Jorge Drexler was awarded Record of the Year for his single “Telefonía,” which additionally received Song of the Year, on Thursday on the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas. The good-looking guitar ballad that’s harking back to Seventies George Harrison appeared final yr on Drexler’s Salvavidas De Hielo album, which earned a trophy within the Singer-Songwriter album class.
This just isn’t the primary time Drexler has triumphed for Record of the Year: He additionally received in 2014 for “Universos Paralelos,” a collaboration with Ana Tijoux. In addition, he was nominated in 2010 for “Una Canción Me Trajo Hasta Aquí” and in 2015 as a featured singer on Leonel García’s “Ella Es;” Drexler has loads of followers within the Recording Academy.
This yr, easy chance instructed that J Balvin would win Record of the Year: He was the one artist with two singles (“X” and “Mi Gente”) nominated within the class. But the Latin Recording Academy has hardly ever acknowledged reggaeton in its common classes, excluding Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” final yr.
Inside the press room, Drexler addressed tensions between veteran singer-songwriters and the growing variety of city artists represented on the awards.
“I’ve no enemies in music,” he informed reporters after his huge win. “Reggaeton just isn’t an evil rhythm; it’s an African rhythm. This complete world is split sufficient. Let’s [welcome it] with open arms!”
“Latin America has a promising future,” he continued. “What we have now is a treasure. Our continent is huge, it’s various. We ought to take pleasure in it.”
The most adorned artist of all time within the Record of the Year class is the Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz, who took house the trophy in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 — after which once more as a featured vocalist the next yr on Shakira’s “La Tortura.” With two Record of the Year wins, Drexler is tied for second place with Calle 13, Juanes and Shakira.