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Rosalía nominated for three MTV Awards
By thinkSPAIN Team Wed, Jul 24, 2019
ARTIST of the moment Rosalía has been nominated for three MTV Awards – less than a year after appearing on the mainstream music scene.
The flamenco-hip hop singer, 25, was completely unknown in 2016, but she has since built up an international following: US-based R&B artist Alicia Keys recently phoned her for help with her Spanish pronunciation recently phoned her to ask for help with her Spanish pronunciation for an upcoming new single, and British comedian James Corden announced on social media that he wanted her on his Late Late Show.
Rosalía has already designed and released a collection for budget streetwear fashion chain Pull&Bear – part of the Inditex empire – has duetted with Colombian Reggaeton singer J. Balvin, US rapper Pharrell Williams, of Happy fame, and British electro, soul and R&B artist James Blake, has been on tour across Europe and performed in major music festivals including Mad Cool and Primavera Sound, and is the first Spaniard to have been nominated for a BBC Sound of 2019 Award.
She has a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Fusion/Performance, another for Best Alternative Song – both for her first chart hit, Malamente – and was nominated for a third, for Best Short Form Music Video.
Rosalía made her acting début this year in cult director Pedro Almódovar's Dolor y Gloria ('Pain and Glory') and has announced a forthcoming duet with alternative-folk artist Billie Eilish, a US singer, songwriter and model of Irish descent.
Although Rosalía has only really become famous in Spain and beyond in the past year – since the release of Malamente at the end of May 2018 – she has in fact been performing live since 2013 and created her first studio album, Los Ángeles ('The Angels') in 2017, jointly with Raúl Refree and focusing on reworks of flamenco classics.
For the MTV Awards, she is up for Best New Artist, the only non-English-language singer in the running, and Best Choreography and Best Latin Video for her Con Altura with J. Balvin.
She joins global names such as Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, who have 10 nominations each, plus Cardi B, The Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, Halsey, and Billie Eilish.
Rosalía will be competing for awards with other Latin music stars such as Bad Bunny and Drake for their single MÍA, Anuel AA and Karol G for Secreto, Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend Selena Gómez with Benny Blanco, Tainy and J. Balvin for I Can't Get Enough, controversial Reggaeton singer Maluma – famous internationally for his live performance with Madonna – for his Mala Mía, and Daddy Yankee and Canadian rapper Snow.
The latter pair have recently released Con Calma, a Spanish-language remix of Snow's catchy 1992 hit, Informer.
This year's MTV Awards include new categories for K-Pop, the new South Korean style which has taken the world by storm and whose nominees include the groups BTS and BlackPink, and for 'Video for the Greater Good' for the best music videos with a social or humanitarian theme.
Fans can vote for their favourites via the MTV website, although the main decision will be made by a panel of expert judges.
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