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After So Much Controversy, Bad Bunny And Other Reggaeton Artists Will Be Performing At The 20th Annual Latin Grammys

It looks like we finally know who will be taking the big stage at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. This past Tuesday Latin Recording Academy announced a slew of performers that will include some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry. Among them are several of this year’s GRAMMY nominees highlighted by Alessia Cara, Bad Bunny, Paula Arenas, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, and Sebastián Yatra. This will also include newcomer and reggaeton star Sech and as well as GRAMMY-winning singers Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón.

The award show, which will be hosted by Ricky Martin for the first time ever, will also take the time to recognize two decades of celebrating notable artists in Spanish-language music as the event marks its 20th anniversary. This means that the event will be pulling out all the stops when it comes to recognizing the very best that Latin music has had to offer in the last two decades. The Latin Recording Academy says the event will showcase “a historic star-studded celebration, complete with special reunions, tributes and musical icons” for this special anniversary. We can already hardly wait.

Here are some of the details we know so far about the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards including some big acts that will be taking the stage. 

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Among the artists already mentioned, we have some details on some of the acts that will be sharing the stage together and some tributes that will be handed out that evening. According to Billboard, GRAMMY-nominated Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez will perform alongside his father, legendary ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez and his son Alex Fernandez for the first time ever at the show. The trio is set to be accompanied by the Mariachi Sol de México as they take center stage. 

“Ready to celebrate #20YearsOf Excellence in the biggest night in Latin music,” Alejandro tweeted.

The evening will also take the time to celebrate one of the most popular Latin artists: Juanes. The Colombian singer-songwriter will be performing a medley of some of his biggest hits throughout his career and will also receive the award for Person of the Year 2019 from the Latin Recording Academy. Juanes is also nominated for a Latin Grammy.

While it’s great that the award show will have some urbano acts perform live, there is still some anger over the nomination snubs.

The annual show is a celebration of the past 12 months in Latin music, a genre that has seen an explosion of mainstream popularity, most notably when it comes to reggaeton. With the rising prominence of artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Maluma, you’d expect them to be at the forefront of the show. 

While Bad Bunny and Sech will be performing, both artists have called out the Latin Recording Academy for basically ignoring urbano, reggaeton, and Latin trap genres when it comes to nominees. At the heart of the controversy is the exclusion of some of the genre’s biggest stars from major categories such as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, nor Album of the Year.

Some of the biggest stars in Latin music including Daddy Yankee, Maluma, and J Balvin have all joined Bad Bunny and Sech in criticizing this year’s Latin Grammys.

The artists have taken to social media to spread the message of  “Sin Reggaeton, No Hay Latin Grammys” that has been widely circulated online. According to the GRAMMYS’ official website, urbano music dominated streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora this past year. With the exclusion of these popular urban artists like J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, it has reaffirmed the Recording Academy’s well-documented bias against urban music.

“We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin Music,” the Recording Academy wrote in a statement responding to the controversy. “The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.”

Despite the controversy, we’re excited to see how the evening rolls out and if some of the acts use the platform to shine some positive light on the popular genre. This is also only the first round of performers that have been announced so far so keep on the lookout for more news on this special night!

The 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards will air live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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