Following The Weeknd’s boycott of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced last Friday an end to the “secret committees” that determined the nominees. The Latin Recording Academy behind the Latin Grammy Awards said that it will keep the review committees in place for now.
The Weeknd spoke out against the “secret committees” this year.
After The Weeknd’s globally successful After Hours album was snubbed at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Canadian superstar said that he was boycotting the awards by withholding his music. In March, he told the New York Times, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik echoed The Weeknd’s demands.
The Recording Academy voted to disband the nominations review committees on Friday.
By “secret committees,” The Weeknd was referring to the committees that were appointed by the Recording Academy to review the nominations. According to Billboard, the Recording Academy trustees voted to disband the nominations review committees, letting the Grammy voting body have more of a say in the nominations. The changes are effective immediately for the next Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2022.
“As we continue to build a more active and vibrant membership community, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year,” Ruby Marchand, the Academy’s chief industry officer, said in a statement.
The Música Urbana category should finally break up the Latin genres into individual categories.
In a major move for Latin music, the Recording Academy trustees also voted to create a Best Música Urbana Album category. In past years, the Latin genres at the Grammys were clumped together in one category.
In 2012, the category was called Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album. Latin rock was liberated this year with its own category. The creation of the Best Música Urbana Album category should break up the Latin pop and Latin urban genres into two separate categories next year.
The Latin Grammy Awards will keep the nominations review committees in place for now.
To see if the Latin Recording Academy would also put an end to the “secret committees,” Billboard‘s Leila Cobo reached out to them. So far, the answer is no. In a statement, the folks behind the Latin Grammy Awards wrote they “did not anticipate” doing so.
“While the awards process for Latin Grammys mirrors the essence of the Grammy process, the Latin Recording Academy’s members have the ability to modify procedures respective to the needs and evolution of Latin music,” the Latin Recording Academy said in the statement. “Since we are mainly an international organization, our systems and procedures have some differences.”
As for a more direct reason why the nominations review committees will remain in place at the Latin Grammys, the Latin Recording Academy added, “Given the richness of Latin music and its diverse fields, we depend on the expertise of our members in order to best respect and honor excellence in the difference genres that compose our culture.”
It’s official: award season is among us. We just celebrated the Billboard Music Awards and Latin Music Week and now we’re on to the 21st Latin Grammys.
Despite the insane year we’ve all experienced, it’s safe to say that one highlight of the year has been the music. From Bad Bunny and Cardi B to J Balvin, Maluma, and Karol G, we’ve been blessed with some serious bops this year.
To help us recognize all the incredible talent from our community, the academy has announced they’ve tapped Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio to co-host this year’s show. The Indigenous-Mexican’s star continues to shine bright ever since her debut in the 2018 film Roma and we can’t wait to see her taking on this exciting new role.
The Latin Grammys have tapped Yalitza Aparicio to co-host the upcoming award ceremony.
It’s been a year since her historic Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her debut performance in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, and she’s been busy ever since. Now, we’ll get to see her take on another major awards show: The 21st Latin Grammys.
The Indigenous Mexican actress will co-host Latin music’s biggest night after original co-host Roselyn Sánchez dropped out due to an injury. The Latin Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Aparicio would take over hosting duties alongside actress Ana Brenda Contreras and singer Carlos Rivera.
“We had been in discussions for some time about having me host, but it was the theme of the night that really caught my attention,” Aparicio told EW of her new gig. “I really believe in that message, especially now as we find ourselves in such critical times where so many people are feeling isolated.
“Music has the power to motivate and to lift our spirits. I select what I’ll listen to based on what my needs are at the time. If I need some energy, I crank up the Reggaeton. I’m the type of person that needs music in order to get my day going. If I don’t play Reggaeton in the morning, I’ll go back to sleep.”
The announcement comes shortly after the original host – Roselyn Sánchez – was forced to drop out due to injury.
Of course, we’re excited to see Aparicio taking the stage to co-host this year’s award ceremony. However, before she was announced as a co-host, Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sánchez was set to host.
“Friends, with a heavy heart, I must inform you that I will no longer be participating in the Latin Grammys ceremony this year,” Sánchez wrote on Instagram last week in Spanish. “I suffered a fall, and my doctor put a boot on me. The doctor’s recommendation was to avoid standing for long periods of time or wearing heels. I’m going to miss you.”
Aparicio has been proud to represent her community on the big screen and at events and ceremonies around the world.
Ever since her debut role in Roma, Aparicio has been no stranger to award season. She made history last year as the first Indigenous Mexican performer to be nominated for lead actress after winning hearts as Cleo, a resilient housekeeper caring for a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City while enduring great personal loss.
Aparicio – a former schoolteacher-turned-actress – has proudly been using her platform to advocate for domestic workers and Indigenous communities after representing them on the big screen in Netflix’s Roma.
“Every step I take, I carry with me a community that doesn’t see themselves reflected in media. I work hard to ensure we are represented the right way,” she told Entertainment Weekly upon Wednesday’s Latin Grammys announcement.
“I am conscious of the fact that I am not alone in this world. We are an important part of society, and I carry every voice out there that feels silenced due to lack of representation in Hollywood. I know who I am, and nothing will deter me from lifting up others.”
Although they’ll be very different from year’s past, the upcoming ceremony looks like it’ll be a must watch.
Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony will obviously be quite different from years past – but they still sound like it will definitely be worth tuning into.
Although there won’t be a live audience nor a red carpet, the 21st Latin Grammy Awards will feature a heavy lineup of some of the year’s top artists, including performances by Anitta, J Balvin, Camilo, Lupita Infante, Juanes, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Ricky Martin, Carla Morrison, José Luis Perales and Prince Royce.
Other previously announced performers include Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Calibre 50, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Alex Cuba, Alejandro Fernández, Karol G, Kany García, Guaynaa, Los Tigres del Norte, Víctor Manuelle, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Nodal, Debi Nova, Fito Páez, Nathy Peluso, Raquel Sofía and Sebastián Yatra.