Maluma, Daddy Yankee And J Balvin Slam The Latin Recording Academy For Lack of Representation at 2019 Latin Grammys
The Latin Grammy award nominees are in, and reggaetoneros are not happy.
The Latin Recording Academy revealed the nominees for their 2019 award show. The lack of reggaeton and urban artists nominated in the show’s main categories such as; Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year, stirred controversy.
Some of the biggest Latin artists of the likes of J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Maluma, have publicly spoken out. They’ve taken to social media to call out the Latin Grammy Awards for excluding reggaeton and trap musicians from top categories and for a lack of representation.
The omission of artists like Maluma, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee or Nicky jam is surprising to say the least.
Maluma was one of the first to take to Instagram to express his discomfort after not receiving any nominations for his album 11:11:
“A huge disappointment to not even get one nomination to a Latin Grammy, so much effort, the best album of my LIFE”, “I’m definitely confused and don’t know what to think. The only thing that’s clear is that the biggest prize of all is to see concerts packed and an audience that loves you and identifies with you. I love you people, but I can’t hide this fucking feeling that hurts inside”.
Other reggaetoneros took to social media with a unified message: “Sin Reggaetón no hay Latin Grammy”, ‘without Reggaeton there’s no Latin Grammys’.
Daddy Yankee who did receive a nomination for Best Urban Fusion/Performance for “Con Calma”, also expressed his disapproval of the way the genre was treated:
“Despite being nominated, I don’t agree with the way the genre and many of my colleagues were treated.” he wrote in Spanish, “Remember one very important thing, your platform wasn’t what created this movement; this goes beyond a prize, this is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT. #sinreggaetonnohaylatingrammy”.
J Balvin, who racked up eight nominations last year and was the most nominated artist at the 2018 Latin Grammys, posted the photo of the crossed out Grammy logo too. He captioned the image “For the culture and the movement,” Nicky Jam, Karol G, and other artists posted the image to Instagram too.
J Balvin also took to his Instagram to explain why many artists were so upset about the nominations.
Balvin was a double nominee this year, with nominations for Best Urban Song with songs “Con Altura”, a collaboration with Rosalía, and “Caliente” with De La Ghetto, but was shut out of Record of the Year. His album with Bad Bunny “Oasis”, was not eligible for the 2019 Latin Grammys but will qualify in 2020. He followed up his initial “Without Reggaeton there’s no Grammys” post with a video to explain what the hashtag was all about:
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Latin Recording Academy said that they have “followed a strict voting process for the past twenty years” when it comes to considering nominees.
“The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination. The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results,” the statement continued. “Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy.”
Nicky Jam y and Karol G, who earned last year’s award for best new artist, earned zero nominations on this occasion while other artists like Bad Bunny and Ozuna were restricted to categories such as Best Urban Song, Best Urban Music Album and Best Urban Fusion/Performance.
The Latin Grammys controversy isn’t too different to hip-hop’s longstanding issues at the Grammys, where rap and R&B stars rarely win in the top four categories, such as ‘Best Artist’.
The Latin Grammy Awards are set to take place on November 14 in Las Vegas. Rosalía is nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for El Mal Querer, and Camila Cabello‘s Spanish-language Alejandro Sanz collab, “Mi Persona Favorita,” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Song.