Here Are The Latinos Who Could Be Winning Big At This Year’s Emmy Awards

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The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards are out and a handful of Latinos brought their acting, writing and design chops to many of the shows that were nominated. Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of true inclusion and diversity. Most awards are for white actors and actresses but we should celebrate the Latinos who have been able to break into the nominations this year. Here are some of the Latino entertainment names that have made us so proud this year.

1. Édgar Ramírez


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This has been a big year for Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez. He played Gianni Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. The show presented the dark and twisted man who killed Versace on his door steps of his Miami mansion.

2. Ricky Martin

Working alongside Ramirez on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Ricky Martin played Versace’s boyfriend at the time of his death. He really showed his acting expertise to the role of Antonio D’Amico. This was Martin’s return to the small screen as a character other than himself in TV guest appearances since 2012. Way to go, Ricky.

3. Carlos Rafael Ramirez

The composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent composed the music for seven episodes of “Godless,” which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. His guitar playing can be heard on the soundtrack of feature films including “Crash” and “Dragonfly.” But, who do you cheer for when two shows with Latino talent are against each other?

4. Alexis Bledel

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” received a whopping 20 Emmy nominations overall this year for its second season. One of those nominations went to Alexis Bledel, who is Latina by way of her father being born in Argentina and her mother being raised in Mexico, for her role as Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Last year she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Will she take home the Emmy statue again this year?

5. Karamo Brown

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Karamo Brown, part of the “Queer Eye” cast, has a lot to be proud of. The show nabbed four nominations, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. Brown is of Jamaican and Cuban descent.

6. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has graced audiences with his music and creation for “Hamilton,” and this year he also got an Emmy nod for his comedic skills. Miranda was nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

7. Fred Armisen

“Portlandia” received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and at its helm is Fred Armisen, who co-created and co-stars on the sketch comedy series. Although he now lives in Silver Lake, Armisen lived for many years as a resident of Portland, thus gaining inspiration for the series. The series and season both wrapped this year. Let’s see if it can grab an Emmy for its final run.

8. Melissa Villaseñor


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A native of Whittier, California, Villaseñor is credited as a featured player of “Saturday Night Live.” The long-running TV show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series along with 20 other nominations. Villaseñor acts and writes for the comedy sketch show.

9. Franklin ‘Frankie’ Rodriguez

“Lip Sync Battle” was nominated for Structured Reality Program, and behind the scenes are Latinos making the magic happen. One of the lead painters in the art department for the series is Franklin ‘Frankie’ Rodriguez, who helped make the scenes come to life on stage for 18 episodes. The show would not be what it is without the artistic work of this Latino.

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Latinos Have Taken Over The MTV VMA Nominations And They Might Just Own The Actual Show


Latinos Have Taken Over The MTV VMA Nominations And They Might Just Own The Actual Show

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The wildest awards show of the year is right around the corner and Latinos are owning the nominees list for the 2018 Video Music Awards. Cardi B led the list with 10 nominations, with Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, J.Lo, and so many more bringing home the VMA jamón, we hope.

Without further ado, here are the Latinos topping the charts, category by category.

1. Video of the Year: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”

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The ’80s/’90s-esque music video collaboration was nominated for five different awards, putting Cardi B as the most likely to take a bag of VMA awards home. The video has over 450 million views as of July 2018.

2. Fans are clapping so hard for Cardi B. 👏🏽👏🏽

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Seriously, the last six months alone have been wild for the artist. She hosted “Saturday Night Live,” has earned a spot on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and just had her first baby.

3. Video of the Year: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello slayed every Latino’s heart when she released the most relatable video ever of a girl watching telenovelas with her abuelita. Eventually she goes out into the world to watch her alter ego seduce men left and right, and lands her guy in the dorkiest way possible. It’s a must watch. 🤓

4. Camilizers are sending la Cubanita all the love.

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We’ve been watching her grow up since you were 15 years old, and love that she’s staying true to her Latina roots. 💃

5. Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars

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Puerto Rican Bruno Mars grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fun fact: his uncle was an Elvis impersonator, which was passed onto baby 4-year-old Mars in their family band.

I’m obsessed.

6. Artist of the Year: Cardi B

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Cardi B has definitely scored the most nominations of any other artist. Girl’s been making money moves. 🙆‍♀️ She joins Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake and Post Malone.

7. Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello

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This year was Camila’s breakout year. Y’know if you weren’t counting the years she spent on internationally famous girl band Fifth Harmony. Camila went solo this year, and we hope she’s rewarded.

8. Best New Artist: Cardi B

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Cardi B landed in both Best New Artist and Artist of the Year categories. I really wish we could have seen her reaction to the nominations.  🙋‍♂️ She joins Hayley Kiyoko, Lil Pump, Bazzi, Lil Uzi vert and Chloe x Halle. Who do you think will win?

9. Best Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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This is the only song we need to listen to on Monday mornings. It’s officially my 2018 anthem. J.Lo, Cardi B and DJ Khaled together on one track was guaranteed to score some nominations.

10. Best Collaboration: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”


The VMA’s are literally drippin’ in “Finesse” this year. The song won the most nominations of any. We’re over here partying and the Internet is actually having a conniption about Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” not making these categories.

11. Best Pop: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”

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Cabello also scored a Best Choreography nomination for Havana. The artist scored five nominations, and we’re predicting that she’ll take home at least three trophies. 🏆🏆🏆

12. Best Pop: Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”

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Competing with Cabello is your long favorite Demi Lovato, who made it into both Pop and Latin categories. We see you, bella. 😎

13. Best Hip Hop: Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”

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“Finesse” might have been the single song that won Cardi B the most nominations, but her album “Invasion of Privacy” put her on the map for best overall artist. “Bartier Cardi” was one of the most popular songs on that album.

14. Best Latin: Daddy Yankee – “Dura”

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Daddy Yankee never fails to make it to the VMA’s nominations list, and his tracks always make it into the Latino consciousness. “Dura” has been playing on loop in all our heads all year.

15. Best Latin: J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”

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TBH, “Mi Gente” definitely wins best beat in my book. Fact: you can weed the Latinos out of a room by playing this song and watching them involuntarily dance to the música. It’s just science.

16. Best Latin: Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”

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Like we said: Monday Motivation, AF. Just watch J.Lo take all these boys’ money and find your female empowerment if you haven’t already.

17. Best Latin: Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”

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Demi Lovato is super open about her Latinidad, including that she can’t speak fluent Spanish but that she loves to sing in Spanish. I can speak for most of our generation when I say, “Tambien, Demi, te amo.”

18. Best Latin: Maluma – “Felices los 4”

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It isn’t a Latin genre if there isn’t one video with a beautiful girl dressing and undressing for her man. 🤷‍♀️

19. Best Latin: Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

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This track, in collaboration with Maluma, made it to the Latin list, but any video featuring Shakira shake it should have made it to the Best Music Video list.

20. Video with a Message: Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”

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Oof, we pray that Colombiana Jessie Reyez brings home the award for this genre just so that her music video is played to the millions of VMA viewers. You’ll see Reyez try to make it in an industry that demands sexual favors from women in order to launch their careers. It’s a powerful video that reverberates especially during the #MeToo movement.

21. Whatever you do, get out your best churrasco game for this year’s VMA’s.

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If Cardi B didn’t make last year’s awards ceremony, then Cardi B, Cabello, Mars and J.Lo are going to make it sizzle like only Latinos know to do this year. Tune in on August 20th at 9p ET, but definitely be sure you go vote for all your favorite artists on MTV.com.

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