Berklee Alumni and Faculty Nominated for 2016 Latin Grammy Awards

Tori Donahue
October 7, 2016
Press release
Javier Limón

Twelve Berklee alumni and one faculty member received 14 Latin Grammy Award nominations for producing, mixing, engineering, and songwriting across five categories. Fifteen-time Latin Grammy Award winner Juan Luis Guerra ‘82 is nominated for Album of the Year, alongside Tommy Torres ‘93, Adrián Trujillo ‘11, and Berklee Online student Fraser T. Smith for their work on Jesse & Joy’s album Un Besito Mas. Smith is a previous Grammy winner who has produced and written songs for Adele, Sam Smith, Lily Allen, and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Recording engineer Gustavo Celis ’94, who has won six Latin Grammys, received a nomination in the Record of the Year category for his work with Carlos Vives and Shakira on the song “La Bicicleta.” He was also nominated for Album of the Year for his work with Diego Torres on the album Buena Vida.   

Javier Limón, artistic director of Berklee's Mediterranean Music Instituteproduced José Mercé’s Album of the Year nominee Doy La Cara. The album features performances from Berklee students and alumni including Helen de La Rosa, Inés Velasco, Marta Roma, Tania Mesa, Layth Sidiq, Dan Lay, Paul F. Sanchez, and Nacho González.

Winners will be announced at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, November 17, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Univision Network will broadcast the proceedings live at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 31 Berklee alumni or faculty have received 85 Latin Grammy Awards.

The complete list of Berklee Latin Grammy Award nominees follows.

Record of the Year

"La Bicileta" - Carlos Vives & Shakira 
Gustavo Celis '94, recording engineer 

"Me Faltarás" - Andrea Bocelli
Martin Nessi '10, recording engineer and mixer 

"Duele El Corazón" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
Carlos Paccar '93, record producer, recording engineer, and mixer

"Ecos de Amor" - Jesse & Joy 
Faser T. Smith, Berklee Online, record producer 

Album of the Year

Mil Ciudades - Andres Cepeda
Alvaro Alencar '93, mixing engineer

Buena Vida - Diego Torres
Gustavo Celis '94, recording engineer

Un Besito Más - Jesse & Joy
Juan Luis Guerra '82, album producer 
Tommy Torres '93, album producer and recording engineer
Adrián Trujillo '11, recording engineer
Fraser T. Smith, Berklee Online, album producer

Algo Sucede - Julieta Venegas
Sebastián Schon '85, recording engineer 

Mil Ciudades - Andres Cepeda
Tommy Torres '93, album producer and recording engineer
Martin Nessi '10, recording engineer 

Cinema (Edición En Español) - Andrea Bocelli
Martin Nessi '10, album mixer 

Doy La Cara - José Mercé
Javier Limón, producer 

Best Alternative Song

"Deus" - Vitrola Sintética
Felipe Antunes '16, songwriter

Best Engineered Album

Samba De Chico
Daniel Musy '92, engineer and mixer 

Best Latin Children's Album

Canciones De Sol - Marta Gómez '02