Making History: Winning their First Prize

Colombian singer Karol G won her first US Grammy on Sunday for Best Urban Music Album for “Mañana Será Bonito.”

“I am very happy to be here in front of so many legends (…) my album has given me the best memories of my life,” said Karol G after receiving the award.

The Colombian received the Grammy from her fellow countryman, the singer Maluma, and Christina Aguilera.

Karol G beat out reggaeton artist Rauw Alejandro with his album “Saturno,” and Puerto Rican composer and producer Tainy with his debut solo album “Data.”

In November 2023, Karol G triumphed at the Latin Grammy Awards by winning for Best Album with the same material. She also won two other awards for Best Urban Album and Best Urban Fusion/Performance, respectively.

Carolina Giraldo Navarro, better known as Karol G, received her first nomination for a US Grammy two editions ago with her album “KG0516.” But she was ultimately beaten by Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny for Best Urban Album with “El Último Tour del Mundo.”

“Mañana Será Bonito,” the award-winning album, features collaborations with diverse artists such as Romeo Santos, Shakira, and Spanish singer Quevedo. In this album, the Colombian singer narrates her journey of overcoming a heartbreak.

The awards were held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and honored the best music released from October 1, 2022, to September 15, 2023.

Earlier in the Grammy’s pre-show, Mexican artist Peso Pluma also took home his first award of this kind.

Dua Lipa opened the 66th Grammy Awards with “Training Season,” a song announced in late January and set for release on February 15. The British-Albanian singer, who already has three Grammy Awards, also performed “Houdini” on stage. At this year’s awards, Dua Lipa is also nominated for two more Grammys for “Dance The Night,” a track from the soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” film.

“This is amazing,” Dua Lipa said on the red carpet about the dominance of female talent in this year’s top categories of the awards.

SZA, who also took the stage that evening, is the most nominated artist of the event with nine nominations for her album “SOS,” followed by Phoebe Bridgers and Victoria Monét with seven each. Other noteworthy nominees include Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, and Jon Batiste, who have all received six nominations.

This year’s Grammy Awards were presented for the fourth consecutive year by Trevor Noah at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The ceremony recognized recordings released between October 1, 2022, and September 15, 2023.