Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year

The Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence, creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally.[1] The award is given to the songwriters of new songs containing at least 51% of lyrics in Spanish or Portuguese language. Instrumental songs or a new version of a previously recorded track are not eligible.[2] Due to the increasing musical changes in the industry, from 2012 the category includes 10 nominees, according to a restructuration made by the academy for the four general categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.[3]

Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year
Awarded forexcellence in Latin music songwriting
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Latin Recording Academy
First awarded2000
Currently held by"Calma" by Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega (2019)

Eleven of the thirteen awarded songs have also earned the Latin Grammy for Record of the Year, which unlike this category, is given to songs that were released on a promotional level, and the prize is given to the performer, producer and audio engineer.[2] The exceptions to this were in 2000, 2009 and 2013 when "Corazón Espinado" by Santana featuring Maná, "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" by Calle 13 featuring Café Tacvba and "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony, respectively, received the award without a nomination for Song of the Year. In 2014, "Universos Paralelos" by Jorge Drexler featuring Anita tijoux won the Latin Grammy Award for Record of The Year, but not Song of The Year, despite it received a nomination for the award.

Alejandro Sanz is the most awarded songwriter in the category with four wins out of eight nominations. Andrés Castro, Shakira and Carlos Vives have received the award twice. In 2017, Colombian artist Maluma became the first songwriter to have three nominated songs in the same year, with "Chantaje", "Felices los 4", and "Vente Pa' Ca". Pedro Capó, Juan Luis Guerra, Jorge Luis Piloto and Jorge Villamizar have been nominated twice the same year: Capó in 2015 for songs performed by Ricky Martin and himself, Guerra in 2012 for songs performed by Juanes featuring Joaquín Sabina and himself, Piloto in 2009 for songs performed by Andrés Cepeda and Luis Enrique, while Villamizar wrote songs for the band Bacilos. Claudia Brant, Angie Chirino, Joy Huerta (of the Mexican band Jesse & Joy), Natalia Lafourcade, Shakira, and Mónica Vélez are the only female writers to be awarded. The current holder, as of the 2019 ceremony is Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega for the song "Calma".


An asterisk (*) indicates this recording also won Record of the Year.

Year[I] Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s)[II] Nominees[III] Ref.
2000 Roberto Blades
Angie Chirino
Marc Anthony
Cory Rooney
"Dímelo" Marc Anthony
2001 Alejandro Sanz "El Alma al Aire" * Alejandro Sanz
2002 Alejandro Sanz "Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" * Alejandro Sanz
2003 Juanes "Es Por Ti" * Juanes
2004 Alejandro Sanz "No Es Lo Mismo" * Alejandro Sanz
2005 Alejandro Sanz "Tu No Tienes Alma" * Alejandro Sanz
2006 Shakira
Luis F. Ochoa
"La Tortura" * Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
2007 Juan Luis Guerra "La Llave de Mi Corazón" * Juan Luis Guerra
2008 Juanes "Me Enamora" * Juanes
2009 Claudia Brant
Luis Fonsi
Gen Reuben
"Aquí Estoy Yo" Luis Fonsi featuring David Bisbal, Noel Schajris and Aleks Syntek
2010 Mario Domm
Mónica Vélez
"Mientes" * Camila [14]
2011 Rafa Arcaute
Calle 13
"Latinoamérica" * Calle 13 featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca and Maria Rita
2012 Jesse & Joy
Tommy Torres
"¡Corre!" * Jesse & Joy
2013 Andrés Castro
Carlos Vives
"Volví a Nacer" Carlos Vives
2014 Descemer Bueno
Gente De Zona
Enrique Iglesias
"Bailando" Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
2015 Leonel García
Natalia Lafourcade
"Hasta la Raíz"* Natalia Lafourcade
2016 Andrés Castro
Carlos Vives
"La Bicicleta" Carlos Vives & Shakira
2017 Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender and Luis Fonsi "Despacito" Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
2018 Jorge Drexler "Telefonía" Jorge Drexler
2019 Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega "Calma" Pedro Capó
2020 Residente "René" Residente
  • Vicente Barco, Édgar Barrera, Maluma & Stiven Rojas, songwriters — "ADMV" (Maluma)
  • Juanes, Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters — "Bonita" (Juanes and Sebastián Yatra)
  • Jorge Drexler, songwriter — "Codo con codo" (Jorge Drexler)
  • Édgar Barrera, Camilo, Jon Leone, Richi López & Juan Morelli, songwriters — "El Mismo Aire" (Camilo)
  • Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Vives, songwriters — "For Sale" (Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Vives)
  • Alejandro Sanz, songwriter — "#ElMundoAfuera (Improvisación)" (Alejandro Sanz)
  • Kany García, songwriter — "Lo que en ti veo" (Kany García and Nahuel Pennisi)
  • Oscar Hernández and Pablo Preciado, songwriters — "Tiburones" (Ricky Martin)
  • Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Karol G, Nicki Minaj and Daniel Oviedo Echavarría, songwriters — "Tusa" (Karol G and Nicki Minaj)
  • Camilo, Jon Leone & Richi López, songwriters — "Tutu" (Camilo and Pedro Capó)
  • ^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Latin Grammy Awards held that year.
  • ^[II] The performing artist is only listed but does not receive the award.
  • ^[III] Showing the name of the songwriter(s), the nominated song and in parentheses the performer's name(s).

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