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Daddy Yankee, J Balvin Criticize Latin Grammys Bosses After Urban Artists Are Shut Out

Latin Grammys bosses defended this year’s Latin Grammy nominations following social media attacks from urban acts who were shut out of the major categories.

Daddy Yankee (pictured above) and J Balvin led the backlash following the announcement of the nominations on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Critics claimed the Latin Recording Academy voters favored Latin artists for the top prizes, while ignoring urban artists.

These artists weren’t included in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, or Album of the Year categories – despite the fact they dominated streaming services over the last year.

Latin Grammys bosses defended this year’s Latin Grammy nominations following social media attacks from urban acts who were shut out of the major categories.

Balvin (pictured) wrote, in Spanish, “Without reggaeton, there are no Latin Grammys.”

While Daddy Yankee added:

“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.

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