After being rescheduled to April 3rd and moved from the ceremony’s traditional location in Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, the 2022 Grammys seem destined to happen against all odds. The first round of performers for the Grammys was released on March 15th, noticeably missing artists from our communities. This comes as a shock to many, especially considering the Grammys’ previous efforts to maintain diversity in their nominees, including the inclusion of a “Best Musica Urbana Album” awards category. Nonetheless, we hope that Latine performers will soon be announced.
But in the meantime, we decided to put together a list of who we’d want to see perform at this year’s ceremony. From first-time Grammy nominee Selena Gomez to Kali Uchis, here are our picks for Latine performers that deserve a moment in the spotlight on music’s biggest night.
This year, Gomez received her first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album for her first Spanish-language EP, Revelación. For her first-ever Grammy performance, we would love to see her rendition of the album’s first single, “De Una Vez.” Judging from the track’s dramatic lyrics and highly-conceptual music video, we’re sure this would mark an unforgettable performance for Gomez.
Uchis is undoubtedly one of the singers whose music defined 2021 regardless of the genre with her smash-hit “Telepatía.” Her album Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otro Demonios) is nominated for Best Música Urbana Album, marking her third Grammy nomination. For this performance, we’d love to see “Telepatia” in all its glory hit the Grammy stage — an ode to all of the joy it provided its listeners during a year of romanticizing our lives.
Benito is nominated alongside Uchis for Best Música Urbana Album for El Último Tour Del Mundo. While the “Volví” singer is currently lighting up stages across the country on his El Último Tour Del Mundo tour, we can’t help but think that a performance on the Grammys’ stage would bring needed electricity to music’s biggest night. Knowing Bad Bunny’s incredible knack for grand productions, we think a song like “EL MUNDO ES MÍO” would shine on that stage, making us perrear in our living rooms.
C. Tangana’s record-breaking and career-altering album, El Madrileño, is nominated for Best Latin Rock to Alternative Album. We’d love to see the moody and cinematic vibe of the song and music video for “Te Olvidaste” being brought to life. And perhaps feature a special guest appearance by Omar Apollo? However, we wouldn’t be opposed to a “Demasiadas Mujeres” moment on-screen either, bringing the Spanish hit to the U.S.
Karol G’s year has been nothing short of stellar. Among her latest accolades, her smash-hit “MAMIII” with Becky G has been breaking records; she took home the Women in Music Billboard Award for being the year’s “Rule Breaker;” and her album KGO516 has been nominated for Best Musica Urbana Album. For the Grammys, we’d love to see Karol G stand in her power and perform her song “Bichota,” which reached No. 7 on the Global Billboard chart in 2021.
Bomba Estéreo, the Colombian electro tropical group composed of Simón Mejía, Li Saumet, Efrain Cuadrado, and Jose Castillo is nominated for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for their work, Deja. We know that the group can give out meditative and spiritual performances, as seen in their recent immersive Moment House concert. We’d love to see this highly-curated artistic vision brought to Music’s biggest night, with a performance of “Agua” off of Deja.
After a hell of a past few months, Christian Nodal will have something to celebrate on April 3: his nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album for AYAYAY! If Nodal were to take the Grammys stage for a performance of the title track “AYAYAY!,” it’d be a celebration of not just his musicality but of Regional Mexican music as a cultural staple.