With ten nominations that make him the top Latin Grammy nominee, the Colombian singer Camilo caresses the sky, but also tries to keep his feet on the ground after what he describes to Efe as a streak of “blessing, after the blessing and after blessing”.
“I am very excited and very happy,” he said in a video call.
“Ten nominations is a hallucination for anyone, but for me especially it is something gigantic because it is a great compliment. I know what it means to be nominated and, more than dreaming of winning, I am enjoying the blessing of being there nominated with so many great people and that I admire so much, “he added.
The singer with the thin mustache and pizzicato a la Dalí lead the nominations for the Latin Grammy, which will be held on Thursday, November 18 in Las Vegas (USA), ahead of Juan Luis Guerra (six nominations) and C. Tangana (five award options).
Camilo (Medellín, Colombia, 1994) aspires to some of the most sought-after awards of the evening.
For example, “Mis Manos” could take the Latin Grammy for album of the year and “Vida de Rico” is among the nominees for song of the year and record of the year.
Camilo, who will also sing at the great ceremony of the Latin Recording Academy, places these nominations in “a rush of good news all together” for him, since he is currently on tour in the US and in October He announced that his wife Evaluna Montaner is pregnant with what will be their first child.
OMNIPRESENT AND FAMILY
It seems that, in recent months, Camilo is omnipresent.
One can be found performing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” or playing before every LaLiga Santander game with “KESI”, the official song this season of the first soccer division in Spain.
The springboard that has taken him to the top has been “My hands” (2021), an album that has definitively launched the career of this musician who began his career while still a teenager on “X-Factor” and as a composer, he has left his mark on hits like “Sin Pijama” by Becky G and Natti Natasha.
From Latin pop and reggaeton without great fanfare or risk, “Mis manos” looks to cumbia (“Rich life”), champeta (“KESI”), corrido (“Tuyo & mio” with Los Dos Carnales ) or bachata (“BABY” with El Alfa).
Camilo insists that “Mis Manos” is the most personal reflection of his music, his most authentic and honest work, so the Latin Grammy nominations are only the icing on the cake for this project’s adventure.
“I don’t think my album is successful because it has been recognized or not. I feel that the album since we released it, has been successful because I managed to impress on it what I was feeling, who I was,” he said.
“As it was a disc of personal exploration, this album would be successful to the extent that that impression remained on it in the way that I had artistically dreamed it,” he added.
“My hands” is also a good example of a notable characteristic of Camilo’s recent work: the dissolution of the border between his personal life and his professional career.
Thus, in “Machu Picchu” he sings with his wife Evaluna and in “Rolex” he has his brothers-in-law Mau & Ricky as guests.
Also, the patriarch of the increasingly extensive Montaner dynasty has been encouraged to collaborate with the Colombian.
Ricardo Montaner signed Camilo to do his bit in his Christian-inspired songs “Amen” and “God so wanted it,” which are both candidates for the Latin Grammy.
The latest example of Camilo’s total integration within the Montaners is the single “Indigo”, which he has just released with Evaluna Montaner and which is dedicated to his future baby since Indigo is the name they have chosen, be it a girl or child.