Salvador Sobral 2021
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Salvador Sobral’s bpm has been nominated for Best Engineered Album at the Latin Grammy Awards.

The award, which goes to the engineers and mixers behind the album rather than the artist, honours excellence in technical aspects of creation. Deft engineers and mixers weave sounds together, making sure they balance and complement one another and the singer’s lead vocal. Without their technical prowess, an amazing album could wind up feeling a bit meh and devoid of emotion.

Salvador took the time to shout out to each member of the team in an Instagram post, writing:

“Congratulations to Leo Aldrey (producer and mixing engineer), Rafael Giner (mixing engineer), Nelson Carvalho (sound engineer) and Tiago Sousa (mastering engineer) for being nominated for Best Engineered Album, with bpm, at the Latin Grammys.”

Previous winners include Rosalia’s El Mal Querer and Shakira’s Fijación Oral Vol. 1.

Salvador Sobral’s BPM

The LP features 13 jazz songs, including our fave “sangue so meu sangue”.

Translating to “Blood of my blood,” it showcases the Eurovision 2017 winner’s jazz stylings. It’s predominantly a slow piano ballad, but it does swerve toward the dramatic in the middle with the addition of some drums and guitars.

On social media, Sobral said the song was the “best lyrics/music combination of the album”. Meanwhile, the accompanying music video was filmed in an underground passageway. Shot in one take, it focuses on the passage of time and the changing of seasons.

While most of the tracks are in Portuguese, there are also two English-language songs. Upon releasing the album, Salvador noted on Instagram that the process of creating the LP had been difficult at times, but worth it in the end.

“I’m still convinced that I’m more of an interpreter than a composer, but the experience of having created our ‘semillas’, writing lyrics, arranging and then listening to those arrangements with the band, recording, doing overdubs, singing back vocals and even mixing was such a painful and tumultuous trip that it become a wonderful and freeing ride. These are my beats per minute, hope you enjoy.”

Carolina Deslandes also secures nomination

But Salvador isn’t the only Festival da Canção alum in the mix.

Carolina Deslandes is up for Best Long Form Music Video for “Mulher.” The video is a staggering 32 minutes.

The Idol alum placed second in the 2021 national final with her song “Por um triz”.

Are you a fan of the album? Do you feel that technical prowess and does it give you all the feels? Let us know in the comments box down below.

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There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
16 days ago

I still wonder whether the lyrics of sangue do meu sangue were based on a personal story? Eitherway, my favourite from the album is “paint the town”.

isabel
isabel
15 days ago

I also hope it was not inspired by real life experience… perhaps some unconscious fear. Anyway, it’s a touching song, with strong, thought-provocking lyrics for sure. I can’t help feeling goosebumps.

Ferdie
Ferdie
16 days ago

Julio Iglesias is also nominated for Record of the Year. He represented Spain in 1970.

Last edited 16 days ago by Ferdie
Rose
Rose
16 days ago

It’s been a good year for Eurovision. Duncan and Maneskin’s success and now Duncan and Salvador nominated for the Grammy’s.

T.J.
T.J.
16 days ago
Reply to  Rose

It‘s not Salvador who is nominated, it‘s Leo Aldrey. Rafael Giner, Nelson Carvalho and Tiago Sousa. Reading comprehension is quite useful before commenting on an article.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
16 days ago
Reply to  T.J.

He chose these people personally and was personally involved in all decisions of the album, just as he should as a truly professional artist. He said that in several interviews. He is not exactly one of these brainless pseudo-pop Divas where everything is cooked for them and we have a fair share of those in ESC.

T.J.
T.J.
15 days ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

How do you know he chose them? Are you in the production team? Or his manager? Plus: The award is not called „best in engeneering involved and having chosen his producers artist“. I hate it when credit is taken from people who deserve it just because their names are not familiar. Salvador himself is NOT nominated for the grammy – period. Get your facts straight and stop trying to make it look otherwise because you want him to be a nominee.

Last edited 15 days ago by T.J.
L’oiseau
L’oiseau
14 days ago
Reply to  T.J.

And were you there to present counter-evidence? No! He said so himself in interviews and I take his word for it, considering the control he has over all aspects of what he has done so far. What you are doing is obviously belittling this achievement because you obviously are in “I hate Salvador camp” and by doing so you are belittling yourself.

Last edited 14 days ago by L’oiseau
Dulce
Dulce
8 days ago
Reply to  T.J.

Let’s make it clear: It’s true that if “bpm” win Salvador won’t receive the trophy (it will be receive the producer and the mastering team) but it’s a big thing and more taking account that is competing with huge latin albums like “El Madrileño” and “Un canto por México” and the portuguese song market it’s soooooo tiny (and that is the reason why Portugal is taking Eurovision seriously again)

Jake
Jake
16 days ago
Reply to  Rose

Duncan was also nominated?

maria
maria
16 days ago

Well reserved! Bpm is such an exquisite album and Salvador’s best work until now. Since he got so much involved in every stage of creation (from composition to recording and mixing sound), this nomination is very much his own too.

T.J.
T.J.
16 days ago
Reply to  maria

Don‘t take away the merit from those who are really nominated… How do you know the amount of involvment of Salvador in the engeneering process? Where you present?

Last edited 16 days ago by T.J.
maria
maria
15 days ago
Reply to  T.J.

The article you are commenting on quotes Salvador saying: “I’m still convinced that I’m more of an interpreter than a composer, but the experience of having created our ‘semillas’, writing lyrics, arranging and then listening to those arrangements with the band, recording, doing overdubs, singing back vocals and even mixing was such a painful and tumultuous trip that it become a wonderful and freeing ride. These are my beats per minute, hope you enjoy.” Besides, there is a six-part documentary on his YouTube Channel showing his active involvement in the different stages. But of course Salvador is not the engineer… Read more »