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Latin Recording Academy Responds to Complaints Over Lack of Urban Nominations for 2019 Latin Grammys

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"We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music,” the Latin Recording Academy says.

In response to comments and social medias posts from reggaeton artists taking issue with the lack of urban representation in Tuesday's nominations announcement, the Latin Grammys released the following statement:

We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music. In 2004, The Latin Recording Academy® led the charge for recognizing reggaeton (urban) in several categories, adapting to the evolution of music. The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.

The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results. Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy.

At its core, The Latin Recording Academy belongs to its members, from all genres, and our doors are always open. Together we can all make it work. Let’s do it!

Nominations for the Latin Grammys were announced on Tuesday, with Spanish artists Alejandro Sanz (eight noms) and Rosalía (six) leading the way. The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 14 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Univision.


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