Bizarrap leads Argentina’s impressive Latin Grammy showing

Shakira’s collaboration with the 25-year-old producer scored the pair two gongs including Song of the Year

Bizarrap poses with the Song of the Year, Best Pop Song and Best Urban Song Awards at the 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Seville, Spain, November 17, 2023. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Producer Bizarrap won three Latin Grammy awards at a glittering ceremony on Thursday. Argentine artists Nathy Peluso, Dante Spinetta, and the Astor Piazzolla Quintet also received statuettes, proving that football isn’t the only area where Argentines are champions.

Organized by the Latin Recording Academy, the 24th annual gala was held in Spain for the first time.

Bizarrap, a.k.a Gonzalo Julián Conde, arrived at the ceremony at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Seville with a total of six nominations. He didn’t leave empty-handed.

First, he took the stage with Spanish singer and rapper Quevedo for their hit “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 52”, which earned them the award for “best urban song”.

“Impressive the recognition given to this project that I started in my room with a computer,” Biza said. “Vamos Argentina!”

The producer collected two more awards, both with Colombian megastar Shakira, for the viral hit “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53.” The song, dedicated to her ex Gerard Piqué, earned them the “best pop song” and “song of the year” awards.

The Astor Piazzolla Quintet won “Best tango album” for “Operación Tango.”

Meanwhile, Nathy Peluso’s video for “Estás buenísimo” (You’re so good) scored her “best music video” short version, and Dante Spinetta won “best alternative song” for “El lado oscuro de mi corazón” (The Dark Side of my Heart).

Among the other top categories, Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade won “best singer-songwriter album,” “best singer-songwriter song” and “recording of the year” for her album “De todas las flores” (Of All the Flowers).

Shakira also picked up the “best urban fusion song” award for “TQG”, with fellow Colombian, Karol G, who also netted “album of the year” and “best urban music album” for “Mañana será bonito” (Tomorrow it’ll be nice).

Who is Bizarrap?

Bizarrap’s hat trick of awards on Thursday proved what his fans already knew: at just 25, the producer and DJ is already at the top of his game.

Originally from the western Buenos Aires suburb of Ramos Mejía, his rise to fame has been meteoric. Seven years ago, he decided to turn the freestyle rap battles he watched with his teenage friends into mixes, and set up a studio in his bedroom. 

Fast forward to 2023, and he’s collaborated with A-list musicians including J Balvin, as well as Shakira. In May, Time magazine named him a “next generation leader.”

Artistically, his character sports a cap and shades that cover most of his face, as if emulating Daft Punk’s anonymity. He selects those who get to know Gonzalo — for everyone else, it’s Bizarrap. 

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Next collab: Rosalía?

Bizarrap typically keeps schtum about who he’s working with until the song drops. But, speaking at the awards ceremony, he let on that he’d like to work with the innovative Spanish star, Rosalía. “You all already know that [Rosalía] is an impressive artist, and I have a good relationship… she’s a genius,” he said.

“We haven’t got together to make music yet, but it would be great.”



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