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People Were In Tears Over ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Airing A Puerto Rico Special

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has gone on the road several times since Jimmy Fallon took over the hosting role in 2014. This year, he decided to travel to “the Island of Enchantment” when he heard Lin-Manuel Miranda was reprising his role as Hamilton to benefit a performing arts organization in Puerto Rico.

Fallon’s Tuesday night show served a dual purpose of raising awareness for much-needed tourism to help the island’s economy, as well as an opportunity to donate funds to local small businesses on the island.

In the first scenes of the taped show, Fallon sang “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton in full costume while walking along the streets of Puerto Rico with Bad Bunny.

Appearing in his chill uniform yellow hoodie, Bad Bunny sang “MIA” with a full-on band and accompanying dancers as Fallon and The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought joined in on the percussion. BTW, take a look at Questlove’s Immigrant shirt. ???? ????

The lively performance wrapped up with “Ole, Ole, Ole” and some Puerto Ricans got choked up at how the performance encompassed the spirit of their beloved island.

How many Puerto Ricans out there felt ewmotional watching this performance?

Some loyal “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” fans wanted the ensemble to rock “MIA” with school instruments, but hey, still a good rendition!

After the first commercial break, Fallon sat down for an intimate interview with Miranda on topics ranging from what was his most vivid memory after Hurricane Maria, to why he brought the show to Puerto Rico, and what it was like to work with former President Barack Obama.

The Hamilton creator said the silence coming from the island is what he remembered most following the aftermath Hurricane Maria.

Since then, his father Luis has been working tirelessly to bring Miranda’s award-winning show to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Miranda told Fallon all proceeds from his Hamilton performance at the Bellas Artes theater will benefit performers of the Flamboyan Arts Fund.

Miranda noted artists and performers are seen as an afterthought in hurricane relief efforts, but need donations to help them perform and study the craft they love.

Of course, Fallon needed to show his audience a beautiful bird’s eye view of Puerto Rico.

The talk show host took a Go-Pro and did some face first zip lining showing off the natural beauty in Puerto Rico.

Fallon even spoke with world-renowned chef José Andrés on the serene beaches of Piñones.

Chef Andrés spoke with Fallon about his own relief efforts to help on the island, including writing a book about his efforts titled “We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time.”

Fallon also revealed he donated $250,000 to an organization helping small businesses on the island.

Fallon asked for some help from Jose Feliciano and Ozuna to wrap up his visit. Both performers sat next to each other in an outdoor plaza with LED candles glittering in the night.

Talk about a coming together of Puerto Rican musical greats.

Twitter users got emotional once the two of them started singing the official love letter to the island, “En Mi Viejo San Juan.”

The song has a long history in Puerto Rican music and for good reason. The song captures and celebrates the emotions The Puerto Rican people feel for their homeland.

Viewers were in tears watching these two perform one of the greatest songs about Puerto Rico.

Maybe now people will forget about his tossling President Trump’s hair during the campaign?

Some people even credit Fallon for bringing them home.

As he signed off, Fallon kept the emotional night going by saying “Gracias Puerto Rico, de todo corazon.” Thank you for making your own love letter to Puerto Rico, Fallon.


READ: Chef Jose Andres Served Millions Of Meals In Puerto Rico And Now He’s Been Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize

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Bad Bunny’s Collaboration With Crocs Sold Out in Minutes and Fans Are Not Happy

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Bad Bunny’s Collaboration With Crocs Sold Out in Minutes and Fans Are Not Happy

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Just when you thought you could look as fly as Bad Bunny for the month of October, the haters come in and cramp your style.

On Tuesday, Bad Bunny’s much-hyped collaboration with Crocs dropped on the company’s website.

When the collab was initially announced, Bad Bunny called himself a “longtime fan” of the famous brand, adding that he hoped his version inspires his fans to “have their own fun with their personal style and wearing what makes them happy.”

He even got a little sentimental, adding: “I believe in being true and not placing limitations on myself, which is also something Crocs represents, and this is the message I always want to make sure I send out to my fans.”

The limited-edition shoe was described as being glow-in-the-dark and emblazoned with Jibbitz charms that referenced his previous music.

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in Croc lingo, Jibbitz charms are jewelry-like flair you can pin through the holes of your Crocs. The Bad Bunny x Crocs Jibbits reference his music from his recent YHLQMDLG album–fire emojis, stars, planets, a man holding a sign that says: zona de perreo. And, of course, there was a bunny Jibbit as well.

The limited-edition crocs were set to go on sale at 12 p.m. EDT on September 29 and customers were told they could only purchase one pair at a time. The shoes retailed for $60 USD when normal Crocs go for $45.

But as soon as customers logged on to the Crocs website, they were promptly greeted with a “Sold Out” message. The Bad Bunny Crocs were snatched up within minutes.

Needless to say, people were upset.

The Bad Bunny x Crocs collab was the most exciting thing to happened to the quarantined people of earth in months.

People flooded Twitter to voice their disappointment.

And this girl was so excited, she set multiple alarms in preparation for the launch.

Some people were so mad they were prepared to throw elbows if they saw someone on the street with those crocs on.

People better watch their feet in the next few months…

Some people couldn’t help but be down on themselves for getting their hopes up in the first place.

Really, though. When is the last time we’ve had nice things? This is 2020, afterall.

And of course, there were the conspiracy theorists out there who were convinced that the entire thing was a sham.

For real. Have you met one person in real life who were actually able to buy a pair? I’ll wait.

The backlash was so loud that Crocs had to release a statement refuting any fowl play.

Hmmm…we’re still skeptical. Here’s to hoping that Crocs will re-stock soon and we’ll be able to walk around with light-as-air, glow-in-the-dark rubber clogs. Until then, the limited edition crocs are being sold on darker corners of the internet for astronomically marked-up prices.

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Latin Grammy Nominations Are In And What A Difference A Year Makes

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Seriously, it was just last year that some of the world’s most popular artists – reggaetoneros and trap artists like Bad Bunny and J Balvin – were completely ignored. I mean it was so serious there was even a hashtag: “Sin Reggaetón, No Hay Grammy.”

At the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, the top award categories very conspicuously left out these very artists. However, this year they’re dominating all the categories and bringing in a record number of nominations.

The 2020 Latin Grammy nominations are in and they definitely do a better job at representing the community than last year’s.

In 2019, the Latin Grammy’s went viral but really for all the wrong reasons. social media exploded as Latin artists posted images of the Grammy logo with a large red “X″ across it, with words on the image reading in Spanish: “Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys.” Balvin even skipped the live show and Bad Bunny, who won best urban music album during the telecast, told the audience: “With all due respect, reggaeton is part of the Latin culture.”

This definitely forced the Grammy’s to reconsider this year’s awards.

“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,” Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement, calling this year’s nominees “a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music.”

To honor Latin rap and reggaeton performers, the Latin Grammys added new categories this year, including best reggaeton performance and best rap/hip-hop song.

J Balvin leads the pack with an astonishing 13 Grammy nominations.

In announcing this year’s nominees, J Balvin is in the lead with 13 total nods, including two nominations Album of the year, thanks to his own album Colores and his collab with Bad Bunny, OASIS.

The Colombian reggaetonero has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders – and his chances look pretty good. However, even if he doesn’t pick up that, he’s in the running for several other awards.

Bad Bunny is close behind with nine nominations for what was a record-breaking year for the artist.

Bad Bunny is included in the Album of the Year category for his album YHLQMDLG (which was this year’s best-selling Latin album), however, his surprise album, LAS QUE NO IBAN A SALIR, wasn’t recognized in any category.

In the Best Urban album category, Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG is up against Anuel AA’s Emmanuel, Benito’s Oasis with J Balvin, Balvin’s Colores, Feid’s Ferxxo: Vol. 1 M.O.R., Ozuna’s Nibiru, Sech’s 1 of 1, and rising Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers’Easy Money Baby.

Meanwhile, the Album of the Year category could get pretty interesting with this caliber of nominees.

This year’s Album of the Year category prove what an incredible year 2020 was for Latin music. We were blessed with hit after hit which was all the more important considering what a traumatic year it’s been.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin are both competing for the award. San Benito’s YHLQMDLG faces off against Balvin’s Colores and their joint album OASIS. Meanwhile, albums from Camilo (Por Primera Vez), Ricky Martin (PAUSA EP), and Kany García (Mesa Para Dos), are all up for the same award. What’s extra special about this category this year is that it’s also featuring three nominees from the LGBTQ community.

This year’s top-selling record, “Tusa”, is also up for a Grammy.

Colombian reggaetonera Karol G along with Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj are nominated for this hit song that has just blown up the airwaves this entire year.

“Tusa” is the sole Latin trap nominee in the song of the year category, where 11 tracks are in contention. It’s a departure for Karol G, who didn’t receive a single nomination last year and was part of the group of uber-successful Latin trap and reggaeton artists who were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year. This year, the Colombian performer who was named best new artist in 2018 has four nominations, including two shared with Minaj.

It’s encouraging to see the academy actually reflect what is happening in Latin music. The inclusion of this larger variety of artists helps illustrate just how diverse the Latin music industry really is. But to see who actually takes home the awards will be a different story. The Latin Grammy Awards will air live from Miami on Nov. 19 on Univision.

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