Edgar Barrera works with leading figures of Colombian and Latin American pop and reggaeton, he could be the biggest winner at tonight’s awards
Today is taking place the awards ceremony of the first Latin Grammys that are not awarded in the United States, but in Seville (Spain). And the list of nominees is led by a Texan named Edgar Barrera, who, with 13 mentions and several songs created with artists from Colombia and other parts of the continent, is considered by many experts to be the Latin producer of the moment.
Edgar Barrera has been producing and composing songs for over ten years. Furthermore, he was behind two of the most important urban successes this year: Unx100to by Grupo Frontera with Bad Bunny and Owner Barranquilla’s most recent release, with Fuerza Resida by Shakira.
Two songs that are part of a new wave of Mexican music that, according to music industry experts, could surpass reggaeton and become the new leading trend in the world.
In his career, Edgar Barrera has made famous hits like when we meet againby Carlos Vives and Marc Anthony; more than one From Piso 21 with Maluma, It doesn’t hurt me anymore by Sylvestre Dengond or Secret By Shakira and Maluma.
This year Billboard described him as a revolutionary of Latin music, although he has also worked with artists of the American market such as Madonna, Selena Gomez or Shawn Mendes.
Some of the categories in which he has been nominated for the Latin Grammy edition include: Song of the Year, Best Pop Song, Best Tropical Song, Producer of the Year and Composer of the Year, where Kavim Mauricio Cruz (ketene), the producer who has worked with Shakira on many of her songs, including her latest hits.
colombian keteneKnown for his frequent work with Maluma and being the co-composer of Barranquilla Tierra Against the Pique, he has seven nominations. One of them is for a collaborative song between Shakira and producer Bizarrap.
This is not the first time that Edgar Barrera has been nominated for a Latin Grammy; Throughout his career he has already won fifteen prestigious gramophones awarded by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. An association which in turn is related to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, organizer of the original Grammy Awards.
For this edition, the presenters will be Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra, Mexican influencer Danna Paola, Puerto Rican model Rosalynn Sánchez and Spanish actress Paz Vega.
Who is Edgar Barrera, the most nominated artist for Latin Grammys?
This 33-year-old musician, producer and composer has proven that he can handle any genre he comes across. He has created songs in musical styles such as Mexican banda, reggaeton, bachata, pop, cumbia or vallenato.
He is originally from a state called Tamaulipas, located in northeastern Mexico, more precisely from a place called Ciudad Miguel Alemán. But he says he doesn’t have many memories of that place, as he spent his time locked in the house and playing guitar.
Edgar has a musical lineage; His father was part of a group called Mister Chivo that was known in the area for their tropical songs in the eighties. His father, Luis Alberto Barrera, was the band’s director and second voice.
He studied electronic engineering, but never completed it. He arrived in that city of 3 million inhabitants called Miami, which although saturated with Latinos and more precisely with Latin musicians, is generally considered a gateway within the music industry to almost all of Latin America.
So Edgar started working hard and over the years he made achievements as a composer, producer and recording engineer. Currently he has worked on more than 100 songs, which has given him the experience to become one of the most important references on the continent.
Something that he will be able to demonstrate this night of the Latin Grammys, when some of his thirteen nominations will be turned into gramophones that he will take home.
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