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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.


READ: Here Are The Latinos Who Have Taken Home The Top Prizes From The Grammy Awards

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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