Three Top Takeaways For Brazil At The Latin Grammys

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/20/2015 - 07:22 pm


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It was a night filled with tributes, live performances and hearty congratulations... and that was just what occurred on the red carpet rolled out for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Djavan picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award and Roberto Carlos sang to a sold-out crowd at Mandalay Bay the very next night.

The complete winners’ list for Brazil is below, but first (and feel free to disagree)…


Antonio Adolfo at BrazilClubUSA.com

1. Antonio Adolfo Should Have Won

With respect and a deep bow to those who were nominated (and to all those who weren’t), the fact that the Brazilian pianist, composer and professor did not win a Latin Grammy for ‘Tema’ is a travesty that falls just short of what you’d expect to find three weeks into any Brazilian TV novela.

‘Tema’ as a ‘Best Instrumental Album’ seemed awkward; no Brazilian has ever won the category since its inception 11 years ago. Reality? Antonio Adolfo’s ‘Tema” should have made the Latin Grammy’s “Jazz” list, but no. Number of Brazilian albums nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Album”?

Zero.


Roberto Carlso at BrazilClubUSA.com

2. The Latin Grammy Folks Are Doing The Best They Can For Brazil

Some say the inner workings of the Latin Grammy Awards are mysterious and magical. Maybe Brazil needs to add some of its own spiritual macumba to the mix.  

We all get the difference in language and culture, and it’s not exactly easy to ignore the largest Latin country on the planet, so giving Portuguese-speaking Brasil its own award categories is cool. But these differences are a roadblock to Song, Album and Record of The Year wins for Brazil.

Thursday, The Latin Recording Academy honored Brazil’s legendary Roberto Carlos as Person of the Year, reflecting his Pan-Latin popularity. Well-deserved, but do I want to hear Roberto Carlos sing mostly in Spanish during his US concerts? Uhhh, no.

Culture vs Language. That’s a tough nut, but hey, Big Brazilian Music: you need to do more in America - maybe in Spanish - but especially with English so everybody will be more inclined to buy into your music. Hint.

It's no secret that the Latin Grammys take a backseat to Brazil’s own Prêmio Awards. Winning the Prêmio is important, illustrious and career-building, but for the rest of the world it’s too insular: It’s like finding out that the Cubs farm team went undefeated last year.


Ivan Lins at BrazilClubUSA.com  

3. Ivan Lins And The Mojo

I let out a silent yelp when I learned that Ivan Lins was in the studio to record ‘América, Brasil,’ and was I more than pleasantly surprised with the end result. In keeping with the Ivan Lins albums that I love best, he strapped himself into a tuneful time machine to go back to that 80’s sound: the style that made him one very hip Brazilian musician and an international success. So was I surprised to see his Latin Grammy nomination?

Not a bit.

Dusty Groove said: “The production is a bit more top-shelf than other recent efforts, but that's a great thing – as it really helps to bring out the strengths in Lins' songwriting – which hasn't dimmed at all over the years. There's plenty of catchy tunes on the set – the kind of classic work from Lins that you can totally dig, even without knowing the language.”

That’s why ‘Luxo do Lixo’ shot up The Sounds of Brazil’s new music playlist to become one of our top songs of the year. So, well done, Ivan! How about another one?

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Here are this year’s Brazilian Winners:


BEST BRAZILIAN CONTEMPORARY POP ALBUM

Insano

Jamz

Músicas Para Churrasco Vol. 2

Seu Jorge

Vida Loka

Onze:20

Dancê

Tulipa Ruiz

Blam! Blam!

Jonas Sá

 

BEST BRAZILIAN SONG

Bossa Negra

Hamilton de Holanda, Diogo Nogueira & Marcos Portinari, songwriters (Diogo Nogueira & Hamilton de Holanda)

Track from: Bossa Negra

Label: EMI Records Brazil / Universal Music

Diz Pra Mim

Bruno Boncini, songwriter (Malta)

Track from: Supernova

Label: Som Livre

Mais Ninguém

Mallu Magalhães, songwriter (Banda do Mar)

Track from: Banda Do Mar

Label: Sony Music

Simples Assim

Dudu Falcão & Lenine, songwriters (Lenine)

Track from: Carbono

Label: Universal Music / Casa 9

Tudo

Adriana Calcanhotto & Bebel Gilberto, songwriters (Bebel Gilberto)

Track from: Tudo

Label: Sony Music Entertainment

 

BEST MPB (MUSICA POPULAR BRASILEIRA) ALBUM

Meus Quintais

Maria Bethânia

Centenário Caymmi

Varios Artistas - Mario Adnet & Dori Caymmi, producers

Guelã

Maria Gadú

Carbono

Lenine

América, Brasil

Ivan Lins


BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Tema
Antonio Adolfo

Trilogy

Chick Corea Trio

Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue

Ed Calle & Mamblue

Brazilian Nights

Kenny G

Camino

Gustavo Santaolalla

 

BEST SAMBA/PAGODE ALBUM

Verde Amarelo Negro Anil

Nilze Carvalho

Herança Popular

Arlindo Cruz

Só Felicidade

Fundo de Quintal

Em Samba! Ao Vivo

Mart'nália

Bossa Negra

Diogo Nogueira & Hamilton de Holanda

Ser Humano

Zeca Pagodinho

Sorriso Eu Gosto - Ao Vivo No Maracanãzinho

Sorriso Maroto

 

BEST BRAZILIAN ROCK ALBUM

Banda Do Mar

Banda do Mar

Insular Ao Vivo

Humberto Gessinger

Supernova

Malta

Não Pare Pra Pensar

Pato Fu

Sol-Te

Suricato

 

BEST SERTANEJA MUSIC ALBUM

Os Anjos Cantam

Jorge & Mateus

Cabaré

Leonardo & Eduardo Costa

Amizade Sincera II

Renato Teixeira & Sérgio Reis

Bem Sertanejo

Michel Teló

Irmãos

Victor & Leo

 

BEST CHRISTIAN ALBUM (PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE)
Da Eternidade
Fernanda Brum

Ao Vivo
Anderson Freire

Posso Tudo Nele
Jane Gomes

Como Águia
Bruna Karla

Não Vou Desistir
Wilian Nascimento

 

 

 

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