Residente’s resounding response to J Balvin for criticism of the Latin Grammy

Although last year they had an important presence in the general categories, the stars of urban music returned to be a minority in the Latin Grammy nominations this week, prompting a call for a boycott of J Balvin. Residente, however, came out to defend the Latin Recording Academy awards.

Among the nominees for the 21st edition of the Latin Grammy, urban artists that include C. Tangana, Bad Bunny, Rauw Alejandro and Balvin himself were included in the general categories. But the Colombian reggaeton player awarded with four Latin gramophones, who last year led the list of candidates with 13 nominations, including two for album of the year and two for recording of the year, also lashed out at the awards.

“The Grammys don’t value us, but they need us. It is my opinion and nothing against the other genres because they deserve all the respect. But the trick is already boring. We give them Rating but they don’t give us respect (Pd. I’m nominated so they don’t come because I’m hurt), ”Balvin wrote on Tuesday in a series of tweets that have been deleted from his account.

“Those who have power in the genre NONE SHOULD GO !!”, he added in relation to the November ceremony. “That is to say all because we are a movement.”

On Wednesday afternoon, René Pérez Joglar, better known as Residente, responded to his colleague in a video posted on social media.

“Telling Myke Towers, which is possibly his first time nominated, not to go to the Grammys because you get out of the co …”, he said. “Pa ‘colmo this year (the Person of the Year award) is dedicated to Rubén Blades, that is, you are telling people of the urban genre to boycott the awards and not go to celebrate the artistic life of Rubén Blades ca … a guy who marked the history of Latin American music, a guy who, unlike you, writes his songs and feels them ”.

Residente, who has won five Latin Grammys as a soloist and around twenty as a vocalist for the Puerto Rican group Calle 13, did not stop there. He pointed to Balvin for bothering about not receiving as many awards as nominations.

“You have to understand José, it’s like a hot dog cart gets upset and shrinks … because you can’t earn a Michelin star,” he said. “If you want to be nominated, you have to stop making hot dogs and open a restaurant, or you can also make a hot dog, good son of a p … The point is José, if you don’t have a pencil, you have to drop 20”.

By Thursday afternoon, Balvin seemed to have taken Residente’s comments with humor by posting a photo next to a hot dog cart on his Instagram, accompanied by an emoji of that dish and the title “Sal y perrea” from the most recent remix. in which he participates with Sech and Daddy Yankee.

The Associated Press sent a request for comment to the Latin Recording Academy on Thursday, without immediately receiving a response.

It is not the first time that the Latin Grammys have caused a scandal among representatives of the urban genre. In 2019, Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Maluma criticized the awards for snubbing the stars of reggaeton and trap in the general categories.

That year they were conspicuous by their absence despite dominating the popularity charts and streaming services and accumulating millions of views on YouTube.

However, the big winner of the 2019 delivery was Rosalía, who has collaborated with artists like Bad Bunny, and whose mix of flamenco, pop and reggaeton earned her the awards for album of the year and contemporary pop vocal album for “El mal quer”, as well as best urban song for “Con Altura” with Balvin.

The Latin Grammy drama resembles the old Grammys feud with hip hop, where rap stars and contemporary R&B rarely win in the top four categories, including album of the year, record of the year, song of the year. and best new artist.

But this year, Rauw Alejandro and C. Tangana are nominated for recording of the year, the first for “Todo de ti” and the second for “You forgot”, while for song of the year J Balvin and Tainy compete for “Agua”, Maluma for “Hawaii”, Rauw Alejandro for “Todo de ti” and the rap and freedom anthem “Patria y vida” by Yotuel, Gente De Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo, El Funky.

Bad Bunny and Tangana compete for the album of the year award, for “The last tour of the world” and “El Madrileño”, respectively. And the best new category includes multiple exponents of the genre, such as María Becerra, Paloma Mami and Bizarrap.

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Residente’s resounding response to J Balvin for criticism of the Latin Grammy

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