Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Karol G & More Call Out Latin Grammys for Lack of Urban Artists Nominated

“Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys,” reads a graphic spreading through social media.

On Tuesday (Sept. 24), the Latin Recording Academy unveiled its nominees for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking place on Nov. 14 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Spanish artist Alejandro Sanz is this year’s top nominee with eight mentions, followed by compatriot Rosalia with five nods. Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Sech and De La Ghetto are a few of the urban artists who received nominations, and now artists are calling out the lack of urban music in the main categories.

“Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys,” reads an image that’s making the rounds on the social media accounts of Nicky Jam, Karol G, J Balvin and more. Their protest, as Balvin simply stated, is “for the culture and the movement.”

Daddy Yankee, who’s nominated for best urban/fusion performance with “Con Calma” featuring Snow, further expressed his concern on Instagram. “Despite being nominated, I don't agree with the way they treated the genre and a lot of my colleagues. Remember one very important thing: Their platform was not the one that created this movement. This goes beyond a prize. This is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT.”

On Instagram stories, Maluma also penned his feelings, emphasizing that his heart is broken after all the hard work he put into his album 11:11. “It is a disappointment to not even have one Latin Grammys nomination. So much effort, the best album I've ever made in my LIFE.”

See other reggaeton stars' reactions below.


Por la cultura y el movimiento !!

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