Rosalía shines with two wins at Latin Grammys

Catalan artist triumphs with flamenco and trap hit ‘Malamente’

Rosalía at the Latin Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles (by Reuters)
Rosalía at the Latin Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles (by Reuters) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 16, 2018 12:28 PM

Rosalía won two awards at the Latin Grammys ceremony on Thursday, thus confirming the meteoric rise of the Catalan artist and recognizing her mix of flamenco and urban music at the international level.

Nominated in five categories for ‘Malamente,’ the genre-bending hit that brought her stardom, Rosalía ended up claiming the prizes for best urban fusion/performance, and best alternative song.

In her acceptance speech, Rosalía dedicated the awards to other women in the music industry who "showed me it’s possible," such as Lauryn Hill, Björk, and Kate Bush. "Without them, I wouldn’t be here," she added.  

"I’m not going to stop fighting until I see the same number of men and women in the studio," she said.  

Rosalía was the second most awarded artist in the 19th edition of the Latin Grammys, only after the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, who won three awards.

Her new album ‘El Mal Querer’ (roughly translated as The Bad Love) came out on November 2, with only its first single ‘Malamente’ released in time for the latest edition of the awards.

The conceptual and visual project, translating a 14th-century manuscript into a soundtrack of new-flamenco fusion with, r&b, trap, and electronic music elements, has been hailed by the largest media outlets as nothing short of a masterpiece, with Rosalía seen as a rising pop star.

The Catalan artist was born in the town of Sant Esteve Sesrovires to the west of Barcelona. Known simply by her first name, the 24-year old Rosalia Vila Tobella was also already nominated as Best New Artist in last year's Latin Grammys.