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Latinos Dominated The 2018 MTV VMAs With Some Of Your Faves Taking Home The Top Awards

The 35th MTV Video Music Awards were last night in New York City and they were everything you expect from the music awards show. While there is a lot of talk about Madonna and her non-tribute tribute to Aretha Franklin, Latinos showed up and cleaned up when it came to the awards.

The night was very special to four people in particular: Camila Cabello taking home the Moon Person for Video of the Year, Nicki Minaj who won and served up some incredible tea, and Jennifer Lopez who was presented with the Video Vanguard Award. Here are some of the biggest Latino moments from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Latinx artists represented at the 2018 VMAs thanks to a couple of special ladies and gentlemen.

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Big hitters like Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Maluma and Amara La Negra all showed the country what Latinx excellence looks like and it’s beautiful.

Cardi B made her first red-carpet appearance since giving birth and she slayed.

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The Bronx princess was sporting a new short hair cut and was a vision of beauty in her asymmetrical purple velvet dress.

She delivered on her opening monologue and reminded us all why we love her.

Tbh, we were all hoping that she was really hold baby Kulture on stage so we could all get a loving glimpse of the sweet baby.

Logic used his performance to take a stand for immigrants and ‘Dreamers’ while wearing a “F*ck the Wall” t-shirt.

The rapper included the words: “Bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge / Together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”

Canadian-Colombian singer Jessica “Jessie” Reyez serenaded the crowd with “Apple Juice.”

Reyez has had an incredible year in her career and the break into the MTV VMAs is just the latest in her strong and fast growing career. How can you not love a voice like that?

Maluma sang “Felices Los 4” and it was just refreshing to hear Spanish fill Radio City Music Hall.

It was ever better to see people singing or even attempting to sing the words to the song. Not to mention the song is a damn bop and deserves all the play it can possibly get.

That performance left a lot of people shook.

It’s also pretty likely that a lot of the audience and viewers are hearing about and seeing Maluma for the first time. That’s one way to make an impression.

The best part, however, was the slew of Latino winners like Willy Williams and J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” winning Best Latin Video.

J Balvin wasn’t at the show to accept the award so Willy Williams accepted in both of their honors.

Song of the Summer went to Cardi B, because obviously.

She, Bad Bunny and J Balvin won Song of the Summer for their hit song “I Like It.” Well deserved.

Best Collaboration went to Jennifer Lopez for “Dinero” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B.

J.Lo gave Cardi B major props for being pregnant during the filming of the video. There seems to be a recurring theme for award winning songs. That theme is Cardi B.

Cardi B also took home Best New Artist.

If you think back to everything she’s done in one year alone, you know very well that she’s so deserving of that award.

Cabello was the real star of the VMAs taking home Artist of the Year and Video of the Year.

She was very nervous before the show started because she was up for some of the biggest awards of the night.

And can we just say real quick, Cabello spoke this night into existence back in 2012.

Look what happens when you go out chasing your dreams.

Madonna presented the award to her and Cabello pretty much lost it.

She was just a young girl when she auditioned for “X-Factor.” Look how far she has gone. Never limit yourself.

Congratulations to all of the winners from the 2018 MTV VMAs.

Si se puede indeed.


READ: Watch Camila Cabello Slay At An Impression Challenge While Singing ‘Havana’ As Different Celebrities

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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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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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