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

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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.

READ: These Artists Used Their Platform At The Latin Grammys To Send A Powerful Message To Puerto Rico

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Fifth Harmony Show Off Their Spanish-Language Skills In Their Latest Collab With Pitbull


Fifth Harmony Show Off Their Spanish-Language Skills In Their Latest Collab With Pitbull

“Please, vas a tener que esperar.”

Fifth Harmony has kept fans on their toes since the departure of Camila Cabello, who left the group last year to pursue a solo career. With more adult, sensual tracks such as “Angel,” the quartet has shown a clear artistic evolution. Their latest track, a collaboration with Pitbull titled “Por Favor,” finds the quartet showing off their Spanish-language skills.

Lauren Jauergui is the focus of the video, as the camera goes back to the singer while she flirts with Pitbull. “Por Favor” is definitely the kind of flirty, sexy tune you’d expect from Mr. Worldwide. Although Jauregui exchanges a few looks with Pitbull, it’s clear that Fifth Harmony represents the mysterious woman that captures Pitbull’s attention throughout the video. At the end of the video, the woman, dressed in a flowing red gown, produces a samurai sword and stares Pitbull down from across the dinner table. Ooh. The video is captioned as “Part 1,” so there will definitely be more to this story. We’ll just have to wait until “Part 2” to see what happens (hopefully less Asian stereotypes).

This isn’t the first time Fifth Harmony has recorded a song in Spanish. In 2013, they released “Que Bailes Conmigo Hoy” (Don’t Want To Dance Alone) from the EP “Juntos.”

READ: Watch Sam Smith Almost Faint When He Meets Fifth Harmony For The First Time

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