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Articles Cuban winners at the Grammy Awards. Illustration: Kalia León / Aldo Cruces / AM:PM Magazine. Cuban winners at the Grammy Awards. Illustration: Kalia León / Aldo Cruces / AM:PM Magazine.

Cuban music on the Grammy Awards: a chronology

When there are only two days left for the Staples Center in Los Angeles to host the 62nd edition of the Grammy Awards, while the executives of the Academy face one of the most delicate scandals of their career, in Magazine AM:PM We wanted to remember who the Cubans have been who have taken the coveted gramophone. The story, which begins in 1977 with Mongo Santamaría as the first Cuban to achieve it, covers almost half a century in which we see how Cuban music does not escape the margins imposed by commercial labels, read salsa, jazz and traditional music (which makes the exception of Paquito D'Rivera and his award in the category of Best Instrumental Composition for Merengue more notable).

For the realization of this infographic —designed by Kalia León and Aldo Cruces— we did not take into account those artists of Cuban origin whose training and musical career took place essentially outside of Cuba; so don't be surprised if you don't find names like Gloria Estefan, Willy Chirino, Jon Secada and Pitbull. The names of the members of winning Cuban groups (such as Irakere or Buena Vista Social Club) are not reflected in detail either, but we do show the members of Roy Hargrove's Crisol in particular, because —despite being a band led by a musician North American—we consider fundamental to the result of the phonogram the contribution made by the Cuban musicians that make it up.

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