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The Latin Grammys Just Announced A New Host That Has Fans Excited For This Year’s Awards

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.

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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.

Also exciting is that this year, the academy introduced three new categories: Best Pop/Rock Song, Best Reggaeton Performance, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song. Leading this year’s nominations are Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, all of whom received nods for the coveted record of the year trophy.

The ceremony is set to air on November 19 on Univision via live broadcast from Miami, while concerts will be taking place at various places around the world. Will you be tuning in?

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