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Bad Bunny, Rosalia, Juanes & More: 5 Unforgettable Moments From The 2019 Latin GRAMMYs
Here's what you may have missed from the Biggest Night In Latin Music
The Biggest Night in Latin Music proved to be exactly that last night, Nov. 14, as the Latin GRAMMYs celebrated 20 years of Latin music excellence at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and brought together musical stars from all over the world and of many genres. Ricky Martin, Roselyn Sanchez and Paz Vega hosted the night that saw 26-year-old Spanish superstar and flamenco ambassador Rosalia take the coveted Album Of The Year award, a Metallica surprise for Latin GRAMMY Person Of The Year honoree Juanes and performances that included something for every generation.
Here are some moments you may have missed:
Rosalia Wins Album Of The Year
The Spanish "Con Altura" singer kicked off the night with a win in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category for El Mal Querer and Best Urban Song for "Con Altura," with J Balvin but that was only the beginning. Rosalia, who has been using reggaeton, R&B and hip-hop inspired beats to bring Spain's flamenco influence to the world, ended her night with the most renowned award of the show: Album Of The Year. The moment came as a surprise to the 26-year-old sporting grillz and a black blazer, bra and skirt. "I'm serious, I'm in shock," she said after accepting the award. "This is the last thing I expected."
While she took three wins, her album El Mal Querer also won Best Engineered Album and Best Packaging. The singer put down her golden gramophones before her last win to do a performance of a medley featuring "Con Altura."
The Fernandez Dynasty Leave The Room Standing With Performance
The Latin GRAMMYs celebrates generations of music and nothing represented the sentiment more than a performance by three generations of ranchera music singers. Mexico's Vicente Fernandez, the most iconic living ranchera singer in the world, performed alongside his son, renowned pop-ranchera singer, Alejandro Fernandez, and his rising ranchera singing grandson, Alex Fernandez in a medley performance that ended with a standing ovation and the room in Vegas asking for an encore. The Fernandez are known for singing Mexico's most traditional music genres: mariachi and ranchera. They awed the crowd, each with their own powerhouse vocals and ended together with Vicente's "Volver Volver."
Vicente, who was awarded the President's award at the end of the medley and was nominated for Best Mariachi/Ranchera Album category which also included his grandson Alex, has been a key figure in bringing Mexican traditional music to the world. In his acceptance speech, he recognized Latin America's embrace. "[Thanks] to my fans, which I feel are like family," he said. "All of South and Central American and the U.S., who know will stay [in my heart] until the day I die."
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Surprises Juanes
That Look on a superstar's face when one of his heroes walks on stage to present him with an award. Right after Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Juanes finished his epic performance on the show last night, a voiceover announced Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who walked out on stage to a roar of applause and an unforgettable reaction from Juanes.
A little backstory: Juanes has been a Metallica fan for a long time, something Ulrich learned when the two first met years ago in Mexico. But as the Danish drummer presented the Colombian singer/songwriter with the Person Of The Year Award, he honored his friend and fellow musician, saying "Tonight, we've come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan!"
The magical moment was sealed by a big hug between Juanes and Ulrich, perhaps the biggest hug on the Biggest Night In Latin Music.
Alicia Keys Joins Miguel, Farruko And Birthday Boy Pedro Capó
The big GRAMMY news this week was that 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys will return as host for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 on CBS. But last night in Vegas, she lit up the stage, joining Miguel, Farruko and Pedro Capó.
Together they performed a medley of "Show Me Love" and "Calma," which earned Capó Song Of The Year honors with the song's co-writers, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega. The best part? It all happened on Capó's birthday!
Bad Bunny Brings It Home
Not long after Puerto Rican rising star Bad Bunny won Best Urban Music Album for his debut album, X 100Pre, and performed alongside GRAMMY winners Ricky Martin and Residente, he was back on stage to close the 20th Latin GRAMMYs.
In his larger-than-life fashion, the recent first-time Latin GRAMMY winner went big for the show's finale, enlisting a full orchestra to perform a medley leading into "Callaíta." The fully covered Bad Bunny still managed to deliver a passionate performance through the mask, and his intoxicating closing act served as the perfect nightcap for Latin Music's Biggest Night.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.
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Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star's latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances
Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn't stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she'll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2.
"I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates," the singer tweeted.
Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork.
Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women's Day Playlist.
Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía's website.
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Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West
Following dates in Europe and South America, Swift will land in the U.S. for Lover Fest East and West, where the pop star will open Los Angeles' brand new stadium
Taylor Swift will be spreading the love in support of her hit album Lover.in 2020, but it may or may not be in a city near you. The GRAMMY winner announced plans for her summer 2020 tour in support of her seventh studio album, including two shows each in Foxborough, Mass. and Los Angeles for Lover Fest East and West respectively as the only four U.S. dates announced so far.
The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West! https://t.co/xw6YMN38WE pic.twitter.com/IhVPQ8DMUG— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 17, 2019
The tour kicks off in Belgium on June 20 and hits festivals in seven European countries before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 18 then heading to U.S. Swift will then present Lover Fest West with back-to-back Los Angeles July 25 and 26 at the newly named SoFi Stadium. The concerts will serve as the grand opening of the much-anticipated NFL venue. The tour will wrap a double header at Gillette Stadiuim in Foxborough July 31 and Aug 1
"The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic," she tweeted. "I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!"
Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Oct. 17.