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Here’s 19 Ways Latinxs Slayed And Played at the Billboard Music Awards

Yes, we have our own Billboard Music Awards Ceremony, but release Latinos to compete against everywhere and we still perform…and win!

You’ll want to see J. Lo’s on-stage wardrobe changes and some pure magic that happened with Camila Cabello.

1. J. Lo only knows how to stun.

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It’s like, the block has changed a whole lot but Jenny just won’t quit. She stole the red carpet with not just her burgundy velvet jacket, snakeskin-patterned skirt and stiletto boots.

2. She actually wore a real $100 bill on her nails.

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We expected to see J.Lo do something extra for her performance of “Dinero” with DJ Khaled, and this was just right.

3. J.Lo walked onto the stage like this.

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But then, girl wore black velvet gloves on stage! Those nails were just for her, not for the stage. #Queen

4. But eventually stripped down to this bejeweled body suit.

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You cannot compete with Jenny from the Block. You just can’t. I really felt for everyone who had to grace that stage after her.

5. Demi Lovato went wild.

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I mean, at least the print on her dress really was wild. Demi was the poised, fierce presence as she ever is, and had an on-stage performance of her own…

6. With none other than Christina Aguilera!

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The duo just released a music video together called, “Fall in Line,” and their message to the patriarchy was p a l p a b l e in their live performance.

7. Christina left her mark on the red carpet.

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Redefining the meaning of feminine authority with a pinstripe suit cape, and stilettos that only a boss could manage.

8. And her rehearsal attire was just as epic.

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She teased her fans the night before the show with this one and I’ll be wearing my french braids and big hoops for the rest of the week.

9. “Fall in Line” is my new feminist anthem.

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Their live performance was surrounded by dancers dressed as soldiers who flanked each diva until they broke free and joined in a duet.

Warning: if you’re a bleeding heart Latino, you will cry.

10. Camila Cabello walked the carpet like she owned it.

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Decked in Chopard and knowing exactly how impeccable she looks, she was kind enough to pose for some pics.

Pro tip: Google her and find all the normal dorky Camila gifs gracing the carpet.

11. Cabello & Pharrell performed the encore.

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Her sultry voice and vampirish outfit change was the only way to close out the night. #POCFTW

12. Plus, you guys #Normila is back.

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After two years of not speaking since Camila left Fifth Harmony, the two reunited for the very first time and all looks more than amicable…

13. They gave us this gold.

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We know that this pose was meant to ship the other’s accomplishments, but it has become a treasure to The Internet.

14. Behold, the best meme we could dig up.

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So glad these two are back together at least. Where you at Third Harmony? Pray with me for a Fifth Harmony reunion, fam. 🙏

15. Luis Fonsi took home 5 awards for “Despacito.”

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The song is the #1 Billboard award achieving Latin song in history!

Honestly, 2017 wouldn’t have been the same without “Despacito.”

16. Do you think he knew he’d be breaking a record when he walked the carpet?

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Fonsi has won many Latin Billboard awards, but he just went from 0 to 5 Billboard awards in one night, putting him as third most-winning Latin artist behind Shakira.

17. We applaud Hailey Baldwin’s red carpet look. 👏👏👏

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This Brazilian model donned a gown from Alexandre Vauthier’s 2018 collection and golden Jimmy Choo’s to match everything she touches (get it? because it turns to gold?).

18. Z Lala didn’t disappoint this year.

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Esa Boricua is known for her wild hair/hat styles and ensuring that whatever she wears, it is a work of art worthy of museums. Don’t ask me how she got in the car that drove her there though.

19. Ozuna won Latin Artist of the Year!

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Which is a never been done feat in one year, given that he won the same award at the Latin Billboard Awards just last month. We leave you here to bask in the single album that has claimed his fame, Odisea. 

Bad Bunny Released A New Song In Honor Of Kobe Bryant And Fans Are Crying

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Bad Bunny Released A New Song In Honor Of Kobe Bryant And Fans Are Crying

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Kobe Bryant’s death on Jan. 26 shocked the sporting world millions of fans around the world. News that his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was also on the helicopter when it crashed furthered the heartbreak. Tributes and love have been pouring in for Kobe and his daughter and now Bad Bunny released a song dedicated tot he basketball legend.

Bad Bunny’s song “6 Rings” in honor of Kobe Bryant is a heartfelt note to an incredible father and athlete.

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Bad Bunny really went for it with his song honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Kobe was an inspiration for millions of people and his death was a shock that is still being felt. Bad Bunny’s song has brought those emotions back to the surface.

The lyrics are bringing fans of the basketball player to tears.

Kobe fans are grieving the sudden loss of the sports star. The lyrics of Bad Bunny’s song are both helping fans grieve and celebrate Kobe and his incredible career.

Even Soundcloud chimed in to honor Kobe via Bad Bunny’s tweet about the song.

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The last 24 seconds of the song are audio of Kobe Bryant speaking to fans. It ends with the basketball player saying, “Mamba out” followed by cheers from fans. The touching addition of Kobe’s voice makes the song more powerful and emotionally charged.

The sound of Kobe’s voice in the song is just too much for some of the people listening to the song.

Hearing his voice is just too real for some people still grieving. The end of Kobe’s speech with his phrase “Mamba out” is the perfect way to end the song.

The loss of Kobe is still something people are grappling with.

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Sudden deaths are often very difficult to overcome, especially when the people we lose are young. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was 16 when they died in the helicopter crash. Our thoughts are with their family and friends as they try to navigate this confusing and painful time.

You can hear the full song below.

Rest in peace, Kobe and Gianna.

READ: Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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In the past J Balvin has been open about dealing with depression and anxiety.  He’s published many Instagram posts and stories about it, and he’s even written letters to his fans about it. Now, el chico de Medellin, is opening up even further. J Balvin released an 8-episode podcast all about his life, his career, his relationships and all the obstacles he’s faced, including his mental health.

The singer just released a new podcast series called “Made in Medellin” on Spotify.

In “Made in Medellin,” Balvin shares intimate details about his life, career, relationships and all the obstacles he faced while reaching for his dreams of becoming a global artist. “I know a lot about J Balvin and little about José,” he says at the start of the podcast, hinting that he’s going to take listeners on a journey to get to know the real him.

The eight-episode podcast will take fans into his personal struggle with mental health.

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Each episode focuses on a different topic and time in his life. “I dedicated myself a lot to the character,” he continues in his opening lines. “But without José, there is no J Balvin. In the end, that character is me, I can’t separate from him.” 

Fans will also get to delve deeper into the top Reggaeton artist’s personal life.

We will be let listeners in on details about his life and career through conversations with the people closest to him. His parents Alba Balvin and Álvaro Osorio are included in episodes as well as his past girlfriend of 10 years.

The Colombian singer himself narrates the never-before-told stories.

From dreaming big in Medellin, to his struggles with anxiety and depression while on tour, to the time he actually proposed marriage. Balvin is also accompanied by some of his closest friends; Andrés López “Papa” and Carlos Torres, as well as “La Mona” Osorio, who was his girlfriend for 10 years.

The podcast isn’t only about Balvin’s life and work.

Aptly titled “Made in Medellin,” the podcast is built upon the backdrop of the Colombian city of Medellín itself, with its vibrant adoption of reggaeton as the basis for his own rise to success in the first place. Balvin pays homage to some of the genre’s legends, including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin and Yandel. Otherwise, the episodes’ theatrics are sparse, yet thoughtfully produced — you’ll often hear a signature dembow beat thumping through, or the gentle hum of city chatter making its way to the surface.

With global hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ay Vamos,” and “Ginza,” Balvin has taken the reggaeton movement to some of the biggest stages.

Balvin has taken his Latin flow to the biggest spheres of music, including the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium and as a headlining act at Coachella in California.

José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is a crossover king who understands the power of innovation and partnership. 

With musical roots steeped in rap, R&B, bachata, reggae, and champeta, the Colombian-born has crossed over into the world with his Latin sound and charmed listeners from every nation. How? Collaborating, innovating and creating something fresh. Do you want proof? Here it is: his growing list of chart-topping collabs with today’s hottest pop and hip-hop artists include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams (he has also toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull).

In 2018, Balvin snagged Spotify’s top spot with the Most Monthly Listeners Globally.

Balvin surpassed Drake’s long-held record, with over 48.1 million monthly listeners. He officially became the most popular artist on the platform that year.

“Dreams are the reason for everything I do. The reason why I get up. And the beauty of dreams is that they are infinite,” he says in the recording.

J Balvin, one of the top recording artists in the world, is readying his new album to be released in the Spring. He is also the first reggaeton artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and the first-ever Latin artist to headline at Lollapalooza.

Fans can listen to all episodes of the “Made in Medellin” podcast here.

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