Selena Gomez is officially a Grammy nominee after her first Spanish language album, Revelación which received a Best Latin Pop Album. The 29-year-old singer has sold over 7 million albums worldwide with Revelación being her fourth studio album. Though it’s her first Grammy nom, it’s the second Grammy recognition for the album after it received a Latin Grammy nomination for the track “De Una Vez” in the Short Form Music Video category. She’s up against some major stars in Latin Pop album category: Pablo Alborán (Vértigo), Paula Arenas (Mis Amores), Ricardo Arjona (Hecho a la Antigua), Camilo (Mis Manos), and Alex Cuba (Mendó).
“Are you kidding me!? Revelación is nominated for a GRAMMY! This project is so special to me for so many reasons and I could not have made it happen without this incredible team of people by my side. I am forever grateful to each and every one of you ♥️ and of course MY FANS,” Gomez wrote in an Instagram caption
The seven-track album was released in March of this year and celebrates the third generation Mexican-American’s roots. It features collaborations with Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers with Puerto Rican producer Tainy, whom she previously worked with on “I Can’t Get Enough” with J Balvin and Benny Blanco. Selena made sure to work with Latinx creatives on all fronts including Venezuelan singer-songwriter Elena Rose and music video directors Los Perez and Nogari.
She recorded the album during quarantine and she shared with People en Español that it was difficult not being in the same room with her collaborators. She said she “hated it” initially and would cancel sessions not wanting to work over Zoom yet she feels “very fortunate that I was able to continue doing what I love during the pandemic.”
The album was a true labor of love for her and a project she’s wanted to work on while doing it justice.
“I have been talking about doing an all-Spanish project for the last 10 years and for one reason or another, it didn’t come together,” she told GRAMMY.com. “I am thankful I waited though because it would have been a completely different project 10 years ago. Some of the music I worked on the last couple of years kind of naturally led to the timing feeling right.”
She also shared that though she’s been speaking Spanish since she was young, she took Spanish lessons to ensure she was was pronouncing everything correctly. “A big portion of my audience are Latinx, and I wanted to do this for them as a thank you. I was very nervous before “De Una Vez” was released. My heritage means so much to me and I wanted it to be perfect. I worked closely with my Spanish teacher because I wanted every pronunciation, every word to be perfect. When I saw the reactions, it really made me happy.