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Anti-Trump And Pro-Trump Messages Were Sent At The Grammys

This year’s GRAMMYs were filled with surprise wins, great performances and, of course, Latinxs doing their things. While everyone else is still in shock that Adele won Record and Album of the Year over Beyoncé, there were a few other moments that caught our attention. Here are some of the top Latinx moments from the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Jennifer Lopez opened things by making it clear why everyone was there that night: to celebrate the power of art.

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“It is about the music, the words, and the voices. How they move us, inspire us, and touch all our lives. At this particular moment in history, our voices are needed more than ever,” J.Lo told the crowd. “As Toni Morrison once said, ‘This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear. We do language. That is how civilizations heal.'”

Northern Cree and Carla Morrison shared the stage and slayed their performance.


At the end of her song, Morrison gave Mexico a little shout out saying, “Arriba México, señores.” ??

Gina Rodriguez was poppin’ in her lacy black dress when she introduced Alicia Keys and Maren Morris to the stage.


Tbh, their performance was amazing but some people were absolutely floored by her outfit of choice.

Demi Lovato channeled Cher and gave a Bee Gees tribute dressed as a disco queen.


#Flawless

The ever-smooth Bruno Mars came through and gave a performance that would have made Prince proud.


He owned his performance with such confidence and grace that it’s no surprise that people are loving it.

Jesse and Joy won the award for Best Latin Pop Album for “Un Besito Más” and their speech was inspiring.

This is for all the #Latinos all over the world!!! Esto es para todos los latinos del mundo!!!
#grammys @recordingacademy #ProudLatinos #biculturalPower

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“We want to thank God, we want to thank our fans. We want to thank the academy. This means so much to us. The name of the album, ‘Un Besito Más’ is a song we wrote for our daddy who passed away and we’re so proud to be Mexican-Americans,” Joy said. “This goes to all the Hispanics out there in this country. To every minority group: we are with you. We stand with you.”

Joy Villa made her own political statement by wearing a Make America Great Again dress complete with “TRUMP” on her train.


She might have faced some backlash from that stunt but every American is entitled to their opinions. Those record sales don’t hurt either.


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Mariah Gives A Little More ‘Perreito’ This Quarantine

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Mariah Gives A Little More ‘Perreito’ This Quarantine

The voice behind “Perreito,” Mariah Angeliq, gives an inside scoop on what she has coming up in her next projects and what she’s doing at home during the quarantine.

Mariah Angelique Pérez, known in the music industry as Mariah Angeliq, is a US-based reggaeton and trap artist that has hustled to quickly place herself at the top of the urban music genre.

The 20-year-old artist already has one hit single under her belt, “Perreito,” which has made everyone rush to the dance floor. Latido music interviewed the artist, who was born in Miami, to talk about what she’s up to during quarantine. She also shared another secret that you’re about to find out. 😉

Q: Mariah, you’re only 20 years old yet you have a huge career in the industry…How did this happen?

A: When you’re really young, sometimes people don’t pay much attention to you. The music industry is complicated, nonetheless, I let my music speak for itself.

Q: You ran away from home and your musical career began, what was that experience like?

A: Haha, it was hard but I had to do it. My mom was very overprotective with me and she didn’t let me do what I wanted, but I knew I had the talent to make it, to grow in music if that’s what I decided to do. When I took that risk was when I met Nelly, El Arma Secreta, and that’s when I realized that you have to risk it all to be who you really want to be.

Q: How did you become so close to El Arma Secreta?

A: I met Nelly in the studio, back when I only sang in English. He saw something in me that he liked, so we started working together and Nelly said something like, “we have to have her sing in Spanish!” and that was that.

Q: How have you been dealing with the quarantine and everything surrounding COVID-19?

A: I always try to look on the bright side of things. I’ve written a lot of songs during quarantine, I’ve been concentrating on myself, my career, and the good that can come from this moment.

Q: Has the quarantine affected any plans?

A: Yes, I think for all artists. 2020 is the year when I was most active in concerts and events and well, everything seems to be on pause for the moment. To give you some perspective, I opened up Premio Lo Nuestro and that was a huge step in my career and as soon as this is over I’ll be back for more.

Q: You’ve had a few releases these last few months, can we expect more music from Mariah as an antivirus?

A: Yes, I’ve had a few releases, canciones cabronas. Not too long ago I released “Y Que Paso?” beside Brray and the track goes hard and as for quarantine, you’re going to see a lot more. I have a whole lineup of songs for you to enjoy at home right now, even some big collaborations with Ñengo Flow and Lyanno, están cabronas.

Chosen by Pandora as one of their “Latino Artists to Follow in 2020,” Mariah Angeliq has managed to be seen in the urban music scene as a promising artist in the genre, and as she mentioned, there’s even more to come this quarantine.

Nothing left to do now but prepare ourselves and enjoy a little “Perreito” during quarantine.

Click here to learn more about Mariah. 

The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

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The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

The music industry has been among the most affected by COVID-19, but, as businessman Stephen Brooks says, it has responded with great “generosity.”

Even though the growth in revenue in the music industry doesn’t compare with that of audiovisual productions or video games, it has been the industry that has demonstrated the most altruism during the global COVID-19 crisis.

“Everyone from the artists to the businesses have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stephen Brooks, creator of the online music channel Latido Music, told Efe.

Nonetheless, he affirms that “they have demonstrated such generosity that brings honor to our art. I’ve never been more proud to belong to the global music family.”

This pride is due to the response of artists towards the crisis, as they were among the first entertainment figures to support the creation of funds to help the working class, provide concerts on social media, and give donations to help fight the pandemic.

Ricky Martin was among the first to come forward and, through his Instagram, has insisted to his followers the importance of staying home and donating to foundations that are helping to fight the virus.

The virtual concert phenomenon began with Juanes and Alejandro Sanz, whose approach was then followed by Panamanian artist Sech and Jorge Drexler, from Uruguay, who hoped to bring their music to the homes of their fans. Eventually, businesses both small and large and TV channels followed their lead.

Anglo-Saxon artists have also started their own initiatives. Rihanna announced that she had donated five million dollars through her Clara Lionel Foundation, “for food banks in high-risk communities and elderly citizens in the US, as well as the purchase of tests and materials to help the sick in Haiti and Malawi.”

Streaming platforms have also opened up their wallets, donating to funds destined to help workers in the industry who, for the most part, worked for them. Spotify donated 10 million dollars and launched an initiative that would match the donations from their listeners.

The data collected from reports run by companies like Nielsen and Billboard indicate that the growth in music has remained stable in comparison to other sectors of the entertainment business, which have been struggling. “Some have even declined. There are indicators that point to a slight user decline in music platforms and on Youtube.” 

Even then, the spirit of musicians doesn’t let up and every day they keep announcing new events on social media and organizations in need of support to help fight the pandemic. 

Click here to learn more about the music industry’s generosity during the pandemic.