An experience of a lifetime for Adrián Martín

Adrián doing a spot of sightseeing in Las Vegas.
Adrián doing a spot of sightseeing in Las Vegas. / SUR
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  • Martín was one of several 'malagueño' hopefuls who missed out at the Latin Grammys on Thursday night

There wasn't quite the fairytale ending for 11-year-old singing star Adrián Martín from Vélez-Málaga who missed out on a Latin Grammy at the ceremony held in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Martín, who suffers hydrocephalus and congenital malformation in his hands, went viral after his sister uploaded a video of him singing 'Qué bonito'. Since that pivotal moment nearly two years ago, his career has escalated dramatically, culminating in his nomination for a Latin Grammy award in the category of best traditional vocal album for his debut creation, 'Lleno de vida'.

Despite missing out on the award, this surely marks the start of a long and promising career to come.

Adrián has always displayed a passion for music, singing whenever he can. “Sometimes when he can’t get to sleep very quickly he sings louder and we have to tell him to keep the volume down!” says his father. Similarly, his brother Rafa says that Adrián has never liked cartoons or paid much attention to toys. Music, on the other hand, has always appealed to him. “He was humming tunes before he could talk.”

Fellow Malaga singers Pablo Alborán and Pablo López were also nominated for gongs but didn't get their hands on the big prize.