World Music Succeeds at Latin Grammy Awards 2006

Gilberto Santa Rosa -  Directo al Corazon (Norte/Sony BMG Music)
Gilberto Santa Rosa – Directo al Corazon (Norte/Sony BMG Music)
The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were held yesterday evening, November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Even though pop acts got the most media attention, a large number of artists that fall under the category of world music did very well. The Latin Grammies bring together the musics of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking artists. World Music Central has compiled below the list of world music artists who received 2006 Latin Grammy Awards.

The Univision Television Network’s telecast of the 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards reached over 11.3 million viewers. The event garnered more total Hispanic Adults 18-49 than the combined audiences of The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Golden Globes, and MTV’s Video Music Awards.

The 3-hour gala extravaganza was co-hosted by internationally acclaimed actress/singer Lucero along with best-selling salsa singer/songwriter and current Latin GRAMMY nominee Victor Manuelle, and featured 12 musical numbers spanning the rich spectrum of Latin music. The evening was punctuated with numerous standing ovations, starting with the night’s first presenter, Adamari López, in her first public appearance since her triumphant battle with breast cancer, and later by Juan Luis Guerra’s surprise appearance joining rock superband Maná for a number.

Musical highlights included reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel kicked off an electrifying medley that included genre superstars Tonny Tun Tun, Ivy Queen, and Hector “El Father” punctuated by fireworks, smoke effects and an elaborately choreographed group of Urban dancers. Latin music’s biggest night featured a spectacular finale in the form of a Tribute to Salsa featuring a medley of hits performed by some of the genre’s biggest stars including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Andy Montañez, the evening’s co-host Victor Manuelle, and rising star Anais accompanied by New York’s legendary salsa institution, Fania All-Stars.

Best Salsa Album

Directo al Corazon (Norte/Sony BMG Music) – Gilberto Santa Rosa

Best Merengue Album
MQ (J&N Records) – Milly Quezada

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album
Cien Días De Bohemia (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) – Los Hermanos Zuleta

Best Contemporary Tropical Album
Una Nueva Mujer (Sony Discos) – Olga Tañón

Best Traditional Tropical Album
Lineas Paralelas, AM/PM (Morocho Records) – Andy Montañez & Pablo Milanés

Best Tropical Song
Te Mando Flores, track from: Corazón (Capitol Records/EMI Music) – Juan Fernando Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)

Best Singer-Songwriter Album
Como un Campo de Maíz (Universal Music Mexico) – Pablo Milanés

Best Ranchero Album
Historias de Mi Tierra (Norte/Sony BMG Music) – Pepe Aguilar

Best Banda Album
Mas Allá del Sol (Balboa Records/Discos Musart) – Joan Sebástian

Best Grupero Album
En Vivo en el Auditorio Nacional (Balboa Records) – Joan Sebástian

Best Tejano Album
Nuevamente (Univision Records/Urbana Records) – La Mafia

Best Norteño Album
Historias Que Contar (Fonovisa Records) – Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Regional Mexican Album

Kumbia Kings Live (EMI/Televisa) – A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Kings

Best Regional Mexican Song
Aun Sigues Siendo Mia, track from: Algo de Mi (Fonovisa) – Osvaldo Villarreal, songwriter (Conjunto Primavera)

Best Instrumental Album
Bebo (RCA/Calle 54 Records/BMG Spain) – Bebo Valdés

Best Folk Album
Corazon Libre (Edge Music) – Mercedes Sosa

Best Tango Album
Café De Los Maestros (Surco / Seminal / Universal Music Latin/AADI Capif) – Varios Artistas, Gustavo Santaolalla & Gustavo Moz, producers

Best Flamenco Album
Picasso en Mis Ojos (Ariola) – Diego “El Cigala”

Best Latin Jazz Album

Solo (Blue Note) – Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album
Timeless (Concord Records / Hear Music / Music Group) – Sergio Mendes

Best Samba/Pagode Album

Universo ao Meu Redor (EMI/Phonomotor Records) – Marisa Monte

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album
Segundo (Warner Music Brasil) – Maria Rita

Best Brazilian Roots/Regional Album
Vida Marvada (Mercury Records/Universal Music) – Chitãozinho & Xororó

Best Brazilian Song (Portuguese Language)

Caminho das Águas, track from: Segundo (Warner Music Brasil) – Rodrigo Maranhão, songwriter (Maria Rita)

Best Recording Package

Café de los Maestros (Surco / Seminal / Universal Music Latin)
Laura Varsky, art director (Café De Los Maestros)