The Latin Grammy
The news that the category would be removed sparked concern in the industry.
If the 25 musical productions are not completed, the category of Best merengue / bachata album will be definitively eliminated from the award
The deadline granted by the Latin Recording Academy for the merengueros and bachateros to submit twenty-five musical productions expires on Thursday 21 , to prevent the category of Best merengue / bachata album from being definitively eliminated from the Latin Grammy awards.
At the beginning of this month, Diario Libre released the information that until the 7th of this month the Latin Grammy requirements had not yet been completed to guarantee the validity of the category that was recovered two years ago.
The news provoked the reaction of merengueros, promoters and music producers who joined a motivational campaign for their colleagues to register as members of the Latin Recording Academy to supply their proposals.
According to the data provided to this newspaper, the campaign has yielded good results.
“We understand that many colleagues have registered with the Academia Latina and sent their records. We hope that this Thursday, the 21st, when the registration period expires, it has been possible to achieve it, ”said a source.
This is the second round of the call made by the entity that this year will celebrate its 21st anniversary. Some artists consulted by Diario Libre requested an extension due to the effects caused by COVID-19, while others assured that many are not interested in participating due to lack of vision.
“If the amount of the best merengue / Bachata album is not collected, it will be definitively eliminated, after having been restored for the second time,” says a communication sent to members of the Latin Recording Academy.
In order for the entity that rewards Latin music to host merengue and bachata again, efforts were made that took about five years, after it was excluded for the same reasons that it could be excluded from the award.
If left out, it would be a serious blow to Dominican popular music, since beyond bachata and merengue are part of the culture, both genres were declared by UNESCO, Intangible Heritage of Humanity.