Brazilian wins at the 22nd Latin Grammy awards include top honors for Record Of The Year.
Brazil’s 2021 Winners for the Latin Grammys includes the top prize for an MPB superstar and his son.
by Scott Adams
Last year, we wondered if Brazil was reaching a turning point with the Latin Grammy Awards.
Or vice versa.
This year? The official voting committee seems content with testing the musical future of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) again this year. It is almost as if the generational change sweeping through Brazil is slow to resonate with the Latin Grammys.
This has not been a problem for Spanish-speaking countries. I noted, “that the predominantly Spanish-centric focus is understandable, but we think it is not equitable considering the variety and sophisticated nature of the Latin world’s largest country.”
Brazilian Pop at the top
When we covered Brazil’s Latin Grammy nominees last September, I offered an optimistic take on the state of Brazil’s pop music scene at the international level.
I wrote that “this year’s list more properly reflects the wide range of both established and emerging musical talent from the land of samba and sun.”
But I had mixed thoughts on Caetano Veloso’s and Tom Veloso’s win for Record of the Year.
‘Talvez’ is a beautiful song. In fact, it is one of Veloso’s best in recent years. Even more impressive was Caetano’s story of inspiration and purpose. It was an intimate moment with Brazil’s most introspective songwriter. I recall thinking that setting the words of his story to music would make a great song.
While ‘Talves’ is worthy of the Latin Grammy’s highest award, was it the best song to represent Brazil in 2021?
Surely, it was the safest choice. An easy lay-up. A home run ball. NFL referees.
And that is my ongoing concern with Brazil’s performance with the Latin Grammy Awards.
General (Field) disappointment
The ‘General Field’ categories are where all Latin countries compete. Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.
Of the 43 total nominations for the ‘General Feild’, Brazil accounted for three.
Nana Caymmi earned a well-deserved nomination for Album of the Year. Talented newcomer Giulia Be was nominated for Best New Artist. There were no Brazilian nominations for Song of the Year.
Caetano and Tom Veloso were the only Brazilian winners, for ‘Record of the Year.
Once again, Brazil’s Latin Grammy Awards backstory is more revealing of the state of Brazilian music than the 2021 winner’s list makes it seem.
The Portuguese Language categories
The pop duo Anavitoria picked up their third and fourth Latin Grammy awards since 2017. They won for Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album and Best Portuguese Language Song.
However, Anavitoria’s Cor missed out on a nomination for the General Field’s Album of the Year. Their song ‘Lisboa’ did not make the nominee’s list for Record of the Year or Song of the Year.
Brazil’s ‘Old Guard’ continued its hold on the category of Best Samba/Pagode Album, with a worthy win for Paulinho Da Viola. We note that is musical ‘category’ is one of the strongest, competitive, and most vibrant in Brazil. Maybe next year will be Diogo Nogueira’s turn.
This year’s list of nominees for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album was by far the most interesting. We studied this field closely. Then, we selected Zeca Baleiro for the featured image for our September story on Brazil’s Latin Grammy nominations.
Special mention for Brazil’s Latin Grammy nominees
Zeco Baleiro won the award this year, but each of these nominees is worthy of your attention. Della Fischer, Thiago Holanda, Luedji Lun, and Zé Manoel.
Ivete Sangalo won for Best Portuguese Language Roots Album and we were pleased to see Luiz Caldas receive recognition with his nomination. His music was one of the best things to come out of the late-80s Lambada craze.
Ditto for Melody Gardot’s nomination for Best Arrangement on her song ‘Um Beijo’. It is one of two songs from her Sunset in The Blue album that you will hear on our live streaming station and streaming channels.
And a tip of the hat to Antonio Adolfo’s nominations in both Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album and Best Engineered Album for Bruma: Celebrating Milton Nascimento.
Brazil had no nominations for Producer of the Year.
The complete list of winners and nominees follows below.
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Here are Brazil’s 2021 winners for the Latin Grammys:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Talvez – Winner
Caetano Veloso & Tom Veloso
Mário Adnet & Cézar Mendes, record producers; Lucas Ariel & Lucas Nunes, recording engineers; Daniel Carvalho, mixer; Daniel Carvalho, mastering engineer
Label: Uns Produções
BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Toquinho e Yamandu Costa – Winner
Bachianinha – (Live At Rio Montreux Jazz Festival)
Toquinho e Yamandu Costa
BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Seguir Teu Coração – Winner
Catarse: Lado B
Sarah Farias (Ao Vivo)
Elis Soares 10 Anos
BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE CONTEMPORARY POP ALBUM
Cor – Winner
Duda Beat & Nando Reis
Nando Reis & Duda Beat
Será Que Você Vai Acreditar?
Chegamos Sozinhos Em Casa Vol1
BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ROCK OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
Álbum Rosa – Winner
A Cor Do Som
Assim Tocam Meus Tambores
O Bar Me Chama
BEST SAMBA/PAGODE ALBUM
Sempre Se Pode Sonhar – Winner
Paulinho Da Viola
Rio: Só Vendo A Vista
Martinho Da Vila
Nei Lopes, Projeto Coisa Fina e Guga Stroeter No Pagode Black Tie
Nei Lopes, Projeto Coisa Fina e Guga Stroeter
Samba De Verão
Onze (Músicas Inéditas De Adoniran Barbosa)
(Varios Artistas) Lucas Mayer, producer
BEST MPB (MUSICA POPULAR BRASILEIRA) ALBUM
Canções d’Além Mar – Winner
Tempo de Viver
Bom Mesmo é Estar Debaixo D´água
Do Meu Coração Nu
BEST SERTANEJA MUSIC ALBUM
Tempo de Romance – Winner
Chitãozinho e Xororó
Daniel em Casa
Marília Mendonça, Maiara & Maraísa
Os Barões da Pisadinha
Pra Ouvir no Fone
BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ROOTS ALBUM
Arraiá Da Veveta – Winner
Orin A Língua Dos Anjos
Orquestra Afrosinfônica André Magalhães & Ubiratan Marques, album producers
Eu e Vocês
BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE SONG
Lisboa – Winner
Ana Caetano & Paulo Novaes, songwriters (Anavitória e Lenine)
Track from: Cor
Francisco Ribeiro Eller & Lucas Veneu Videla, songwriters (Chico Chico e João Mantuano)
Amores e Flores
Diogo Melim & Rodrigo Melim, songwriters (Melim)
Espera a Primavera
Nando Reis, songwriter (Nando Reis)
Lágrimas De Alegria
Tales De Polli & Deko, songwriters (Maneva & Natiruts)
Track from: Caleidoscópio
Mulheres Não Têm Que Chorar
Tiê Castro, Emicida & Guga Fernandes, songwriters (Ivete Sangalo & Emicida)
Brazil’s 2021 Winners for the Latin Grammys
Our review of Brazil’s Latin Grammy nominees and winners is an annual tradition for fans of Brazilian music worldwide.