Some of Latin music’s biggest stars let their feelings be known recently. This after the announcement of this years Latin Grammy nominations.
Artists such as Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Natti Natasha, Lunay, Anuel AA, and Karol G let their feelings be known. Yankee is nominated for Best Urban Fusion/Performance and has won 6 Latin Grammy awards.
However, he said “Though I am nominated, I don’t agree with the way the genre was treated, as well as many of my colleagues. Remember something. Your platform didn’t build this movement. This goes beyond an award. This is culture, credibility, belonging and RESPECT.”
The Latin Grammys would respond to their criticism with the following. “We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music. In 2004, The Latin Recording Academy led the charge for recognizing reggaeton (urban) in several categories, adapting to the evolution of music. 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. The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results. Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy. At its core, The Latin Recording Academy belongs to its members, from all genres, and our doors are always open. Together we can all make it work. Let’s do it!”