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

The 2017 Latin Grammys were more than just music and entertainment this year, as artists used their platform to send a message about Puerto Rico. Here are some of the award recipients who showed their love for the people of Puerto Rico throughout the night.

Lin-Manuel Miranda used his acceptance speech after winning a special President’s Merit Award to shed light on Puerto Rico and highlight the significance of collaboration between Latinos.


Miranda came prepared, with his speech written out on paper, and delivered every single word with tremendous passion. Each time Miranda thanked a friend, family member or colleague, he followed it with “no one gets here alone,” serving as a reminder that united we rise higher. Miranda also used his time to discuss the Unity March for Puerto Rico, happening Nov. 19. He and thousands of others will march in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico to urge the White House and Congress to serve those U.S. citizens. After chanting “Puerto Rico” eight times in a row, the entire audience responded with a roar of applause.

Another passionate ode to Puerto Rico came from Puerto Rican rapper, Residente, who clarified that the island does not need to rise again.


He opened his performance with the message: “Puerto Rico no se levanta, porque Puerto Rico siempre ha estado de pie.” Puerto Rico will not rise, because Puerto Rico has always been standing.

Throughout his performance, Residente described the beauty and strength of Puerto Rican people, emphasizing the endurance and perseverance they all posses.

Puerto Rican musicians who joined Residente at the Latin Grammys also made sure to represent their country and their people. Here’s what they had to say:

Musician Jerry Medina says that despite losing all of his belongings in Puerto Rico, one thing he hasn’t lost is his hope, courage and pride. He knows Puerto Rico will never be the same after Hurricane Maria, but he also knows that the people of Puerto Rico are fighters.



Other musicians from Residente’s group expressed their love for the rapper’s music, hoping that their performance at the Latin Grammys helps raise awareness for the people of Puerto Rico.

Of course, the big winner of the night, Luis Fonsi and his smash hit “Despacito,” was also devoted to the people of Puerto Rico.


Fonsi posted on Instagram the following message: “A night I will never forget. I dedicate this to my Puerto Rico. Thank you @daddyyankee for being part of this journey. Thank you @erikaender, @andrestorrest, #MauricioRengifo @latingrammys ??”

To donate to Puerto Rico, click here. All proceeds “will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm.”


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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

Following The Weeknd’s boycott of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced last Friday an end to the “secret committees” that determined the nominees. The Latin Recording Academy behind the Latin Grammy Awards said that it will keep the review committees in place for now.

The Weeknd spoke out against the “secret committees” this year.

After The Weeknd’s globally successful After Hours album was snubbed at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Canadian superstar said that he was boycotting the awards by withholding his music. In March, he told the New York Times, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik echoed The Weeknd’s demands.

The Recording Academy voted to disband the nominations review committees on Friday.

By “secret committees,” The Weeknd was referring to the committees that were appointed by the Recording Academy to review the nominations. According to Billboard, the Recording Academy trustees voted to disband the nominations review committees, letting the Grammy voting body have more of a say in the nominations. The changes are effective immediately for the next Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2022.

“As we continue to build a more active and vibrant membership community, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year,” Ruby Marchand, the Academy’s chief industry officer, said in a statement.

The Música Urbana category should finally break up the Latin genres into individual categories.

In a major move for Latin music, the Recording Academy trustees also voted to create a Best Música Urbana Album category. In past years, the Latin genres at the Grammys were clumped together in one category.

In 2012, the category was called Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album. Latin rock was liberated this year with its own category. The creation of the Best Música Urbana Album category should break up the Latin pop and Latin urban genres into two separate categories next year.

The Latin Grammy Awards will keep the nominations review committees in place for now.

To see if the Latin Recording Academy would also put an end to the “secret committees,” Billboard‘s Leila Cobo reached out to them. So far, the answer is no. In a statement, the folks behind the Latin Grammy Awards wrote they “did not anticipate” doing so.

“While the awards process for Latin Grammys mirrors the essence of the Grammy process, the Latin Recording Academy’s members have the ability to modify procedures respective to the needs and evolution of Latin music,” the Latin Recording Academy said in the statement. “Since we are mainly an international organization, our systems and procedures have some differences.”

As for a more direct reason why the nominations review committees will remain in place at the Latin Grammys, the Latin Recording Academy added, “Given the richness of Latin music and its diverse fields, we depend on the expertise of our members in order to best respect and honor excellence in the difference genres that compose our culture.”

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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