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Amid All The Drama Of The Latin Grammys And Urbano Music, Here’s What Happened At Last Night’s Latin Grammys

The 2019 Latin Grammys hosted by Ricky Martin kicked off yesterday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There were some big wins for Juan Luis Guerra, Mon Laferte, Christian Nodal, Bad Bunny, Luis Enrique and — much to many Latinxs’ chagrin — Spanish singers Rosalia, who won Album of the Year, and Alejandro Sanz.

However, there were many highlights of the evening as well. Legends Celia Cruz, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, and Gustavo Cerati received a lavish tribute. Vincente Fernandez made his story when he brought his son Alejandro and grandson Alex Jr. on stage to perform. Bad Bunny gave a disruptive speech about the Latin Grammys snubbing reggaeton artists, and strangely enough, a member of Metallica showed up. These are the 2019 Latin Grammys highlights. 

A tribute to late Latinx legends ushers in a star-studded 2019 Latin Grammys. 

Brazillian singer Anitta was accompanied by merengue veterans Olga Tañon and Milly Quezada to perform a samba and merengue infused version of “La Vida es un Carnaval,” to honor Celia Cruz. Then Mexican crooners Carlos Rivera, Reik, and Leon Garcia came on stage to perform JuanGa’s “Querida.” 

Natalia Jimenez, Calibre 50, and Prince Royce performed Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian’s “Secreto de Armor.” Ricky Martin was joined by Draco Rosa, Fito Paez, and Beto Cuevas to honor Gustavo Cerati with their rendition of Soda Stereo’s “Musica Ligera.” 

Miguel sang in Spanish and everyone lost their minds.

Miguel performed a Spanglish version of “Show Me Love” with Alicia Keys. After the Mexican heartthrob sang his parts in Spanish, people on Twitter kind of lost it. 

“Miguel singing in Spanish is making me feel some type of waaaay *heart eyes*,” one user wrote. 

“Seeing @Miguel sing during the Latin Grammys with @aliciakeys was something else. Sensual and romantic at the same time,” another Twitter user wrote.

“My parents are watching Latin Grammys and I look up to see Miguel and Alicia Keys performing I was likeajxjdjxj,” a stunned user wrote. 

Mon Laferte bared her chest on the red carpet for Chilean rights.

We can’t exactly show you the full photo, but Chilean musician Mon Laferte, who won Best Alternative Music Album, bravely exposed her breasts to get the public’s attention about human rights in Chile. Written across her decollete in black ink were the words “En Chile Torturan Violan,” which translates to “In Chile They Torture, Rape, And Kill.” 

At least 20 people have been killed during protests in Chile about wealth inequality (the nation is one of Latin America’s wealthiest) and better social services following the government’s announcement of higher subway fares. Tens of thousands of protesters set up fiery barricades and confronted riot police in October. 

Vincente Fernandez showed three generations of Mexican artistry. 

“I’m a grateful man for my family and my music,” Vicente Fernandez said as he was joined on stage by his son Alejandro and grandson Alex. “When you listen to the voice of who has your blood, you feel immortal.” 

Alejandro performed his latest single “Caballero.” Throughout the tear-jerking performance by the trio, family photos were displayed in the background. 

 “I still needed to sing 50 more songs but I owe it to you. All I want to say to God and my public is that you know you are a part of me until the day they bury me. Thank you,” Vincente said after receiving a standing ovation. 

Bad Bunny stood up to the industry while accepting his reward. 

Bad Bunny scored his first Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album for X100Pre. Bunny was one of many artists to join Maluma in defending reggaeton against the industry’s consistent snubbing of musicians of the genre.

 “Reggaeton is part of Latin music,” he said. “To my colleagues, let’s give it our all. The genre has become about views and numbers but we have to bring different things to the table.”

Nella won Best New Artist. 

Venezuelan artist Nella, a Berkeley College of Music alumni, won Best New Artist. She snagged the tile from Paulo Londra, Greeicy, Aitina, and Cami. 

“This is for everyone who, like me, comes from another country looking for new opportunities,” she said.

Juanes win Person of the Year and gets a surprise from Metallica.

Colombian rock musician Juanes won Person of the Year after performing a medley of songs including “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra.” He was surprised by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich who presented him the award. 

 “You guys changed my life,” Juanes told Ulrich. The drummer says he met Juanes ago while performing in Mexico. 

“Tonight we come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan, my friend, my parcero, I’m proud to recognize you as Person of the Year for the Latin Recording Academy,” Ulrich said. 

Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Like any creative industry, the world of trap music is teeming with collaborations both artistic and romantic. Of course, the love story shared by Anuel AA and Karol G has been making headlines since late 2018, but rumors about other possible power pairs are always circulating on the internet. Bad Bunny, one of the biggest names on the Latin trap scene sin duda, has been the center of many romance rumors over the years, with fans wondering about possible relationships with a variety of famos@s (from Spain’s neo-Flamenco cantante Rosalía to Argentian trapera Cazzu).

Although speculation about Big Bunny’s involvement with Cazzu emerged in 2018

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Following a spicy onstage kiss at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Cazzu all but confirmed their hot history in an interview at Cap Cana’s beachfront Paradise Festival in the Dominican Republic. And even if you don’t care about Cazzu and Bad Bunny’s relationship, the interview is worth watching for its abundance of deliciously awkward moments.

Cazzu’s interview was conducted by Eric Tirin of the Alofoke Radio Show.

Throughout the conversation acknowledged Cazzu’s rising fame and talent but also persistently pressed her for information about that iconic kiss with Bad Bunny.

“We pretty much met on stage, because there wasn’t time to meet before the show, [but] it was all really natural … and I don’t really know what happened, it was all very weird, but we practically forgot that there were 8,000 people in front of us,” she said, referring to the kiss. “But yeah . . . We had good energy and . . . we became friends. Good friends.”

Cazzu also went on to discuss their relationship further, insisting that she and Bad Bunny weren’t dating, but that they were friends—and still are—but that there was a different kind of closeness to their relationship. While all of that may be true, she certainly alluded to the fact that the two artists share a meaningful connection, saying that she and Bad Bunny “shared some moments together, in the moments where they were meant to happen, y ya.”

Cazzu then flashed a coy smile suggesting that those moments were definitely special. She also brought the conversation back to music, saying that even though she and Bad Bunny had connected in a significant way, they almost always talked about music, because music was the central force of both of their lives.

Still, Tirin continued to prod Cazzu for more details. “Una intimidad sexual?” he asked, causing the trapera to stop and look at the camera like this:

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And then dismiss the question like this:

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But Cazzu was a good sport throughout the interview, even trying to answer that particularly blatant question before deciding not to bother. Rebounding from that slightly cringy moment, Tirin asked something a bit tamer: whether they ever shared an unforgettable moment, something crazy and fun that they did together. Cazzu shared a story about them sneaking into a closed park for kids in the middle of Buenos Aires, almost getting caught by a guardia and ultimately running away.

And you almost can’t blame Tirin for his insistence—even Cazzu’s story about visiting a children’s park has an air of romance to it (can’t you just imagine it as a scene in a rom com?), and they shared several photos after their famous kiss that seemed to pretty much prove that Cazzu + Bad Bunny = Amor.

But Boricua social media comedian Jorge ‘Molusco’Pabón would disagree—he cited Tirin for simply being oblivious to all the hints Cazzu dropped during the interview, slamming Tirin’s “mierda de preguntas” on IGTV and insisting that Cazzu actually revealed the whole truth with two simple words: “y ya.”

That’s right—Pabón hypothesizes that when Cazzu spoke about the “special moments” she and Bad Bunny shared, all that was left unsaid was actually made obvious through her casual “y ya.” Because, according to Pabón, the whole world knows that this simple statement is a way of insinuating that there is too much happened between them to adequately describe. Or, perhaps, the complicated details of all they shared are not really anyone’s business. Y ya.

Although nothing was confirmed in literal, word-for-word answers, fans of Bad Bunny and Cazzu can definitely use this interview as evidence to speculate on what actually went down between them. (And, if you agree with Pabón, you probably already feel like you have a good sense of all that.) What we do know for sure: Cazzu and Bad Bunny have major creative potential. He hopped on a remix for her song, “Loca,” back in 2018, and perhaps 2020 is the year for another musical collaboration between the two. Ya veremos!

Here Is A 12-Song Playlist To Make Your Christmas Very Festive

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Here Is A 12-Song Playlist To Make Your Christmas Very Festive

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We love the holidays as it is the one time of year we truly embrace being home for the holidays and taking in all of our favorite Latin traditions. Tamales, check. Atole, check. The Loteria cards, check. Drunk Tío Juan in the corner, check. Now you cannot forget the tunes. While we most definitely have Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Wham’s “Last Christmas” on the holiday playlist, we will certainly include our favorite Latin music artists as well. To make your life easier we made a list of the most beloved Latin holiday music. 

Los Lobos have just released a brand new Christmas song, and it’s so good!

Our favorite East L.A. rock band just released “Christmas And You” and it will make you so very nostalgic and teary-eyed. The music video was also shot on the streets of East Los. The holiday ballad was written by band members David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. Los Lobos, who went mainstream for their recording of “La Bamba,” is back with a new album perfect for Christmas that the whole family will love.

The album is titled “Llego Navidad” and it includes holiday music from all over Latin America. 

According to a press release, Los Lobos started with 150 selections and narrowed their way down to a tracklist that includes a regional folk song from Veracruz in Mexico (“La Rama”), a rework of ’70s South American salsa hit “La Murga de Panamá,” the 1958 novelty song “Dónde Está Santa Claus” and the Tex-Mex border classic “Christmas Time In Texas.” It’s surely will be a classic for years to come. 

Juanes — “Mi Burrito Sabanero”

This is one of our favorite holiday songs from our childhood, so this new-ish version from 2009 is a family pleaser. There are lots of artists that cover this song, but Juanes by far is one of the best. 

Celia Cruz — “Campanas De Navidad”

If you’re throwing a real fiesta, your party playlist must include this salsa holiday song by the one and only Celia Cruz. 

Jenni Rivera — “Amarga Navidad”

Now we don’t wish a bad Christmas on anyone, but sometimes sh*t happens. It’s no secret that people typically break up during the holidays, so this song by Jenni Rivera will help somewhat. Let’s face it, you’re going to get tipsy anyway, so you might as well do it while listening to a song that you can relate to. 

José Feliciano — “Feliz Navidad”

José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” goes hand-in-hand with Christmas just as much as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Heck, everyone knows the words to this song, especially non-Latinos. So, we’re lucky that we Latinos can basically assume all rights to this song at every holiday function — even that work office party. 

Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon – “Aires de Navidad”

With a glass of coquito, grab your favorite relative and get down to Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon’s “Aires de Navidad.” This song just speaks to our festive family that can be simultaneously bickering over politics and dancing at the same time. 

Yuri — “Eterna Navidad”

Now, if you really want to go old-school your holiday playlist must include this ’80s retro version of Yuri’s “Eterna Navidad.” The video will literally drive you mad, so just to stick to the song and forget this dizzy video. 

Alejandro Sanz — “Noche de Luz”

For those romantical folks who want to get in the holiday spirit but also want to secretly daydream over the lustful Alejandro Sanz, his “Noche de Luz” song will melt your heart. 

José Alfredo Jiménez — “Se Va Diciembre”

Your abuelitos will love that you included a lovely ranchera ballad from their heyday. The inclusion of José Alfredo Jiménez’s “Se Va Diciembre” will perhaps score you an extra present this year. You’re welcome. 

Luis Miguel — “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad”

After watching the life story of Luis Miguel on Netflix we can’t help but feel a little closer to the crooner. So here he is doing what he knows best, singing his heart out. 

Prince Royce — “Mi Regalo Favorito”

This Christmas playlist would not be completed without the addition of Prince Royce’s “Mi Regalo Favorito” from 2013. It’s got everything you could possibly want: that bachata beat, Spanglish lyrics, and Prince Royce’s lovely voice. 

We hope you liked our holiday roundup. If there’s anything we missed let us know in the comment section below!

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