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Vicente Fernandez Opens Up About His At-Times Rocky Relationship With Joan Sebastian

The relationship between Joan Sebastian and Vicente Fernandez and the Fernandez family goes way back, but is not exempt from problems.

“El poeta del pueblo,” or “the poet of the pueblo” as Joan Sebastian was dubbed, would have been 69 years old on April 8th, 2020. The Mexican singer-songwriter, who was famous for his heartbreakingly beautiful songs, 42 of which landed him on the Hot Latin Songs Chart, died on July 12, 2015, in his ranch in Juliantla, Mexico after battling bone cancer for 13 years. He was 64 years old.

Sebastian had a troubled life. So troubled that one would say the storyline mirrors what we see in a movie or telenovela. He had eight children with five women, two who died, and this was before he was diagnosed with cancer, a disease he fought ferociously until the end performing up until his last days. 

For his birthday, Mexican star Alejandro Fernandez, who considered Sebastian to be a mentor, released a version of “Esto y más.”

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Alejandro Fernandez was the opening act for Joan Sebastian 20 years ago. It was the first tour of Fernandez’s career. 

“I grew up listening to Joan’s music. But it was more than that — my dad, Joan and I went on tour in the mid to late 1990’s,” Fernandez told Billboard during an interview.

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“Ever since that moment, I felt close to Joan. We may have had years between us, but we got along great and we were very good friends.”

The single and the video were released on Wednesday. Fernandez and his label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, donated all proceeds from the song to the foundation “MusiCares COVID-19” in the US and “MusicaMexico COVID-19” in Mexico, which helps musicians and members of the guild.

When Fernandez traveled for the first time with his father and Sebastian many years ago, Sebastian asked Vicente Fernandez for permission to take his son out one night.

“He promised to take care of me,” Alejandro said laughing. “Many years later, I was on tour with Marco Antonio Solis and Joan and his younger son came to our afterparty following the San Diego show. When Joan had to go, I asked for permission for his bebé to stay.”

In 2015, the year of Sebastian’s death, Vicente Fernandez revealed that they had had strong disagreements.

These disagreements, although not enough to end their friendship, did cause them to stop recording music together.

According to the “Charro de Huentitán,” Fernandez had hired Sebastian to record a second album following the success of “Para Siempre”, an agreement that ended when Joan presented previously published versions of his songs.

“He would give me the songs and say they were unpublished, as they’d have to be if a producer is making music, and I was hurt because there were about five songs he gave me already produced by his other friends. That’s not okay,” Fernandez explained when asked what caused their friendship to change. 

“Then he would record half the song and after recording the other half with me he would edit them, upload them, and title them ‘Joan Sebastian and Vicente Fernandez Duet.’ I didn’t like that either.”

“It didn’t drive us apart, we just stopped making music together,” Fernandez states. Noticeably distraught, Vicente Fernandez revealed that just before Joan’s death they left their differences aside in an emotional reunion where the late singer apologized for ever having offended Fernandez. In fact, he says, the day of Joan Sebastian’s death, he was waiting for his lifelong friend to join him for dinner.

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Amid All The Drama Of The Latin Grammys And Urbano Music, Here’s What Happened At Last Night’s Latin Grammys

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Amid All The Drama Of The Latin Grammys And Urbano Music, Here’s What Happened At Last Night’s Latin Grammys

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The 2019 Latin Grammys hosted by Ricky Martin kicked off yesterday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There were some big wins for Juan Luis Guerra, Mon Laferte, Christian Nodal, Bad Bunny, Luis Enrique and — much to many Latinxs’ chagrin — Spanish singers Rosalia, who won Album of the Year, and Alejandro Sanz.

However, there were many highlights of the evening as well. Legends Celia Cruz, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, and Gustavo Cerati received a lavish tribute. Vincente Fernandez made his story when he brought his son Alejandro and grandson Alex Jr. on stage to perform. Bad Bunny gave a disruptive speech about the Latin Grammys snubbing reggaeton artists, and strangely enough, a member of Metallica showed up. These are the 2019 Latin Grammys highlights. 

A tribute to late Latinx legends ushers in a star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys. 

Brazillian singer Anitta was accompanied by merengue veterans Olga Tañon and Milly Quezada to perform a samba and merengue infused version of “La Vida es un Carnaval,” to honor Celia Cruz. Then Mexican crooners Carlos Rivera, Reik, and Leon Garcia came on stage to perform JuanGa’s “Querida.” 

Natalia Jimenez, Calibre 50, and Prince Royce performed Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian’s “Secreto de Armor.” Ricky Martin was joined by Draco Rosa, Fito Paez, and Beto Cuevas to honor Gustavo Cerati with their rendition of Soda Stereo’s “Musica Ligera.” 

Miguel sang in Spanish and everyone lost their minds.

Miguel performed a Spanglish version of “Show Me Love” with Alicia Keys. After the Mexican heartthrob sang his parts in Spanish, people on Twitter kind of lost it. 

“Miguel singing in Spanish is making me feel some type of waaaay *heart eyes*,” one user wrote. 

“Seeing @Miguel sing during the Latin Grammys with @aliciakeys was something else. Sensual and romantic at the same time,” another Twitter user wrote.

“My parents are watching Latin Grammys and I look up to see Miguel and Alicia Keys performing I was likeajxjdjxj,” a stunned user wrote. 

Mon Laferte bared her chest on the red carpet for Chilean rights.

We can’t exactly show you the full photo, but Chilean musician Mon Laferte, who won Best Alternative Music Album, bravely exposed her breasts to get the public’s attention about human rights in Chile. Written across her decollete in black ink were the words “En Chile Torturan Violan,” which translates to “In Chile They Torture, Rape, And Kill.” 

At least 20 people have been killed during protests in Chile about wealth inequality (the nation is one of Latin America’s wealthiest) and better social services following the government’s announcement of higher subway fares. Tens of thousands of protesters set up fiery barricades and confronted riot police in October. 

Vincente Fernandez showed three generations of Mexican artistry. 

“I’m a grateful man for my family and my music,” Vicente Fernandez said as he was joined on stage by his son Alejandro and grandson Alex. “When you listen to the voice of who has your blood, you feel immortal.” 

Alejandro performed his latest single “Caballero.” Throughout the tear-jerking performance by the trio, family photos were displayed in the background. 

 “I still needed to sing 50 more songs but I owe it to you. All I want to say to God and my public is that you know you are a part of me until the day they bury me. Thank you,” Vincente said after receiving a standing ovation. 

Bad Bunny stood up to the industry while accepting his reward. 

Bad Bunny scored his first Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album for X100Pre. Bunny was one of many artists to join Maluma in defending reggaeton against the industry’s consistent snubbing of musicians of the genre.

 “Reggaeton is part of Latin music,” he said. “To my colleagues, let’s give it our all. The genre has become about views and numbers but we have to bring different things to the table.”

Nella won Best New Artist. 

Venezuelan artist Nella, a Berkeley College of Music alumni, won Best New Artist. She snagged the tile from Paulo Londra, Greeicy, Aitina, and Cami. 

“This is for everyone who, like me, comes from another country looking for new opportunities,” she said.

Juanes win Person of the Year and gets a surprise from Metallica.

Colombian rock musician Juanes won Person of the Year after performing a medley of songs including “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra.” He was surprised by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich who presented him the award. 

 “You guys changed my life,” Juanes told Ulrich. The drummer says he met Juanes ago while performing in Mexico. 

“Tonight we come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan, my friend, my parcero, I’m proud to recognize you as Person of the Year for the Latin Recording Academy,” Ulrich said. 

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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The Eternal Friendship Between Two Of Mexico’s Pop Icons, José José And Vicente Fernández

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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The Eternal Friendship Between Two Of Mexico’s Pop Icons, José José And Vicente Fernández

A key element of celebrity culture is our near obsession with how stars relate to each other. From knowing exactly who Miley Cirus is dating now to feeling like we have the right to know the sexual orientation of figures like Vero Castro (go ask your mom or abuelita if you don’t know who she is. And you should, by the way), celebrity culture is increasingly chismosa and based on knowing about every single detail of other people’s intimate lives. 

But sometimes this is a good thing and we discover great stories of decades-long friendships that survive everything, even death. One of such amistades eternas was the one shared by two of the greatest Mexican icons of all time: Vicente Fernández and José José, who died a few weeks ago, sending a whole country (one could even say that most of Latin America will miss him) into mourning. It’s a friendship that started in the 1980s, when they both consolidated their careers and released their most successful records. 

Just look at them, sharing the stage when they were both young… and healthy.

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Chente recently shared this performance on Instagram. Our heart aches when thinking of José José in his deathbed, consumed by cancer, his prodigious voice just a ghost of times past. Better to remember him like this, healthy, even a bit chonchito but happy. 

They are of course singing the classic ranchera “Pa todo el año”

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This is just such a wonderful and heartfelt performance in ranchero style. You can see it here

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as they say in “Casablanca”.

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Just look at that Mexican bromance. Mejor, imposible. 

And what about this 1990 rendition of “Ya lo pasado pasado”?

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The classic ballad sounds surprisingly amazing with Chente’s deep mariachi voice. And look at JJ in his best times, with that tuxedo that made more than one compare him to the great Frank Sinatra.

Well, Chente recently unveiled a sculpture in the Plaza de los Mariachis in Guadalajara, Jalisco. 

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He was celebrated for his long and fruitful career. But he was still mourning the loss of his dear friend, so he did not turn the event on an ego trip, but rather turned the event into an homage to the Prince of Song (wow, the moniker sounds good in English, eh, mijos?). 

This is what Chente had to say about his dear, dear carnalito

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Chente said: “This might not be the right time, but I cannot forget all the times we sang as a duet and our days in the United States, I am talking about  ‘El Príncipe de la Canción’ and myself. I kindly ask for a minute of applause for my great friend. I think he is suffering more now that he is dead because of what is going on than what he suffered while he was alive” (come on, practice your Spanish and read the original Chente speech:

No es el momento, pero no se me olvida las veces que cantamos juntos a dueto y días en Estados Unidos ‘El Príncipe de la Canción’ y yo, y quisiera un minuto de aplausos para mi gran amigo que yo creo que ha sufrido más ahora que murió por lo que está pasando, que en vida“). 

Chente was of course referring to the real Shakespearean fight among José José’s children after the singer died.

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As we reported, there was a level of uncertainty about the whereabouts of the singer´s body after he died, which sent his heirs into an all out battle that has since been resolved. It must have been so deeply hurtful for Chente, however, to see his friend´s memory being tarnished by chismes that would be right on the mark for a telenovela

Spanish-speaking media were quick to acknowledge Chente’s gesture.

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Mexican TV network TV Azteca reported from Miami, where José José died, and cut back to Guadalajara, where Chente was having his celebration. They said that Chente did what the great ones do… recognize other great ones. Even in death, the two friends are joined even a country away. They both remain alive in the hearts of millions of fans the world over. 

Chente is one of the last remaining greats of Mexican popular music.

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With the sad passing of El Príncipe de la Canción we have few remaining Mexican stars of the golden age of pop music, when the show Siempre en Domingo showcased talents like these two amigos and others such as Emmanuel and Rocio Durcal. Chente, now retired from the stage, is one of the last great ones to survive. We wish him many more years. 

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