This Years Grammy Nominations Are Diverse AF And We’re Loving The Latino Love

The 2018 Grammy Nominations were released on Tuesday by the Recording Academy, and after a year of record-breaking music by Latino artists, it’s refreshing to see them nominated for the most coveted awards in music.

The Recording Academy released some of their more exciting nominations via Twitter this Tuesday.

Featuring many black and Latino artists, these are some of the most visibly diverse nominations in recent memory. Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars are all nominated for “Record of The Year.”

One of the more momentous Latino nominations is for “Despacito,” the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee juggernaut that topped the Billboard charts for weeks.

Featuring vocals by Justin Bieber on the remix and co-written by Panamanian song writer Erika Ender, the song raked in the most views for any video on YouTube ever (more than 4 billion) and tied for most consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 Billboard chart. The song was so massive it topped the #1 slot in several countries around the world simultaneously. Per Fonsi’s excited tweet, “Despacito” was nominated three times, which means Daddy Yankee and Bieber are also up for three statues.

Cardi B’s banger “Bodak Yellow” was also nominated.

Two of them !!Thank you Lord .I️ couldn’t be more grateful ❤️

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With this song, Cardi B became the second solo female rap artist to top the charts, beating out Taylor Swift, who had just recently dethroned “Despacito.” “Bodak Yellow” also helped Cardi B break the record for most consecutive weeks by a female rap artist at #1 on the billboard chart. Both of these accolades were once held exclusively by Lauryn Hill. “Bodak Yellow” was nominated for two Grammys. One nomination for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap Song. For the latter nomination, Cardi B is credited as one of the writers on the song under her pen name “Washpoppin,” a pen name that really deserves its own award if you ask me.

Another Latino artist nominated is Residente, of Calle 13 fame, for his self-titled album.

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He took to Facebook to express his feelings on his win, stating that while it’s a great honor that people hear his music, that it took him away from his son and family, which he says will never happen again.

“I spent 2 years making this album, I dedicated all my strength to it, I worked with musicians from 11 different countries that are not known for their music and they sing in 8 different languages. It has been the most ambitious project in my career but the most difficult part of the process was missing out on family moments, moments with my son that will not happen again. No prize or recognition will ever give me back that time lost of seeing my son grow. The only thing that encourages me is knowing that after so many sacrifices to make my art there are people that somehow this album moves them, touches them and feeds them a desire to know the world.”

Shakira’s album “El Dorado” was nominated for best Latin Pop Album.

Shakira took to Twitter to thank her fans as well saying it wouldn’t be possible without them.

Bruno Mars’ album “24k Magic” brought in five nominations, including one for his single “That’s What I Like.”

Sao Paulo ?? Let’s do it again tonight! #24kmagicworldtour

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There’s been no comment yet from Mars, probably because he’s busy on the South American leg of his tour. This week alone he’ll have been in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. The man is busy.

Check out the rest of the nominees including Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Alex Cuba and others on The Recording Academy’s website, here.

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


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

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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.


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


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

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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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