The most popular Chileans songs are Aqui Estoy by Cami and El Beso by Mon Laferte. These were the somewhat predictable results of the Premios Pulsar 2020, the Chilean Grammy Awards. The online ceremony also included some surprises.
Cami, or Camila Gallardo, is the Chilean artist of the year. Online voting opened on the Premios Pulsar website April 29, 2020, and when all votes were tallied, Gallardo was number one. At the online gala night, she was twice awarded with the new Mapuche-inspired trophy.
In the category for best song Gallardo won with Aqui Estoy. This is the translation of the chorus.
And here I am and here I will stay
(For the rest of my life)
And here I am and I won’t go
(Away from your life)
Let them come, let them come one by one
With this song I give them for him
¡@soycamioficial es la Artista del Año! Felicitaciones a la por esta gran victoria 👏🏻 En el año 2018 la artista ganó su primer Pulsar con como Mejor Artista Pop. Mira su video de agradecimiento y sigue la transmisión por https://t.co/l7ZjvPx6ET ▶️ y usa #PremiosPulsar2020 💫🎶 pic.twitter.com/C8eM3JN2Xv
— Súbela Radio (@subelaradio) July 16, 2020
One triple and a big surprise
Together with Gallardo, the indie artist Diego Lorenzini and the trap artist Gianluca, were favorites to win awards. Lorenzini won a triple but Gianluca and other trap artists walked away with no awards.
With the absence of trap artists, the urban music scene was represented by Como Asesinar a Felipes (CAF), the Santiago band with the controversial band name. Surprisingly enough, CAF won two awards, including best album for Naturaleza Muerta.
Lorenzini is a respected producer, composer, and designer. His triple included Best Singer, Best Record Design, and Best Rock Artist – the last with his band Los Nuevos Amigos.
The gala was recorded without an audience at SCD Bellavista and streamed by Súbela Radio. The show included three online sessions of various artists which interpreted La Rosa de los Vientos by Makiza, Llueve Sobre la Ciudad by Los Bunkers, and La Fuerza del Amor by Myriam Hernandez.
The international star Mon Laferte received a special award for her song El Beso, which has been the most played tune on national radio stations.
Marcus Nilsson writes about music in Chile Today. He worked in Sweden as a copywriter, editor, teacher and blogger. You can find him on Instagram as @chileanmusic30min