Six Berklee Alumni Recognized at Latin Grammy Awards

By 
Tori Donahue
November 16, 2018
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Six Berklee alumni took home Latin Grammy Awards across three categories at the November 15 ceremony.

Juan Luis Guerra B.M. ’82 won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song for his contribution to Victor Manuelle's song "Quiero Tiempo."
Image courtesy of the Latin Grammy Foundation

Six Berklee alumni won gold-plated gramophones at the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards, which took place November 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The ceremony was executive produced by Berklee alumna and 2018 Alumni Achievement Award winner Cristina Abaroa '91.

Juan Luis Guerra B.M. ’82 won for his collaboration with Victor Manuelle on the song “Quiero Tiempo,” taking home the award for Best Tropical Song.

Gavin Lurssen B.M. ‘90, Cheche Alara B.M. '94, and Daniel Bitrán Arizpe ’13 won Latin Grammys for Album of the Year for their production and engineering contributions to Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 by Natalia Lafourcade.

Oscar Zambrano B.M. '03 and Alex Venguer B.M. '02, who both served as engineers on Pedro Giraudo’s album Vigor Tanguero, also received Latin Grammys for Best Tango Album.  

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 37 Berklee alumni or faculty have received 95 Latin Grammy Awards.

Watch Gloria and Emilio Estefan '07H congratulate Berklee Latin Grammy nominees and winners from New York:

The complete list of Berklee Latin Grammy Award winners follows:

Album of the Year

Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2 - Natalia Lafourcade

Gavin Lurssen B.M. ‘90, album mastering engineer

Cheche Alara B.M. '94, album producer

Daniel Bitrán Arizpe ‘13, album recording engineer

Best Tropical Song

“Quiero Tiempo” - Victor Manuelle featuring Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra B.M. ‘82, songwriter and performer

Best Tango Album

Vigor Tanguero - Pedro Giraudo

Oscar Zambrano B.M. '03, album mastering engineer

Alex Venguer B.M. '02, album mixing engineer

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