The Latin Recording Academy is keeping us on the edge of our seats as they slowly announce performers for the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, set to air on Nov. 5 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The co-hosts will be actor/comedian Eugenio Derbez and actress/singer Lucero, both from Mexico. Also on board as presenters are singer-songwriter Alexander Acha, who happens to be the son of '80s pop icon Emmanuel (remember the song “Toda la vida”?); hunky Chilean crooner Beto Cuevas, who stepped out solo last year after years as La Ley’s frontman; Cuban singer and former Yerba Buena all-star Cucu Diamantes; and multi-talented Peruvian artist Gian Marco, who has penned songs for everyone from Marc Anthony to Alejandro Fernandez while pursuing his own singing career.
The highlight—at least for me—has to be nine-time Latin Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra. The Dominican superstar, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music, hasn’t recorded an album since 2007’s La Llave de mi Corazón. Instead, he’s been busy collaborating with young singers like Nelly Furtado, for whom he wrote and guested on the track “Como Lluvia” from her latest album, Mi Plan, and Panamanian rapper Flex on an as-yet-untitled duet for his third album.
I hope Juan Luis Guerra treats us to a song during the Latin Grammy ceremony. In the meantime, I think I’ll listen to “Burbujas de Amor.” What’s your favorite JLG track?