The 2022 Latin Grammys this year proved what many have long known to be true — Latine artists have broken out of the niche box they’ve been confined to for decades. Stars like Bad Bunny, Rosalía, and Karol G are selling out tours, soundtracking TikTok dances, and topping major streaming charts. In fact, Spotify reports that half its global users stream a minimum of one Latine song each month.
So, of course, it comes as no surprise that the night’s biggest winner was Bad Bunny. Though he missed Thursday night’s ceremony, the reggaeton singer took home five awards, including Best Urban Music Album and Best Urban Song, after earning 10 nominations for the chart-topping Un Verano Sin Ti.
Spanish chanteuse Rosalía also walked away a big winner with four awards — including Album of the Year — after receiving eight nominations for her third studio album, MOTOMAMI. It’s been a banner year for the “Despechá” singer. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Spotify Global Charts, received critical acclaim, and was the highest charting Billboard debut for any Latin album in 2022. This win also made her the first woman in Latin Grammy history to win Album of the Year twice.
Other notable winners included Cuban singer-songwriter Angela Álvarez, who earned a historic win for Best New Artist at just 95 years old. She tied for the award with Silvana Estrada. Álvarez is the oldest musician in Latin Grammy’s history to receive a nomination in that category. And after a bit over two decades in the industry, Christina Aguilera won her first Latin Grammy for Aguilera in the Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.
Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana took home the award for Song of the Year for “Tocarte,” Colombian star Sebastian Yatra won Best Pop Vocal Album for Dharma, and Christian Nodal left with the Best Ranchero/Mariachi album award for EP #1 Forajido. Drexler was the most-awarded artist of the night, scoring six wins — one more than Bad Bunny.
Moreover, the ceremony gave Marco Antonio Solís his due flowers by presenting him with the 2022 Latin Recording Academy Award for Person of the Year. The Mexican icon started his career in 1975 as a co-founder of Los Bukis. He went solo in 1996 and has built a successful career as a singer and songwriter that spans decades.
For the complete list of winners at the 2022 Latin Grammys, check it out here.