PICS: Natalia Lafourcade at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

One of the most influential Latin artists in the last 20 years, Natalia Lafourcade wowed a packed California Center for the Arts, Escondido crowd on July 18.

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One of the most successful singer/songwriters in Latin music history -- she has a rich musical heritage as the daughter of Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade and pianist Maria del Carmen Silva Contreras.
Since the release of her debut self-titled solo album in 2002, Lafourcade has won one Grammy Award (in 2016 for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for her album "Hasta la Raíz") and 11 Latin Grammys.
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She's been nominated for four other Grammy Awards since 2004, with each of her last two studio albums (2018's "Musas, Vol. 1" and 2019's "Musas, Vol. 2") earning Best Latin Pop Album nods, to go along with 23 total Latin Grammy nominations to-date!
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Of course, her popularity reached new heights after she recorded a pop version of "Remember Me" in 2017, a duet with R&B artist Miguel, for the Pixar film "Coco."
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The duo performed the beautiful song together at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony -- where it won Best Original Song!
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The song also won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Lafourcade's July 18 show set list included the following songs: "Mi Tierra Veracruzana," "Tú me Acostumbraste" (a Frank Domínguez cover), "Soledad y el Mar," "Qué he Sacado con Quererte" (a Violeta Parra cover)...
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Along with "Hasta la Raíz," "Ya no te Puedo Querer," "Lo que Construimos" (all three featured on her "Hasta la Raíz" album)...
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Along with "Amor de mis Amores," "Elefantes," "Casa" (a Natalia y La Forquentina song), "En el 2000," "Ella es Bonita," "Mi Lugar Favorito"...
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And "Que la Vida Vale," "Soy lo Prohibido," "Duerme Negrito," "Tú sí Sabes Quererme," "Danza de Gardenias," "Nunca es Suficiente" (a cumbia version)...
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And two encores featuring "La Llorona" and "Cucurrucucú Paloma" (a Tomás Méndez cover), and "Para qué Sufrir" and "Ya no Vivo por Vivir" (a Juan Gabriel cover).
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It was phenomenal to see the innovating, enchanting artist live and up close at the show -- we can only hope she returns to San Diego soon!
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And what a great venue to see her at: The Great Green Lawn at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido -- even at a capacity of thousands of people -- was an intimate setting considering Lafourcade's recent headlining show at Hollywood Bowl drew 18,000-plus!
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