The second annual Latin American Music Awards took place back in October, but we didn’t want you to forget about the top songs and artists who took home awards. As the temperature starts to reach freezing here in New York, why not heat things up with songs from the winners during your next holiday fiesta? And if you’re in Miami or somewhere más caliente, I won’t say how I really feel now that things have gotten so frío up north. #tancelos@!
“Duele el Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin
With almost half a billion views on YouTube, you’ve probably heard this one. While I was in Ireland with some friends this summer, I was searching for a song that I could play while driving on the other side of the road—a song to take my mind off of the fact that the car could go plummeting off a cliff on the narrow country roads at any time… #quéhorror! My friends are never too thrilled with my Latin pop obsession, but this song ended up becoming our road trip anthem. I know that during our holiday party reunion they’ll be thrilled to hear me playing it once again, singing along at full volume. Right, chicas? It looks like we’re not alone in our obsesión—it picked up awards for Favorite Collaboration, Favorite Pop/Rock Song, and most importantly, Song of the Year. You can check out the English version of the song here, but I think that Enrique always sounds sexier singing en español.
“Nunca Me Olvides” – Yandel
With six nominations, Yandel received more than any other artist. This is my favorite track off of the Dangerous album, which earned Yandel the Album of the Year Award. I haven’t been able to stop listening to this one—anyone who’s been with me in the car or at my apartment over the past few months can attest. The dramatic car crash premise for the video isn’t my favorite, but I can’t complain since Yandel looks pretty great on screen when he’s so serious #quécalor! And the video’s desert backdrop near LA is a good reminder of those jacket-free warm and sunny summer days…
“Sola” – Becky G
Becky G is making big waves in the reggaeton scene—owning a genre that is primarily dominated by men. In “Sola,” one of her edgiest songs yet, the words “Mejor Sola que Mal Acompañada” scroll across the screen at the beginning of the video: “Better Alone than with Someone Shitty.” That may be a bit of a liberal translation, but she makes it clear that while at only 19 she may not yet be a #nastywoman, she’s certainly an #independentwoman amongst her male counterparts. Becky already has her own Spotify channel, where she talks about her musical influences, the #Spanglishlife, and gives advice for other young girls wanting to break into the music industry. I highly recommend rocking out to her bad-ass lyrics to ditch any holiday blues you may be feeling during the season. And she’s quickly gaining popularity—she took home the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Award over longtime favorites Shakira and Gloria Trevi.
“Sólo con Verte” – Banda MS
While I never get sick of the booty-shaking reggaeton, a little variedad can’t hurt. To help you forget about the frío outside, Banda MS takes us to Jalisco, Mexico in their video for “Sólo con Verte” with some traditional Mexican sounds. The group tied Yandel with six nominations, and received more wins than he did by sweeping the Regional Mexican categories, winning Favorite Regional Mexican Duo/Group, Favorite Regional Mexican Album, and Favorite Regional Mexican Song. If the couples at your fiesta don’t appreciate Becky G’s sassy celebration of being single in “Sola,” the romantic lyrics of “Sólo con Verte” will make them want to get out the mistletoe.
“Tan Fácil” – CNCO feat. Ze Felipe
While browsing some of the top Spotify channels, I came across some catchy tunes from a new group—CNCO. Little did I realize how quickly they’ve come to gain fame as the winners of the first season of La Banda—Univision’s Latin boy band take on American Idol. You can think of CNCO as One Direction meets a more urban version of Menudo. After all, the show is produced by Ricky Martin himself and CNCO opened for his One World Tour earlier this year. The boys dominated most categories in their first ever Latin American Music Awards, with wins in the Favorite New Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group. We’re sharing the Brazilian remix of the hugely popular “Tan Fácil” so that you can add some português to your playlist. And they’re almost old enough to say that they’re our latest boy band crush—I think their Christmas photo from last year speaks for itself.
“Sorry (Latino Remix)” – Justin Bieber feat. J. Balvin
We know you’ve probably heard this song a few too many times. But this version en español gives a new twist on the original. Justin Bieber has been wildly popular on the charts across Latin America and he won the awards for both Favorite Crossover Artist and Favorite Crossover Song for “Love Yourself.” His Spanish lessons with J. Balvin and Spanish tweets to promote the single put him even more on the map in the Spanish-speaking world. The two JBs have performed the song together as well—check out this version of the song en directo. And hey, maybe this is your last chance for that “sorry” to sink in before the holiday gift giving starts.
Bill O’Connor is an editorial assistant for HipLatina and Latin pop fanático. He can be found on snapchat @wro6278 singing along to his favorite canciones as he travels from Mexico City