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The 27-year-old rising star took to the stage beaming ear-to-ear with her father to receive her award from GRAMMY-nominee Halsey. She shared her gratitude for being recognized for her music and the hard work she's put into it over the last five years. In 2013 she released "Amor De Dos" with Nicky Jam, which put her on the map in her native Colombia, and since then has grown her audience globally. She released her debut album Unstoppable on Oct. 27, 2017 and has continued to release hot collabs with artists like fellow current Latin GRAMMY-nominees Bad Bunny and Maluma. This year she was also nominated for Best Urban Song for "Mi Cama."
The 2018 nominees for Best New Artist at the Latin GRAMMYs were filled with plenty of other talented artists as well. The other nominees included 15-year-old Regional Mexican singer Angela Aguilar, Brazilian jazz-influenced singer Anaadi, Columbian alt-rock group LosPetitFellas, Mexican R&B-infused singer Nana Mendoza and Chilean singer/songwriter Benjamín Walker. The group also had Mexican indie-musician El David Aguilar, Dominican artist Álex Ferreira, young traditional Mexican singer Christian Nodal and Colombo-Venezuelan Latin folk artist Claudia Prieto.
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Last year Dominican singer/songwriter Vicente García had a big night at the Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking home the high honor of Best New Artist along with two other wins, for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and Best Tropical Song. This year the excitement continues to build, especially after the 2018 nominees were announced on Sept. 20. Now another great class of musicians are waiting to learn who will be crowned this year's Best New Artist: Angela Aguilar, Anaadi, El David Aguilar, Alex Ferreira, Karol G, LosPetitFellas, Nana Mendoza, Christian Nodal, Claudia Prieto and Benjamín Walker are all in the running. Who would you like to see win the title this year?
Are you a big fan of rising reggaeton queen Karol G, hailing from Colombia and shaking up the genre with a fresh sound, or are you rooting for 15-year-old Angela Aguilar, one of the youngest-ever Latin GRAMMY nominees, who is continuing her family's tradition as a Regional Mexican singer? Are you mesmerized by Brazilian Anaadi's sultry Portuguese-language vocals and jazz-inspired beats, do you love Columbian group LosPetitFellas' take on Latin alt-rock or are you digging Mexican Nana Mendoza's R&B-infused beats? Are you a fan of Chilean singer/songwriter Benjamín Walker's fresh blend of pop with Chile's traditional trova style, or are you betting on another singer/songwriter, El David Aguilar, a longtime indie music-maker in his native Mexico? Or do you prefer the smooth vocals of Dominican artist Álex Ferreira, Christian Nodal, another young traditional Mexican singer who's been making mariachi music from a young age or Colombo-Venezuelan Claudia Prieto's upbeat take on Latin folk music?
Let us know who you would pick for Best New Artist at the 19th Latin GRAMMYs with our above poll and don't forget to tune in to the show on Nov. 15, airing live on Univision.
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Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre played host to the 2018 BET Awards on June 24, and the action was non-stop. Over the course of the evening, some of the biggest names in pop, rap, R&B, soul, gospel, and more were honored in between a barrage of blockbuster performances.
GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx served as host of the festivities and opened the show by joining Jay Rock for a revved-up performance of Rock's new single, "Win." Foxx then delivered his monologue and invited Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan to the stage to recite some of the most powerful lines from the film.
DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller took home the night's first award for Best Collaboration for "Wild Thoughts" from Khaled's 2017 album Grateful. Khaled brought his son Asahd to the stage to help him accept the award, and gave him a shoutout in his speech.
SZA received the Best New Artist award, further solidifying her arrival as one of her generation's sharpest talents. The singer expressed gratitude and encouragement in her acceptance speech, saying, "Believe in yourself, 'cause I didn't even believe in myself, and things like this happen to me, so it this can happen to anybody. God bless everyone."
The show's lineup of performances was full of surprises. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, delivered an impromptu snippet of "This Is America." Meek Mill premiered a new song called "Stay Woke" featuring Miguel, and Migos recreated their "Soultrain"-inspired music video for "Walk It Talk It," with Foxx helping out in the roll of TV show host.
YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean joined Nicki Minaj for a run of three songs, including "Chun-Li," "Rich Sex" and the crew's newly released single, "Big Bank." H.E.R., real name Gabi Wilson, made a splash with performances of "Focus" and, calling upon Daniel Caesar for help, the sweet and soulful love song, "Best Part." Janelle Monaé performed "Jango Jane" from her latest album, Dirty Computers, and turned heads on the red carpet with her vibrant rainbow pride dress.
Rapper J. Cole chose to perform the lead-off cut from his latest album, KOD. His rendition of "Friends" featured cameos from Wale and Caesar as well as a dynamic performance from Cole, dramatic lighting and even a memorable dance sequence from a group of children. Snoop Dogg closed the show with a set of his classics mixed in with tunes from his new gospel project.
Additional notable awards went to Beyoncé for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Kendrick Lamar for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Cardi B for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, and Lecrae and Tori Kelly for the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award for their duet "I'll Find You." BET also honored two legends in their own right as GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Anita Baker and the company's influential president Debra Lee each received a lifetime achievement award.
With a captivating mix of bold social statements, reverent award presentations, lively and heartfelt performances, up-and-coming stars, and musical icons, the 2018 BET Awards honored the best-of-the-best from both today and the past while also providing illuminating insight into the future of music.
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The 41st GRAMMY Awards played host to a number of historic musical moments. Aside from being a massive evening for female creators across the board – with Madonna, Alanis Morissette, Dixie Chicks, Celine Dion, and Sheryl Crowe all taking home one or more awards – the evening also saw a compelling performance by Ricky Martin that ignited a Latin Pop explosion in the coming year, as well as a series of landmark wins by Lauryn Hill including the first time in GRAMMY history that the coveted Album Of The Year honors went to a hip-hop artist.
Hill's hugely acclaimed solo debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill – which to this day remains her only career solo release – was a force to be reckoned with.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album broke the standing record for first-week sales by a female artist, selling close to 423,000 copies in its first seven days. The album chronicles Hill's reflections on a disintegrating relationship, having emerged stronger and wiser on the other side of a period of personal darkness.
Presenting a uniquely strong female perspective on life, love and relationships that was (and still is) noticeably absent in contemporary pop music, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was packed with lyrically deep songs that managed to be inescapably catchy and poignant at the same time. All three singles serviced to radio – "Doo Wop (That Thing)," "Ex-Factor," and "Everything Is Everything" – charted Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Doo Wop" eventually claiming the chart's top spot. "Everything Is Everything" is also notable for standing as the first recorded appearance by a young John Legend in commercial music. Legend, credited under his birth name of John Stephens, played backing piano on the track.
The album earned a total of 10 nominations at the 41st GRAMMY Awards, and Hill took the stage during the evening's festivities for a rousing performance of "To Zion," with the notable accompaniment of Carlos Santana, with whom she would share in an Album Of The Year Win at the 42nd GRAMMYs for the legendary guitarist's globally successful Clive Davis-produced smash hit album Supernatural.
Altogether, Hill took home five GRAMMY Awards for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album, Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance – the latter two both for "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
With her previous wins for Best Rap Album (The Score) and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal ("Killing Me Softly With His Song") as a member of the hip-hop/soul supergroup Fugees, Hill's wins at the 41st GRAMMYs brought her total career wins to seven (rising to eight total the following year, thanks to her shared win for Supernatural). Hill also remains one of just five female artists who can count two or more Album Of The Year wins among their career honors.