There's hope for reggaeton still, thanks to these two 20-something-year-olds, both born and bred on La Isla Del Encanto and who are finding success internationally. J. Alvarez scored big this year with "La Pregunta," in which he's crooning like the best of them and Farruko didn't stay behind with "Titerito." Now, let's just hope that with all the history in the genre of el tiroteo (beefing), the veterans – Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Wisin y Yandel – can make way for the new kids on the block and not player-hate.
Nomination: Best Alternative Song, "1987," featuring Jorge Drexler
We've already told you how much we love Campo, a.k.a. Juan Campodonico, a co-founder of the electro-tango collective Bajofondo and Gustavo Santaolalla protégé, and a skilled DJ and producer in his own right, whose video for "1987" is equally retro and futuristic in an ET sort of way. The Uruguayan singer/songwriter is one of the DJ's playing a set here in Las Vegas at the Remezcla Heineken House of Music – look out for tweets and Instagram pics from inside the DJ booth!
Nomination: Best Rock Song, "Exigimos"
This Colombian rock band, formed by five friends in Bogota some 12 years ago, has had a huge fan in Juanes for years. This is their third Latin Grammy nod, and it's for the song "Exigimos" - last year they were up for Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Album for Corazon Bombea Vivo. Like Juanes, who lent a guitar solo to one of the tracks on their latest and sixth album, Viva El Planeta (Long Live The Planet), these guys sing about respecting Mother Nature and being better citizens of humanity, something we can all get behind.
Nomination: Best Pop/Rock Album, Turista Del Amor
Don't dismiss them because of the name. The duo of Maria Barracuda and Jorge "La Chiquis" Amaro (former lovers) had already been nominated in the Best New Artist category at the 2010 Latin Grammys. Still, they remained relatively unknown outside their native Mexico. That is until earlier this year, when they released their first U.S. album, Turista Del Amor. Their single "Lluvia de Estrellas" has a playful, synth-happy '80s vibe to it, recalling an era where people were less concerned about labels and genres and more interested in having fun.
Nominations: Best New Artist and Best Rock Album, Indeleble
It's not just all politics in Venezuela. There is a really interesting musical rennaisance happening out of Caracas and the surrounding cities – one that artists like Los Mesoneros, La Vida Boheme (See Also: La Vida Boheme Come Clean About The Paint and the Politics) , Caseroloops, and Viniloversus (also nominated in the Best Rock Album category) are all players in. This year's Best New Artist nominees, the boys of Mesoneros bring style and substance to a genre that's been mostly neglected south of Mexico in the past 15 years. Also, we're digging the bowties in the video for the title track.