These Celebrites’ 2019 Accomplishments Make Us Want To Step Up Our 2020s
Since we’re so constantly bombarded with news and information on the daily, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negative. Especially this time of the year when the weather might already have us feeling down in the dumps and the looming holiday season might have us stressed out. Also, it’s not unusual to be feeling a little dissatisfaction with what we’ve managed to do or not do with the past year. Unfortunately, this regret and guilt is pretty normal.
Still, with each new year comes a fresh start and there’s inspiration and motivation to be found when we look at our idols who have accomplished so many amazing things. They may not be our own accomplishments, but we can definitely take pride in the success of the famous Latinas who have dominated this year with their many achievements. Get hyped up for these great 2019 accomplishments and maybe they’ll get you ready for a prosperous 2020 of your own.
1. Jennifer Lopez
Many considered Jennifer Lopez’s movie “Hustlers” her big screen comeback after years away from acting in major movies. While the initial reviews were promising, no one really expected it to be a huge success — but JLo believed. The movie actually received critical acclaim and was called the best performance of Lopez’s career. It also gave the actress her highest opening weekend for a live action film ($33.2 million). For her performance in this film, JLo has earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Not a bad year at all.
Speaking of JLo, she shares another accomplishment with the second Latina on this list. Earlier this year, it was announced that Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira would headline the Pepsi Halftime Show during Superbowl LIV alongside fellow Latina artist Jennifer Lopez. The performance will be a history making one because this is the first time that two Latinas have ever headlined the Super Bowl halftime show. We’re sure the pair are going to bring some Latina excellence to their performance.
3. Selena Gomez
The first part of Selena Gomez’s year was spent working on a project that focuses the narrative onto a topic that majorly impacts the Latinx community. Called “Living Undocumented,” Gomez worked on the 6-episode Netflix docu-series as executive producer. The series exposes the hardships of being undocumented in America — an issue more relevant than ever. The Latina also focused on music in 2019 and her “Lose You To Love Me” became her first chart topping single in the United States. Her album is set for a January 2020 release so the new year is looking good for Gomez.
4. Lupita Nyong’o
It’s hard to believe that the phenomenon that is “Us” happened earlier this year but it did, in fact, come out in February of 2019. In the Jordan Peele horror film, actress Lupita Nyong’o plays not one, but two complex and fully fleshed out characters. As the movie’s main character and her doppelganger, Nyong’o gets a lot of time with the camera and audience so her performance was especially important. The astonishing portrayal has earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. This award is voted on by her fellow actors so the recognition of her acting skills by her peers has to make this the highlight of her 2019.
5. Becky G
Becky G started her 2019 with a return back to making English music after focusing on Spanish-language releases the previous year. The beginning of the year brought collaborations with artists like Maluma and Zayn but the musician broke K-Pop stan Twitter with her collab with J-Hope on his remake of “Chicken Noodle Soup.” She also released her long awaited album “Mala Santa.” Music isn’t the only thing to have gotten her love; Becky also released a new palette with ColourPop Cosmetics that joined her existing makeup line.
6. Cardi B
What has Cardi NOT done this past year? That would be a shorter list. To cover her many accomplishments, let’s start from the top. In February, she won 6 Billboard Music Awards, setting the record for the most of any female rapper in history. She made her film debut in “Hustlers” alongside Jennifer Lopez and became a judge for the Netflix series Rhythm + Flow — a hip-hop talent search alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I. Later in the year, she became the highest-certified female rapper of all time, was included by “Time” on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and was recognized by “Forbes” as one of the most influential female rappers of all time. Needless to say, 2019 belonged to Cardi.
With all this inspiration, what will 2020 bring you?