The last time there were four Latino performers at the Grammys was in 1999. Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Poncho Sanchez, and Ibrahim Ferrer took the stage to prime the Grammy audience for the first ever Latin Grammys being held the following year. Now, 19 years later, four performers are once again showing that Latinos are a force in music and everyone should be paying attention. No doubt everyone tuning in on Jan. 28 will see Latinos showing the world how it’s done.
The Recording Academy, which hosts the Grammys, got so much love when they announced their super diverse nominees.
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) November 28, 2017
Not only is this the first time sine 1999 that we have four Latino performers. This is also the first time since 1999 that no white men have been nominated for the highly coveted Album of the Year trophy. The nominees for Album of the Year are “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino, “4:44” by Jay-Z, “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar, “Melodrama” by Lorde, and “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars.
And the announcement of all the Latino talent performing got people even more hyped.
Peep all the gorgeous Latino representation @ the Grammys https://t.co/7m9srzedbq
— Jimmy Ramírez (@JimmyRamirezJr) January 11, 2018
Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi are performing their global smash hit “Despacito”.
Honored that the @RecordingAcademy asked me to perform at the #GRAMMYs. Looking forward to celebrating on Jan. 28! Latinos! 🔥🔥🔥We are making HISTORY!
— Daddy Yankee (@daddy_yankee) January 10, 2018
“Despacito” took over the music world, becoming the most streamed song of all time. You might still be sick of the song but there is no denying that it put Latin music on the map last year. Now, all those folks tuning into will get another taste of the Caribbean-inspired masterpiece.
Can we get a “¡wepa!”?
Borrinquèn! In the House.. pic.twitter.com/ptOtnCQDOO
— AnnieV (@anavega1547) January 10, 2018
Cardi B and Bruno Mars are also taking their duet “Finesse” out for a spin on the Grammy stage.
No need for anything more than the lyrics to explain the greatness of this performance.
“Ooh, don’t we look good together? / There’s a reason why they watch all night long / Yeah, know we’ll turn heads forever / So tonight I’m gonna show you off.”
Fans of these two artists cannot wait to dance around their living rooms during the big night.
Me watching Bruno Mars & Cardi B perform Finesse at the Grammys pic.twitter.com/Govreb7rwe
— © (@_TreyTribble) January 14, 2018
Just two more weeks and we can all forget about our problems as Bruno Mars’ smooth dance moves lull us into a meditative trance.