'Despacito's Erika Ender Talks Being First Latina Ever Nominated For Grammy in Song of the Year Category

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Erika Ender photographed in Mexico City on Nov. 8, 2017. 

Erika Ender is no novice in music. This year marks her 25th anniversary as a performer, and she's got tons to celebrate.

On Tuesday morning (Nov. 28), the Recording Academy unveiled this year's official list of nominees, revealing Ender as the first Latina up for song of the year in the history of the Grammys. 

Ender was preparing to perform alongside Roberto Carlos at an annual Christmas special in Rio de Janeiro, when she suddenly got a congratulatory tweet from the academy. 

Born in Panama to a Brazilian mother and American father, Ender's message to the world -- should she take home the coveted gramophone for "Despacito" -- is one of unity and perseverance.

"As I said in the Latin Grammys, it's not about competing, it's about sharing. We are several colleagues sharing as a dream team. Those who sing are obviously the face, but there are those of us who also write and produce, the people from behind who made it all possible -- [it's about] the importance of union through music." 

She continues: "Women are a minority, but any woman who is determined to achieve their dreams in an honest way, while persevering with their values ​​and talent -- it's what I have to exemplify at this time. [I have to] raise my voice and empower other women, because I am the only woman involved in what is happening right now."

In the end, Ender would extends her gratitude to all who helped along the way to make "Despacito" what it is, "because the road is not done alone."

Congrats to all. For a complete list of the 2018 Grammy nominees, visit here

 

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