Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)NEW YORK – A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by male acts — on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por México, Vol. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music “unites all of us and makes us human.”“This is our night,” he added.
Residente signs with Sony Music to create TV, films and more
Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios. Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multiyear deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios. Under this new venture, which the company announced Thursday as “groundbreaking,” the Puerto Rican rapper and Sony Music Latin/Iberia will create, produce and globally distribute original content across multiple formats and in Spanish and Engish. 1868 Studios takes its name from the Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares,) the first major revolt against Spanish rule in Puerto Rico on September 23, 1868. “It is the only day that Puerto Rico has been independent, for eight hours,” Residente noted.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019, from left, Ozuna performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019 and Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
Ricky Martin makes 'Pausa' to channel newly found anxiety
Martin released an EP Thursday, May 28, called "Pausa." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK The world paused and for the first time in his life Ricky Martin felt anxiety. I had never suffered from anxiety, and I left home when I was 12 (to join boy-band Menudo). The initial idea was to release a whole album that he had previously been working on for months, but Martin felt that the rhythms were not the most appropriate for the moment. I can be recording and literally see in my laptop the movement he is making in his console table in New York, Martin said.
From teen prodigy to freedom fighter, singer iLe strikes a chord for an independent Puerto Rico
Calle 13 is, after all, the name of the street where she grew up with most of her nine siblings. AdvertisementIm part of a minority that wants Puerto Rico to be an independent country, she said. What she didnt anticipate was the harmony between Almadura and the social-political energy brewing in Puerto Rico. AdvertisementEighteen months after the release of iLevitable, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico in September 2017. The track Odio (Hate) takes a look at the U.S. history of violence with Puerto Rico.latimes.com
Residente Addresses Latin GRAMMYs Controversy Over Lack of Reggaeton Artist Nominations (Exclusive)
The message shared across platforms read: "Sin reggaeton no hay Latin GRAMMY." The rapper admitted he was surprised to win the Latin GRAMMY for Best Short Form Video for "Banana Papaya." It's an honor for me to represent urban music, reggaeton, trap and hip-hop," he said. And for me, I will always represent music from Puerto Rico, reggaeton, Latin music." RELATED CONTENT:Sebastian Yatra on the 'Best Part' of His Relationship With Girlfriend Tini (Exclusive)Bad Bunny Closes the Latin GRAMMY Awards With Serene Reggaeton Performance2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards: The Winners List
Protesters demand Puerto Rico governor's resignation
A truck carrying rapper Bad Bunny, singer Ricky Martin, and rapper Residente joins with thousands of other people as they fill the Expreso Las Amricas highway calling for the ouster of Gov. Ricardo A. Rossell on July 22, 2019, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The protesters are calling on Rossell to step down after a group chat was exposed that included misogynistic and homophobic comments. Hide Caption
Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign
Prominent Puerto Ricans on the U.S. mainland raised their voices in the call for Rossell to resign. The group waved Puerto Rican flags amid drumbeats, chanting in Spanish: "Long live free Puerto Rico!" "Puerto Ricans are so numb to politics in America and we get lies from the Trump administration," said Miranda. But the alleged corruption surrounding the governor of the U.S. territory "is the last straw and Puerto Ricans are standing up against it." Singer Ricky Martin said in a video message posted online: "Puerto Rico has suffered so much and we can't deal with the cynicism of these leaders anymore.chicagotribune.com
Thousands call on Puerto Rico's governor to resign in massive protest
Thousands marched to Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossell's residence in San Juan as part of a massive protest that included musicians Ricky Martin, Residente and Bad Bunny. Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags during the fifth day of protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossell in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 17, 2019. Prominent Puerto Ricans on the U.S. mainland raised their voices in the call for Rossell to resign. The group waved Puerto Rican flags amid drumbeats, chanting in Spanish: "Long live free Puerto Rico!" "Puerto Ricans are so numb to politics in America and we get lies from the Trump administration," said Miranda.cbsnews.com