(Clockwise L-R): Bomba Estéreo, Drake, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Rauw Alejandro, Rosalía
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Collaborations have helped make Bad Bunny one of the most unique artists in Latin music and his latest album, 'Un Verano Sin Ti' has no lack of features. GRAMMY.com breaks down some of El Conejo Malo's most memorable collabs.
|GRAMMYs/May 19, 2022 - 08:19 pm
No other hit-maker in the modern Latin music landscape has crafted such an eccentric and idiosyncratic repertoire as Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny built the foundation of his musical career in the mid-2010s, releasing tracks on SoundCloud while working as a bagger at a grocery store in Puerto Rico. His latest album, Un Verano Sin Ti, replete with guest features, continues its historic stride, landing at No. 1 on the Global 200.
In this era, collaborations are basically mandatory. But the collaborative choices Benito Martinez Ocasio has made over the years also add to his unique star power. On his worldwide come-up with 2020’s YHLQMDL, El Conejo Malo embraces the G.O.A.T.s of old-school reggaeton. "I could have done a track with…Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry," Bad Bunny told the New York Times of YHLQMDL. “But no, I was making ‘Safarea’ with Ñengo Flow and Jowell y Randy. And I was putting the whole world onto underground from Puerto Rico, you know? That makes me feel proud of what I represent.”
Then, Bad Bunny throws another curveball as he unpredictably joins forces with some of Latin alternative and indie’s most captivating acts like Buscabulla, Bomba Estereo, and the Marías as shown on his latest offering, Un Verano Sin Ti. "Benito has such a clear idea of what he wants, and he is open to explore new ideas, without fears," Bomba Estereo’s Li Saumet continued to the Times of "Ojitos Lindos." "I think it’s important that the alternative Latin music scene joins with the mainstream to make music and deliver our message and art together."
Bad Bunny brings gold to many other tracks not included in this listicle, including "Dákiti" with Jhay Cortez, "Un Día" starring Tainy, Dua Lipa and J Balvin, and "No Me Conoce" (remix) with Jhay Cortez, also featuring J Balvin. From low-key comedic boleros with Los Rivera Destino to sultry reggaeton downtempo with Rosalía, and getting Drake to be ahead of the Spanish-language música urbana curve, here are Bad Bunny’s 11 greatest collaborations of all time.
Bomba Estéreo - "Ojitos Lindos"
Sultry Colombian grooves meet Puerto Rico’s breezy reggaeton vibes in "Ojitos Lindos." And Li Saumet delivers, singing with plenty of heart and passion, while Bad Bunny matches pipes with spine-chilling delivery.
"This song and video are an homage to the ancient relationship between humans and the territory we inhabit," explains Bomba's founder Simon Mejia. "The earth should belong to everyone, as we belong to her, independent of race, identity or nationality."
Tainy, who also produced Bomba Estereo’s "To My Love" remix, and this song adds, "'Ojitos Lindos' perfectly represents the vibe of the album [Un Verano Sin Ti]. It’s one of those songs that instantly transport you when you listen to it. Hearing the combination of Benito and Li’s vocals was incredible for me. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album."
Rauw Alejandro - "Party"
Backed by the high-pitched vocals of Elena Rose who demands "PARTY PARTY PARTY" with simplistic yet insatiable urgency, Rauw Alejandro and Bad Bunny amp up the vibe as they lure listeners into a dance-ridden frenzy. It’s perhaps one of the littiest songs of the new album, pleasantly teetering between raunchy reggaeton and a graceful dance floor sensibility.
The Marías - "Otro Atardecer"
LA’s indie-pop darlings the Marías had previously tinkered with a Bad Bunny hit ("Dákiti") well before their first official collaboration here. The delightfully funky "Otro Atardecer" glimmers like the Caribbean sea, inducing visions of floating on the ocean as María Zardoya’s breezy, hypnotic voice sings verses in English and Spanish. Bad Bunny reaches ultimate tranquility along their side.
Buscabulla - "Andrea"
On "Andrea," Bad Bunny navigates eye-awakening lyricism, in a similar spirit of Residente’s robust wordplay, backed by the undulating grooves of dembow. The rapper tells the story of female oppression in Latin America with gripping poetry ("Pero todo se ha complicado/Como si ser mujer fuera un pecado/La demonia ha despertado, ey, una guerrera"), while reminding us of the harsh realities of femicides.
"This is about a woman who wants to live a free life in Puerto Rico," Raquel Berríos of Buscabulla told Refinery29 Somos."I have never worked on something so hard in my life, because I really wanted to write something powerful. It’s a love letter to Puerto Rico, a love letter to women, a love letter to the Caribbean."
Rosalía - "La Noche de Anoche"
Released last year on Valentine’s Day as a single/music video, Bad Bunny and Rosalía entangle in a tension-filled "will they, won’t they" type of romance in "La Noche de Anoche."
With her raspy revelations of love and desire, the Barcelona star teases in Spanish, "I know this will not happen again. But if it happened again, I know what would be your weakness." The night gets hotter Bad Bunny responds with equal willingness to tango against the breezy backdrop of a reggaeton rhythm.
Jowell & Randy, Ñengo Flow - "Safarea"
In the essence of old school, hard-hitting reggaeton, "Safarea" does not disappoint. In fact, it’s armed with the capability of igniting any dance floor replete with perreo hasta abajo. El Conejo Malo enlists to O.G. reggaetoneros, Jowel & Randy and Ñengo Flow to spit fiery, R-rated verses to the dance banger.
"I could have done a track with, who knows, Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry," Bad Bunny told the New York Times about his 2020 release, YHLQMDLG. "But no, I was making ‘Safarea’ with Ñengo Flow and Jowell y Randy. And I was putting the whole world onto underground from Puerto Rico, you know? That makes me feel proud of what I represent."
Cardi B, J Balvin - "I Like It"
We’d be remiss not to mention Cardi B’s culturally-defining "I Like It," starring J Balvin and Bad Bunny. Released in 2018, the dance floor banger set the tone for its riveting coalition of American rap with Latin trap, bilingualism, and a dose of boogaloo. The song peaked numerous charts worldwide, including the Billboard Hot 100, and it continues to exhilarate well into the next decade.
Drake - "Mía"
If I had absolutely no clue who Drake was, he could’ve fooled me into thinking he was a reggaeton star. I mean, his Spanish gets a pass, and so does his 2018 swagger amid that Latinx-filled block party. In fact, the Canadian celebrity is an English-rapping/singing pioneer who lent his vocals en español well before Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and the Weeknd.
Remember Romeo Santos’ "Odio" (2014) featuring Drake? Since "Mía"’s video release, it has racked up a staggering 1.3 billion streams on YouTube alone, and it’s one of those tracks that just keeps sounding better with age.
Los Rivera Destino - "Flor"
In the spirit of the vintage lovelorn trios like Los Panchos, Puerto Rico’s Los Rivera Destino harken back to the golden age of boleros. Released on Fathers’ Day of 2019, Bad Bunny debuted as his birth name Benito Martínez where he surprised listeners with his tender singing versatility.
"We aim to challenge stereotypes of the definition of fatherhood," Los Riveras Destino told Rolling Stone. "The song highlights all types of father figures out there — celebrating all of those people who occupy this role in a child’s life." It can’t get any more wholesome than that.
Tainy, Julieta Venegas - "Lo Siento BB:-/"
Opening up with pensive piano chords, Julieta Venegas lends her beautiful nonchalant pipes in "Los Siento BB:-/." Known to craft some of the most gorgeous love songs of Latin pop, the Mexican pop darling navigates her lilt around the somber melody until meeting up with Bad Bunny’s confessional baritone. Tainy works wonders behind the boards, adding glowing synths against the undulating bop of dembow.
Casper Mágico, Darell, Nio Garcia, Nicky Jam, Ozuna - "Te Boté" (remix)
The list wouldn’t be complete without Nio Garcia, Casper Mágico, and Darell’s wildly popular remix, "Te Boté," featuring Nicky Jam Ozuna and Bad Bunny. The kiss-off track became the longest song to air on radio, and that’s by the people’s choice.
"It’s one of the only times that a seven minute-long song gets to play on air. That’s the time it takes three songs to play!, radio DJ Eddie One told Rolling Stone. "The funny thing is, we made a shorter version, but we started getting complaints — ‘We want to hear the whole thing!’" The 2018 hit spent two years on top of the Billboard charts, officially making it the soundtrack of the late 2010s.
|GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am
On Aug. 28 Nashville Chapter GRAMMY U members took part in GRAMMY SoundChecks with Gavin DeGraw. Approximately 30 students gathered at music venue City Hall and watched DeGraw play through some of the singles from earlier in his career along with "Cheated On Me" from his latest self-titled album.
In between songs, DeGraw conducted a question-and-answer session and inquired about the talents and goals of the students in attendance. He gave inside tips to the musicians present on how to make it in the industry and made sure that every question was answered before moving onto the next song.
Annual star-studded gala slated for Nov. 4 in Las Vegas during 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Week celebration
|GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm
Internationally renowned singer/songwriter/performer Juan Gabriel will be celebrated as the 2009 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. Juan Gabriel, chosen for his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to philanthropic efforts, will be recognized at a star-studded concert and black tie dinner on Nov. 4 at the
The "Celebration with Juan Gabriel" gala will be one of the most prestigious events held during Latin GRAMMY week, a celebration that culminates with the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards ceremony. The milestone telecast will be held at
"As we celebrate this momentous decade of the Latin GRAMMYs, The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees take great pride in recognizing Juan Gabriel as an extraordinary entertainer who never has forgotten his roots, while at the same time having a global impact," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. "His influence on the music and culture of our era has been tremendous, and we welcome this opportunity to pay a fitting tribute to a voice that strongly resonates within our community."
Over the course of his 30-year career, Juan Gabriel has sold more than 100 million albums and has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world. He has produced more than 100 albums for more than 50 artists including Paul Anka, Lola Beltran, Rocío Dúrcal, and Lucha Villa among many others. Additionally, Juan Gabriel has written more than 1,500 songs, which have been covered by such artists as Marc Anthony, Raúl Di Blasio, Ana Gabriel, Angelica María, Lucia Mendez, Estela Nuñez, and Son Del Son. In 1986, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declared Oct. 5 "The Day of Juan Gabriel." The '90s saw his induction into Billboard's Latin Music Hall of Fame and he joined La Opinion's Tributo Nacional Lifetime Achievement Award recipients list.
At the age of 13, Juan Gabriel was already writing his own songs and in 1971 recorded his first hit, "No Tengo Dinero," which landed him a recording contract with RCA. Over the next 14 years, he established himself as Mexico's leading singer/songwriter, composing in diverse styles such as rancheras, ballads, pop, disco, and mariachi, which resulted in an incredible list of hits ("Hasta Que Te Conocí," "Siempre En Mi Mente," "Querida," "Inocente Pobre Amigo," "Abrázame Muy Fuerte," "Amor Eterno," "El Noa Noa," and "Insensible") not only for himself but for many leading Latin artists. In 1990, Juan Gabriel became the only non-classical singer/songwriter to perform at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in
After a hiatus from recording, Juan Gabriel released such albums as Gracias Por Esperar, Juntos Otra Vez, Abrázame Muy Fuerte, Los Gabriel…Para Ti, Juan Gabriel Con La Banda…El Recodo, and El Mexico Que Se Nos Fue, which were all certified gold and/or platinum by the RIAA. In 1996, to commemorate his 25th anniversary in the music industry, BMG released a retrospective set of CDs entitled 25 Aniversario, Solos, Duetos, y Versiones Especiales, comprised appropriately of 25 discs.
In addition to his numerous accolades and career successes, Juan Gabriel has been a compassionate and generous philanthropist. He has donated all proceeds from approximately 10 performances a year to his favorite children's foster homes, and proceeds from fan photo-ops go to support Mexican orphans. In 1987, he founded Semjase, an orphanage for approximately 120 children, which also serves as a music school with music, recreation and video game rooms. Today, he continues to personally fund the school he opened more than 22 years ago.
Juan Gabriel will have the distinction of becoming the 10th Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree, and joins a list of artists such as Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana among others who have been recognized.
For information on purchasing tickets or tables to The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute to Juan Gabriel, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grizzled Mighty perform at Bumbershoot on Sept. 1
Photo: The Recording Academy
|GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am
Welcome to The Set List. Here you'll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it'll be like you were there. And if you like what you read, we'll even let you know where you can catch the artist on tour. Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know your concert experience. Oh, and rock on.
By Alexa Zaske
This past Labor Day weekend meant one thing for many folks in Seattle: Bumbershoot, a three-decade-old music and arts event that consumed the area surrounding the Space Needle from Aug. 31–Sept. 2. Amid attendees wandering around dressed as zombies and participating in festival-planned flash mobs to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," this year the focus was on music from the Pacific Northwest region — from the soulful sounds of Allen Stone and legendary female rockers Heart, to the highly-awaited return of Death Cab For Cutie performing their 2003 hit album Transatlanticism in its entirety.
The festival started off on day one with performances by synth-pop group the Flavr Blue, hip-hop artist Grynch, rapper Nacho Picasso, psychedelic pop group Beat Connection, lively rapper/writer George Watsky, hip-hop group the Physics, and (my personal favorite), punk/dance band !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Also performing on day one was Seattle folk singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, who was accompanied by the Passenger String Quartet. As always, Orlowski's songs were catchy and endearing yet brilliant and honest.
Day one came to a scorching finale with a full set from GRAMMY-nominated rock group Heart. Kicking off with their Top 20 hit "Barracuda," the set spanned three decades of songs, including "Heartless," "Magic Man" and "What About Love?" It became a gathering of Seattle rock greats when, during Heart's final song, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready joined for 1976's "Crazy On You."
Day two got off to an early start with performances from eccentric Seattle group Kithkin and Seattle ladies Mary Lambert and Shelby Earl, who were accompanied by the band Le Wrens. My highlight of the day was the Grizzled Mighty — a duo with a bigger sound than most family sized bands. Drummer Whitney Petty, whose stage presence and skills make for an exciting performance, was balanced out by the easy listening of guitarist and lead singer Ryan Granger.
Then the long-awaited moment finally fell upon Seattle when, after wrapping a long-awaited tour with the Postal Service, singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard returned to Seattle to represent another great success of the Pacific Northwest — Death Cab For Cutie. The band celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their album Transatlanticism by performing it from front to back. While a majority of attendees opted to watch the set from an air-conditioned arena, some of us recognized the uniqueness of this experience and enjoyed the entire set lying in the grass where the entire performance was streamed.
Monday was the day for soul and folk. Local blues/R&B group Hot Bodies In Motion have been making their way through the Seattle scene with songs such as "Old Habits," "That Darkness" and "The Pulse." Their set was lively and enticing to people who have seen them multiple times or never at all.
My other highlights of the festival included the Maldives, who delivered a fun performance with the perfect amount of satirical humor and folk. They represent the increasing number of Pacific Northwest bands who consist of many members playing different sounds while still managing to stay cohesive and simple. I embraced the return of folk/pop duo Ivan & Alyosha with open arms and later closed my festival experience with local favorite Stone.
For music fans in Seattle and beyond, the annual Bumbershoot festival is a must-attend.
(Alexa Zaske is the Chapter Assistant for The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter. She's a music enthusiast and obsessed with the local Seattle scene.)
Neil Portnow and Jimmy Jam
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Jimmy Jam helps celebrate the outgoingPresident/CEO of the Recording Academy on the 61st GRAMMY Awards
|GRAMMYs/Feb 11, 2019 - 10:58 am
As Neil Portnow's tenure as Recording Academy President/CEO draws to its end, five-timeGRAMMY winner Jimmy Jampaid tribute to his friend and walked us through a brief overview of some of the Academy's major recent achievements, including the invaluable work of MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum, Advocacy and more.
Portnow delivered a brief speech, acknowledging the need to continue to focus on issues ofdiversity and inclusion in the music industry. He also seizedthe golden opportunityto say the words he's always wanted to say on the GRAMMY stage, saying,"I'd like to thank the Academy," showing his gratitude and respect for the staff, elected leaders and music community he's worked with during his career at the Recording Academy."We can be so proud of what we’ve all accomplished together," Portnow added.
"As I finish out my term leading this great organization, my heart and soul are filled with gratitude, pride, for the opportunity and unequal experience," he continued. "Please know that my commitment to all the good that we do will carry on as we turn the page on the next chapter of the storied history of this phenomenal institution."
Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards