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After So Much Controversy, Bad Bunny And Other Reggaeton Artists Will Be Performing At The 20th Annual Latin Grammys

It looks like we finally know who will be taking the big stage at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. This past Tuesday Latin Recording Academy announced a slew of performers that will include some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry. Among them are several of this year’s GRAMMY nominees highlighted by Alessia Cara, Bad Bunny, Paula Arenas, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, and Sebastián Yatra. This will also include newcomer and reggaeton star Sech and as well as GRAMMY-winning singers Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón.

The award show, which will be hosted by Ricky Martin for the first time ever, will also take the time to recognize two decades of celebrating notable artists in Spanish-language music as the event marks its 20th anniversary. This means that the event will be pulling out all the stops when it comes to recognizing the very best that Latin music has had to offer in the last two decades. The Latin Recording Academy says the event will showcase “a historic star-studded celebration, complete with special reunions, tributes and musical icons” for this special anniversary. We can already hardly wait.

Here are some of the details we know so far about the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards including some big acts that will be taking the stage. 

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Among the artists already mentioned, we have some details on some of the acts that will be sharing the stage together and some tributes that will be handed out that evening. According to Billboard, GRAMMY-nominated Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez will perform alongside his father, legendary ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez and his son Alex Fernandez for the first time ever at the show. The trio is set to be accompanied by the Mariachi Sol de México as they take center stage. 

“Ready to celebrate #20YearsOf Excellence in the biggest night in Latin music,” Alejandro tweeted.

The evening will also take the time to celebrate one of the most popular Latin artists: Juanes. The Colombian singer-songwriter will be performing a medley of some of his biggest hits throughout his career and will also receive the award for Person of the Year 2019 from the Latin Recording Academy. Juanes is also nominated for a Latin Grammy.

While it’s great that the award show will have some urbano acts perform live, there is still some anger over the nomination snubs.

The annual show is a celebration of the past 12 months in Latin music, a genre that has seen an explosion of mainstream popularity, most notably when it comes to reggaeton. With the rising prominence of artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Maluma, you’d expect them to be at the forefront of the show. 

While Bad Bunny and Sech will be performing, both artists have called out the Latin Recording Academy for basically ignoring urbano, reggaeton, and Latin trap genres when it comes to nominees. At the heart of the controversy is the exclusion of some of the genre’s biggest stars from major categories such as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, nor Album of the Year.

Some of the biggest stars in Latin music including Daddy Yankee, Maluma, and J Balvin have all joined Bad Bunny and Sech in criticizing this year’s Latin Grammys.

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Frente a los Latin Grammy

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The artists have taken to social media to spread the message of  “Sin Reggaeton, No Hay Latin Grammys” that has been widely circulated online. According to the GRAMMYS’ official website, urbano music dominated streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora this past year. With the exclusion of these popular urban artists like J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, it has reaffirmed the Recording Academy’s well-documented bias against urban music.

“We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin Music,” the Recording Academy wrote in a statement responding to the controversy. “The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.”

Despite the controversy, we’re excited to see how the evening rolls out and if some of the acts use the platform to shine some positive light on the popular genre. This is also only the first round of performers that have been announced so far so keep on the lookout for more news on this special night!

The 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards will air live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Trapera Cazzu Pretty Much Confirms She Had A Relationship With Bad Bunny In A Super Awkward Interview

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Like any creative industry, the world of trap music is teeming with collaborations both artistic and romantic. Of course, the love story shared by Anuel AA and Karol G has been making headlines since late 2018, but rumors about other possible power pairs are always circulating on the internet. Bad Bunny, one of the biggest names on the Latin trap scene sin duda, has been the center of many romance rumors over the years, with fans wondering about possible relationships with a variety of famos@s (from Spain’s neo-Flamenco cantante Rosalía to Argentian trapera Cazzu).

Although speculation about Big Bunny’s involvement with Cazzu emerged in 2018

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Los veo ya mismo en el Luna Park 🇦🇷

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Following a spicy onstage kiss at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Cazzu all but confirmed their hot history in an interview at Cap Cana’s beachfront Paradise Festival in the Dominican Republic. And even if you don’t care about Cazzu and Bad Bunny’s relationship, the interview is worth watching for its abundance of deliciously awkward moments.

Cazzu’s interview was conducted by Eric Tirin of the Alofoke Radio Show.

Throughout the conversation acknowledged Cazzu’s rising fame and talent but also persistently pressed her for information about that iconic kiss with Bad Bunny.

“We pretty much met on stage, because there wasn’t time to meet before the show, [but] it was all really natural … and I don’t really know what happened, it was all very weird, but we practically forgot that there were 8,000 people in front of us,” she said, referring to the kiss. “But yeah . . . We had good energy and . . . we became friends. Good friends.”

Cazzu also went on to discuss their relationship further, insisting that she and Bad Bunny weren’t dating, but that they were friends—and still are—but that there was a different kind of closeness to their relationship. While all of that may be true, she certainly alluded to the fact that the two artists share a meaningful connection, saying that she and Bad Bunny “shared some moments together, in the moments where they were meant to happen, y ya.”

Cazzu then flashed a coy smile suggesting that those moments were definitely special. She also brought the conversation back to music, saying that even though she and Bad Bunny had connected in a significant way, they almost always talked about music, because music was the central force of both of their lives.

Still, Tirin continued to prod Cazzu for more details. “Una intimidad sexual?” he asked, causing the trapera to stop and look at the camera like this:

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And then dismiss the question like this:

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But Cazzu was a good sport throughout the interview, even trying to answer that particularly blatant question before deciding not to bother. Rebounding from that slightly cringy moment, Tirin asked something a bit tamer: whether they ever shared an unforgettable moment, something crazy and fun that they did together. Cazzu shared a story about them sneaking into a closed park for kids in the middle of Buenos Aires, almost getting caught by a guardia and ultimately running away.

And you almost can’t blame Tirin for his insistence—even Cazzu’s story about visiting a children’s park has an air of romance to it (can’t you just imagine it as a scene in a rom com?), and they shared several photos after their famous kiss that seemed to pretty much prove that Cazzu + Bad Bunny = Amor.

But Boricua social media comedian Jorge ‘Molusco’Pabón would disagree—he cited Tirin for simply being oblivious to all the hints Cazzu dropped during the interview, slamming Tirin’s “mierda de preguntas” on IGTV and insisting that Cazzu actually revealed the whole truth with two simple words: “y ya.”

That’s right—Pabón hypothesizes that when Cazzu spoke about the “special moments” she and Bad Bunny shared, all that was left unsaid was actually made obvious through her casual “y ya.” Because, according to Pabón, the whole world knows that this simple statement is a way of insinuating that there is too much happened between them to adequately describe. Or, perhaps, the complicated details of all they shared are not really anyone’s business. Y ya.

Although nothing was confirmed in literal, word-for-word answers, fans of Bad Bunny and Cazzu can definitely use this interview as evidence to speculate on what actually went down between them. (And, if you agree with Pabón, you probably already feel like you have a good sense of all that.) What we do know for sure: Cazzu and Bad Bunny have major creative potential. He hopped on a remix for her song, “Loca,” back in 2018, and perhaps 2020 is the year for another musical collaboration between the two. Ya veremos!

Mon Laferte Goes Topless At 2019 Latin Grammys To Protest Violence In Chile

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Mon Laferte Goes Topless At 2019 Latin Grammys To Protest Violence In Chile

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Mon Laferte stunned everyone on the red carpet of the 2019 Latin Grammys in Las Vegas last night. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter and winner of Best Alternative Music Album appeared topless to make a political statement about police brutality in Chile. 

There have been violent protests in Chile after the government announced a new hike in subway fares during a time when wealth inequality has left many Chileans wanting. No doubt, Mon Laferte’s move was attention-grabbing — she’s making headlines and bringing the struggle of her people to the public’s attention in the process. 

Mon Laferte bares it all to make an important statement. 

Laferte appeared on the red carpet wearing a long black trench coat with black pants and a green bandana tied around her neck. She stunned photographers when she stepped forward, opened her coat, and revealed that she was completely topless. Written across her decollete in capitalized letters was “En Chile Torturan Violan Y Matan,” or “In Chile, they torture, rape, and kill.” 

On Instagram, she captioned a photo with her nipples censored to meet Instagram’s nudity guidelines, “My free body for a free country.” In another pose, Laferte shared that Instagram banned the hashtag #monlaferte because photos of her bare breasts circulated on the social platform. 

Laferte won Best Alternative Music Album for the album Norma. She dedicated the award to Chile in her speech. 

“I want to thank my colleagues … and especially to the public, the people, the fans that are there; without people nothing could happen,” the “El Beso” singer said. 

Laferte released a new protest single with Guaynaa, “Plata Ta Tá.”

Laferte’s new single with Puerto Rican artist Guaynaa, “Plata Ta Tá” is about fighting for your rights. The single artwork is a censored photo of her breasts. 

 “This generation has the revolution, with their cell phone they have more power than Donald Trump,” Laferte sings on the track. 

The reggaeton track is an anthem sure to get you hyped at the next protest.  “Go out, go out / go fight, go fight / Let’s make the world listen,” Guaynaa chants in his verse. 

Chileans protest the government’s increase in subway fares. 

Chileans began demonstrating against the government’s subway fare hike in October, but things quickly escalated as police began to use force, killing at least 20 people so far. One million people took to the streets of one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America to protest economic inequality. 

“The promise that political leaders from the left as well as right have made for decades — that free markets would lead to prosperity, and prosperity would take care of other problems — has failed them,” according to the New York Times

Protests have gone on for weeks. President Sebastián Piñera decided against the fare increase but he also deployed the military on civilians for the first time since the country became a democracy in 1990. The protest continued and the President promised better social programs on TV, but the demonstrators were not convinced. 

Violence has escalated in Chile with reports from the Associated Press saying police have begun shooting protestors in the eyes with shotgun pellets. At least 230 people, according to the country’s main medical body, have lost sight after being shot in the eye while demonstrating last month. At least 50 people will need prosthetic eyes. 

 “This means that the patient doesn’t only lose their vision, but they lose their actual eye,” said Dr. Patricio Meza, vice president of the Medical College of Chile. “We are facing a real health crisis, a health emergency given that in such few days, in three weeks, we have had the highest number of cases involving serious ocular complications due to shots in the eye.” 

Chile’s congress agreed to reform the country’s constitution. 

Today, Chile’s congress agreed to reform the nation’s constitution in hopes of ending the ongoing protests that have been run amuck with police brutality. “This has become possible thanks to the citizens who have been mobilized,” Chilean Senate President Jaime Quintana announced at a news conference in Santiago today. 

Quintana promised the new constitution would “build a true social contract” that would be “100 percent democratic,” according to CNN. The referendum will ask voters if the current constitution, created in 1980 by the dictator Augusto Pinochet, should be replaced. 

“This agreement is a first step, but it is a historic and fundamental first step to start building our new social pact, and in this, the citizenry will have a leading role,” said Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

There will be different models for the body proposed. Voters will be asked if they prefer the body consist of elected representatives, political appointees, or a mix of both, according to Al Jazeera. Whether the new promises will be enough to satisfy the unrest in Chile will remain to be seen.