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Here Are The Latinos Who Have Taken Home The Top Prizes From The Grammy Awards

The 2019 Grammy Award ceremony is fast approaching, and it is a good opportunity to recall how Latinos have slowly but surely escaped the niche of Latin music and totally slayed the mainstream awards. Shakira, Ricky Martin, and Bruno Mars are but a few of the musicians with Latino blood who have proudly worn their heart and their heritage on their sleeve. As Spanish-language and Portuguese-language music has broken into popular culture worldwide and talented Latinos have slain language and ethnic barriers, Latino culture has become a source of pride, fun, and inspiration.

Here are 21 times that Latinos took home a Grammy, showing everyone that harmful stereotypes are pure fiction and political trickery. They also proved that music is indeed the language that can tear down real and imaginary walls.

Bruno Mars (birth name: Peter Gene Hernandez) for “24K Magic”

Year: 2018

Category: Best Album of the Year

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The proud Hawaiian of Puerto Rican descent showed everyone what Boricua rhythm can do when it is pumping through your blood! A bailar se ha dicho.

Carlos Santana for “Supernatural”

Year: 1999

Category: Best Album of the Year

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The godfather of Mexican-American rock totally smashed the Grammy awards in the turn of the century. His guitar sounds still haunt our fondest memories of the weird 1990s.

Stan Getz & João Gilberto for “Getz/Gilberto”

Year: 1964

Category: Best Album of the Year

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Brazilian bossa nova became mainstream with the release of this amazing album. You should listen to “Getz/Gilberto” while sipping a delicious pineapple juice while watching the sunset.

Ruben Blades for “Mundo”

Year: 2003

Category: Best World Music Album

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The superstar from Panama is a master of salsa, but he has been able to combine it with other rhythms throughout his decades-long career. “Mundo” is the perfect album for our globalized times, and it ruled supreme in the World Music category.

Sergio Mendes for “Brasileiro”

Year: 1993

Category: Best World Music Album

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This Brazilian powerhouse beat the favorites, the Gipsy Kings, in a year when it seemed impossible. Mendes proves that there is nothing Latinos can’t do when they set their minds to something.

Caetano Veloso for “Livro”

Year: 2000

Category: Best World Music Album

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Caetano Veloso is like the Brazilian Bob Dylan. A poet and troubadour, Veloso has been able to capture the essence of our convoluted times. If you haven’t listened to him… well, you should.

Antonio Sanchez for “Birdman”

Year: 2016

Category: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

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This Mexican-American jazz one-man-band injected energy into the Oscar-winner movie, following the main character’s every step with an incessant, delirious beat. There’s no arguing. His music made the movie the hit it became to be.

Lin-Manuel Miranda for “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Year: 2018

Category: Best Song Written for Visual Media

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Miranda burst into the scene with “In the Heights” and hasn’t looked back. He is so talented we wouldn’t be surprised if he wins many more Grammy awards in his lifetime.

Bruno Mars for “Unorthodox Jukebox”

Year: 2014

Category: Best Pop Vocal Album

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It seems that Bruno Mars can do it all. This year he beat Lana Del Rey and Justin Timberlake, not an easy feat by any means! He just makes us mover el esqueleto doesn’t he?

Jose Feliciano

Year: 1969

Category: Best New Artist

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This Puerto Rican trovador has made everyone, including non-Latinos, sing “Feliz Navidad” at the top of their lungs. Talk about an iconic musician.

Bruno Mars for “That’s What I Like”

Year: 2018

Category: Song of the Year

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Our money was on “Despacito,” a nominee whose win would have been truly groundbreaking for Latinos. However, we were super happy for Bruno Mars, though.

Carlos Santana (with Rob Thomas) for “Smooth”

Year: 2000

Category: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

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There’s no doubt that 2000 was the year of Santana. We can still remember this very suave collaboration with Rob Thomas let me forget about it, woooo.

Christina Aguilera (with Lil’ Kim, Mýa and Pink) for “Lady Marmalade)

Year: 2002

Category: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

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This awesome badass girl has an Ecuadorian father and a German mother. We can still hear this collaboration for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, in which her voice penetrated deep in our pop culture memory. She was equally unique and sexy. Don’t lie. You know that you just started singing the song when you saw the title.

Gustavo Dudamel for “Brahms: Symphony No. 4”

Year: 2011

Category: Best Orchestral Performance

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Gustavo Dudamel is a great Venezuelan conductor who is the inspiration behind Gael Garcia Bernal’s character in the amazing TV show “Mozart in the Jungle.” He is an energetic conductor who has revolutionized classical music with his fun style.

Christina Aguilera for “Ain’t No Ather Man”

Year: 2006

Category: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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Well, Aguilera has one of the best voices ever this side of Amy Winehouse. Her range is just fantastic and we can just imagine the concentration it must take to sustain some of those bluesy notes. Una chingona.

And of course Christina Aguilera again! This time for “Beautiful”

Year: 2003

Category: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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All hail the queen. She is one of the greatest vocalists of our time and her awards prove it.

No surprises here… Christina Aguilera again.

Year: 1999

Category: Best New Artist

Image: christina-aguilera-best-new-artist-grammy. Digital image. Today in Pop.

This was just the beginning of what was to come: a total takeover of the pop music scene. Yes, Britney Spears had the moves and the scandals, but Aguilera had that raspy voice that made us temblar como gelatinas.

Esperanza Spalding

Year: 2011

Category: Best New Artist

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Few people in the world are as talented as Esperanza, who is a true representation of America’s multicultural society. Her father is African-American and her mom has Latino, Native American and Welsh genes. Esperanza plays a multitude of instruments and just brings unrivaled energy. Trivia fact: she beat Justin Bieber for this award.

Armando Manzanero

Year: 2014

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Mexican composer and singer has probably influenced world music more than anyone else. Ask your abuelita about the great Armando Manzanero and her face will light up. This award is reserved for true legends only, and Don Armando is certainly one.

Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez

Year: 2015

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award

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This true legend of Tex-Mex music was recognized for his influence in spreading Latino rhythms in Hispanic communities all across the U.S. He got recognized the same year as George Harrison and Buddy Guy, which gives you an idea of his importance in the music industry.


READ: Before ‘Despacito’: 25 Latino Artists Who Stormed the Grammys 

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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