Aguilar Dorantes & Natalia Lafourcade, songwriters (Natalia Lafourcade Featuring Los Macorinos)
“Embrujo,” El David Aguilar, songwriter (El David Aguilar)
"Tu vida mi vida," Fito Pez, songwriter (Fito Pez)

LC: Great songs right here, however I don’t see how this might not go to Rosala’s “Malamente.” All eyes are on her. I’ll add that Fito Pez’s “Tu Vida Mi Vida” is the form of love track everybody would like to see devoted to them.

JCN: I’m glad to see ladies performers dominating this area, and I feel “Malamente” (Rosala), “Bailar Contigo” (Monsieur Perin) and “Danza de Gardenias,” sung by perennial Latin Grammy favourite Natalia LaFourcade, may all win this one. Personally, I’m rooting for “La Puerta Violeta,” written and  carried out by Rozaln. Not solely did she write a nonconformist pop track, she made the private political with a robust anthem that’s been adopted by the ladies’s motion in Spain and South America.

SF: I imagine the winner can be “Robarte Un Beso” as a result of it has an incredible group of songwriters behind, however there’s three different songs that may shock us: “Embrujo” by El David Aguilar, Kany Garcia’s “Para Siempre” and Rosala with “Malamente.”

JR:  My go-to is "Bailar Contigo." With its infectious tropical vibes, Monsieur Perine's single is refreshing to the ear and a fascinating manufacturing.

Angela Aguilar
El David Aguilar 
Alex Ferreira 
Karol G
Nana Mendoza
Christian Nodal
Claudia Preito
Benjamin Walker

LC: I wish to see Karol G or Christian Nodal win this one. Artists from completely completely different ends of the spectrum, each have labored arduous, and each have proven endurance. This class ought to honor each artistry and good artist growth, and these two are glorious examples. 

JCN: While I’m anticipating that Karol G will take this one, I’m hoping that poetry will conquer flash with an upset by a number of nominee El David Aguilar. Whether he wins or not, the Mexican singer-songwriter is one to observe. I may also proceed to have my ear on Dominican artist Alex Ferreira, who’s nominated on this class as nicely.

SF:  This class is sophisticated. I wish to say Karol G, however everybody right here could be very proficient. My prime three are Angela Aguilar, David Aguilar and Christian Nodal. I feel El David Aguilar may be the winner.

JR: Christian Nodal is somebody whose profession I've been following very intently for the previous two years. Not solely does he have an enthralling voice, however he's a part of the Mexillennial wave altering the sport within the Regional Mexican scene. I might like to see this 19-year-old take house finest new artist.

"Duele," Bomba Este?reo 
“Pa dentro,” Juanes 
"Sexo," Residente & Dillon Francis feat. Ile 
“Guerra,” Residente
"Malamente," Rosala

SF: I imagine that Residente will win together with his “Guerra” video as a result of it fully tells a narrative, an actual life story.

JR: I'm a fan of the whole lot Residente does, however on this event, my vote for finest brief type video goes to Rosalia's "Malamente." This music video is 2 minutes and 48 seconds of pure artwork! The approach I interpret this visible masterpiece is that of an empowered and rebellious girl who lastly broke free from the poisonous relationship she was in.

JCN: Residente is competing in opposition to himself on this class, with “Sexo” and “Guerra.” I want that each may win. While “Guerra” as soon as once more reveals that Rene Prez has the balls to talk out on what we should always all be speaking about, “Sexo” lampoons the standard message of Latin city movies with a humorousness that has sadly develop into all too uncommon. And then there’s Rosala’s fabulous “Malamente,” which is what forged all eyes on her this 12 months with photographs of motorbike bullfighting and ecclesiastical skateboarding. It will most likely win, and it ought to.

LC: I’m for Rosala’s “Malamente” right here. We want new blood on this class, and this video breaks paradigms. 
-“Downtown,” Anitta, J. Balvin, Justin Quiles & Alejandro Rami?rez, songwriters (Anitta feat. J Balvin)
-“Dura,” Daddy Yankee, Urbani Mota Ceden?o, Juan G. Rivera Vazquez & Luis Jorge Romero, songwriters (Daddy Yankee)
-“Mi cama,” Rene David Cano, Andy Clay, Karol G, Antonio Rayo & Omar Sabino, songwriters (Karol G)
-“Sensualidad,” J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Juan M. Fri?as, Luian Malave, Prince Royce, Edgar Semper & Xavier Semper, songwriters (Bad Bunny, Prince Royce & J Balvin) 
-“X,” Giordano Ashruf, Rashid Badloe, Shareef Badloe, J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina Ve?lez & Jonathan Bryan Thiel, songwriters (Nicky Jam & J Balvin) 

SF: This shouldn’t be a straightforward class. But, I’ve the sensation that the winner can be “X.” Yes, Nicky Jam and J Balvin collectively! 

JR: The competitors is hard on this class, however they don't name Anitta the Queen of Brazil for nothing! I fell in love with "Downtown" the very first second it got here out, and seeing this collab with J Balvin win finest city track could be nothing wanting well-deserved. I really like how a lady takes the reins on this sensual observe and the way the deep city bass makes me wish to replay this track always.

LC: This is such a key class. Urban songs have been driving the Latin market up to now 12 months and all these tracks had been large hits. I’m additionally going to wager on “X” for the sheer star energy of Nicky Jam and J Balvin collectively.


Vibras, J Balvin 
Sin Miedo, ChocQuibTown 
CoastCity, CoastCity
Odisea, Ozuna
Lebron, ToteKing

JR: Odisea. I’m obsessive about each track on this album — and I do know I'm not the one one! Ozuna made historical past on Streets Talkin's Top Latin Albums chart, setting a report for many weeks at No. 1 for an album by a male artist within the 24-year historical past of the tally.

LC: Ozuna with Odisea or J Balvin with Vibras? Both these albums are an instance of how good reggaetn and concrete music may be, whereas being commercially profitable. Because that is Ozuna’s solely nomination, I’ll go along with Odisea. He deserves to win.