The Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year is an honor presented to female Tejano music recording artists. The Tejano Music Awards, first bestowed in 1981, was established to recognize the most talented performers of the genre—a subcategory of regional Mexican music, with roots in the music of early European settlers in Texas. The awards are presented by the Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA), to "promote excellence in the Tejano music industry" using the popular vote method to select the winner of the female vocalist of the year. Historically, female musicians fared less favorably in the male-dominated genre and were seen as inferior to their male counterparts. The award was established by Rick Trevino, a male Tejano performer, who founded the Awards in 1981.
The award was first presented to American singer Lisa Lopez. Laura Canales won the award five nonconsecutive times, and is considered Tejano music's first leading lady before the genre's golden age in the 1990s. Selena holds the record for most wins, winning 11 of her 12 nominations. The singer has been called the Queen of Tejano music, and is credited with catapulting the genre into the mainstream market.
Hasta la Raíz
(Down to the Root
) is the sixth studio album
by Mexican recording artist Natalia Lafourcade
. It was released on March 17, 2015 by Sony Music Latin
. After attaining success with her previous album, Mujer Divina
, a tribute to Mexican singer-songwriter Agustín Lara
, Lafourcade decided to record an album with original recordings. Lafourcade spent three years in the writing process, searching for inspiration in different cities, resulting in songs with very personal feelings regarding love. The record was produced by Lafourcade, who was assisted by Argentinian musician Cachorro López
and Mexican artist Leonel García
Upon its release Hasta la Raíz received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, with some critics being skeptical about her songwriting and staying on her comfort zone as an artist, while others praised her evolution as a musician and named the album one of the best pop releases of the year. The record peak at number twelve on the US Billboard Latin Albums and number-one in Mexico, where it was certified platinum and shipped over 30,000 copies in the country.