J Balvin and Daddy Yankee speak out in protest of the Latin Grammys

A number of major urbano artists have spoken out about a lack of representation in this year’s nominations.

September 25, 2019
J Balvin and Daddy Yankee speak out in protest of the Latin Grammys J. Balvin (L) and Daddy Yankee (R)   Jamie McCarthy/Jason Koerner/Getty

On Tuesday the nominations for this year's Latin Grammy Awards were announced ahead of a November 14 ceremony in Las Vegas. There were nominations for a number reggaeton/ urbano artists, including Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Sech, and Ozuna in the genre categories. However, since the announcement was made, a handful of artists have spoken out against the Latin Grammys for not nominating artists from the genre in major categories such as Record, Album, or Song of the Year.

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“Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys,” is the message posted on Instagram by artists such as Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, Karol G, J Balvin. Writing on his Instagram, Balvin stated that the protest is “for the culture and the movement.”

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Por la cultura y el movimiento !!

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Daddy Yankee is one of the artists who is nominated for a Latin Grammy, in the best urban/fusion category for “Con Calma” featuring Snow. He too, however, is concerned with the list of nominations. “Despite being nominated, I don't agree with the way they treated the genre and a lot of my colleagues," he wrote, "Remember one very important thing: Their platform was not the one that created this movement. This goes beyond a prize. This is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT.”


Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz is this year’s most nominated artist with 8 nods. Rosalía is behind him with 5, including Album of the Year for El Mal Querer.

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J Balvin and Daddy Yankee speak out in protest of the Latin Grammys