Latino talent was on display at the Grammys last night. Bruno Mars cleaned the house of awards because, well, Bruno Mars. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed the original version of “Despacito” and the Dreamers got a shout out. But, there was a bit of heartbreak because some things just didn’t pan out as they should have. Here’s how it went down.
First, Joy Villa started the politically charged messaging with an anti-abortion dress.
— billboard (@billboard) January 28, 2018
The singer-songwriter wore a “Make American Great Again” dress at the Grammys last year. It doesn’t seem coincidental that the singer spent the day after the red carpet posting about her album climbing the Amazon Music charts.
And viewers quickly did what they do best and pulled receipts of statements she’s previously made about abortion.
2015 came at Joy Villa very fast tonight. pic.twitter.com/2iPdXovYt3
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 29, 2018
The Internet never forgets.
Camila Cabello might have finally nailed the flamenco emoji look she claims to try to emulate.
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) January 29, 2018
And she shared some really important advise her mom gave her.
— E! Online UK (@EOnlineUK) January 29, 2018
“I feel like if you ever make your motive success or numbers then that’s not really the right motive of doing things,” Cabello told Ryan Seacrest about her mother’s advice when going solo. “So, she told me, ‘Imagine you flop and nobody cares. If things don’t work out, do you still want to do this?’ And I was like, yeah. Absolutely because the point was just me getting to make music. People connecting with it is really just a bonus.”
Cabello continued to speak her truth when standing with Dreamers during the show.
— Mike Adam (@MikeAdamOnAir) January 29, 2018
“I’m here on this stage tonight because, just like the Dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope,” Cabello told the crowd. She added: “I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City. All I know is that, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
Cardi B and Bruno Mars showed the crowd what it looks like to really perform.
The duo performed “Finesse” and it rocked the house. Definitely one of the best performances of the night.
The fans were living for it.
— Your forehead big but your mind small, why? (@iWateba) January 29, 2018
Who else was trying to dance along with Bruno in the living room?
And some fans were demanding more time.
That performance was too short. I needed like 8 more minutes Bruno Mars and Cardi B #Grammys
— Latinx Geeks (@LatinxGeeks) January 29, 2018
That performance just wasn’t enough to make satisfy the fans.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee gave Latino fans a performance for the decades with the original “Despacito”.
There was no Justin Bieber as a surprise guest, and the world was very grateful.
Despite “Despacito” literally being the biggest song of 2017, it won zero awards of the three nominations it received.
— Krishna H (@Krishna0507) January 29, 2018
Listen up, Recording Academy, “Despacito” broke the record for the most streamed song of 👏🏾 all 👏🏾 time👏🏾 and is the second longest running song to hit the top of the Billboard charts. It begs the question, what does it take to become the Song of the Year?
People definitely noticed that the blockbuster hit was robbed of its rightful award.
Listen, I'm as exhausted as anyone of hearing Despacito but that's straight up bull shit #Grammys
— Siobhan Morris (@siomo) January 29, 2018
Everyone is sick of hearing the song at this point but that’s because we all played it nonstop for all of 2017. Like, what gives?
Even the Bruno Mars fans are upset he beat out Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
I love Bruno, but Despacito was robbed! Que mierda!!! #Grammys
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 29, 2018
Mierda indeed, bro.
Shakira did make history as the first woman to win Best Latin Pop Album twice.
The first time she won the award was in 2001 when she won for her MTV Unplugged live album. The singer was overjoyed with her win and posted two videos to Instagram thanking her fans and the Recording Academy for the award.
Mars, on the other hand, totally cleaned up at the awards show with seven Grammys.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 29, 2018
Mars won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (24K Magic), Best R&B Album (24K Magic), Best R&B Song (“That’s What I Like”), Best R&B Performance (“That’s What I Like”), Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”), Record of the Year (24K Magic), and, the big one, Album of the Year (24K Magic).