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Latino Artists Owned The 2018 American Music Awards By Sweeping Awards And Delivering Amazing Performances

Latinos have become a driving force in the music industry and there’s a reason why. Music is part of our culture. Every group has their own specific dance and music style. How many of you spent hours with abuela or abuelo learning the different dances so you could show off at the family reunions? Here’s how the American Music Awards (AMAs) went down and who came out as the winners of the night.

First, let’s talk about all of the awards Latinos took home last night.

Latinos took home eight awards last night including some of the top awards of the night. Cardi B and Camila Cabello battled it out for the most AMA awards and Cabello pulled ahead with one more award than Cardi B.

Camila Cabello snagged four awards last night.

The Cuban-Mexican pop star won Favorite Song – Pop/Rock with “Havana,” Favorite Music Video for “Havana,” Collaboration of The Year for “Havana” with Young Thug and was honored as the New Artist of the Year. Cabello thanked her fans every time she accepted an award because she wouldn’t be where she was today without them.

Look at how happy the pop star is carrying out all of her trophies.

“I want to thank my fans,” Cabello said when accepting the New Artist of the Year award. “Thank you so much for having my back.”

Cardi B was just behind Cabello with three awards of her own.

That’s right. The new mommy walked away from the AMAs with three awards. She won Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Finesse” with fellow Latino Bruno Mars, Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “Bodak Yellow” and Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip Hop.

Oh, and the new parents stunned on the red carpet.

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Not only are they beautiful people, their outfits were absolutely jaw dropping.

Bruno Mars shared his award with Cardi B.

He took home Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Finesse.” The song was a phenomenon when it was released and took over social media and radio stations across the country.

Daddy Yankee came through for Puerto Rico with his own win.

Daddy Yankee left with Favorite Artist – Latin. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since Daddy Yankee’s musical career was definitely experiencing a revival like no other thanks to the wild success of “Despacito.”

But snagging trophies wasn’t the only thing that Latinos did at the AMAs. They also brought the house down.

Tbh, that was all of us last night watching our favorite stars take the stage to rock the crowd.

The performance of the night was Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

That Spanish bit shook the audience to their core. It is the American Music Awards after all and a lot of people in the U.S. speak Spanish. In fact, there are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than there are people in Spain making the U.S. the second country for Spanish speakers behind Mexico.

Camila Cabello brought the audience to a stand still with her spellbinding performance of “Consequences.”

The singer gave fans a toned down performance. She was wearing a formal gown and was accompanied by an orchestra as she belted out the heartbreaking ballad.

It’s basically mandatory to have Jennifer Lopez perform at every music award show at this point and she doesn’t disappoint.

The Puerto Rican superstar sang “Limitless,” which is a song from her new movie “Second Act.” Lopez told reporters on the red carpet that the song was written by Sia specifically for the movie and she was excited to bring new life to the song on stage.

But the most talked about moment from the show was of Mariah Carey performing live for the first since her NYE debacle.

Honestly, the fact that so many mane popped out of her dress as she performed should be seen as iconic. However, it was not enough to distract people from what a lot of people are saying was Carey lip syncing during her AMAs performance.

The skepticism since her NYE performance is still strong.

The shaaaaaaaade of it all.

What was your favorite part of the 2018 American Music Awards?

Did you turn into Cabello while watching from your living room?


READ: Latinos Dominated The 2018 MTV VMAs With Some Of Your Faves Taking Home The Top Awards

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Selena Quintanilla’s Family Decided That ‘Fiesta De La Flor’ Will No Longer Take Place In Corpus Christi, Where Is It Moving To Next?

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Selena Quintanilla’s Family Decided That ‘Fiesta De La Flor’ Will No Longer Take Place In Corpus Christi, Where Is It Moving To Next?

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Even after her death, Selena Quintanilla’s music has lived on. The iconic Tex-Mex superstar left a legacy that is still very much alive. Her music is still being played on the radio and streamed online, her face is sold on T-shirts and other merch around the world, her story continues to inspire new TV and Movie projects. And yet, for some reason, the Quintanilla’s Fiesta de la Flor Festival —an annual music event in honor of Selena— isn’t being held at Selena’s hometown Corpus Christi, or at all.

The Quintanilla family announced that the yearly festival honoring Selena’s legacy will no longer be held in Corpus Christi.

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Corpus Christi is synonymous with Selena Quintanilla. The coastal Texas city is where the singer lived and died, it’s also where her family continues to live to this day. In Corpus Christi, Selena fans can visit a museum dedicated entirely to the Queen of Tex-Mex. And for the past five years, the city had also been host to the family held festival, ‘Fiesta de la Flor’. The Quintanillas announced recently, however, that the festival will no longer take place in Corpus Christi. No word yet on where the festival might move to yet.

The news came in a media release from Q Productions.

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“Unfortunately, even beautiful journeys must come to an end. In Selena’s beautiful spirit, the Selena Foundation has contributed thousands of dollars to organizations in Corpus Christi for the betterment of the community. The Selena Foundation is committed to continuing Selena’s belief that the impossible is possible.” Much of the rest of the statement was dedicated to thanking a long list of organizations, including the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, for their support in the last five years.

No word yet on where the festival may land, if anywhere.

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No further information was disclosed about where the festival might be taking place. Or whether it will happen at all. Why did they pull the plug from the Corpus Christi? Back in August, it was reported that the family had threatened to stop celebrating the festival in Corpus Christi because of money issues. It was speculated that the amount of money the city was generating from the festival was disproportionately larger than what the Selena Foundation was receiving. 

According to Corpus Christi Caller Times, this year, for the first time since the inception of the festival in 2015, Fiesta de la Flor did not bring in a profit. The festival generates an estimated “$10.8 million economic impact for the city every year,” yet the Selena Foundation has made less than $100,000 in the four years of the festival.

Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO quit after being criticized for giving the Quintanillas a larger sum of money than what been agreed before.

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The Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Paulette Kluge said that the amount was unacceptable. She said that “the city is making millions of dollars.” Because the bureau is now taking $50,000 from the festival to the foundation, that concludes the festival has no profit to report for this year. “Everybody is benefiting except the Selena Foundation, and they said, ‘It is unacceptable, and if we don’t get something for the Selena Foundation, there will not be another Fiesta de la Flor,’ ” Kluge said, according to the Caller Times. “So I agreed to pay them $35,000 last year, which was all of our profits, and $50,000 moving forward.”

Paulette Kluge recently resigned to her post at the bureau after being criticized for changing the contract with the Quintanillas —raising the family’s profits for the upcoming festival by $15,000—  without input from other officials. Kluge had the legal power to rewrite a contract that she was instrumental in creating. But the CVB Board and City Council were not happy with the new terms. Kluge is credited with building a relationship with the Quintanillas which would later lead to the birth of Fiesta de La Flor.

The two-day festival celebrating the queen of Tejano, had been held in Selena’s hometown for 5 years.

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The festival began in 2015 and has brought about $15 million in economic benefit to the city each year. Formerly sponsored by Citgo, the next festival had a new benefactor lined up. Hermann and Hermann, a law firm based out of Corpus Christi with offices in San Antonio and McAllen, signed on to be the 2020 sponsor.

Corpus Christi Caller Times reported that when reached for information, the Quintanilla family and Q Productions declined to comment. Which leaves us with many unresolved questions. There is no website for the foundation. A quick Google search showed a 2016 article in which it says that the foundation was formed to honor Selena’s legacy as well as give scholarships. However, the foundation has faced some tax issues in the past and is not considered a nonprofit.

And even though we don’t know for certain, why the family pulled the festival from Corpus Christi or when we’ll get to celebrate the Latina icon again, we will be looking forward to finding out where Fiesta de La Flor is going to next.

Maluma Brought J Lo On-Stage For A Duet, But The Latino Stars Are Planning Something Bigger

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Maluma Brought J Lo On-Stage For A Duet, But The Latino Stars Are Planning Something Bigger

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For the second time in his career, and second year in a row, Colombian reggaeton star, Maluma performed in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The reggaetonero surprised fans at his sold-out show by inviting the diva from the Bronx, Jennifer Lopez to join him on stage. 

Jennifer Lopez joined Maluma on stage at his sold-out show, but not for the reasons you’re thinking…

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It feels like it’s J.Lo’s world and we’re all just living in it. 2019 has been Jenny from the Block’s year, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon. The Boricua’s still promoting her hit film Hustlers, which has earned her the best reviews of her career. She crashed Milan Fashion Week last month and broke the internet in her iconic 2000s Versace dress, she’s launching a skin care line soon, and all the while she’s planning a wedding to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, that will no doubt be epic.

The two latino super stars performed J.Lo and Marc Antony’s classic ballad ‘No Me Ames’

Last week, Lopez hit the ground running right after she threw a lavish engagement party in L.A. with husband to be A-Rod, and took Maluma fans by surprise when she joined the singer on stage at Madison Square Garden to sing her 1999 hit ‘No me ames’—but not for the reasons you might think. 

On Friday, October 4, Jennifer Lopez, walked on stage through a hidden trap door to join Maluma for a duet. ‘No me ames’, a 90s classic, was first popularized by J.Lo and ex-husband Marc Anthony. Maluma’s performance was a tad dissappointing to say the least. Social media users described it as “a bad attempt to reach ‘el astro de la salsa’s’ notes. Maluma regrettably stumbled over a few of Anthony’s lines, which Lopez tactfully recovered by singing them herself.

According to HOLA! USA magazine, fans “roared as J.Lo rose up centerstage in a spume of smoke like a Greek goddess.” The 50-year-old singer actress looked breathtaking in her gold-ensemble and bold lip color. While her statueque gown gave us major J.Lo vibes, we should point out that on stage, she was channeling a character named “Kat.” As it turned out, the two Latino music stars used the 25 year old’s sold out concert as an ideal backdrop to film a scene for an upcoming rom-com starring Lopez, Maluma and Owen Wilson.

J.Lo’s upcoming movie ‘Marry Me’ starring herself, also includes Owen Wilson and king of reggaeton, Maluma.

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The romantic comedy “Marry Me” is the pop star’s latest project of the year. Based on Bobby Crosby’s graphic novel, the film is about a pop star, similar to Lopez herself, who finds out her fiancé is cheating on her with her assistant. After an epic meltdown during a concert at Madison Square Garden, the pop star picks a random math teacher to marry. Owen Wilson is set to play the math teacher that is forced to navigate a new relationship with the popstar. According to a casting announcement by Deadline, Colombian singer and reggaetonero, Maluma, will play Lopez’s cheating fiancé.

The two artists took to social media to share a sneak peek of the first days of filming.

“The art of collaboration…it’s what I love about this business!!! True magic happens when inspiration meets the absence of ego. It’s so much fun when different artists come together and everyone contributes to create something special and true and real for everyone to experience and enjoy!! Issa flow… Here we go!!!,” wrote the Second act actress on Instagram. ‘Chantaje’ singer replied to her post writing, ‘I’m so grateful’. 

The singer also shared on Instagram, a short clip of their performance in NYC.

Upon wrapping their theatrical duet, Maluma informed his fans in Spanish that a camera crew had filmed the whole scene for use in the movie — but Lopez would have to re-shoot her extravagant trap door reveal just a few more times. Unmoved by Hollywood magic, the New Yorkers audibly complained — but ultimately complied, and with a lot of applause.

Described as Notting Hill meets The Proposal, ‘Marry Me’ starts as a goof and ends up becoming an exploration of relationships, expectations and destiny. The film’s release date has not been announced yet, but we can’t wait to see how their iconic performance will translate to the big screen!