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Celebrities take a stand for Puerto Rico at Latin Grammy Awards

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The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards, held on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas, was filled with shocking wins, fusions between cultures and recognition for the suffering island of Puerto Rico.

The show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jamie Camil, started off with a moment of silence for Puerto Rico. The island is trying to recover after Hurricane Maria.

According to Chelsea Briggs from Billboard, “Hosts Roselyn Sanchez and Jamie Camil began the ceremony with an impassioned speech paying tribute to those affected in the respective homelands in wake of the devastating natural disaster leading them into a moment of silence.”

Native Puerto Rican rapper Residente kicked off the ceremony with an emotional performance.

“Residente performed Hijos del Canaveral; a song about his island’s strength and determination, with a throng of Puerto Rican musicians in front of a raised fist,” Puerto Rico mattered at the Latin Grammys. So did salsa by Jon Pareles from the New York Times said.

The night continued with performances by Latin boy band CNCO who performed their hit single “Reggaeton Lento.”, J Balvin  then performed his recent hit “Mi Gente,” featuring cameo a of American artists like as Steve Aoki and French Montana. Later the performances included American artist Logic, Canadian artist Alessia Cara and Colombian artist Juanes, who performed 1-800-273-8255, a song titled after the suicide hotline. Luis Fonsi performed an acoustic version of his global hit “Despacito,” a highlight of the evening.

One of the biggest moments of the night was when Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage and spoke about what President Trump, and any compassionate viewer do to help restore Puerto Rico. He received the President’s Merit Award at the Latin Grammy’s.

“In a speech that switched between English and ‘half gringo-accented’ Spanish, Mr. Miranda urged the White House and Congress to recognize that ‘Puerto Ricans are humans, too.” Puerto Rico mattered at the Latin Grammys. So did salsa by Jon Pareles from the New York Times said

Fonsi’s “Despacito” won four of the biggest awards for Best Urban Fusion, for the version of the song featuring Justin Bieber, Best Performance, Best Song of the Year and Best Record of the Year.

Other winners were Residente for Best Urban Music Album, Shakira for Best Contemporary Pop Album, Vicente Garcia for Best New Artist. Though the night was celebratory for the artists, they didn’t shy away from sharing their support and donations for Puerto Rico.

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  1. Eve Pomice on January 25th, 2018 11:14 am

    Excellent article. It is so nice to see young people speaking out about injustice,

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