Who Will Win at Latin Grammys? Billboard Editors Debate

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Shakira and Carlos Vives ride bikes during the recording of the video for the song "La Bicicleta" in Barranquilla, Atlantico department, Colombia on May 20, 2016. Each year, Billboard offers its analysis of who will win and who should win in the main categories in the Latin Grammys. This year, leading up to Thursday's Latin Grammys, we’ve gathered our Latin editorial team and embarked on a lively discussion on their predictions. Our participants are Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, Latin; Suzette Fernández, assistant editor for Billboard en Español; and Griselda Flores, associate editor, Latin, for Billboard.com. Record of the Year Pepe Aguilar, “Cuestión de Esperar” Andrea Bocelli, “Me Faltarás” Carlos Vives and Shakira, “La Bicicleta” Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón” Pablo Alborán, “Se Puede Amar” Buika, “Si Volveré” Djavan, “Vidas Pra Contar” Jesse & Joy, “Ecos de Amor” Laura Pausini, “Lado Derecho del Corazón” Diego Torres, “Iguales” Leila Cobo: The record of the year category is different from song of the year because it’s not given to the composition but to the actual recording. Griselda Flores: I’m going with Carlos Vives and Shakira’s “La Bicicleta” on this one. It was the biggest summer hit of the year, radio stations played it like crazy, and it’s one of those songs that one doesn’t get tired of listening to. LC: Do you think that there’s a song here that should win that is being overlooked because it’s not as well known? GF: Perhaps Diego Torres’ “Iguales,” but Carlos Vives and Shakira are taking it for me. Suzette Fernandez: Laura Pausini’s “Lado derecho del corazón” is vocally an amazing performance and the recording was fantastic. Pausini sounds powerful. I think that should be the winning song. LC: Now there is a difference between who we think should win and who will actually win. Suzette, you think Laura Pausini’s song will actually win? SF: I think it will be between “La bicicleta” and “Lado derecho del corazón.” They both have been really popular this year and people love those songs. LC: I’m going with “La Bicicleta.” My reasoning here is Carlos Vives and Shakira have a history of winning Latin Grammys, so even though it’s a very popular track -- and popularity doesn’t always gets kudos in these awards -- it features two people who have traditionally won big awards. I also think Pepe Aguilar did a great job with his entire album. Song of the Year “La bicicleta,” Carlos Vives and Shakira “A Chama Verde,” Patty Brayden, Ned Claflin and John Finbury “Bajo el Agua,” Manuel Medrano “Céu,” Celso Fonseca “Duele el Corazón,” Enrique Iglesias, Patrick A. Ingunza, Silverlo Lozada, Servando Moriche Primera Mussett, Hasibur Rahman, Francisco Saldana and Wisin “Ecos de Amor,” Jesse & Joy, Danelle Leverett, Jason Reeves and Rune Westberg “En Ésta No,” Sin Bandera “Es Como el Día,” Kevin Johansen “Hermanos,” Moska and Fito Páez “La Tormenta,” Flavio Cianciarulo LC: In song of the year I definitely would be really surprised and disappointed if “La bicicleta” didn’t win. GF: I agree with you. It was a hit, it gave Carlos Vives his first debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Like I said, it’s simple...

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