This Years Grammy Nominations Are Diverse AF And We’re Loving The Latino Love
The 2018 Grammy Nominations were released on Tuesday by the Recording Academy, and after a year of record-breaking music by Latino artists, it’s refreshing to see them nominated for the most coveted awards in music.
The Recording Academy released some of their more exciting nominations via Twitter this Tuesday.
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) November 28, 2017
Featuring many black and Latino artists, these are some of the most visibly diverse nominations in recent memory. Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars are all nominated for “Record of The Year.”
One of the more momentous Latino nominations is for “Despacito,” the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee juggernaut that topped the Billboard charts for weeks.
Featuring vocals by Justin Bieber on the remix and co-written by Panamanian song writer Erika Ender, the song raked in the most views for any video on YouTube ever (more than 4 billion) and tied for most consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 Billboard chart. The song was so massive it topped the #1 slot in several countries around the world simultaneously. Per Fonsi’s excited tweet, “Despacito” was nominated three times, which means Daddy Yankee and Bieber are also up for three statues.
Cardi B’s banger “Bodak Yellow” was also nominated.
With this song, Cardi B became the second solo female rap artist to top the charts, beating out Taylor Swift, who had just recently dethroned “Despacito.” “Bodak Yellow” also helped Cardi B break the record for most consecutive weeks by a female rap artist at #1 on the billboard chart. Both of these accolades were once held exclusively by Lauryn Hill. “Bodak Yellow” was nominated for two Grammys. One nomination for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap Song. For the latter nomination, Cardi B is credited as one of the writers on the song under her pen name “Washpoppin,” a pen name that really deserves its own award if you ask me.
Another Latino artist nominated is Residente, of Calle 13 fame, for his self-titled album.
He took to Facebook to express his feelings on his win, stating that while it’s a great honor that people hear his music, that it took him away from his son and family, which he says will never happen again.
“I spent 2 years making this album, I dedicated all my strength to it, I worked with musicians from 11 different countries that are not known for their music and they sing in 8 different languages. It has been the most ambitious project in my career but the most difficult part of the process was missing out on family moments, moments with my son that will not happen again. No prize or recognition will ever give me back that time lost of seeing my son grow. The only thing that encourages me is knowing that after so many sacrifices to make my art there are people that somehow this album moves them, touches them and feeds them a desire to know the world.”
Shakira’s album “El Dorado” was nominated for best Latin Pop Album.
Thanks to all of you for making that Latin Grammy win a reality and this nomination for an American Grammy possible! It's all because of you!! Shak pic.twitter.com/qMHlQKC3va
— Shakira (@shakira) November 28, 2017
Shakira took to Twitter to thank her fans as well saying it wouldn’t be possible without them.
Bruno Mars’ album “24k Magic” brought in five nominations, including one for his single “That’s What I Like.”
There’s been no comment yet from Mars, probably because he’s busy on the South American leg of his tour. This week alone he’ll have been in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. The man is busy.
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