It appears we may have another Cardi B banger on our hands. Hit makers Cardi B and Ozuna have both teased what looks like an official collaboration for Ozuna’s forthcoming album, “Trap Cartel.” And if it’s at all like either of their previous work, you may be hearing it everywhere pretty soon.
Cardi B released a preview of the new song, “La Modelo,” on Instagram.
Although she’s not facing the camera, it’s safe to say this is Cardi B. She’s wearing the same outfit from Rvssia’s post from Jamaica, she’s rocking the blonde hair and you can just make out her famous peacock tattoo on her thigh. If it’s as hot in Jamaica as Cardi B said, Ozuna must be drenched in that sweater.
Check out this vide below for a longer listen and some video of Ozuna performing the song behind closed doors.
The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards have finally come and gone after being postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. So many of us were anticipating the night asa chance to escape from all the worldwide drama – even if only for one night. And the awards show definitely delivered.
Going into the night, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were expected to win big with 14 nominations each including Artist of the Year. But it was Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee who went home with seven awards each. And when the awards weren’t being handed out, Pitbull, Paulina Rubio and Ozuna, along with many others artists, delivered stunning performances.
Much of the show’s success is owed to Venezuelan actress Gaby Espino who served as the show’s host with help from Nicaraguan co-host Nastassja Bolivar.
Reggaetón artists stole the show at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards and we couldn’t be more proud.
Although reggaetón artists were expected to win big this year, many were still surprised at just how well some of the biggest artists ended up doing. Both Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed with seven trophies each at last night’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Of course, the night was about celebrating all the incredible music these artists have brought us this year – perhaps a git more important than ever as we all struggle amid a pandemic and other global issues. But so many artists shined a light on front-line workers, victims of Covid-19 and violence against women – it was a very powerful evening.
One of the first groups to speak out was Wisin y Yandel. The duo sent a powerful message through their acceptance speech, with Yandel ending it with a resounding “no more abuse against women.” Wisin urged Latinos to get out and vote on Nov. 3 with his second message. “Go out and vote because we’re voting for our future. And vote for that person that will actually care about our community.”
And to top it all off, Maluma accepted the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, in honor of his foundation, El Arte de los Sueños, which protects youth in pursuit of their dreams.
Bad Bunny is our reigning Artist of the Year.
After last night’s award ceremony, we have a new reigning Top Artist of the Year in Bad Bunny. Although the reggaetónero didn’t attend the award ceremony, he was definitely a highlight of the night.
San Benito took home seven awards (from his 14 nominations) including the top honor, as well as top Latin Album for “X 100PRE” and Songwriter of the Year.
Daddy Yankee, Karol G and several other top artists won big as well.
Daddy Yankee won six of his awards for his hit “Con Calma,” which featured the 1990s artist Snow. His honors included the hot Latin song “Aware.” During his acceptance speech, he acknowledged these have been tough times and dedicated his award to those who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19.
“These have been challenging times and I want to share this award with those who have been perseverant and those who have lost a loved one. Music continues to be the best medicine,” he said.
Karol G also won big with prizes for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female, and Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female.
Ozuna gave us two incredible live performances.
About an hour into the show, Ozuna and the Black Eyed Peas heated up the stage with their smash hit “Mamacita.” Practicing social distancing, Ozuna sang from one stage while Taboo, apl.de.ap and J. Rey Soul danced away to the catchy tune and will.i.am was in another stage delivering the catchy hook “Mamacita, Mamacita, que bonita.”
In his second performance of the night, Ozuna returned to the stage for an intimate performance of “Gracias.” Surrounded by candles and dressed in angelic white, a thankful Ozuna slowed things down for this stripped-down acoustic track. Making the performance even more special and personal, the superstar’s kids joined him onstage. By far one of the most beautiful performances of the night. “Let’s take care of our families,” Ozuna said. “Let’s take care of women. There are too many femicides around the world and they are the ones who gave us life.”
Another standout moment was the special tribute in honor of Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero.
Artists Pablo Alborán, Luis Fonsi, Jesús Navarro (Reik) and Joy (Jesse & Joy) sang a medley of Manzanero classics including “Contigo Aprendí” and “No Sé Tu.”
“I have no words to express what my heart is feeling right now after singing with this new generation of artists that is so grand, strong and talented in a special stage like this one,” Manzanero said following his performance.
Meanwhile, the ear worm “Despacito” was named Song of the Decade.
It seems we can’t escape this 2017 hit featuring Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. We won’t mention the other version that also had an appearance by Justin Bieber – although I guess I just did.
But it was inducted into Billboard Latin Music history as it took home the evenings Song of the Decade award – marking another win for Daddy Yankee.
Did you watch the awards show? What did you think?
I’m sure that few of us – myself included – could imagine the year 2020 without the hit single “WAP”. It helped soothe the craziness this year has brought us so far and gave us an unofficial summer anthem.
Along the way, the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion hit also broke numerous records. So, it made sense why so many people assumed that it could also break records at next year’s Grammys. But recent reporting says that the track is actually packaged together with Cardi B’s still forthcoming album, which means that the “WAP” will officially be left out of the running for Top Record.
Of course, for a song that brought us so much joy, people are understandably upset about the track being omitted from any possible categories. And the idea of waiting until 2022 seems absurd!
2020’s unofficial bop – “WAP” – is not eligible for Grammy consideration.
This is shocking news – especially if you’re a Bardi stan. Despite racking up record after record, the summer’s hit single “WAP” won’t be competing for any Grammys at this next year’s prestigious music awards ceremony.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” was surprisingly not submitted for the 2021 Grammy Awards consideration, according to numerous outlets including Pitchfork. Instead, Cardi’s record label plan to submit the single next year when her forthcoming album will also likely be released. However, there is no official announcement of a new album so we hope these rumors are true.
According to the rules, submissions for next year’s Grammy Awards had to be made between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Since it was released on August 7, “WAP” fell within the eligibility window but the record label decided against submitting it.
While some immediately assumed the move was a colossal blunder, there’s a strategy at work. Like most good things in life, Grammy nominations don’t just happen: recordings must be officially submitted (usually by the label), and strong words and hurt feelings can ensue when a recording is mistakenly not submitted.
However, the announcement isn’t totally shocking as many artists have pursued similar strategies.
According to Pitchfork, many artists in recent years have been making use of a similar strategy. They’ll release in a single in August to qualify for one year’s Grammys and then release their full album in November to qualify for the next. Following this strategy essentially allows for double the Grammy exposure.
However, other artists hold off, presumably on the assumption that they’d have a better chance in a year when there’s more momentum behind them. For example, Billie Eilish would have been eligible for the 2018 Best New Artist Grammy behind the release of her debut EP “Don’t Smile at Me,” but elected to hold off until the release of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” her multiplatinum debut album. Consequently, she swept the “Big Four” Grammys — Album, Song and Record of the Year along with Best New Artist — at the awards earlier this year.
“WAP” was easily one of the year’s top performing tracks.
The move by Cardi’s team is doubly surprising because “WAP” is one of the biggest singles of the year, and broke the record for most-streamed song in its first week of release with a whopping 93 million. Cardi and Megan definitely would have had strong momentum behind them if they had submitted for the 2021 awards.
“WAP” was also Cardi B’s first single as a lead artist since last year’s “Press” and set a new record for the biggest streaming debut week of all time. Meg followed it with the Young Thug collaboration “Don’t Stop” at the beginning of October, showing that both artists had big years to build off.
Of course, Twitter quickly ignited with debate about the entire fiasco.
Once the story broke that “WAP” wouldn’t be eligible for a Grammy, fans took to Twitter to express their outrage. Many were hoping to see live performances of the track on the award show circuit. But just because the song isn’t eligible for any Grammy Awards, doesn’t mean that the duo can’t grace us all with a live performance – whether at the Grammys or another award show.
However, at least we have an upcoming Cardi B album to look forward to.
Although the news of no “WAP” at next year’s Grammys leaves us all a bit disappointed, at least there’s the silver lining of an upcoming album. Although, little is yet known about Cardi B’s forthcoming sophomore album (it hasn’t even been formally announced yet!) but back in August, Cardi told Elle that the follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy would be worthy of Queen Bey herself.
“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment,” Cardi said. “But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments.”