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Bruno Mars Swept The GRAMMYs But ‘Despacito’ Was Inexcusably Snubbed

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.

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.

The Internet never forgets.

Camila Cabello might have finally nailed the flamenco emoji look she claims to try to emulate.

Stunning. Breathtaking.

And she shared some really important advise her mom gave her.

“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.

“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.

Who else was trying to dance along with Bruno in the living room?

And some fans were demanding more time.

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.

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.

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.

Mierda indeed, bro.

Shakira did make history as the first woman to win Best Latin Pop Album twice.

Gracias por este Grammy! / Thank you for this Grammy! Shak

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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.

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).

You can check out Bruno Mars’ full Album of the Year acceptance speech below!


READ: It’s Been 19 Years Since The GRAMMYs Has Had This Many Latino Performers

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Week after week there is no shortage of Cardi B and Offset news. It seems like every other day we have a new story involving their on-again off-again relationship, their extravagant gifts to one another, or their outspoken political beliefs.

However, over the weekend Offset made headlines for a brief encounter with Beverly Hills police after he passed by a pro-Trump rally.

Offset decided to livestream his interaction with police and the result was a heated exchange that resulted in the arrest of one of Cardi B’s cousins and many wondering why the police stopped the Migos rapper to begin with?

Offset was detained by police after driving past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

On Saturday evening, rapper Offset streamed a confrontation with police on Instagram Live while being pulled over, after a passerby reported that a person inside the Migos rapper’s car allegedly pointed a gun through the window at him as they drove past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

According to police, they received a license plate and vehicle description that matched that of Offset and attempted to make a traffic stop. That’s when Offset began to livestream the encounter with police.

“Because you’ve got guns out, I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel,” Offset can be heard saying in video reported by TMZ, before officers open the door and pull him out of the vehicle. “You can’t just open my door,” he says. “That’s illegal. I’m going to sue to the shit out of y’all.”

Offset’s representatives have released the following statement in response to the incident.

“Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters,” the statement reads. “He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and safety during these trying times. He encourages everyone to get out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Although the police say a crime was committed, they add that the victim didn’t want to press charges.

“The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon,” police said in a statement. Police also reassured Offset was not arrested.

The Migos rapper live-streamed the entire encounter on Instagram Live.

As soon as the police made the traffic stop, Offset got his phone and began to livestream the encounter with police. Considering the way police so often handle encounters such as this with Black men, it was a wise decision on his part.

In the video, you can hear officers ask him to exit his car but he refuses becase the officers have their guns pointed at him.

“I’m not going to move my hands from the steering wheel,” he can be heard saying in the video.

In the video, you can also hear Offset argue with officers over what had just happened, as he claims people had “beat his car up with a flag.”

A passenger in Offset’s car was arrested and charged with firearms offenses.

Although police literally dragged Offset out of his own vehicle, officers have reiterated in statements that the rapper was not arrested or charged with any crime. However, a passenger in his car, 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar (who shares a surname with Offset’s wife, fellow hip hop heavyweight Cardi B) was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in a public place, according to the report.

In a tweet, Philip Lewis of the Huffington Post said that person, Marcelo Almanzar, is Cardi B’s cousin. However, as of Sunday afternoon, Marcelo is still in a Beverly Hills jail on a $35,000 bond.

Cardi B showed up to the scene and allegedly had to be restrained after trying to intervene to help her husband.

As the story broke on Saturday, Cardi B rolled up to the scene in her new black Rolls Royce just as Offset was arguing with the cops. When he refused to turn off his car, police reached into his car and physically dragged him out of it.

“That’s my husband! Why are you pointing a gun at him?” the rapper yelled while restrained by a friend, according to The Daily Mail.

Cardi then gets out her phone and shouts, ‘Let me record this.’ As Offset is led away, she yells loudly: ‘No! This is crazy! My husband is not armed. My husband is not armed.”

Much of the commotion took place as a crowd gathered – including several people carrying pro-Trump signs which had to have added to the tense situation.

By Sunday, things appeared to be back to normal for the couple as the pair went shopping in Beverly Hills.

Despite the traumatic incident, both Cardi B and Offset were sharing stories to their Instagram on Sunday as the couple were out shopping in Beverly Hills.

The pair had popped into a Beverly Hills Hermès store, and in an Instagram post joked that they were ‘spoilt’ by the luxury goods on offer.

So what do you think? Did Offset make the right choice to livestream the encounter with police?

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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Last year’s Latin Grammys caused an uproar on social media after the nominees list was released. Many fans and artists noticed the lack of representation of the Reggaeton music genre. “Sin reggaeton no hay Latin Grammy,” read many of the posts on social media, but this year seems to be different. 

This year’s nominees accurately represent the changing culture in Latin music as it shifts more towards the reggaeton genre. Here are my top picks for some of my favorite categories. 

Record of the Year

Record of the Year is always one of the toughest picks as many of my favorite songs are included in this category. This year it seems pretty competitive as Bad Bunny’s Vete competes with Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s Tusa. Karol G is competing against herself with the song China by Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Featuring Ozuna and J Balvin. But at the end, Tusa by Karol G and Nicki Minaj should take the win as the overall production of the song is what makes it so great. From the rhythm to the lyrics, Tusa deserves the Grammy. 

Album of the Year

In 2019, we had a lack of reggaeton nominees in this category, but this year the list includes two reggaeton superstars: Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Both are nominated for their joint album OASIS and their solo albums, Colores and YHLQMDLG. To me, it’s clear that the winner of this category will be Bad Bunny with YHLQMDLG. The 20-song album delivered Latin trap with a variety of moods, whether it was a post-breakup heartbreak, our on-pause summer anthems, or the heartfelt thank you at the end. This album was highly anticipated and it delivered.

Best New Artist

The top contestants in this category are Anuel AA,  Rauw Alejandro, and Cazzu. While Rauw Alejandro has had some big hits this year, such as “El Efecto,” “Tattoo,” “Elegi,” and “TBT,” it is very likely that Anuel AA will take the Grammy home. Anuel AA was snubbed from a best new artist nomination last year, but he has been very successful since then which shows his growth as a new artist. 

Song of the Year

While there are many great songs nominated in this category, “ADMV” by Maluma stands out the most. The song was released during quarantine and was written by the artist as a dedication to all the people in his life that he loves. The song, which touches upon love and growing old with one’s significant other is a very heartfelt balada and one that gives us a whole new side to Maluma. The lyrics of the song and the overall composition gives us all the feels and reminds us to hug our loved ones a little tighter and tell them that we love them. 

Best Regional Song 

The top nominees in this genre include Christian Nodal with AYAYAY! and Natalia Lafourcade con MI RELIGIÓN. While I am a huge fan of Natalia Lafourcade, Christian Nodal will most likely take the win with this upbeat and modern song. What makes the song work for Nodal is that it is still rooted in the regional genre. 

Best Short Form Music Video

If you haven’t seen J.Balvin’s video for Rojo, please do yourself a favor and watch it now! But be prepared with tissues, this video delivers pain, acceptance, and even a message to its viewers. The video starts with Balvin receiving the news that his daughter was born, as he rushes to the hospital on the phone with his mom, he crashes and dies. But he is not conscious of his death and his spirit makes it to the hospital. The rest of the video shows Balvin following the life of his daughter as she grows up. This video delivers an exceptional story in less than 5 minutes and is a grammy-winning performance. 

To see who will win be sure to tune in! The 21st annual Latin Grammys will air on Univision, Nov. 19, 2020.

READ: Maluma Is Keeping Us Up To Date On His Life In Quarantine And I Couldn’t Be More Grateful

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