“Guess who’s the first Latina to open the Grammys ever?! THIS GIIIIRL WHO’S ABOUT TO CELEBRATE BY STUFFING CHORIQUESO AND CARNITAS IN HER FACE !!!!!!!!” said Cabello on Twitter, who couldn’t hide her #LatinoPride, even though she didn't win either of the two Grammys she was nominated for.
Another Latina that both performed and broke barriers at the Grammys was the Bronx-born rapper Cardi B, who is of Dominican and Trinidadian descent.
“When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete,” she said in accepting her first Grammy for her debut album, "Invasion of Privacy."
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“You husband, thank you, seriously, because he was the one like: ‘Oh, you’re gonna do this album, girl. We’re gonna have this baby and you’re going to make this album,’” said Cardi B, who also became the first solo woman to win best rap album.
The band won three awards: best improvised jazz solo; best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella; and best large jazz ensemble album, for “American Dreamers (Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom).”
Amid the wins and the history-making events, some Latino artists faced a backlash.
Jennifer Lopez was criticized for being the lead performer at the Grammy’s Motown tribute. Even though Lopez was joined by Motown legend Smokey Robinson and black singers like Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys, critics called for an all-black cast of artists.
“I like J.Lo and all but ... How you gonna do Motown like that in black history month?,” said Ash Ketchum via Twitter.
Lopez defended her participation saying: “It’s just a dream come true. Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I got to pinch myself. I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us.”