J Balvin and Nicky Jam have single handily changed reggaeton music, from what was once dismissed as a fad to the biggest music on the globe. Nicky Jam’s rise to fame was not easy, he struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in his early life and a difficult childhood in Puerto Rico. But his early struggles is what keeps him motivated and on the right track to a clean and sober life. He is now one of the biggest names in reggaeton music and has paved the way for other artist to continue in his footsteps.
Singer, songwriter Marc Anthony will be honored as person of the year at the 2016 Latin Grammy’s for his contribution and career in latin music. Marc Anthony is proud to be Puerto Rican and grew up in New York where his singing talent was evident at an early age.
The biggest Asian female rapper known simply as CL, is growing her popularity and extremely well known in the Asian American community, especially among millennials. CL continues to grow her name by performing with top hit makers like Diplo, who called her the “the Nicki Minaj” of K-Pop.
Since leaving her native home in Guatemala to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles, singer songwriter Gaby Moreno released her 5th full length album “Ilusión” in early September to much critical acclaim. Moreno has been establishing herself in the music industry for some time now and has reached great musical success.
“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”
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During turbulent times of political and racial discourse and constant debates surrounding minority representation in the entertainment industry, it isn’t easy to ignore the stark contrast between the two headliners: “a white, blond woman whose music is shorn of any explicit political edge, vs. a black man whose newest music wears its jagged edges as badges of pride.” Taylor Swift (“1989”) and Kendrick Lamar (“To Pimp a Butterfly”) may be going head to head at the Grammys, but the awards show is facing the same type of criticism plaguing the Oscars.
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Funny how things have changed since the early days of MTV when it was a still big deal to see Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, on the channel. Fast forward to 2015 and anyone tuned in to see the VMAs witnessed transgender people, South Korean-born music video director Joseph Kahn and RuPaul’s Drag Race drag queens all gracing the stage as presenters, winners and performers. Things done changed. Click here to read full Mashable article.
14 years ago today on August 25, 2001, the Princess of R&B, also known as Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a tragic plane crash in the Bahamas. Aaliyah was at the peak of her young career, and is listed by Billboard as the 10th most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. The death of Aaliyah is one of the most well losses in the history of music, and it’s only appropriate that we remember everything she accomplished in her lifetime.
Since signing to XL in 2010, Nathaniel ‘Giggs’ Thompson has released three albums and worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Mike Skinner, B.o.B, and JME. Currently there is a lot of attention being directed at British MC’s and Giggs attributes that to the fact that they have stopped trying to “fit in” with other countries styles, and started to respect themselves, and form their own style.
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