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Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 (Latin Grammys Song of the Year)

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Which Song Will Win Record of the Year at Latin Grammys 2017? Vote!

 

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards are just days away, and fans are growing anxious waiting to see who takes home some of the evening's biggest honors.
In the category of record of the year, the Latin Recording Academy has nominated "La Flor De La Canela" (Ruben Blades), "El Surco" (Jorge Drexler), "Quiero Que Vuelvas" (Alejandro Fernández), "Despacito" (Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee), "El Ratico" (Juanes featuring Kali Uchis), "Amárrame" (Mon Laferte featuring Juanes), "Felices Los 4" (Maluma), "Vente Pa' Ca" (Ricky Martin featuring Maluma), "Guerra" (Residente), "Chantaje" (Shakira featuring Maluma).

The award is given annually to the performers, producers, audio/mastering engineers for best new songs in Spanish or Portuguese language. Alejandro Sanz has won the most awards in the category with five wins out of nine nominations, including the award received for "La Tortura" featuring Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. Sanz is followed by Calle 13, Juanes and Shakira with two winning songs.
With "Despacito" being the summer darling of chart-toppers and Shakira and Maluma's "Chantaje" emerging a catchy collabo, the decision to pick a winner will be difficult to make -- but which record do you think will snag the honor? Cast your vote below!

Who will win record of the year at Latin Grammys 2017?

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 (Latin Grammys Predictions)

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Who Will Win the 2017 Latin Grammys? Billboard Latin Editors' Predictions

  Each year, Billboard offers its analysis of who will win and who should win in the main categories in the Latin Grammys. These are educated guesses based on the marketplace and past voting behavior. They are not endorsements of one artist over another. This year, leading up to Thursday's (Nov. 16) Latin Grammys, we’ve gathered our Latin editorial team and embarked on a lively discussion about predictions.

Our participants are Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming; Suzette Fernández, assistant editor for Billboard en Español; Marjua Estevez, associate editor, Latin, for Billboard.com; and Pamela Bustios, Billboard’s Latin charts manager. 
RECORD OF THE YEAR
“La Flor De La Canela,” Rubén Blades
“El Surco,” Jorge Drexler
“Quiero Que Vuelvas,” Alejandro Fernández
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
“El Ratico,” Juanes feat. Kali Uchis
“Amárrame,” Mon Laferte feat. Juanes
“Felices Los 4,” Maluma
“Vente Pa' Ca” Ricky Martin feat. Maluma
“Guerra,” Residente
“Chantaje,” Shakira feat. Maluma
Leila Cobo: The record of the year category is different from song of the year because it’s not given to the composition but to the actual recording, based on the quality of the recording. Maluma would have been such a contender, and I love “Felices Los 4.” But with two songs, his voting will be diluted. I think the award will go to Residente’s “Guerra,” which is phenomenal, or to Juanes’ also wonderful “El Ratico” featuring Kali Uchis. Grammy voters love Juanes and Residente. 
Marjua Estevez: I like "Chantaje" too. But I was looking at Juanes and Kali Uchis because of the crossover aspect. But "Despacito" fully ruled the charts and the radio, and it was the summer darling. If Luis Fonsi is going to win anything, I would think record of the year.
Suzette Fernandez: I think Residente will win. His single and his new album, musically, are really good. But if I were to choose a winner, I would say “Vente Pa’Ca” by Ricky Martin and Maluma. The music is really good and they have good people in the production. 
Pamela Bustios: I have two. "La Flor De La Canela" and "El Surco." They're both coming out of tribute albums for Chabuca Granda, and I’m Peruvian. Ruben Blades does an amazing job with "La Flor De La Canela,” but "El Surco" by Jorge Drexler is amazing. He flirts with the song, it’s joyful, it's fresh, he provokes you with that song. 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Salsa Big Band, Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Antonio Carmona, Antonio Carmona
A La Mar, Vicente García
Fénix, Nicky Jam
Mis Planes Son Amarte, Juanes
La Trenza, Mon Laferte
Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1), Natalia Lafourcade
Residente, Residente
El Dorado, Shakira
Palabras Manuales, Danay Suarez
LC: I would be so surprised if Residente doesn't win this. A superb album, great backstory, strong Grammy history. Having said that, I love Nicky Jam’s album not just because of the hits, but because of everything it symbolizes in his comeback. Also given the importance of reggaeton today, I think having Nicky Jam win with an album that was really very thought-out and has a mix of commercial and non-commercial would be a good message.
 
ME: I think Residente will win. But I would love Danay Suarez’s Palabras Manuales to win. I think she's poised. I think she has the possibility of being an eminent Spanish-speaking female artist of the reggae genre. 
SF: I'm in love with the new Nicky Jam, honestly. But we also have Juanes there. Musically the album is really good. But once again, I think Residente is going to win. 
PB: I have two favorites. One is Musas by Natalia Lafourcade. Natalia carefully picked every single song on that album -- and her haunting voice with Los Macorinos, it's an amazing fusion. And Residente, he's gone into the job of actually getting a DNA test and looking at the history to find out where he comes from. I saw him perform the whole album live, and the band is amazing. It's like an adventure. 
SONG OF THE YEAR
"Amárrame,"  Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte feat. Juanes)
"Chantaje," Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra, Joel Antonio López Castro, Maluma and Shakira, songwriters (Shakira featuring Maluma)
"Desde Que Estamos Juntos," Descemer Bueno and Melendi, songwriters (Melendi)
"Despacito," Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender and Luis Fonsi, songwriters (Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee)
"Ella," Ricardo Arjona, songwriter (Ricardo Arjona)
"Felices Los 4," Mario Cáceres, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Maluma, Servando Primera, Stiven Rojas and Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra, songwriters (Maluma)
"Guerra," Residente and Jeff Trooko, songwriters (Residente)
"La Fortuna," Diana Fuentes and Tommy Torres, songwriters (Diana Fuentes feat. Tommy Torres)
"Tú Sí Sabes Quererme," Natalia Lafourcade, songwriter (Natalia Lafourcade feat. Los Macorinos)
"Vente Pa' Ca," Nermin Harambasic, Maluma, Ricky Martin, Mauricio Montaner, Ricky Montaner, Lars Pedersen, Carl Ryden, Justin Stein, Ronny Vidar Svendsen and Anne Judith Stokke Wik, songwriters (Ricky Martin feat. Maluma)
LC: Song of the year is a category given to the songwriter. And it has to be "Despacito." I don't care how good any other song is. It just has to be this one. 
SF: I would give a chance to "Felices Los 4," which has also been a very big hit. 
ME: I think that the only competition "Despacito" has is Residente’s "Guerra." But I love “Felices Los 4"!
PB: I was going to go with "Tu Si Sabes Quererme" by Natalia Lafourcade because it's a beautiful song. But song of the year of course is "Despacito." It's been on the charts forever, it spent 16 weeks at the top of the charts on the Hot 100. This alone makes it deserve to win this year. 
BEST NEW ARTIST
Paula Arenas
CNCO
Vicente García
Martina La Peligrosa
Mau y Ricky
Rawayana
Sofía Reyes
Rosalía
Danay Suarez
Sebastián Yatra
LC: Now the very hotly contested best new artist category. It’s such a good category this year. 
ME: I like the mix. 
LC: CNCO have been such a fantastic success story because it's a boy band that comes from a TV show. I think no one thought that this would do anything beyond that. And here they are two years later, and they're doing remarkably well. With that said, I think Mau y Ricky are excellent and maybe this is the push they need to kind of really gain the attention that I think they deserve. They’re really great musicians and they have the backing of the music industry because they have such a musical pedigree being the children of Ricardo Montaner. I believe Mau y Ricky are going to win. 
SF: CNCO, totally. I don't see anybody else as strong as CNCO in that category. I think they're humble, they're still natural. That's why fans love them so much. 
ME: I'm not even that familiar with their discography, but I've noticed their following and their fans' reactions to their music is bonkers. 
I think they’ll win, just based on how the general public and their fans have received them. Who I would love to win is, of course, Danay Suarez.
PB: CNCO is a great band and they're fresh, and their sound is amazing. But I have to go with Marjua: Danay Suarez is my favorite new artist. I think she's the complete package. Of course, she's not as mainstream as CNCO. 
BEST SHORT FORM VIDEO
“Soy Yo,” Bomba Estéreo
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
“SIncericido,” Leiva
“Los Charcos,” Dani Martín
“Desencuentro,” Residente feat. Soko
LC: The ‘Desencuentro’ video is out of this world. I love it. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s a work of art. I think it should definitely win, except that we have ‘Despacito’ and I do not see how you can ignore four billion views on YouTube. 
ME: I think “Despacito” is gonna win. But I would love to see “Soy Yo” win. I love, love, love that video. I love the little girl. I thought it was beautiful. It was filmed in Brooklyn. I love the aesthetics of it. I love her funk. I love her attitude, and I felt like home watching it just because I’m from New York. So I appreciated the very vintage aesthetics to the video. 
SF:  I think “Desencuentro” is a really good video. It’s really artistic. But I have to vote for "Despacito." My island is Puerto Rico, so I feel connected to the video.
PB: ‘Desencuentro’ is a work of art. Completely agree with everything you just said. The first time I actually heard the song I was in love, and then I watched the video and I was more in love. But of course, "Despacito" is ‘"Despacito.” We have to give it its place. 
BEST URBAN SONG
“A Chapa É Quente!,” Língua Franca
“Coqueta,” Ghetto Kids
“El amante,” Nicky Jam
“Hey Ma (Spanish Version),” Pitbull & J Balvin feat. Camila Cabello
“Papa,” Lápiz Consciente feat. Vico C
“Somos anormales,” Residente
LC: It’s been a year of streaming, it’s been a year of singles and it’s been a year of a lot of fusion with urban music primarily. Interestingly enough, this is not a category of hits. But I think it’s going be a contest between "Somos Anormales” and "El Amante.” It will boil down to if voters will go for more commercial fare or not. I think this category should be won by "El Amante" because it reflects the trend of music right now globally, and what a fantastic song it is. 
ME: I think Residente is brilliant. I like “El Amante” too, but I think Residente will win this. But I wanted to see Ozuna somewhere. He’s missing! 
SF: I’m all the way with "El Amante."
PB: I agree with Marjua. I would love Residente to win and I would have loved to see Ozuna as well.

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 (Latin Grammy Week Honors Women)

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Latin Grammy Week Honors Women in Entertainment, Including 'Despacito' Writer Erika Ender & More

  

Warner Music of Latin America SVP of Marketing Gabriela Martinez, Jessica Rodriguez, Pamela Silva Conde, Leila Cobo, Davina Aryeh, Chief Marketing Officer at The Latin Recording Academy, Erika Ender, Marcella Araica and Rebeca Leon attend the Leading Ladies Lunch during the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards at Mastro's Ocean Club at The Shops at Crystals on Nov. 14, 2017 in Las Vegas

Six trailblazing women -- all bonded by music -- spoke about some of their life’s biggest lessons, while navigating the entertainment business throughout their careers during The Leading Ladies of Entertainment inaugural event hosted by the Latin Recording Academy.
The Tuesday afternoon luncheon at Maestro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas was the backdrop for an intimate gathering that celebrated women as leaders and whose contributions have had significant impact on business and music.
Before introducing the first award to his manager Rebeca Leon, Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes thanked the Academy for finally recognizing women in an event that is planned to continue taking place each year.
For Leon, CEO and founder of Lionfish Entertainment, her career was shaped by several lessons that helped develop her career. One was her father saying she could do anything, including being president. But when his daughter asked about being a singer, he flatly said, “Absolutely not.”
“He taught me that my brain was my biggest asset,” Leon said, who added that her mom always encouraged her to be a leader and her brother also stood by her as she followed her dreams, even when Leon a few years ago had doubts, got sick and had to stay in bed for two days. During those two days she saw all of the Star Wars films, 1 to 6.
“It’s really about believing in your self,” Leon said. “I know I am a Jedi now and the best is yet to come. I hope you all realize that you are Jedi’s too and may the force be with you.”
Recording artist Raquel Sofía presented Billboard’s Leila Cobo with her award for being on the journalistic frontlines from writing books to covering the industry and overseeing the Billboard Latin Music Conference through the years.
“I want to thank Billboard because no proposal is too big, or too small or too crazy,” Cobo said during her turn on stage. "They’ve allowed me to fly through the years, so thanks so much.”
Cobo recalled working at the Los Angeles Times earlier in her career and at one point she didn’t have a babysitter, so she took her child with her to review an Oscar D’Leon show. 
“My dad always said that women had to be twice as prepared than the men,” Cobo said, “and I think that’s why I am here. Even though he’s not here I dedicate this award to him.”
Recording act Jesse and Joy presented Gabriela Martinez, general manager Warner Music Latina and SVP marketing Warner Music Latin America, with her award saying the executive has made all the difference in their lives as someone who works tirelessly.
“I think it’s super important that in your personal journey you always believe,” Martinez said. “At the end of the day it will happen. It’s a strength that will take you far.”
Singer Leslie Grace gave Jessica Rodriguez, Univison’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, her recognition, saying that she has led a career “marrying the core values of Hispanic America with the resources of the Univision brand” that was key recently when she helped lead a seven-hour live entertainment telethon, which raised millions of dollars for disaster relief.
“I think we can all agree with the times we are all living that we need more women leaders, Rodriguez said. “As a woman I am here because I stand on the shoulders of so many mentors and sponsors who lent me a loving hand. I was born and raised in an immigrant home the South Bronx and I realized growing up that I couldn’t be what I couldn’t see. Open the door for other people.”
Jorge Mejia, president Sony/ATV music publishing Latin America presented “Despacito” writer Erika Ender with her award, saying she has been a successful writers for years, but also pointed out her philanthropic drive to support youth and their career goals.
“We are women who multitask ... and that’s the beauty of what we do. The only way we can reach the top. I thank all the men I owe who have helped me, opened doors, who worked with me, who have made me laugh and especially those who have made me cry because I wrote better songs. At the end it’s about results.”
Recording engineer, Marcella Araica, said that she was proud of her recognition to be part of a career that has few women. 
“As a young woman I had a dream and I never gave up. Once I was there I realized there were not many of us here, but it did not deter me from achieving that dream.”
This new Latin Grammy week event precedes the 18th annual awards, which will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday (Nov. 16).
Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy president/CEO, opened the ceremony by saying that most of the employees of the Latin Academy are women and he believes one reason the organization has been successful is because of them and “there is no need for explanation. Period,” he said.
The Leading Ladies ceremony was sponsored by Wal-Mart, Google and Nielsen. Special proceeds were provided to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in the form of scholarships for young women interested in studying music.

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - Legends of Live Award - Tour)

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Billboard's Legends of Live Award Winners Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Talk Selling Love on Tour

  Tim McGraw and Faith Hill of the Legends of Live: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Panel attend the 2017 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards at the Montage Beverly Hills on Nov. 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif

On Tuesday (Nov. 14) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were presented with the Legends of Live Award at the annual Billboard Touring Conference taking place in Beverly Hills. The Grammy winners shared a kiss as they accepted their honors and sat down with Soul2Soul tour promoter Louis Messina, CEO of Messina Touring Group for a discussion moderated by Billboard’s West Coast Editor Melinda Newman.   
The Legends of Live Award recognized the couple’s 2017 Soul2Soul: The World Tour that concluded its first leg on Oct. 27 at Barclays Center in New York. McGraw and Hill’s three Soul2Soul tours began in 2000 and have earned $350 million.  
“We come from Louisiana and Mississippi, from hard-working families. We absolutely do not forget what it means to spend money on a ticket and go out and see a show,” Hill said of the cost associated with seeing the married couple live. 
“We do realize it is an expensive ticket, but we knew when we went into this what we wanted to provide,” McGraw added. “We wanted to make sure you got your money’s worth. We try to be as economical as we can when we put our tickets out there.”  
Messina, who worked on the first and third Soul2Soul tours said, “This is a great show and night after night it never ceases to amaze me. It is one of the best shows that has ever been on the road.” During the discussion, Newman inquired about how the beloved country couple keeps the passion alive on stage even on nights when they don’t see eye to eye.  
“There have been shows we weren’t quite on the same page,” McGraw said. “But it all goes away when we come up through those risers and look at each other and start singing. The band kicks up and we look at each other and give that sort of wry smile. We’re very fortunate."
The Soul2Soul tour will continue in May of 2018, but the third iteration of their joint tour was hardly a sure thing. With three daughters, McGraw and Hill, who both turned 50 in 2017, were concerned family schedules when discussing another joint tour.
McGraw told the audience, “We didn’t know if we were ever going to get a chance to do this. But we knew if we wanted to do it, we wanted to do it the right way with the right people. All the right people came together.”
“It all has to do with timing and the right team. We talked with Louis of the years and everything just kind of worked out at the right time,” Hill said. Messina added that for the couple’s first tour together since 2007, they wanted to play “not only across the country, but all the places they missed.”
The highly successful tour has not only reached new places, but brought new talent with them. For each city of the Soul2Soul: The World Tour, McGraw and Hill introduced a new supporting act.
“There were a lot of artists that had maybe a single or two out, that we dug and researched,” Hill said. “We thought it was an incredible idea because both of us have been given that slot. I remember my first slot. It was with Reba McEntire and I thought I was going to die the moment I walked on stage. We’re big fans of up and coming artists and it’s a great way to support them.”

The Soul2Soul 2000 tour featured Keith Urban as an opening act and in 2007, Taylor Swift opened several shows for the couple. The latest tour has welcomed Brothers Osborne, Rachel Platten and Margo Price.
Prior to the 2018 dates, fans can also catch tour documentary Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul on Showtime which premieres Friday (Nov. 17) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet. The documentary coincides with the couple’s first duets album The Rest of Our Life which is being released on the same day.

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 (Blake Shelton in People Magazine)

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Blake Shelton Named People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive'

  Blake Shelton photographed on June 10, 2016 at Starstruck Studios in Nashville

Blake Shelton is this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," according to People, and he's humbly accepting the honor.
"People are going to hate me over this," the country star and coach on The Voice commented to the celebrity magazine. "Wow, we've run out of celebrities with both eyes ... we're just down to somebody who's somewhat symmetrical. That must be all you had left to look for."
Still, he added: "I'm owning this moment. I've been ugly my whole life. If I can be sexy for a year, I'm taking it."
Shelton, who currently has the No. 1 country album with Texoma Shore, said girlfriend Gwen Stefani urged him to take the title. He also posted his dashing People cover on Twitter Tuesday night (Nov. 14), joking, "Thank you @people!!!! Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."
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Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....November 17, 2017 (Reba McEntire - Brooks & Dunn)

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Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn Extend Las Vegas Residency to 2018

Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Kix Brooks arrive at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXIII at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 18, 2017 in Phoenix 

Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have considered Las Vegas their part-time home since 2015 during their joint residency at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace and, with an announcement on Tuesday (Nov. 14), it seems they aren’t planning to stop the fun anytime soon.
The country legends extended their residency into 2018, making it the longest running country show in the Las Vegas strip and the longest in the Colosseum. 
The residency will continue up till August -- for now. The show will also offer a half-off military discount for certain 2018 dates purchased this month. Tickets are available.

All tour dates are listed below. 
3/14 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/16 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/17 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/21 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/23 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/24 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/15 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/17 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/18 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/22 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/24 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/25 – Las Vegas @ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

 

"Frying Friday" or "Friday's Bake ...Simple Meals, Side Dishes, Appetizers, Deserts, etc. For Your Family....November 17, 2017 (Italian)

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"Frying Fridays"OR "Friday's Bake"  

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Today's Suggestion:

Cheesy Italian Rice with Sausage 


Use up the rest of the Italian sausage, rice (so cheap!), cheese, and spinach for this killer cheesy rice.

Total Time:
Prep:
Level: Easy
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 c. white rice
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 c. chopped baby spinach
  • 3/4 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, 6 minutes, then season with salt. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, then add spinach and cook until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  3. Add cooked rice and cheeses and stir until well combined. Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze with lemon juice, and season with salt.