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Cardi B Wins Grammy For Best Rap Album And J.Lo Performs Tribute To Motown

Last night’s Grammys was a long almost 4-hour performance, and it was full of tears, incredible performances, and lots of surprises. Here’s how it all went down.

Camila Cabello opened the 61st Annual Grammy Awards with her nominated track “Havana” in a West Side Story-type of vibe.

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She had a colorful dress, the city backdrop, and incredible dirty dancing moves. Though it wasn’t just her on stage. Nope. Ricky Martin — who took his son as his date — came out to share the stage with Cabello to sing a Spanish tune. They were then joined by J. Balvin. He finished the number with his hit, “Mi Gente.”

Cardi B performed her provocative latest single — “Money” — in some kind of quilted purple heaven.

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There was one major problem though. A lot of people are accusing Cardi B of lip-syncing during her performance. Guess you can’t really blame her, she was walking around on a massive quilted stage in huge heels after all.

Offset, her baby daddy didn’t seem to mind one bit though because he was basically drooling in his seat.

He clearly isn’t shy about telling the world they are back together.

Cardi B didn’t go home empty-handed. She took home a Grammy for Best Rap Album, making history in the process.

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Cardi B made history as the first solo female rapper to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album. The Bronx artist was undoubtedly surprised and moved by the award for Best Rap Album for her debut release “Invasion Of Privacy.” She went onstage with Offset and couldn’t stop shaking and was speechless for a bit. She then said: “Perhaps I should start smoking weed.” She went on to thank many people and then got personal when she thanked her daughter. She said it was a lot of hard work to put out this album while being pregnant.

Other Latin Grammy winners last night included Claudia Brant for Best Latin Pop Album;’ Zoé won Best Latin Rock; Urban or Alternative Album Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) went to Luis Miguel; Best Tropical Latin Album went to the Spanish Harlem Orchestra; Dafnis Prieto Big Band won Best Latin Jazz Album; and for Best Improvised Jazz Solo & Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album went to John Daversa and the John Daversa Big Band, which featured DACA artists.

Later in the evening, Jennifer Lopez did a special — head-scratching — performance tribute to Motown.

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People on social media couldn’t understand why J.Lo — a Latina — would sing and perform a tribute for Motown and not a black artist.

Smokey Robinson, who also performed on stage with her Lopez, responded to the backlash and said that Motown is for everyone, not just black people.

“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he told Variety. “I think anyone who is upset is stupid.” He added “Motown was music for everybody. Everybody. Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?”

Here are some jaw-dropping fashion moments from the Grammys red-carpet.

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You may think this unique number was created just for her, but this gown is Haute couture! Her seashell-like dress comes from the Mugler Fall 1995 Couture collection. Stunning!

Andrea Echeverri, lead singer of the Spanish rock band, Aterciopelados, didn’t need to win a Grammy because she dressed like one.

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The group, nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, didn’t win their award, but they won on the red carpet, and that’s what matters.

Once again this lady had to bring a Trump-loving outfit to the Grammys.

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Singer/songwriter Joy Villa is best known for her controversial conservative message that she wears on the red carpet more than her attempts at music. In 2017, she wore a “Make America Great Again Dress,” and last year she proudly wore an anti-abortion dress. It’s clear she just wants the attention.

The best-dressed couple has to be ARod and J.Lo.

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That suit! That hat! It’s all too much, but damn it’s so good.


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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

Part 2 of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” is currently streaming, which means fans of the late Tejano singer are getting a chance to learn more about her origin stories. In the second part of the series, fans can expect to see more of the icon’s tragically brief but beautifully successful life. The new episodes chronicle Selena Quintanilla’s rise as a superstar and will no doubt make fans of the singer feel a deep sense of love for her.

Particularly when it comes to one episode in particular!

Part 2’s episode 6, called “Lo Más Bello,” sees the lives of two superstars collide.

The endearing episode sees Selena, played by Christian Serratos, on a shopping trip to an outdoor mall with her mother and sister. It’s then that the young singer catches the eye of a young girl who is also with her mother and sister.

Perhaps it’s real seeing real, but in either case in this episode, the young girl stops to gaze at Selena. She’s star-struck. In the episode, the young girl’s mother asks who she’s looking at and the girl replies, “Selena, a famous singer. Be quiet!”

Knowing that her daughter is a singer herself, the mother encourages her to introduce herself. Of course, the young girl is too shy to say hello but she does wave.

When Selena walks away, the young girl’s mother reveals a fun twist when she says “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever want to be famous too.”

Like we said…

Real recognizing real.

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While it might seem like the producers took creative liberty, it turns out they actually didn’t. And it makes sense. Fans of Selena and Beyoncé know that the two singers are Texan-icons.

In a recent interview for MTV Trés, Beyoncé revealed that she actually did see Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston. “I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity,” Beyoncé said in an interview for MTV Trés back in the day. “I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation.”

Fans of the Texan starlets might also remember how Beyonce, in a 2007 interview with People en Español, spoke about her love of Selena.

At the time, Beyoncée was celebrating her re-release of six Spanish-language tracks. “I listened to Selena all the time” she recalled at the time of the interview. “She’s close to me because of where I’m from.”

Both “Selena: The Series” Parts 1 and 2 are streaming right now on Netflix! Check them out!

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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

Following The Weeknd’s boycott of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced last Friday an end to the “secret committees” that determined the nominees. The Latin Recording Academy behind the Latin Grammy Awards said that it will keep the review committees in place for now.

The Weeknd spoke out against the “secret committees” this year.

After The Weeknd’s globally successful After Hours album was snubbed at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Canadian superstar said that he was boycotting the awards by withholding his music. In March, he told the New York Times, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik echoed The Weeknd’s demands.

The Recording Academy voted to disband the nominations review committees on Friday.

By “secret committees,” The Weeknd was referring to the committees that were appointed by the Recording Academy to review the nominations. According to Billboard, the Recording Academy trustees voted to disband the nominations review committees, letting the Grammy voting body have more of a say in the nominations. The changes are effective immediately for the next Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2022.

“As we continue to build a more active and vibrant membership community, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year,” Ruby Marchand, the Academy’s chief industry officer, said in a statement.

The Música Urbana category should finally break up the Latin genres into individual categories.

In a major move for Latin music, the Recording Academy trustees also voted to create a Best Música Urbana Album category. In past years, the Latin genres at the Grammys were clumped together in one category.

In 2012, the category was called Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album. Latin rock was liberated this year with its own category. The creation of the Best Música Urbana Album category should break up the Latin pop and Latin urban genres into two separate categories next year.

The Latin Grammy Awards will keep the nominations review committees in place for now.

To see if the Latin Recording Academy would also put an end to the “secret committees,” Billboard‘s Leila Cobo reached out to them. So far, the answer is no. In a statement, the folks behind the Latin Grammy Awards wrote they “did not anticipate” doing so.

“While the awards process for Latin Grammys mirrors the essence of the Grammy process, the Latin Recording Academy’s members have the ability to modify procedures respective to the needs and evolution of Latin music,” the Latin Recording Academy said in the statement. “Since we are mainly an international organization, our systems and procedures have some differences.”

As for a more direct reason why the nominations review committees will remain in place at the Latin Grammys, the Latin Recording Academy added, “Given the richness of Latin music and its diverse fields, we depend on the expertise of our members in order to best respect and honor excellence in the difference genres that compose our culture.”

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