Latin artists Cardi B, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee nabbed big nominations at the upcoming 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Cardi B is competing for the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song trophies for “Bodak Yellow,” while Fonsi and Yankee’s record-breaking hit “Despacito” got nods in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories.
If “Despacito” wins in the either of the latter two categories it will make history as the first Spanish-language song to do so.
In an interview with Billboard, Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow assures that the nomination is not just about the single’s overwhelming popularity. While it sat at the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks and is still reigning as the most-watched video of all time on YouTube with more than 4.4 billion views, Portnow says the album, a musical feat, is the reason it’s garnered three noms.
“It’s a reflection of the times, something we’re very proud of,” Portnow told the music magazine. “Through the lens of our folks who listen to that record as a musician or a producer and listen to all those elements that got fused together and the production elements, the instrumentation and the diversity there, from a craft standpoint, it’s an extraordinary record.”
Following the announcement, Fonsi immediately shared his over-the-moon excitement on social media: “I’m freaking out right now,” he tweeted, “#GrammyNominations God is so good!!!!”
Another Latin artist Cardi B got Grammy recognition for her record-breaking tune “Bodak Yellow.” In September, Cardi B made history as the first female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart without a featured act for the hit single. (Lauryn Hill was the first to nab the top spot with”Doo Wop” in 1993.)
“Two of them!! Thank you Lord. I couldn’t be more grateful,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.
Latinos have had a big year in music for 2017. During the week of Nov. 18th, on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, four Latin artists ranked among the top ten including Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Demi Lovato and J.Balvin.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will take place in New York City on Jan. 28.