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Latinos Have Taken Over The MTV VMA Nominations And They Might Just Own The Actual Show

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The wildest awards show of the year is right around the corner and Latinos are owning the nominees list for the 2018 Video Music Awards. Cardi B led the list with 10 nominations, with Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, J.Lo, and so many more bringing home the VMA jamón, we hope.

Without further ado, here are the Latinos topping the charts, category by category.

1. Video of the Year: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

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The ’80s/’90s-esque music video collaboration was nominated for five different awards, putting Cardi B as the most likely to take a bag of VMA awards home. The video has over 450 million views as of July 2018.

2. Fans are clapping so hard for Cardi B. 👏🏽👏🏽

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Seriously, the last six months alone have been wild for the artist. She hosted “Saturday Night Live,” has earned a spot on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and just had her first baby.

3. Video of the Year: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello slayed every Latino’s heart when she released the most relatable video ever of a girl watching telenovelas with her abuelita. Eventually she goes out into the world to watch her alter ego seduce men left and right, and lands her guy in the dorkiest way possible. It’s a must watch. 🤓

4. Camilizers are sending la Cubanita all the love.

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We’ve been watching her grow up since you were 15 years old, and love that she’s staying true to her Latina roots. 💃

5. Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars

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Puerto Rican Bruno Mars grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fun fact: his uncle was an Elvis impersonator, which was passed onto baby 4-year-old Mars in their family band.

I’m obsessed.

6. Artist of the Year: Cardi B

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Cardi B has definitely scored the most nominations of any other artist. Girl’s been making money moves. 🙆‍♀️ She joins Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake and Post Malone.

7. Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello

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This year was Camila’s breakout year. Y’know if you weren’t counting the years she spent on internationally famous girl band Fifth Harmony. Camila went solo this year, and we hope she’s rewarded.

8. Best New Artist: Cardi B

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Cardi B landed in both Best New Artist and Artist of the Year categories. I really wish we could have seen her reaction to the nominations.  🙋‍♂️ She joins Hayley Kiyoko, Lil Pump, Bazzi, Lil Uzi vert and Chloe x Halle. Who do you think will win?

9. Best Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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This is the only song we need to listen to on Monday mornings. It’s officially my 2018 anthem. J.Lo, Cardi B and DJ Khaled together on one track was guaranteed to score some nominations.

10. Best Collaboration: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

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The VMA’s are literally drippin’ in “Finesse” this year. The song won the most nominations of any. We’re over here partying and the Internet is actually having a conniption about Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” not making these categories.

11. Best Pop: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello also scored a Best Choreography nomination for Havana. The artist scored five nominations, and we’re predicting that she’ll take home at least three trophies. 🏆🏆🏆

12. Best Pop: Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”

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Competing with Cabello is your long favorite Demi Lovato, who made it into both Pop and Latin categories. We see you, bella. 😎

13. Best Hip Hop: Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”

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“Finesse” might have been the single song that won Cardi B the most nominations, but her album “Invasion of Privacy” put her on the map for best overall artist. “Bartier Cardi” was one of the most popular songs on that album.

14. Best Latin: Daddy Yankee – “Dura”

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Daddy Yankee never fails to make it to the VMA’s nominations list, and his tracks always make it into the Latino consciousness. “Dura” has been playing on loop in all our heads all year.

15. Best Latin: J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”

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TBH, “Mi Gente” definitely wins best beat in my book. Fact: you can weed the Latinos out of a room by playing this song and watching them involuntarily dance to the música. It’s just science.

16. Best Latin: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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Like we said: Monday Motivation, AF. Just watch J.Lo take all these boys’ money and find your female empowerment if you haven’t already.

17. Best Latin: Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

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Demi Lovato is super open about her Latinidad, including that she can’t speak fluent Spanish but that she loves to sing in Spanish. I can speak for most of our generation when I say, “Tambien, Demi, te amo.”

18. Best Latin: Maluma – “Felices los 4”

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It isn’t a Latin genre if there isn’t one video with a beautiful girl dressing and undressing for her man. 🤷‍♀️

19. Best Latin: Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

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This track, in collaboration with Maluma, made it to the Latin list, but any video featuring Shakira shake it should have made it to the Best Music Video list.

20. Video with a Message: Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”

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Oof, we pray that Colombiana Jessie Reyez brings home the award for this genre just so that her music video is played to the millions of VMA viewers. You’ll see Reyez try to make it in an industry that demands sexual favors from women in order to launch their careers. It’s a powerful video that reverberates especially during the #MeToo movement.

21. Whatever you do, get out your best churrasco game for this year’s VMA’s.

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If Cardi B didn’t make last year’s awards ceremony, then Cardi B, Cabello, Mars and J.Lo are going to make it sizzle like only Latinos know to do this year. Tune in on August 20th at 9p ET, but definitely be sure you go vote for all your favorite artists on MTV.com.

Latinos Are Growing In The MLB And These Players Are Dominating The Season

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Latinos Are Growing In The MLB And These Players Are Dominating The Season

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Baseball is one of the most diverse sports leagues and Latinos currently make up almost 29 percent of the league. So, it’s no surprise how many talented players are represented within the Latino players dominating America’s favorite pastime. Here are some of the Latino players making waves this season and making their names known across the major league.

1. Nolan Arenado

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Arenado is turning heads and making his case for best 3rd baseman in baseball. The 27-year-old star’s parents are of Cuban and Puerto Rican nationality and has quickly become one of baseballs biggest stars. His stats this year  prove his career is just taking off at the right time. 

2. Kenley Jansen

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Born in Curaçaoa, Kenley Jansen is one of the premier pitchers in baseball and has steadily improved every year since his major league debut in 2010. Jansen will be key for the Dodgers if they want to make a return to the World Series.

3. Wilson Contreras

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The Venezuelan catcher is a big reason the Chicago Cubs are leading their division. Contreras is playing in his second major league season and has shown he has a big career ahead of him. He struggled his first season putting up offensive numbers but this year he’s turned it around. 

4. J.D. Martinez

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The big offseason acquisition for the Boston Red Sox has payed off quickly as J.D Martinez is having arguably the best season of his career. I think It’s safe to say Martinez is just getting started with his hot bat this season. 

5. Jean Segura

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Jean Segura had to wait five years to make another All-Star appearance but with his performance this season he has more than earned the honor. It wasn’t easy for Segura either, as the Puerto-Rican shortstop was part of the final-vote contest where fans voted in the last player on each All-Star team.

6. Nelson Cruz

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Nelson Cruz is one of the most feared hitters in baseball because of his homerun power and this season is no different. The Dominican Republic outfielder has had an amazing season. 

7. Jose Altuve

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The star shortstop for the World Champion Houston Astros hasn’t missed a beat this year as he has put up another All-Star season. The inspiring Venezuelan was AL MVP last year might not be the tallest player but he surely has the biggest heart.

8. Jesus Aguilar

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The Venezuelan slugger is making his name known across the major leagues as he has put a stellar offensive season so far. Aguilar won the NL Final Vote to make his first All-Star team this year and is deserving of the honor. He slugged 24 homeruns and 70 RBI’s in the first half of the season and is poised to have an even stronger finish.

9. Javier Báez

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Javier Baez was a key member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs team that won a World Series and has since turned himself into one of the premier players in all of baseball. Baez, who was born in Puerto Rico, was the starting shortstop for the All-Star game for the second year in a row. 

10. Yadier Molina

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Molina has been one of the best catchers in baseball for over a decade and this season has been no different. Molina has been an All-Star for nine seasons and is constantly regarded as one of the smartest players in the league. The Puerto Rican catcher has put up strong numbers this season again as he enters his 14th season in baseball.

11. Ozzie Albies

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You’ve probably never heard of Ozzie Albies before and that’s due to him starting the season in the minor leagues. Fast forward a few months later and he has become on the fastest rising stars in all of baseball. The 21-year-old second baseman from Curaçaoa had 20 homeruns and 55 RBI’s in just 3 months in the major leagues.

12. Salvador Perez

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The Venezuelan native has commanded respect from across the major leagues for his strong bat and his voice in the locker room for over five seasons. This year is no different as Perez has put up another strong season as the starting catcher of the Kansas City Royals. 

13. Manny Machado

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The Baltimore Orioles third baseman has arguably had the best year of his career this season. He made his fourth All-Star game this year and did this amid rumors he would be traded to another team. 

14. Jose Ramirez

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Jose Ramirez is coming off a breakout season and it has carried over to 2018. The Dominican star made his second All-Star team and is set to hit career highs this season. Ramirez will be a key part of the Cleveland Indians success this season if they are to return to the playoffs once again. 

15. Francisco Lindor

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Few players are as cool and clutch as Francisco Lindor yet the Cleveland Indians shortstop is just getting his career started. The 24-year-old shortstop is one of the brightest players in baseball due to his hustle and strong bat. The Puerto Rican native made his mark on the league and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

16. George Springer

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He was a big contributor to the Houston Astros last season as they captured their first world title and has helped put his team in a good position to repeat. He won the World Series MVP and captured a Silver Slugger award for his great season last year and the Puerto Rican native has continued that success. He played in his second All-Star game this year due to his hot bat. 

17. Luis Severino

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Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Luis Severino has lived up to the hype since his debut back in 2015. The starting pitcher is already being regarded as one of the best young talents in the game due to his fastball and good curveball. Keep your eyes on this young stud, there is no telling how good he can be this season. 

18. Aroldis Chapman

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Aroldis Chapman, also nicknamed the Cuban Missle, is the last guy you want to face at the end of the game due to his fastball which constantly hits 100 MPH. Chapman has quickly become one of the best relievers in baseball and will be appearing in his fifth All-Star game this season. He is third in the American League with 26 saves and is putting up another great season. 

19. Eugenio Suarez

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This has been a breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds shortstop as he made his first All-Star game this season. The Venezuelan star came out of nowhere this year for the Reds and has put up some of the best numbers on his team. 

20. Edwin Diaz

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The closer for the Seattle Mariners has become a force to be reckoned with. Diaz, who is from Puerto Rico, might not be a household name but he has been a big reason why the Mariners are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.


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