recap by: Yol-Itzma Aguirre
The Grammys had some pretty exciting moments for the Latinx community. We are offering you the recap:
Camila Cabello became the first Latina to ever open the Grammys with her big hit “Havana”. The stage was filled with the bright beautiful colors of Cuba as she delivered a powerful performance which included special cameos from Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug and legendary Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Camilia even included a message of solidarity and support with a newspaper on stage that headlined “Build Bridges Not Walls”.
With Reggaeton surpassing and becoming the number most streamed genre it was pretty shocking that so many of the top selling Reggaeton artist like Puerto Rican star Ozuna who had more than half a million albums in the country and Dominican singer Natti Natasha, one of the most popular artists on YouTube around the globe, were snubbed from the Grammys. Latino artist are still highly ignored yet last year the awards show ended with Luis Fonsi ‘s mega hit “Despacito” and this year it opened with Camila Cabello’s Cuban flavor, so maybe this a sign of change to come?
Cardi B slayed from the moment she hit the Red Carpet, walked in looking like a queen! She has had a phenomenal year and she is killing the game. It was a big night for the Dominican/Trinidadian rapper as she won her first Grammy for Invasion of Privacy and made herstory becoming the first woman, first Latina to win Best Rap Album as a solo artist! Hers was one of the biggest performances of the night
There were Grammy wins and content by Latinos that were left out of the main televised program, including this beautiful performance by Ángela Aguilar, Natalia Lafourcade and Aida Cuevas, each of who were nominated and came together to sing “La Llorona” which is Ángela Aguilar’s version off her album, Primero Soy Mexicana.
Ángela Aguilar is daughter of THE Pepe Aguilar (Grammy Award winner himself) and was the youngest nominee at this years Grammy Awards.
One of the hidden beautiful stories was John Daversa and the DREAMers. Daversa decided to use his platform to bring light to the DACA issue. He worked together with student and professional musicians and 53 Dreamers – from 17 different countries including Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Venezuela – who are legally living here and now are being affected by the standstill on the DACA policy. They came together to create American Dreamers (Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom) and their album of love and hope, won 3 Grammys!
Latinos who won at the Grammys and not include in the televised show:
Claudia Brant for Best Latin Pop Album for Sincera
Mexican rock band ZOÉ wins Best Latin Rock Album for Aztlán
Spanish Harlem Orchestra wins Best Tropical Latin Album for Anniversary
Dafnis Prieto + Big Band win Best Latin Jazz Album for Back to Sunset
Lucy Kalantari + The Jazz Cats wins Best Children’s Album for All The Sounds
Luis Miguel wins Best Regional Mexican Music Album ¡México Por Siempre!
for the full list of all Grammy winners, click here