From Selena To Ricky Martin, These Latinos Took Over The GRAMMYs In The '90s

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From 1975 to 1982, the only recognition Latinos got at the GRAMMYs was in a very broad category called Best Latin Recording. According to the official GRAMMY website, that one Latin category included winners from different sub-genres such as guajira, percussion, and salsa.

It all changed in 1983, however, when the Recording Academy opened categories such as Best Mexican/American Performance and Best Tropical Performance, among others.

This gave the opportunity for many Latin artists to submit their flawless productions in hopes of taking home a golden phonograph. The GRAMMYs have come a long way since the '70s. Not only did they kick off the Latin GRAMMY awards in 2000, but the Recording Academy has included categories for Latin jazz, urban, rock, pop, and tropical albums in the GRAMMYs.

With the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards around the corner, we take a trip down memory lane by paying tribute to all of the Latino artists who took over the reputed awards show in the '90s. We already know Selena Quintanilla became the first Tejano artist to win a GRAMMY. Check out the rest below.


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar? (Jose Feliciano)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance: Lambada Timbales (Tito Puente)
  • Best Mexican-American Performance: Soy De San Luis (Texas Tornados)


  • Best Latin Pop Album: Cosas Del Amor (Vikki Carr)
  • Best Tropical Latin Album: Bachata Rosa (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40)
  • Best Mexican-American Album: 16 de Septiembre (Little Joe)


  • Best Latin Pop Album: Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte (Jon Secada)
  • Best Tropical Latin Album: Frenesi (Linda Ronstadt)
  • Best Mexican-American Album: Mas Canciones (Linda Ronstadt)


  • Best Latin Pop Album: Aries (Luis Miguel)
  • Best Tropical Latin Album: Mi Tierra (Gloria Estefan)
  • Best Mexican-American Album: Live (Selena)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance:Segundo Romance (Luis Miguel)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance: Master Sessions Volume 1 (Israel López)
  • Best Mexican-American Performance:Recuerdo A Javier Solis (Vikki Carr)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Amor (Jon Secada)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance: Abriendo Puertas (Gloria Estefan)
  • Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance: Flaco Jimenez (Flaco Jimenez)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Enrique Iglesias (Enrique Iglesias)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance:La Rosa De Los Vientos (Rubén Blades)
  • Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance: Un Millon De Rosas (La Mafia)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Romances (Luis Miguel)
  • Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance: Fabulosos Calavera (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance:Buena Vista Social Club (Ry Cooder)
  • Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance: En Tus Manos (La Mafia)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Vuelve (Ricky Martin)
  • Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance: Sueños Liquidos (Maná)
  • Best Tropical Latin Performance: Contra La Corriente (Marc Anthony)
  • Best Mexican-American Music Performance: Los Super Seven (Los Super Seven)
  • Best Tejano Music Performance: Said And Done (Flaco Jimenez)


  • Best Latin Pop Performance: Tiempos (Rubén Blades)
  • Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance: Resurrection (Chris Perez Band)
  • Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance: Mambo Birdland (Tito Puente)
  • Best Salsa Performance: Llego...Van Van - Van Van Is Here (Los Van Van)
  • Best Merengue Performance: Pintame (Elvis Crespo)
  • Best Mexican-American Performance: 100 Años De Mariachi (Placido Domingo)
  • Best Tejano Performance:Por Eso Te Amo (Los Palominos)

On that note, who do you predict will be the big winners at the 2017 GRAMMYs? Vote below!

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