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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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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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Rare Selena Grammys Photos Surface, Fans Are Upset With Her Lifetime Achievement Tribute

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Rare Selena Grammys Photos Surface, Fans Are Upset With Her Lifetime Achievement Tribute

Selena was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grammys last night. Her fans are not happy about how brief the tribute turned out to be.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees were shouted out in a minutes-long segment.

To be fair to the Grammy Awards, a full-on tribute to Selena was never promised by the show, but her fans still had high hopes. The Tejano music legend and her fellow Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Salt-N-Pepa, Talking Heads, Marilyn Horne, Lionel Hampton, and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, were treated to a minutes-long segment that announced them as honorees.

The Selena fans were not happy.

Fans watched the whole three-hour-long telecast with an expectation for Selena to be celebrated in a bigger way. Many fans express their discontent on Twitter following the very short Lifetime Achievement Award segment.

Memes flooded social media as people felt cheated of a Selena tribute.

Some people were not happy with the Selena tribute some felt they were promised. Selena is super important to her fans so if you are going to give them a tribute, make sure you make good on that promise.

There were so many memes.

Selena’s family celebrated her Lifetime Achievement Award on social media.

Selena’s family was still very excited to received the Lifetime Achievement Award on her behalf.

“Thank you to The Recording Academy in recognizing Selena for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a special thank you to Selena’s fans for their love and support to her music and legacy,” read the post with a picture of the award.

Chris Pérez, who was married to Selena, congratulated his late wife on the honor.

Her family also unveiled photos of Selena getting ready for the night that she won her first and only Grammy Award.

In a lead-up to last night’s Grammy Awards, Selena’s family unveiled some rare photos of the singer getting ready for the 1994 Grammy Awards. She can be seen getting her hair done and hanging out in New York City with her sister, Suzette Quintanilla. “We had such a great time,” Suzette commented on the post.

The photos were taken hours before Selena won her first and only competitive Grammy Award. Her LP Selena Live! won in the Best Mexican/American Album category.

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