Rosalía wins EU pop music award

The Catalan flamenco fusion artist won the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards in the RnR/Urban category

Rosalía performs at Sónar in 2018 (by Pere Francesch)
Rosalía performs at Sónar in 2018 (by Pere Francesch) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 20, 2018 01:59 PM

Catalan flamenco artist Rosalía has been awarded the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards in the RnR/Urban category, alongside francophone Aya Nakumura singer. The award organization calls her “an empowered and urban, modern and theatrical woman.”

The new EU pop music awards

The organization claims that this further speaks of the “extraordinary success” of her latest album ‘El Mal Querer,’ which elicited “the blind adoration” of so many, “excellent critiques,” and two Latin Grammies (for Best Alternative Song ‘Malamente’ and Best Urban Fusion), putting her at second-most awarded.

The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new awards by none other than the EU for pop and contemporary music. The awards themselves will be given out at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Netherlands. Other artists awarded include musicians from the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden.

Conceptual album turns manuscript into music

Rosalía’s new album ‘El Mal Querer’ (roughly translated as The Bad Love) came out on November 2. The conceptual and visual project translates a 14th-century manuscript into a soundtrack of new-flamenco fusion with, r&b, trap, and electronic music elements. Since its release, it’s 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.

At the recent 19th Latin Grammies on November 16 Rosalía took home two awards and was the second most awarded artist at the event. She was especially recognized for her worldwide-acclaimed single, ‘Malamente.’