This year's winners of the Latin Grammy Awards include a well balanced group of artists and genres. Leading the winning crowd, Colombian superstar Carlos Vives grabbed three trophies including the important awards for Song of the Year ("Volvi A Nacer") and Best Tropical Fusion Album (Corazon Profundo).
Besides Carlos Vives, the General category includes the popular Latin music artists Marc Anthony (Record of the Year), Draco Rosa (Album of the Year) and Caetano Veloso (Best Singer/Songwriter Album). The talented Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno won the Best New Artist award in that category. The following is the full list of winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards.
Record of The Year
Album of the Year
Song of the YearBest Tropical Song
Best New Artist
Best Singer/Songwriter AlbumBest Recording Package
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Urban Performance
Best Urban Music Album
Best Urban Songs
Best Rock Album
Best Pop/Rock Album
Best Rock Song
Best Alternative Music Album
Best Alternative Music Song
Best Salsa Album
Producer of the Year
Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album
Best Contemporary Tropical Album
Best Traditional Tropical Album
Best Tropical Fusion Album
Best Ranchero Album
Best Banda Album
Best Tejano Album
Best Norteno Album
Best Regional Song
Best Instrumental Album
Best Folk Album
Best Tango Album
Best Flamenco Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Christian Album (Spanish language)
Best Christian Album (Portuguese language)
Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album
Best Brazilian Rock Album
Best Samba/Pagode Album
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album
Best Sertaneja Album
Best Brazilian Roots Album
Best Brazilian Song
Best Latin Children's Album
Best Classical Album
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Best Engineered Album
Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video
Latin Songs for Halloween...
A Selection of Spooky Tracks from The Latin Music World
Latin music has lots to offer for every occasion and Halloween is not an exception to that rule. From El Gran Combo's "Brujeria" to Orquesta Zodiac's "Panteon De Amor," these are some of the Latin songs that are usually played during the celebration of the spookiest day of the year. If you are planning to organize a Halloween party, this playlist will definitely take your ghosts, vampires and werewolves to the dance floor.
"Brujeria" - El Gran Combo
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico has been producing good Salsa music for more than half a century. From love and the meaning of life to food recipes and Christmas, this popular Salsa orchestra has touched all kinds of issues and topics with its music. Besides the popular hit "La Muerte" (The Death), "Brujeria" (Witchcraft) is one of the band's best tracks for a Halloween celebration.
"La Llorona" - Chavela Vargas
This hugely celebrated Mexican song is the most mysterious one in this playlist. Although its origin is unknown, many people believe this song deals with a heartbreaking love story. In spite of this, and mainly because of its title, this track is often linked to the famous legend of La llorona (The Weeping Woman) that has inspired so many scary tales for generations. No matter what, Chavela Vargas' version is one of the finest pieces from the repertoire of this iconic artist.
"Tango Del Pecado" - Calle 13
Apart from its irreverent, spooky lyrics, this Reggaeton song is one of the coolest tracks in this list for hitting the dance floor. If you are looking for a nice beat for your Halloween party, "Tango Del Pecado" (Tango Of Sin) will do the trick. This is also one of the very best songs ever released by the popular Urban and Alternative band Calle 13.
"Ave Lucifer" - Os Mutantes
I have to say this classic tune from the Brazilian band Os Mutantes is not only one of the most alternative tracks in this list but also one of the spookiest titles of it. This is mostly due to the psychedelic sound of its melody and unique lyrics. If you want to listen an alternative version of this song, the Agentinian band La Manzana Cromatica Protoplasmatica recorded a nice one for the tribute albums to Os Mutantes El Justiciero, Cha, Cha, Cha.
"Sortilegio" - Aterciopelaos
This is, in my opinion, one of the best songs from Aterciopelados. "Sortilegio" (Spell) features the original Punk sound that defined the beginning of Colombia's most popular Rock band. The lyrics of this song talk about a magical elixir where you can find things like urine from a black frog, holy water and a stone from the street. The aggressive final of this song is fantastic.
"Black Magic Woman" - Carlos Santana
If there is a song where Carlos Santana's guitar sounds just plain good, that song is "Black Magic Woman." Besides the memorable melody, the lyrics describe the effects provoked by the magical powers of this enigmatic, magic woman over her victim.
"Hombre Lobo En Paris" - La Union
All of those who grew up during the Rock en Espanol revolution of the eighties and early nineties will probably remember this classic song from the Spanish band La Union. If you are into werewolves, this is the perfect song for you. From a full moon and the streets of Paris to the werewolf and the female victim on the song, "Hombre Lobo En Paris" is a Halloween track that has it all.
"Panteon De Amor" - Orquesta Zodiac
Believe it or not, this hit from Orquesta Zodiac was written 40 years ago by Angel Laureano. Besides the cool Son of the melody, "Panteon De Amor" features one of the spookiest intros you can find in Latin music. Recently, the popular Salsa singer Victor Manuelle recorded a funky version of this song for his popular album Me Llamare Tuyo. This is definitely a perfect track for a Hallowen party.
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