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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album

Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental tropical latin albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1984
Last awarded 2014
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for releasing albums in the tropical latin musicgenres. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide the award is intended "for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental tropical Latin recordings". This category includes all forms of traditional tropical music, salsa and merengue.[3]

This award has been handed out since 1984 and has had several name changes:

  • From 1984 to 1991, and then again from 1995 to 1999 the award was known as Best Tropical Latin Performance
  • From 1992 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Tropical Latin Album
  • In 2000 it was awarded as Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance
  • From 2001 to 2010 it was awarded as Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. From 2000 to 2003 two separate awards, the Best Salsa Album and Best Merengue Album, existed for salsa and merengue recordings respectively. Then from 2004 to 2006 the award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album existed.
  • In 2011 the name Best Tropical Latin Album returned.

Israel "Cachao" López has the record for most wins in this category with four accolades (one of which was a posthumous one, in 2012). Rubén Blades, Gloria Estefan, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente all had three wins. Two-time winners include Juan Luis Guerra and Bebo Valdés. Blades holds the record for most nominations with nine. Willie Colón holds the record for most nominations without a win, with eight.


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1984 Puente, TitoTito Puente and his Latin Ensemble  United States On Broadway
1985 Palmieri, EddieEddie Palmieri  United States Palo Pa' Rumba [4]
1986 Palmieri, EddieEddie Palmieri  United States Solito [5]
1987 Blades, RubénRubén Blades  Panama Escenas [6]
1988 Palmieri, EddieEddie Palmieri  United States La Verdad – The Truth [7]
1989 Blades, RubénRubén Blades and Son del Solar  Panama Antecedente [8]
1990 Cruz, CeliaCelia Cruz and Ray Barretto  United States Ritmo en el Corazón [9]
1991 Puente, TitoTito Puente  United States Lambada Timbales [10]
1992 Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic Bachata Rosa [11]
1993 Ronstadt, LindaLinda Ronstadt  United States Frenesí [12]
1994 Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan  United States Mi Tierra [13]
1995 Israel "Cachao" Lopez  United States Master Sessions Vol. 1 [14]
1996 Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan  United States Abriendo Puertas [15]
1997 Blades, RubénRubén Blades  Panama La Rosa de los Vientos [16]
1998 Cooder, RyRy Cooder  United States Buena Vista Social Club [17]
1999 Marc Anthony  United States Contra La Corriente [18]
2000 Puente, TitoTito Puente  United States Mambo Birdland
  • Late Night Sessions – Caravana Cubana
  • Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim FerrerIbrahim Ferrer
  • Songs from a Little Blue House – Juan Carlos Formell
  • Sublime IlusiónEliades Ochoa
2001 Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan  United States Alma Caribeña [20]
2002 Vives, CarlosCarlos Vives  Colombia Déjame Entrar [21]
2003 Valdés, BeboBebo Valdés with "Cachao" López and Carlos Patato Valdés  Cuba
 United States
El Arte del Sabor
  • Generoso Que Bueno Toca Usted – Grand Afro Cuban Orchestra of Generoso Jiménez
  • En RouteOrquesta Aragón
  • Mi Ritmo – Plena Libre
  • Cuban Masters: Los Originales – various artists
2004 Ferrer, IbrahimIbrahim Ferrer  Cuba Buenos Hermanos
  • Poetas del Son – Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro
  • Pasado y Presente – Soneros de Verdad presents Rubalcaba
  • Barbarito TorresBarbarito Torres
  • Bajando GervasioAmadito Valdés
2005 Israel "Cachao" Lopez  United States Ahora Si!
  • Angel Meléndez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra – Angel Meléndez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra
  • Inólvidable – Candido & Graciela
  • Flor de AmorOmara Portuondo
  • Recuerda a Beny Moré – Tropicana All Stars
2006 Valdés, BeboBebo Valdés  Cuba Bebo de Cuba
  • Una Noche Inólvidable – Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill
  • Masters of Cuban Son – Conjunto Progreso
  • Buena Vista Social Club PresentsManuel "Guajiro" Mirabal
  • Tradición – Tropicana All Stars and Israel Kantor
2007 Santa Rosa, GilbertoGilberto Santa Rosa  Puerto Rico Directo al Corazón [26]
2008 Guerra, Juan LuisJuan Luis Guerra  Dominican Republic La Llave de Mi Corazón [27]
2009 Feliciano, JoséJosé Feliciano  Puerto Rico Señor Bachata [28]
2010 Luis Enrique  Nicaragua Ciclos [29]
2011 Spanish Harlem Orchestra  United States Viva La Tradición [30]
2012 Cachao  Cuba The Last Mambo
  • Edwin Bonilla – Homenaje A Los Buenos
  • José Rizo's Mongorama – Monograma
2013 Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña  Puerto Rico Retro [32]
2014 Pacific Mambo Orchestra  United States Pacific Mambo Orchestra
2015 Winner TBA on 8 February 2015 [33]
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times ( 
  2. ^ "Overview".  
  3. ^ "Category Mapper".  
  4. ^ "David Foster Leading Grammy Nominations".  
  5. ^ "Best new artist category causes Grammys' only stir".  
  6. ^ "Veterans top Grammy nominations".  
  7. ^ McShane, Larry (January 15, 1988). "Irish rockers among Grammy nominees".  
  8. ^ De Atley, Richard (January 11, 1989). "Grammy nominations: Tracy Chapman, Bobby McFerrin lead pack". Pittsburgh Press. E. W. Scripps Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Grammys reach out to young listeners". Lodi News-Sentinel. February 21, 1990. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  10. ^  
  11. ^ Snider, Eric (February 26, 1992). "Cole's 'Unforgettable' wins song of the year". St. Petersburg Times. Times Publishing Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Antczak, John (January 8, 1993). "Clapton leads the pack of Grammy nominees". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Sting Leads Grammy Nominations With Six".  
  14. ^ "The line forms for Grammys". St. Petersburg Times. Times Publishing Company. January 6, 1995. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  15. ^  
  16. ^ Strauss, Neil (January 8, 1997). "Babyface, Celine Dion And Pumpkins Compete For Multiple Grammys". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 2. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  17. ^ Strauss, Neil (January 7, 1998). "Grammy Nominations Yield Surprises, Including Newcomer's Success". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Top Grammy nominations".  
  19. ^ "Santana nominated for 10 Grammy Awards". Lodi News-Sentinel. January 5, 2000. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  20. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees".  
  22. ^ "45 Grammy Nom List". 
  23. ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times ( 
  24. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today ( 
  25. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 3. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  26. ^ "The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Latin/World Fields". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. February 10, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards". E! Online. December 8, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  29. ^ "52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Latin Field".  
  30. ^ "53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Latin Field".  
  31. ^ "54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Latin Field".  
  32. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  33. ^ List of Nominees 2015

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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