Nine Berklee Alumni Win Latin Grammy Awards

Nine Berklee alumni took home Latin Grammy Awards across three categories in the November 19 ceremony.

November 20, 2020

Nine Berklee alumni took home gold-plated gramophones at the 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 19. This year, the broadcast was based out of Miami, with performances held in multiple locations around the globe. The ceremony was cohosted by actress Yalitza Aparicio, singer Victor Manuelle, and TV host Ana Brenda. 

Gustavo Casenave ‘97 won a Latin Grammy in the Best Tango Album category for the Gustavo Casenave Quartet album Fuelle y Cuerda. This award marks the second Latin Grammy in two years for Casenave, who won in 2019 for his album Balance in the category of Best Instrumental Album. The album was also engineered by Berklee alumnus Alex Venguer B.M. '02. 

Lorenzo Ferrero B.M. ‘13 won in the category of Best Arrangement for his work as arranger on “La Flor De La Canela” from the album Tradiciones by the Afro-Peruvian Orchestra. 

Multiple Berklee alumni won in the Best Engineered Album category. Daniel Bitrán Arizpe B.M. ‘13, Daniel Dávila B.M. ‘13, JC Vertti B.M. ‘12, Justin Moshkevich B.M. ‘07, Tony Maserati ‘86, and Paul Rubinstein B.M. ‘06 all earned Grammys for their engineering work on the album 3:33 by Debi Nova. This award is the second Latin Grammy for Arizpe, Maserati, and Moshkevich. Maserati was also awarded a Grammy in 2004. 

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 47 Berklee alumni have received 108 Latin Grammy Awards

Below is a list of Berklee alumni who won 2020 Latin Grammys. The list will be updated as additional winners are confirmed. 

Category 33: Best Tango Album
Fuelle y Cuerda — Gustavo Casenave ‘97; Alex Venguer B.M. '02, engineer

Category 48: Best Arrangement
“La Flor De La Canela” — Lorenzo Ferrero B.M. ‘13, arranger (Afro-Peruvian Orchestra)

Category 50: Best Engineered Album
3:33 by Debi Nova
Daniel Bitrán Arizpe B.M. ‘13, engineer
Daniel Dávila B.M. ’13, engineer
JC Vertti B.M. ’12, engineer
Justin Moshkevich B.M. ‘07, engineer
Tony Maserati ’86, mixer
Paul Rubinstein B.M. ’06, engineer