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.
The Latin Grammys are in two weeks and everyone is getting excited to see who takes home the prizes. One artist that has a good chance to take home several prizes is Kany García. The Puerto Rican singer has been nominated in five categories in the Latin Grammys.
Kany García’s latest album racked up several Latin Grammy nominations.
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“Mesa Para Dos” is García’s seventh studio album and is already bringing her more acclaim than she expected. The album was a surprise to everyone, even García. The singer felt a need to stay connected to people while in quarantine and thus “Mesa Para Dos” was born with “zero planning.”
“It was kind of a beautiful madness and I told myself if I don’t release these now that we’re living this reality, with these feelings, I don’t know if when we reopen in November or October I will be able to release this album, in this way,” García told NBC News about the album. “It made sense to me today.”
It’s safe to say that “Mesa Para Dos” is a success.
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There is a need for new entertainment as quarantining drags on to consume almost all of 2020. García’s album is feeding that need for new entertainment as production in TV, movies, and music was suspended as we tried to get a handle on the pandemic. The album was a cathartic experience for García, according to her interview with NBC News.
Yet, despite the quarantine, García has managed to produce gold.
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Garcías has been nominated in five categories in the 2020 Latin Grammys. García was nominated for Record of the Year with “Lo que en ti veo,” Album of the Year with “Mesa Para Dos,” Song of the Year with “Le que en ti veo,” Best Tropical Song with “Búscame,” and Best Singer-Songwriter Album with “Mesa Para Dos.”
García would not have been able to produce this album under normal circumstances.
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García wrote all of her 10-song album. Each song is a collaboration with another artist including names like Camilo, Reik, and Carlos Vives. García told NBC News that the pandemic created the perfect environment to create this album.
“We were all at home, and all of our calendars were suddenly free, and I used that time to make duets with whoever I wanted, and they all said yes,” García told NBC News.