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Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album

Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album
Awarded for quality albums of the traditional tropical music genre
Country United States
Presented by Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
First awarded 2000
Last awarded 2011
Official website

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally.[1] The award goes to solo artists, duos, or groups for releasing vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% of new recordings in the traditional tropical music genre which includes son, danzón, guaracha and bomba interpreted in a traditional style.[2]

Musicians originating from Cuba have dominated the category though the award has also been presented to artists from Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. It was first earned by Tito Puente with Mambo Birdland at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony held in 2000.[3]

Bebo Valdés is the only artist to have won this category twice. One-time winner Ibrahim Ferrer holds the record for most nominations with three. However it is worth mentioning that Buena Vista Social Club members has been nominated six times combined. In 2011 the award was posthumously awarded to Israel "Cachao" López for his work The Last Mambo.[4]


Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
2000 Tito Puente Mambo Birdland
  • Joe Arroyo — En Sol Mayor
  • Cachao — Cuba Linda
  • Ibrahim Ferrer — Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
  • Carlos Vives — El Amor De Mi Tierra

2001 Celia Cruz Siempre Viviré
  • Celina González and Reutilio — 50 Años...Como Una Reina
  • Los Super Seven — Canto
  • Plena Libre — Mas Libre
  • Omara Portuondo — Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo

2002 Bebo Valdés Trio with Israel López "Cachao" and Carlos "Patato" Valdés El Arte del Sabor
  • Nelson Gonzalez — Pa' Los Treseros
  • Totó la Momposina — Pacantó
  • Various Artists — Cuban Masters – Los Originales
  • Charlie Zaa — De Un Solo Sentimiento

2003 Ibrahim Ferrer Buenos Hermanos
  • The Mambo All Stars Orchestra — 50 Years of Mambo
  • Polo Montañez — Guitarra Mía
  • Eliades Ochoa — Estoy Como Nunca
  • Plena Libre — Mi Ritmo

2004 Bebo Valdés and Diego El Cigala
Lágrimas Negras
  • Las Hermanas Márquez — Paquito D’Rivera Presents las Hermanas Márquez
  • Manny Manuel — Serenata
  • Danny Rivera and “El Topo” Antonio Cabán ValeAmigos del Alma
  • Tropicana All Stars — Tropicana All Stars Recuerda A Benny Moré

2005 Cachao ¡Ahora Sí!
  • Manny Manuel — Nostalgia
  • Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal — Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal
  • Omara Portuondo — Flor De Amor
  • Tropicana All Stars — Tradición

2006 Andy Montañez and Pablo Milanés
AM/PM Líneas Paralelas
  • Chucho Avellanet — Esta Noche Está Para Boleros
  • Afro-Cuban All Stars — Step Forward – The Next Generation
  • Compay Segundo — Siempre Compay
  • Melina León and Los Tri-O — Serenata En San Juan
  • Plena Libre — Evolución

2007 Bobby Cruz Románticos De Ayer, Hoy y Siempre
  • Francisco Cespedes — Con El Permiso De Bola
  • Ibrahim Ferrer — Mi Sueño
  • La Charanga Cubana — A Comer Chicharrón
  • Alfredo Valdés Jr. — De La Habana A Nueva York

2008 Gloria Estefan 90 Millas
  • Rey Ruiz and Donato Poveda — Cuba: Un Viaje Musical
  • Chucho Avellanet with Trío Los Andinos — Bohemio
  • Edwin Colón Zayas — El Cuarto Puertorriqueño... Reafirmación
  • Victor Manuelle — Una Navidad A Mi Estilo

2009 Gilberto Santa Rosa Una Navidad Con Gilberto
  • Orquesta América — Siempre A Punto
  • María Dolores Pradera y Los Sabandeños — Te Canto Un Bolero
  • Totó La Momposina — La Bodega
  • Orestes Vilató — It's About Time

2010 Concha Buika El Último Trago
  • Pedro Jesus — Tributo a Orlando Contreras "El Jefe del Despecho"
  • Septeto Habanero — 90 Años, Orgullos de Los Soneros
  • Sierra Maestra — Sonando Ya
  • Various Artists — 100 Sones Cubanos

2011 Cachao López The Last Mambo
  • AlbitaToda Una Vida (Cuban Masterworks)
  • Adalberto Álvarez — El Son de Altura
  • Esencia — Con La Fuerza de un Tren
  • Septeto Santiaguero — Oye Mi Son Santiaguero

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Latin Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


  • Note: User must select the "Tropical Field" category as the genre under the search feature.

External links

  • Official site of the Latin Grammy Awards
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