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J Balvin Makes History As The First Latino Artist To Headline Lollapalooza

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In the history of Lollapalooza’s 27-year history, the music festival has never (ever) had a Latin artist headline the concert. How insane is that? While Lollapalooza — which began as a touring festival and now takes place every summer in Chicago — has featured Latin musical artists in the past, none have been a primetime headliner until now.

J Balvin will take center stage at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, making the first Latino to headline the show.

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“SIEMPRE ELEVANDO ???? NUNCA INELEVANDO @lollapalooza,” J Balvin wrote on Instagram. “LATINO GANG Chicago, we’re coming to see you this summer at #Lolla!”

The festival, happening August 1-4, will also feature Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume and The Chainsmokers.

Here are more Latino artists performing at Lollapalooza this year:

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Boombox Cartel will be there as will Rosalía, Sonia de Los Santos, Omar Apollo, 123 Andres, Boy Pablo, Malu Trevejo, Deorro, and more.

Speaking of Latinx representation at festivals. Because so many music festivals lack Latino music, more festivals have since launched in order to serve this community.

Ruido Fest, which also takes place in Chicago, launched to long ago as did the Los Dells festival, Afro-Latino Festival, LAMC (which has been around for a while), Nuevo Fest, LatiNxt, NYC Migra Punk Fest, and more. You should defintely check them out if you haven’t already.

Here’s how social media is handling that J Balvin will be a Lolla headliner.

Where’s the lie?

Seriously, what took them so long?

Festival organizers are finally paying attention to what audiences love: Latin music!

Just keeping it real.

J Balvin will draw the crowd in, no doubt.

If you’re at Lolla just for J Balvin, you won’t be alone.

Click here for more information on this year’s Lollapalooza.

READ: If You’re Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here’s One Full Of Latino Artists

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McDonald’s Just Announced Their Newest Menu Item: The ‘J Balvin Meal’

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McDonald’s Just Announced Their Newest Menu Item: The ‘J Balvin Meal’

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If you thought J Balvin couldn’t get any more successful than he already is, you were wrong.

On Monday, McDonalds announced a surprise collaboration with the chart-topping Colombian reggaeton singer.

According to their press release, McDonalds and J Balvin have teamed up to create a signature “J Balvin Meal”. The meal will consist of a Big Mac, fries with ketchup and an Oreo McFlurry. Customers who order the meal through the app will get the McFlurry for free. The meal will be available until November 1st, so it is indeed, a limited-time offer.

“As a longtime McDonald’s fan, I am excited to join the short list of global icons who have had a meal named in their honor,” Balvin said in the press release. “I am looking forward to sharing my signature order with my fans, along with more surprises that are to come with this partnership. ¡Lego!”

McDonald’s had been teasing the meal for days, tweeting out messages like “reply to this tweet and we’ll tell you a secret about our next collab meal”. They also sent out a cryptic tweet where they just posted a bunch of rainbow-colored circles (for those of you who don’t know, J Balvin loves rainbow colors so much that he named his fifth studio album “Colores” and called his tour the “Arcoiris” tour).

The J Balvin x McDonald’s collab comes on the heels of the fast food chain’s wildly successful collaboration with rapper Travis Scott.

The Travis Scott Meal (which was literally just a quarter pounder with cheese topped with lettuce and bacon, fries with barbecue sauce, and a Sprite) was so popular that McDonald’s reported nationwide shortages of the meal’s key ingredients, like lettuce, slivered onions, and bacon.

It makes sense that the most popular artist in the world is getting his own McDonald’s meal. And naturally, fans have some thoughts…

The opportunity to express their opinions about this unconventional collaboration was just too tempting to pass up.

The memes about the possibility of multi-colored burgers were plentiful.

If McDonald’s offered multi-colored burgers, something tells us they would have people lining up out the door.

Of course, people couldn’t help but take a jab at McDonald’s *constant* broken ice-cream machines.

McDonald’s might as well have added a disclaimer to their press release explaining that the McFlurries would only be available at locations in the U.S. with working ice-cream machines (all ten of them).

Some people were even brain-storming ideas for the next famous artist and McDonald’s collab:

Considering McDonald’s prides itself as a family-friendly establishment, we’re not sure how they could pull this one off…although we’d love to see them try!

We wonder what artist McDonald’s plans to collaborate with next!

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Seriously, it was just last year that some of the world’s most popular artists – reggaetoneros and trap artists like Bad Bunny and J Balvin – were completely ignored. I mean it was so serious there was even a hashtag: “Sin Reggaetón, No Hay Grammy.”

At the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, the top award categories very conspicuously left out these very artists. However, this year they’re dominating all the categories and bringing in a record number of nominations.

The 2020 Latin Grammy nominations are in and they definitely do a better job at representing the community than last year’s.

In 2019, the Latin Grammy’s went viral but really for all the wrong reasons. social media exploded as Latin artists posted images of the Grammy logo with a large red “X″ across it, with words on the image reading in Spanish: “Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys.” Balvin even skipped the live show and Bad Bunny, who won best urban music album during the telecast, told the audience: “With all due respect, reggaeton is part of the Latin culture.”

This definitely forced the Grammy’s to reconsider this year’s awards.

“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,” Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement, calling this year’s nominees “a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music.”

To honor Latin rap and reggaeton performers, the Latin Grammys added new categories this year, including best reggaeton performance and best rap/hip-hop song.

J Balvin leads the pack with an astonishing 13 Grammy nominations.

In announcing this year’s nominees, J Balvin is in the lead with 13 total nods, including two nominations Album of the year, thanks to his own album Colores and his collab with Bad Bunny, OASIS.

The Colombian reggaetonero has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders – and his chances look pretty good. However, even if he doesn’t pick up that, he’s in the running for several other awards.

Bad Bunny is close behind with nine nominations for what was a record-breaking year for the artist.

Bad Bunny is included in the Album of the Year category for his album YHLQMDLG (which was this year’s best-selling Latin album), however, his surprise album, LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR, wasn’t recognized in any category.

In the Best Urban album category, Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is up against Anuel AA’s Emmanuel, Benito’s Oasis with J Balvin, Balvin’s Colores, Feid’s Ferxxo: Vol. 1 M.O.R., Ozuna’s Nibiru, Sech’s 1 of 1, and rising Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers’Easy Money Baby.

Meanwhile, the Album of the Year category could get pretty interesting with this caliber of nominees.

This year’s Album of the Year category prove what an incredible year 2020 was for Latin music. We were blessed with hit after hit which was all the more important considering what a traumatic year it’s been.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin are both competing for the award. San Benito’s YHLQMDLG faces off against Balvin’s Colores and their joint album OASIS. Meanwhile, albums from Camilo (Por Primera Vez), Ricky Martin (PAUSA EP), and Kany García (Mesa Para Dos), are all up for the same award. What’s extra special about this category this year is that it’s also featuring three nominees from the LGBTQ community.

This year’s top-selling record, “Tusa”, is also up for a Grammy.

Colombian reggaetonera Karol G along with Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj are nominated for this hit song that has just blown up the airwaves this entire year.

“Tusa” is the sole Latin trap nominee in the song of the year category, where 11 tracks are in contention. It’s a departure for Karol G, who didn’t receive a single nomination last year and was part of the group of uber-successful Latin trap and reggaeton artists who were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year. This year, the Colombian performer who was named best new artist in 2018 has four nominations, including two shared with Minaj.

It’s encouraging to see the academy actually reflect what is happening in Latin music. The inclusion of this larger variety of artists helps illustrate just how diverse the Latin music industry really is. But to see who actually takes home the awards will be a different story. The Latin Grammy Awards will air live from Miami on Nov. 19 on Univision.

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