Los nominados a la 15 edición de los Grammy Latinos se anunciaron hoy de una manera muy original y con Calle 13 como líder en el número de candidaturas para este prestigioso premio.
La organización ha comunicado las nominaciones en un vídeo colgado en el portal de los Grammy Latinos en el que muy diversos artistas y aficionados han actuado de presentadores.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr., presidente de la Latin Recording Academy, destaca en su mensaje “el dinamismo de la comunidad mundial de artistas latinos, productores, creadores y técnicos”.
El dúo urbano Calle 13 es el máximo nominado en esta edición. Eduardo Cabra, conocido artísticamente como “Visitante”, se lleva 10 nominaciones, entre ellas productor del año. El grupo está nominado en total con 9 premios. La mayor parte de las nominaciones corresponden a su álbum lanzado en 2014, “MultiViral.”
Andrés Castro consigue 8 nominaciones seguido de Tom Coyne con 7, Julio Reyes Copello and Carlos Vives, 6 respectivamente y Descemer Bueno y Enrique Iglesias con 5 cada uno por su exitoso “Bailando” y su popular melodía “Loco”.
Los competidores para álbum del año incluyen a Marc Anthony, Calle 13, Ruben Blades, Camila, Paco de Lucia, Jorge Drexler, Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Jarabe De Palo, the trio of Lila Downs, Nina Pastori y Soledad.
Los Grammy Latinos se retransmitirán en directo el 20 de noviembre desde el Grand Garden Arena del MGM en Las Vegas por la cadena en español Univision.
Otras nominaciones para los Grammy Latinos en su 15 edición son:
Álbum del año
- 3.0 — Marc Anthony
- Tangos — Rubén Blades
- Multiviral — Calle 13
- Elypse — Camila
- Canción Andaluza — Paco de Lucía
- Raíz — Lila Downs, Niña Pastori y Soledad
- Bailar En La Cueva — Jorge Drexler
- Fonseca Sinfónico — Fonseca
- Somos — Jarabe De Palo
- Más + Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives
Grabación del año
- “Donde Está El Amor — Pablo Alborán Featuring Jesse & Joy
- “Cambio De Piel” — Marc Anthony
- “Respira El Momento” — Calle 13
- “Decidiste Dejarme” — Camila
- “Universos Paralelos” — Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux
- “Llegaste Tú” — Luis Fonsi Featuring Juan Luis Guerra
- “Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Darte Un Beso” — Prince Royce
- “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” — Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony
- “El Mar De Sus Ojos”— Carlos Vives Featuring ChocQuibTown
Canción del año
- “A Bossa Nova É Foda” — Caetano Veloso, songwriter; performed by Caetano Veloso
- “Bailando” — Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona, Enrique Iglesias, songwriters; performed by Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Cambio De Piel” — Yoel Henríquez & Julio Reyes Copello, songwriters; performed by Marc Anthony
- “Corazones Invencibles” — Manu Moreno & Aleks Syntek, songwriters; performed by Aleks Syntek
- “Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar” — Andrés Castro, Carlos Vives, songwriters; performed by Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony
- “Darte Un Beso” — Andrés Castro, Guianko Gómez, Juan Riveros & Prince Royce, songwriters; performed by Prince Royce
- “Decidiste Dejarme” — Mario Domm, Lauren Evans & Mónica Vélez, songwriters; performed by Camila
- “Mi Tesoro” — Jesse & Joy, songwriters; performed by Jesse & Joy
- “Ojos Color Sol” — Calle 13 & Silvio Rodríquez, songwriters; performed by Calle 13 Featuring Silvio Rodríguez
- “Universos Paralelos” — Jorge Drexler & Ana Tijoux, songwriters; performed by Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux
Mejor álbum tradicional vocal pop
- Amor En Portofino — Andrea Bocelli
- Tiempo — Linda Briceño
- Orígenes: El Bolero Volumen 2 — Café Quijano
- Fonseca Sinfónica — Fonseca
- Gracias Por Estar Aquí — Marco Antonio Solís
Mejor actuación urbana
- “6AM” — J Balvin Featuring Farruko
- “Adentro” — Calle 13
- “Bailando” — Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
- “Pura Vida” — Don Omar
- “Que Viva La Vida” — Wisin
Mejor álbum rock
- Palosanto — Bunbury
- Ama-Zonas — Doctor Krápula
- Don Tetto — Don Tetto
- El Final Del Mundo Vol. II: Nada Es Imposible — Luz Verde
- Agua Maldita — Molotov
Mejor álbum de música alternativa
- Romantisísmico — Babasónicos
- Fruta — Caloncho
- Los Cafres — 25 Años De Música! — Los Cafres
- El Vuelo Del Pez — Siddhartha
- Aquelarre — Sig Ragga
Mejor álbum de salsa
- 3.0 — Marc Anthony
- Déjame Así — Maite Hontelé
- Mis Mejores Recuerdos — Tito Nieves
- First Class To Havana — Aymee Nuviola
- 50 Aniversario — Mario Ortiz All Star Band
Mejor álbum norteño
- Amor Amor — Conjunto Primavera
- XX Años — El Poder Del Norte
- En Tus Manos — Los Rieleros Del Norte
- Por Ti — Pesado
- Clásicas De Ayer Y Siempre — Polo Urias Y Su Máquina Norteña
Mejor ábum MPB (Música Popular Brasileña)
- Calma Aí, Coração Ao Vivo — Zeca Baleiro
- De Graça — Jeneci
- Inventario Encontra Ivan Lins— Ivan Lins
- Verdade, Uma Ilusão — Marisa Monte
- Caymmi — Nana, Dori E Danilo
It seems 2014 is the year of musical collaboration with artists from many genres releasing their duets albums.
We start with Italian singer Laura Pausini, who just re-released her album “20 grandes Exitos.”
Pausini recorded incredible duets with Miguel Bosé, Marc Anthony, Kylie Minogue and she will be touring Mexico in the following months to serenade her fans.
But if you are in the mood for Spanish reggae, you can listen to Rosana’s duet with Sie7e called “Sin Miedo,” her second single from her newest album, “8 Lunas.”
“8 Lunas,” consists of 16 hits from Rosanas’ career, 15 of which she invites friends and colleagues to sing with her.
“I gave them the option to sing my songs and make them their own,” Rosana told VOXXI about the process of the production.
“In other words, if someone hears the songs sung by these artists, they would think the track is theirs.”
And let’s not forget the talk of the town with the jazz standards album “Cheek to Cheek,” between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
There may be 60 years between them, but the jazz singer and the pop star like making music together.
“When I met her, the first thing I said [was], ‘Let’s do an album together,’” Tony Bennett said on an interview with CBS. “She said, ‘Okay.’ It was just that quick.”
“I was a jazz singer since I was a little girl,” said Lady Gaga, “and nobody had really picked up on it. So when Tony asked, I got really excited.”
The standard version of “Cheek To Cheek” features 11 tracks with 15 tracks on the deluxe version.
Sofía Vergara ha revelado sus secretos básicos de belleza y sorpendentemente se reducen a tres: una buena modista, una dieta sana y aceite de coco.
Vergara no es aficionada a las dietas extremas; ella cree en que se puede comer y beber variado siempre que sea con moderación, explicó en una entrevista para Yahoo.
“Nunca he seguido dietas extremas o practicado ejercicios exagerados. Nunca he sido la última chica en irme de la fiesta ni he bebido exageradamente”, afirmó Sofía Vergara, quien se toma un vasito de vino a la hora de la cena.
En lugar de realizar lo que muchas otras estrellas sufren con una desintoxicación pre-show, Sofía se modera durante todo el año: “Por supuesto que tomo carbohidratos pero de lunes a jueves trato de comer sano añadiendo frutas, verduras y proteínas. Evitar los dulces es lo peor, mi mayor tentación. Trato de reducirlos una semana antes de un evento y aumento mis ejercicios. No me queda mucho tiempo con tanto trabajo pero trato de hacer todo equilibrado”.
Sofía explica las reglas que hay que seguir cuando se sale de casa.
“[La mujer latina] siempre está sexy porque nos han enseñado que no podemos salir de casa sin arreglarnos, maquilladas, con tacones y bien peinadas. Estos detalles, aunque parezcan irrelevantes, son fundamentales y dan confianza a la mujer en sí misma. Todas necesitamos una ayudita; nadie es perfecta”.
También recomienda resaltar lo mejor de cada cual.
Sofía Vergara sugiere destacar lo mejor del cuerpo.
“Si, por ejemplo, tu cintura no es estrecha pero tienes una buena delantera, debes elegir un atuendo que lo destaque. Debes jugar y resaltar lo bueno que tienes”, afirma la actriz. Ella, personalmente depende de su imágen -melena y maquillaje-, que siempre son muy parecidos, dentro de su zona de confort. “Es importante para una mujer sabes qué le queda bien”.
¿Y el secreto de su sedosa melena?
Sofía revela que en su tiempo libre la cuida con aceite de coco natural. “Todo el mundo me echa piropos de mi pelo”, dijo la coqueta actriz.
La actriz colombiana afirma que sus dos mejores amigas en cuanto a su imágen se refiere son su modista y su estilísta.
“Tengo una estilista que me recomienda vestidos. Realmente me lee la mente a la hora de elegir un vestido. Y eso es fundamental dado que mi cuerpo es más curvilíneo que el de muchas actrices requiere un poco más de trabajo”.
Sofia Vergara recently revealed her 3 top beauty secrets: Her seamstress, a clean diet, and coconut oil is what keeps this sexy Latina confident on her image.
Vergara is not a fan of crazy diets; she is a firm believer that can you eat or drink anything you want but in moderation. This was all revealed in an interview with Yahoo!
“I’ve never been into any crazy diets or any crazy exercising, I have never been the last girl at the party, and I never drink a lot,” says Vergara, who will splurge on a glass of wine with dinner. Instead of suffering a pre-show detox, “I try to do the whole year in moderation. I do eat carbs, but I try to eat clean from Monday to Thursday, you know, add a lot of fruits and vegetables and protein. Sweets are the hardest part for me. I try and cut down on the sweets just a little bit the week before an event and work out a little bit more. I don’t have that much time because of work, so I try to make it easy for me.”
She explains the different rules you need to follow when you step out of the house.
“[Latin women] are always kind of sexy and we are always taught you can’t leave the house without lipstick or doing your hair or wearing high heels. I think all those things, believe it or not, can change how women feel about themselves. We all need help, we are all not perfect!”
She also suggests highlighting your best assets.
“If your midriff is not good but you have great cleavage you should find an outfit that shows that,” she says. “You need to play with what you have.” It’s why Vergara depends on her signature hair and makeup look, never veering far from her comfort zone. “I think it is important for women to know what looks good on them,” she says.
But what is the secret behind her silky hair? “In my time off I just put natural coconut oil in my hair. Everyone compliments me [on it], and I am always shoving my hair in people’s faces,” Vergara said.
The Colombian actress confessed that her best friend and her stylist are the ones behind her perfect fitted look.
“A stylist helps me; she brings me the dresses very late! [My] stylist is a “mind reader” when it comes to selecting gowns. Because of my body type, I need to take a little bit more time than other actresses with less curves. My best friend is my seamstress.”
If you are looking for an enthralling, fun and wet experience this summer, H2OMBRE is the performance you need to see.
VOXXI talked to one of the creators of the show, Pichon Baldinu, one of the most daring and original directors in Argentina. He is recognized for creating new forms of expression by transforming a show into a theatrical experience.
Using 6,000 gallons of water per show (the water is recycled from each show), state-of-the-art projection screens and monstrous inflatables, H2OMBRE is a multi-sensory experience filled with exciting aerial acrobatics, heart-pumping music and over-the-top visuals.
Q & A with Pichon Baldinu, the director of H2OMBRE
VOXXI: What inspired you to create this show?
Baldinu: In 2008, Ojala Entertainment was tasked with creating a show for 3,000 people to debut at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain, an international exposition that had the theme of “Water and Sustainable Development.”
We created a 30 minute show utilizing a theater concept, water pump system and rigging system all designed by our team, and audiences loved it.
A few years later, we decided we wanted to expand on the concept and create a new version that takes audiences into the mind and creative process of an Artist, the main character in H2OMBRE.
This allowed us to expand the plot, add more music and scenery, and include even more acrobatics, stunts, and, of course, water.
This is the version of the show known as H2OMBRE that had its world premiere at the Arsht Center on July 18 and will be playing through August 31.
VOXXI: Tell us who is behind and involved in the creation of the show?
Baldinu: The original creators of the show are Gabriella Baldini and myself, Pichón Baldinu, through our company Ojala Entertainment.
The composer Gaby Kerpel developed electronic music especially for H2OMBRE that really highlights each scene and makes a huge impact on the overall experience.
Sergio Trujillo was also involved in the creation of the show, he is known for his acclaimed choreography for Broadway hits including Jersey Boys, Memphis and the Addams Family, lent his talent as choreographer and creative director.
And last but not least, Scott Shiller, executive vice president of the Arsht Center, is also credited as a Special Artistic Advisor for the production, as he played an integral role in helping us develop the version of H2OMBRE.
VOXXI: Talk to VOXXI about the different Latin sounds that the show uses during the performance.
Baldinu: We love to immerse the audience in a “landscape of sounds,” and tried to create a musical repertoire that guides how the audience will experience the show.
I worked closely with composer Gaby Kerpel to develop the music pieces by sharing with him my thoughts on what is happening in each scene.
Due to our long-standing relationship from working together for so many years, Gaby was able to interpret my explanation of the show into a compelling, electronic musical score, which uses Latin sounds and some verses in Spanish throughout.
VOXXI: What does water symbolize in the show?
Baldinu: Water can symbolize so many things, creation, life, and creativity. It’s an amazing element to play with, and we’ve incorporated it into the show, as it’s beautiful to watch what can be done with the water. It’s also a lot of fun for the audience.
In the show, water is the main element that gives the Artist life, but it is also a force to be reckoned with – one that can harm the Artist if he loses control.
Lonnie Jordan, the founding member and lead singer of the legendary band WAR, talked to VOXXI about the random places where the band has found its inspiration, and the upcoming expectations for their new album “Evolutionary.”
How the band WAR started and how everyone came together?
In 1961 we were called The Creators and were teenagers who knew each other from the neighborhood and through school. We evolved and started changing members at about 1968. That’s when we changed our name to WAR.
“Low rider” was a huge success how did you guys came up with this legendary song ?
The song came up by seeing actual Low Riders on the streets. At the time, they were only on the West Coast – from Los Angeles to Albuquerque.
What was the inspiration for “That LA Sunshine”?
My inspiration for the song is as simple as it sounds: ‘I woke up this morning to a beautiful day, pulled back the shades and felt the sun on my face!’ It really is about the beautiful Los Angeles sun.
Can you give a little bit of background about the Latino members in the band?
Sal Rodriguez, the drummer, is from Tijuana, Mexico. Marcos Reyes is our percussionist and he is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Our saxophonist David Urquidi is from Montebello, CA. Bassist Pancho Tomaselli is from Ecuador.
Tell VOXXI about the collaborations with Cheech & Chong, Joe Walsh, and the USC Marching Band?
Cheech & Chong joined us on “That L.A. Sunshine” by writing a comedy skit to incorporate into the song. It was great to reunite with them after they used ‘Low Rider’ in ‘Up In Smoke.’ That was the very first movie to use any of our music! As for Joe Walsh, we have so much respect for him and The Eagles, so it was a natural choice to use him on “Mamacita.” The USC Marching Band is an iconic Los Angeles band,and the song wouldn’t have that L.A. feel without them. Plus, the melody line in the song sounds like a marching band, so it was a great fit.
Do you have a Latin Beat song in this new album?
Yes, we do! It’s “Just Like Us.”
What to expect from the new album “Evolutionary”, especially after 20 years of not releasing a new album.
Our expectation is to release a new album to make sure people know we’re still here and creating new music for our fans. We always want to make and keep our fans happy with new music as well as our old.
The album also includes a re-mastered of their 1976 Platinum certified “Greatest Hits” album and for the first time it will be available digitally.
The Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino, creator of the legendary cartoon “Mafalda,” has been honored today with the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.
“Marking the 50th anniversary of Mafalda’s birth, the lucid messages of Quino prevail for having combined wisdom and simplicity in a drawing with the depth of his thinking,” Director of the Cervantes Institute and chairman of the jury that granted the Argentine cartoonist the award, Víctor García de la Concha said today.
The first Mafalda cartoon was published on September 29, 1964. Mafalda was a rebellious, smart and sarcastic girl, who was mainly concerned about world peace and human rights, the character hated soup and loved the Beatles.
Mafalda was published from 1964 to 1973. The comic was translated into more than 30 languages.
Mafalda is also recognized as the protagonist for human rights campaigns in Argentina for organizations such as UNICEF.
The Prince of Asturias Awards are intended to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work of individuals, institutions, groups or institutions throughout the world.
In communications and humanities, it recognizes those who make an important contribution to universal culture in humanities activities and social media.
Even though J Balvin is very successful in his native country Colombia and throughout Latin America, he is taking his career to a new level by going on tour with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
“This tour is a dream,” J Balvin told VOXXI,”this is a huge opportunity to reach the Hispanic audience in the U.S. and also to expose my talent to a bigger audience, I’m still in shock.”
Spanish megastar Enrique Iglesias is just as thrilled to be touring with J Balvin, even sharing a “selfie” moment with the young urban singer.
“Guys I’m excited to announce that @JBalvin is coming on tour with @pitbull and I!!!,” Iglesias shared on social media.
His music transcends language barriers
At a very young age Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvín better known as JBalvin became interested in music.
The Colombian artist, originated from Medellin, shared with VOXXI that he started out in a rock band as a guitar player but it wasn’t until he moved to New York and lived in the “big apple” for sometime, that he fell in love with urban music and Hip Hop.
The 29-year-old singer still remembers how he felt when he step on a stage for the first time to perform his music.
” I was very anxious and scared on my first concert… I was eager to see how the audience was going to take it, it was an amazing feeling.”
The rising reggaeton star is always traveling and touring around the world and not long ago he was recognized in Romania as artist of the year in the Zu Music Awards.
“They don’t speak spanish but they feel connected with my music and my videos,” J Balvin said.
In addition, J Balvin confessed that his next big dream will be to conquer the global market and collaborate with different anglo artists such as Drake, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
His success has been credited for his charismatic personality and hard working attitude but he revealed that the key to all of this is that, “he is just a young artist like no other with big dreams and huge desire to succeed.”
Take a look at J Balvin’s crazy hangover video, “6AM” featuring Farruko, which is currently in the “Top 5 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart.”
With a tight student budget and little spare time in between classes, Natalia Rodriguez founded JIVA Cubes.
Rodriguez, 23, created organic coffee and hot chocolate instant cubes that only need to be mixed with water or milk. JIVA now offers 100 percent Colombian instant coffee and organic coffee– in only 30 seconds.
The company, founded by Rodriguez and her partner Allen Gomberg, takes high-quality Colombian coffee beans, freeze dries them and mixes them with all-natural unrefined cane sugar known in South America as panela. Their secret is that there are no added preservatives in their product.
Rodriguez came up with the idea when her mom returned from a trip to Colombia with small panela cubes that dissolved in water to make “aguapanela,” a traditional and popular Colombian drink made of sugar cane that can be served hot or cold. Rodriguez and Gomberg wanted to make a product that was fully organic and nutritious for everyone as they became more conscious and aware about their eating habits.
Natalia Rodriguez funds JIVA through Kickstarter campaign
Rodriguez and Gomberg confessed that when they started JIVA they didn’t know what they were doing with their Kickstarter campaign, and that the social media and branding world was new to them.
The young entrepreneurs got to experience first hand what it was like to fail and pick up the pieces, work and try harder for their own business in order to produce a better product that people were going to fall in love with.
“We kept on failing, but we never gave up, ” Rodriguez said. They managed to receive more than $82,000 from nearly 3,500 backers for their Kickstarter campaign to get their company started.
The coffee and hot chocolate cubes are currently sold online. The name behind the creation has a strong meaning.
“JIVA is a Hindu word that means life force, spirit, basically it is your essence,” Rodriguez said.
“We came up with this name because every morning you need coffee to start your routine. We wanted to be the inner force and the fuel for people’s life and because we are a to-go product, we always fuel activity.”
The dream of these two young entrepreneurs seems to be taking off. They have customers, followers and fans all around the world purchasing their JIVA coffee cubes. Rodriguez and Gomberg want to encourage innovation to the new generation and they want to empower people to create something on their own so that they can be leaders in their own community.
In front of many Latino students at Florida International University, Jose Antonio Vargas shared his experience about being an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was just a kid.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist lives in legal limbo like many young immigrants because his legal situation depends on the Dream Act.
When he was 16, he rode his bike to the D.M.V. office to get his driver’s permit. When Jose handed the clerk his green card as proof of U.S. residency, the clerk looked at the document and said. “This is fake,” she said “Don’t come back here again.”He went back home and he confronted his grandfather asking if the green card was fake and with shame on his face his grandfather confessed that it was. At that moment he learned he was an undocumented immigrant.
VIDEO: Students from FIU (Miami, Florida) spoke to VOXXI on Deferred Action and dreamers
Jose continues to fight for immigration reform talking about Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and the activist has a new cause to fight for, he is discouraging news outlets everywhere from using the word “illegal immigrant.”
Jose Antonio Vargas has become the most recognized face of Dreamers since appearing in the Time magazine cover with fellow undocumented immigrants “WE ARE AMERICANS” in bold, red, capital letters. An asterisk underneath says “Just not legally.”
VOXXI had the opportunity to interview Jose Antonio Vargas at the FIU event.
VOXXI: Define what it is to be an American?
Vargas: Thank you for asking this question, I define American as somebody who calls this country their home, I define American as someone who wants to work hard and contribute to this country.
VOXXI: Why do you support immigration reform?
Vargas: Why do I support immigration reform, I support immigration reform because it actually is not just about immigration you have to be tied to the very nature of how America is changing and you also have to be tied to.When we are talking about immigrant rights we are also talking about citizenship rights and I think it is so interesting that we can probably talk to a lot of undocumented people who proved to American citizens—what it is like to be an American like work hard, want to contribute, respect other people.
I think undocumented people are actually showing Americans why America is special, why America is great, that’s why I believe in this cause.
VOXXI: What do you think about President Obama and Mitt Romney’s immigration policies?
Vargas: Well I think President Obama’s immigration policies are much more married to reality than Mitt Romney’s. I just kind of tune out when Mitt Romney talks about self deportation, it sounds almost comical. It sounds like you push a little button somewhere and you just get ejected or something. It seems completely unrealistic and I think its incredibly disrespectful to many people. Again, people like me who is not like I’m the only undocumented person in my family. I’m actually the only one everybody else is an American citizen so can you imagine what they think when they hear Mitt Romney says you should self deport what is my grandma going to say, she is American citizen tax paid since I been here in the 1980’s.
VOXXI: What do you think about the future of the dreamers?
Vargas: I am optimistic that immigration reform its going to happen that means that the Dream Act goes first maybe by next year. I think it will, whatever it is I think the dreamers have completely pushed this issue. I mean they are the ones as far as I’m concerned the undocumented youth the people that have been coming out, I was late to the party they been showing up far earlier than me. I just showed up last year unannounced they been doing the hard work for years. They really deserve the credit for what’s happened here the fact that the dream act is completely tied to immigration reform.