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A Breath Of Fresh Air At The Latin Grammys

The Latin Grammys are often accused of excessive conservatism; for a tendency to reward the same artists year after year. But part of the beauty of the Grammys lies in digging through the 48 categories and finding new artists who are doing incredible work.

Of course, we don't expect you to do that, which is why this week's show finds us sitting down with a thick stack of nominations and discussing the musicians who most excite us.

A rising Spanish singer jumps into the ring for Album of the Year. A Cuban Canadian croons his way into the picking for Best New Artist, but he'll have to contend against a young Brazilian who's as sweet as she is strong. A Guatemalan rock group who's broken up and gotten back together more often than a telenovela romance vies for the Best Rock Album, but it'll be up against an Argentine rock icon whose tragedy shocked the world of Latin music earlier this year.

Of course, there are so many artists and categories that we weren't able to fit everyone into our show. So we're counting on you to tell us who's exciting you this year, and whom you think the Grammys forgot to acknowledge.

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Jasmine Garsd
Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
Felix Contreras
Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.