Venezuelans sweep the Latin Grammys
In the midst of the crisis that the Latin American country is experiencing, its culture continues to be celebrated internationally, putting women at the forefront of that recognition.
The 19th edition of the Latin Grammy brought to the table la crème of Venezuelan talent.
Among renowned artists such as Natalia Lafourcade, Carlos Vives, Rosalía and Jorge Drexler, three Venezuelans took an important step forward to take their country's music to a new level.
One of the most celebrated awards was that of Linda Briceño, singer, trumpeter and composer who won the prize in the Producer of the Year category, becoming the first woman in the history of the gala to receive the award.
Briceño stood out for her work in the single "11," as well as for the production of MV Caldera’s album “Segundo Piso.”
According to El Universal (in Spanish), this Venezuelan has a great career in percussion and trumpet, following in the footsteps of her father Andrés Briceño. She is currently studying at The New School in New York, and her work has also been recognized for publications such as Tiempo in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Album.
"I would like to thank all the women who were nominated before in this category many years ago," said the producer upon receiving the award. "I am the first woman to win this award. I hope it is the beginning of more women taken into account in this category."
During an interview with the newspaper El Nacional in September (in Spanish), Briceño said: "This is one of the most difficult categories to achieve success in. The people I was nominated with have years in the industry and they manage up to five or six productions from big artists."
On the other hand, the cuatro player Miguel Siso received the prize for Best Instrumental Album for his album "Identidad", which pays homage to the musical diversity throughout the Venezuelan territory.
"I have no words to say how happy I am," said the musician when receiving the award. "This is an album that was created for my beloved country, Venezuela, which is going through a very strong crisis. And I dedicate it to my country."
Finally, the singer-songwriter Juan Carlos Luces received the statuette for Best Tropical Song, for his song "Quiero Tiempo," performed by Víctor Manuelle and Juan Luis Guerra.