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Romeo Santos Became First Latinx Artist To Headline MetLife Stadium And The Latino Gang Was Their To Celebrate

Romeo Santos is no stranger to breaking records and shattering expectations. He is the first Latinx to headline Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, the first to bring bachata music to a global stage, and as of Saturday night, he is the first Latinx to headline the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

Santos who got his start in The Bronx-based bachata boy band, Aventura, has also found major success in his solo career. In the eight years on his own, Santos has had seven number one songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and 15 number ones on the Tropical Songs chart.

Nicknamed the “King of Bachata,” Santos turned the MetLife Stadium into his kingdom where he paid tribute to his Dominican heritage and bachata roots to celebrate his fourth studio album Utopia. According to Billboard, the concert felt historical

“With the help of this powerful cast of Dominican bachateros and allies, Santos marked another big moment for bachata that will certainly go down in history for the genre’s continued and formidable evolution,” wrote Isabela Raygoza of Billboard.

 King of Bachata Makes History 

Santos became the first Latinx artist to headline the MetLife Stadium. Santos played to a sold-out show to a crowd of over 80,000 fans in New Jersey on Saturday night.

But this isn’t the only record he broke last night. His performance was the single highest-grossing concert in MetLife Stadium’s history. The record was previously held by U2. 

“It’s difficult to express what I’m feeling at this moment, and I managed to do the possible and impossible to offer you the best bachata show in history,” Santos said during the show. 

Santos shares the stage with other Latinx heavyweights 

It is always heartwarming to see Latinx solidarity, Santos’ concert was no exception. Dominicans proudly waved their flags, and Santos was happy to share his stage with today’s hottest Dominican artists and the bachateros who influenced him. 

“Not every bachatero that impacted my life and my career is here tonight. Not everyone. But I still guarantee that you are in for a splendid time,” Santos said.

Bachata legends like Raulin Rodríguez, Frank Reyez, Joe Veras, Monchy & Alexandra and Zacarías Ferreira collaborated with Santos on stage for songs like “Me Quedo.” Not only did they join Santos for his own songs, but the artist also gave these trailblazers the space to perform their own classics. When you can take a step back at your own concert to center other artists, that is respect. 

This feels true to the message of Santos’ recent album Utopia which pays homage to the bachata artists of yesteryear that paved the way for him. This is all about Latinx history past, present, and future.

“You bless us tonight. Your contributions marked an era for bachata,” Santos said. 

Among his more urbano special guests were Cardi B, Ozuna, Aventura, and El Chavel.

Cardi says Santos is living the dream

“85,000 people last night at the MetLife stadium. A Dominican from The Bronx made that happened! Thank you so much @romeosantos for bringing me out to your sold-out concert. That’s an artist’s dream and you’re living it! So inspiring and motivating to me. I had the best time EVER!!!! Oooo yea I can sing now! Ya hear my vocals singing Obsession?” Cardi captioned on Instagram.

Frank Reyes on Romeo Santos

“He escuchado que algunas veces es mejor ser el primero que ser el mejor, pero lo que sucede cuando se es el primero y el mejor al mismo tiempo, es una UTOPÍA, felicidades @romeosantos y Gracias por hacer historia a ritmo de bachata una noche inolvidable,” the 50-year-old legend wrote. 

Joe Veras gets emotional

“Lo que dicen las fotos.!!! Es pura combinación de sentimientos y alegría de compartir esta hermosa colaboración con @romeosantos y ese publico furioso de emoción.!!!! Waaaaaoooo gracias Dios mio por tanta bendición!” Veras wrote on Instagram. 

The Bachata Utopia of your dreams

Santos gave the audience what they came for a bachata utopia of their dreams. Every moment was a homage to the genre from start to finish. What was once considered “rural” Dominican music is now recognized as a mainstream genre and important element of Latinx history.

“To compete in a moment when urbano music is so strong… being a tropical artist, we have to keep working hard, and reinventing ourselves,” Santos said while accepting the Tropical Artist of the Year at the Latin Billboard Awards earlier this year. “Long live tropical music!”

For one night Santos delivered, to an audience of over 80,000, something many may not have been able to conceive of in their wildest dreams: a celebration of tropical music and a taste of the solidarity it takes to make it. 

Cardi B Spilled Knowledge And Acceptance In Support Of Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Trans Child Zaya

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Cardi B Spilled Knowledge And Acceptance In Support Of Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Trans Child Zaya

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have been open and vocal about the support of their trans child Zaya. The discussion surrounding their child started in earnest when the parents posted photos with them during Miami Pride 2019. People have been weighing on the child’s gender identity and Cardi B recently shared her thoughts on the issue and fans are here for it.

Gabrielle Union and her husband Dwyane Wade are showing unconditional love and support for their trans child.

According to various studies, parental acceptance is an important factor in keeping LGBTQ+ youth safe and healthy. LGBTQ+ youth experience higher instances of mental, psychological, and physical trauma, including higher risks of HIV and AIDS infections. Parental acceptance and guidance can offset the known dangers for LGBTQ+ youth. Union and Wade’s support of Zaya is a crucial lesson for other parents with LGBTQ+ children.

The latest celebrity to weigh in on the conversation around Zaya is Cardi B.

The rapper, who has been accused of transphobic comments in the past, threw her full support behind Zaya and their parents. In 2018, Cardi B faced backlash after posting a transphobic meme to her Facebook account. Celebrity trans activists Laverne Cox and Angelica Ross weighed in on the meme calling Cardi B out for her use of the meme in light of the disproportionate murders facing Black trans women.

Yet, now it seems Cardi B is supporting the trans community with an Instagram video calling for support, acceptance, and love for Zaya.

“Let’s not forget that this is a kid. Let’s not forget that this kid could be very very sensitive. That’s 1,” Cardi B told fans in her Instagram video. “And, let me tell you something, right? I feel like people are saying that this kid is too young to transition but it’s like how old is too young? If you are born thinking that you are a girl in a boy’s body, how old do you have to be in order to keep knowing that that’s who you are? That’s who you are. That’s your identity. If that’s who you feel that you are, what is the age limit for you to know that that’s what you want to be?”

People on social media are cautiously celebrating Cardi B’s message.

Today’s cancel culture leaves a lot to be desired. It has become a common occurrence to see people canceled for having problematic views. Cardi B has been able to push forward with her career and has made history as a female rapper. She has long been criticized for her transphobic views and it now looks like Cardi B has changed her views.

“I seen a documentary before, not really a documentary but a long 18-minute video on YouTube way before this Zion situation about this 5-year-old little girl that at 5 years old she transitioned to be a girl,” Cardi B said in the video. “She knew that that’s what she wanted to be because she knew that. She liked to wear dresses. She likes to play with Barbies. And if you’re born like that, you’re forever going to be like that. Whether the age that you pick it to be, it’s your choice.”

For Cardi B, the most important thing is that people let people be happy and free, especially children.

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“Let people find their happiness, especially kids. Let them feel comfortable doing what they want to be,” Cardi B says. “And it’s true. A lot of trans [people] that I know around me, like, when I ask them, ‘When did you know that you wanted to change?’ They say, ‘I’ve always felt like I was a girl. I always felt like I was a girl. I was born like this. People are born like this. Like the Lady Gaga song ‘I was born this way,’ like that sh-t is f-cking real.”

Her defense of Zaya and the Union-Wade family seems so genuine and real.

In another video clip circulating, Carid B is calling on people to try to be more open and understanding. Some people live in communities where they do not interact with people who are in the LGBTQ+ community or hold old thoughts towards the community. Cardi B wants those people to try to open their minds and understand that people living as their authentic self is nothing to attack.

Even some who do not like nor support Cardi B are siding with her on this one.

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It’s hard not to support someone who is pushing for better acceptance of a marginalized community. This is something we can all get behind because love is love and love always wins.

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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