Bad Bunny Becomes First Latino Artist Named Apple Music’s Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny is the apple of Apple’s eye…

Apple Music has named the 28-year-old Puerto Rican superstar its 2022 Artist of the Year.

Bad BunnyIt’s the first time since the Apple Music Awards launched in 2019 that a Latin artist has been recognized as AOTY, and the first time only one artist is named for the award.

Bad Bunny — whose Un Verano Sin Ti Album is also Apple Music’s most streamed album this year and the biggest Latin album of all time — is acknowledged for his excellence and influence on global culture in 2022. He now joins previous AOTY honorees including Billie Eilish, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Bad Bunny, whose influence on every corner of culture could not be ignored in 2022,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, in a statement. “Watching Bad Bunny ascend from an Apple Music Up Next artist in 2018 to our Artist of the Year this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. We congratulate him on his record-breaking year and for continuing to bring Latin music to a massive global audience.”

In addition to becoming Apple Music’s biggest Latin artist of all time by streams worldwide, Bad Bunny’s “Moscow Mule” holds the record for the biggest Latin song of all time by first-day streams worldwide.

He broke the record for most simultaneous entries by a single Latin artist with 22 songs on the Daily Top 100; reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100 in 34 countries worldwide, more than any other Latin artist; and holds the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Latin albums by first-day streams, just to name a few milestones.

“When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base,” he told Apple Music in an exclusive film. “I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished and everything I’ve experienced. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take full credit or say, ‘It’s because of me.’ No, it’s every one of us. A whole generation. Our energy and presence are always felt.”

In celebration, the “Me Porto Bonito” singer curated a “La Fórmula” playlist with tracks from Myke Towers and Rauw Alejandro, among others, and fans can tune in to Apple Music 1, where it’s Bad Bunny Day with exclusive programming, specials, and more.

Bruno Mars to Co-Chair the Grammy Museum’s Music Education Campaign

Bruno Mars is helping raise money for music education…

The Grammy Museum has announced a campaign for music education, featuring the 37-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, with the goal of raising $3 million to $5 million for their educational programs.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

The funds raised over the 18-month campaign will provide free admission to the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles for everybody up to age 18 and for all college students with ID and expanded access to their music education programs across the country.

In addition to Mars, the campaign is co-chaired by Billie EilishDua LipaShawn Mendes and Rosalía.

Michael Sticka, president and CEO of The Grammy Museum, says the museum’s goal is to raise “anywhere from $3 million to $5 million – and this money goes directly to the education programs. As of [October 7] we’re at about 25% of the top end of that goal, so there’s quite a bit of momentum here.”

That money has come from foundations. The museum is now starting to reach out to labels, publishers, artists, promoters and more for additional funding. “We’ve started some of the conversations with the industry,” Sticka says.

How’s that going? “No one has said no yet,” he replies.

Has anyone in the industry said “You make a lot of money from the Grammy telecast and from the MusiCares person of the year gala. Why don’t you fund your programs yourself?”

“We always hear that,” Sticka acknowledges. “I think there’s a general confusion out there of how everything is structured. The Grammy Museum Foundation is separate from the Recording Academy, so we don’t make any money off of the telecast. We’re separate from MusiCares, so we don’t see any of the money that comes in from person of the year. That goes to their important mission. We’re all part of the same family, but we are a separate entity.

“We do receive funding from the Recording Academy. They provide a healthy percentage of our operating budget, then we go out and we raise money. This money [that we raise] doesn’t go to salaries or overhead because the Academy helps subsidize that. This money goes directly to the education programs.

“Our goal with this campaign is very simple, to do our best to democratize music education by expanding our reach into underserved communities where access to our museum and educational programs could make a huge impact, and ultimately foster the next generation of music’s creators and leaders,” Sticka said in a statement.

Anitta Named One of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2022

Anitta is a vegan beauty queen

The 29-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, businesswoman and TV presenter and Lenny Kravitz have been crowned this year’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities by PETA.

Anitta, SI SwimsuitThe annual award goes out to celebrities whose lifestyles inspire others to try veganism, which PETA states “saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year; reduces their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; and dramatically shrinks their carbon footprint.” 

“With more than 65 million followers between them, Kravitz and Anitta are global superstars who are inspiring millions of people to go their way and let love rule by keeping animals off their plates,” said PETA’s senior VP Lisa Lange in a statement. “PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegans of 2022 are showing the world what it means to thrive on planet-protecting, plant-powered meals.”

Anitta first revealed to Billboard that she’d gone vegan in January of 2019 after watching the documentary Cowspiracy.

She’s the face of Future Farm, an international vegan meat brand based in her home country of Brazil, and has encouraged her fans to try out plant-based meat substitutions.

“Who has tasted plant meat?” she wrote on Instagram in May. “It’s like me: innovative, super hot, and good for the environment!”

Anitta and Kravitz now join a lineup of past winners such as Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Anderson .Paak, Jhené Aiko and Leona Lewis.

Yahritza y Su Esencia Among the Latinx Acts Named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 List

Yahritza Martinez has proven she is one to watch…

The 15-year-old Mexican American singer and her brothers, who make up the act Yahritza y Su Esencia, have been named to Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list, Billboard’s annual celebration of some of the most exciting and successful young artists in the music industry including Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish and more.

Last month, Yahritza became the youngest Latin performer to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Soy El Unico.”

To date, Yahritza and her brothers have notched 52.9 million streams.

But Yahritza y Su Esencia aren’t the only Latinx act to make this year’s list.

Eslabon Armado, consisting of Brian Tovar, Pedro Tovar, Ulises Gonzalez and Damian Fidel Pacheco, have released four consecutive chart-topping albums over the past two years — all of which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart.

The band took a longer-than-usual break before releasing its latest album, Nostalgia, on May 5. During that time, the group added new members Gonzalez and Pacheco.

“Releasing back-to-back albums was good for our career, but we decided to take a break writing new music so that we could come back stronger,” the Mexican-American sierreño group says. “Our biggest challenge as young artists is staying relevant and creating music that connects with our fans.”

Ángela Aguilar is being heralded for logging 240.1 million streams in her young career.

The 18-year-old Mexican American singer, the daughter of Pepe Aguilar, says she “had been working with my parents’ record label all my life,” having signed to Machín Récords herself in 2012.

Nearly a decade later, in 2020, she scored her first No. 1 on Billboard’Regional Mexican Airplay chart with the Christian Nodal-assisted single “Dime Cómo Quieres.”

Aguilar says the biggest benefit of being a young artist is “the ability to DM someone about a collaboration.”

Earlier this year, she scored her second No. 1 on the chart with “Ahí Donde Me Ven.”

The Latin Grammy nominee is eager to explore acting, like her father has, and says some of his best career advice includes being “respectful of your craft and the public — to keep your roots well-embedded in your heart.”

Tiago PZK has notched 7.1 million streams.

The 20-year-old Argentine singer and rapper was only 6 years old when he discovered his passion for music, thanks to Daddy Yankee’s 2007 song “Impacto (Remix)” (featuring Fergie).

Tiago PZK (who also cites Justin Bieber as inspiration) has since created his own fusion of R&B, reggaetón and alternative rock, best heard on his five Billboard Global 200 hits: “Además de Mi,” “No Me Conocen,” “Entre Nosotros,” “Salimo de Noche” and “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 48.

In 2021, the artist born Tiago Uriel Pacheco signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony Music Publishing U.S. Latin and, this year, a record deal with Warner Music Latina (through a partnership with indie Grand Move Records). Looking ahead, he says he’s most excited to tour: “It will make me travel the world and strengthen me mentally.”

DannyLux has garnered 4.8 million streams.

The 18-year-old Chicano alt-rocker is a self-taught musician who hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Songwriters chart at just 17 years old thanks to his work on Eslabon Armado’s “Jugaste y Sufrí” (off the band’s third album, Corta Venas).

The sierreño artist has since signed a record deal with Warner Music Latina (in partnership with his indie label, VSP Music) and released his ultra-melancholic album, Perdido Sin Ti. He’s already working on new music because, as he says, consistency is key. “Since I’m young, I have so much time to grow up to be the best artist I can be,” he says, citing Bad Bunny’s career as an inspiration because “he never gave up.”

The Linda Lindas, comprised of Mila de la Garza, Eloise Wong, Lucia de la Garza and Bela Salazar, have logged 6.9 million streams.

The all-girl group broke out onto the scene with their viral hit “Racist, Sexist Boy,” which they performed live from the L.A. Public Library.

Rachel Zegler to Perform at This Year’s Grammy Awards

Rachel Zegler will be getting her Grammy moment…

The Recording Academy has announced more performers for the 64th Grammy Awards program, with the 20-year-old half-Colombian American actress/singer among those set to take the stage.

Rachel Zegler,Zegler, who will be a presenter at this weekend’s Academy Awards show, and Ben Platt will perform during a special In Memoriam segment, featuring songs of Stephen Sondheim.

In addition to Zegler and Platt, recently confirmed performers include Jon Batiste, Foo Fighters, H.E.R, Nas and Chris Stapleton. Additionally, Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo and current nominee Leslie Odom Jr. will perform.

The join previously announced Olivia Rodrigo, Brothers OsborneBTS, Brandi CarlileBillie Eilish and Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow. Additionally, Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo, current nominees Leslie Odom Jr.

Hosted by Trevor Noah live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, April 3 on CBS at 8:00 pm ET/ 5:00 pm PT and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda Wins Guild of Music Supervisors Award for “Encanto” Track “Dos Oruguitas”

Lin-Manuel Miranda has wormed his way to a special award…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican songwriter, composer & lyricist’s Encanto single “Dos Oruguitas” has won Best Song Written and/or Recorded for a Film at the GMS Awards, presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors.

Lin-Manuel MirandaMiranda’s “Dos Oruguitas,” performed by Sebastian Yatra, is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category. So this win could prove that the Hamilton musical creator is gaining momentum in the Oscar race in the closing days of Oscar balloting? (The final-round voting period for the Oscars runs from March 17-22.)

However, Miranda’s chief rival for the Oscar, Billie Eilish and Finneas’No Time to Die” from the James Bond film of the same name, wasn’t nominated in this category. Many believe Eilish and Finneas’ single is still the song to beat for the Academy Awards.

While the Oscar for best original score is presented only to the songwriter, the GMS award in this equivalent category is presented to the songwriter, the artist (in this case, Yatra) and the music supervisor (in this case, Tom MacDougall).

In the television categories, Janet Lopez won the Best Music Supervision – Television Comedy or Musical award for her work on Season 1 of The White Lotus, while Stephanie Diaz-Matos and Eric Medina were among the winners in the Best Music Supervision – Reality Television category for their work on Season 1 of Sweet Life: Los Angeles.

In the video game categories, Raphaella Lima was among the winners in the Best Music Supervision in a Video Game category for her work on FIFA 22.

The Guild of Music Supervisors is a nonprofit that was founded in 2010 with the goal of promoting the role of the music supervisor in all forms of media.

The GMS Awards don’t have categories to honor film scorers. Their focus is on music supervision in film, television, documentaries, trailers, advertising and video games. For more information on the ceremony, visit GMSAwards.com.

Here’s the complete list of winners for the 12th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards:

FILM

Best song written and/or recorded for a film:
“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto — songwriter: Lin-Manuel Miranda; performer: Sebastián Yatra; music supervisor: Tom MacDougall

Best music supervision for film budgeted over $25 million:
Steven Gizicki – Tick, Tick… Boom!

Best music supervision for film budgeted under $25 million:
Julianne Jordan, Justine von Winterfeldt – Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Best music supervision for film budgeted under $10 million:
Mandi Collier, Frankie Pine – Sylvie’s Love

Best music supervision for film budgeted under $5 million:
Mandi Collier, Jen Malone, Nicole Weisberg – Zola

TELEVISION

Best music supervision – television drama:
Liza Richardson – Lovecraft Country – Season 1

Best music supervision – television comedy or musical:
Janet Lopez – The White Lotus – Season 1

Best music supervision – reality television:
Sarah Bromberg, Stephanie Diaz-Matos, Eric Medina – Sweet Life: Los Angeles – Season 1

Best music supervision – television movie:
Laura Webb, Lindsay Wolfington – To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Best song written and/or recorded for television:
“F*** The Pain Away” — songwriter: Merrill Nisker (aka Peaches); performers: The Moordale Singers and Oli Julian; program: Sex Education episodes 302 and 307; music supervisor: Matt Biffa

DOCUMENTARIES

Best music supervision for a documentary:
Angela Asistio – Val

Best music supervision in a docuseries:
Aminé Ramer – HBO Music Box Series: Mr. Saturday Night, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, DMX: Don’t Try to Understand, Jagged, Listening to Kenny G

TRAILERS

Best music supervision in a trailer:
Toddrick Spalding – King Richard

ADVERTISING

Best music supervision in advertising (synch):
Jonathan Wellbelove – Apple – “iPhone 12 – Fumble”

Best music supervision in advertising (original music):
Jonathan Hecht, Sarah Tembeckjian – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, The Trombone Shorty Foundation – “Rise And Shine”

VIDEO GAMES

Best music supervision in a video game:
Raphaella Lima, Cybele Pettus, Ben Werdegar – FIFA 22

Rosalía to Release New Album “Motomami” in 2022

Rosalía is readying for (moto)mami duty…

The 28-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer and songwriter will release her new album in 2022.

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Rosalia took to social media to announce her forthcoming set is “coming soon,” and the album will be titled Motomami.

Set to follow her 2018 Latin Grammy-winning El Mal Quererthe album announcement was accompanied by a 15-second montage with video of Rosalía strutting her stuff in a cutout one-piece paired with black-studded heels and, in another look, covered in butterflies and glitter as she chants the phrase “Motomami” over a bass thump.

Rosalía has been mum about what we can expect from her forthcoming album. Since El Mal Querershe’s been releasing singles in collaboration with artists like Billie Eilish, Travis Scott, Bad Bunny and The Weeknd.

“Rosalía is the type to be very judicious with what she releases,” Rosalía’s manager, Rebeca León said during a panel at Billboard‘s Latin Music Week. “She’s a writer-producer, so she pays attention to every single detail. She’s not the type to write a song in a day.”

El Mal Querer hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart (dated November 16, 2018) and won five Latin Grammys, including album of the year and best contemporary pop vocal album. “When I began to record El Mal Querer, I didn’t have a label or a team,” she previously told Billboard. “It was just my family — my mother and my sister — and my friends. To be able to work today with Rebeca [León, her manager] and so many other women who trust me is amazing.”

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Anitta to Appear in the YouTube Originals Special “Dear Earth”

Anitta is celebrating the planet…

The 28-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter, actress and dancer will be featured in an upcoming YouTube Originals special titled Dear Earth.

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Anitta will appear alongside BLACKPINKBillie EilishJaden Smith and more in the special premiering in October.

Dear Earth is part of YouTube Originals’ October sustainability-centered programming.

Former President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu and Google/Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai are among the global leaders presenting during the multi-hour celebration of the planet.

It will follow a similar format to YouTube Originals’ Dear Class of 2020 all-star commencement special during the pandemic last year, with keynote addresses, musical performances, special appearances and comedic shorts.

Dear Earth will “inspire and motivate audiences to create a better, healthier, existence for the planet through contributions from a wide range of global leaders, creators, celebrities and musicians,” Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, told reporters during the Summer TCA press tour.

Lil Dicky and GaTa as well as Tinashe will also be featured, as well as Marsai Martin, The Muppets, SpongeBob SquarePants and YouTube creators AsapSCIENCEBrave WildernessBretman Rock, DreamJack HarriesTheOdd1sOutPhysicsGirl and ZHC.

Dear Earth will premiere on YouTube on October 23.

The special is produced by Done + Dusted, Strong Brew and Silverback Films.

Rosalia Wins Second Consecutive “Best Latin” Moon Person at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rosalia won’t olvidar this year’s MTV Video Music Awards

The 28-year-old Spanish Grammy-winning singer and songwriter picked up her third career Moon Person at the MTV VMAs, which took place on Sunday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rosalia ELLE Summer 2020

Rosalia took home the Best Latin prize for her moody collaboration with Billie Eilish, “Lo Vas a Olvidar.”

It’s her second straight win in the category, following her win last year for “Con Altura,” which also won in the Best Choreography category.

 

Bruno Mars, who’d previously won three Moon Persons in his career, took home the prize for Best R&B.

 

The 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer won the award for “Leave the Door Open,” his Silk Sonic single with Anderson .Paak.

Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo won three Moon Persons during the ceremony — for Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Push Performance of the YearJustin Bieber was also a multiple winner, scoring Artist of the Year and Best Pop Video for “Peaches” along with Daniel Caesar and Giveon.

Here’s the full list of tonight’s winners:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber
Def Jam

SONG OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”
Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

Olivia Rodrigo
Geffen Records

BEST COLLABORATION

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

BEST POP

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”
Def Jam

BEST HIP-HOP

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”
Cactus Jack / Epic Records

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend”
Bad Boy / Interscope Records

BEST K-POP

BTS – “Butter”
BIGHIT MUSIC

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – “Your Power”
Darkroom / Interscope Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo
May 2021: “drivers license”

BEST ROCK

John Mayer – “Last Train Home”
Columbia Records

BEST LATIN

Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
Darkroom / Interscope Records

BEST R&B

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”
Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”
Columbia Records – Choreography by: Paul Roberts

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL”
Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

BEST ART DIRECTION

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend”
Warner Records – Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”
Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”
Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet

GROUP OF THE YEAR: BTS

SONG OF THE SUMMER: BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC
Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment