Will Donald Trump have an impact on the 2018 Grammy race for Record of the Year? Our forum posters think so. And a top beneficiary of the entertainment community’s backlash against Trump could be “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber. It would be the first Spanish-language song ever to win the top prize.
The recording academy’s nomination review committee went out of its way to reward a diverse group of R&B and rap artists — and went out of their way to leave out more musically conservative acts like Ed Sheeran. The Grammys may have been responding to the increasing complaints against them for their treatment of music genres primarily represented by people of color, and that criticism intensified after Beyonce‘s surprise Album of the Year loss to Adele. Last year Frank Ocean withheld his music from consideration, and this year Drake did the same.
Awarding “Despacito” could be seen as a way to stick it to Trump — much the way the Grammys awarded the Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice” in 2007 as a rebuke of George W. Bush. Since his presidential campaign Trump has made inflammatory and racist statements against the Hispanic community, and he more recently came under fire for his ineffectual and insensitive response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Both Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are Puerto Rican artists, which gives the recording academy the opportunity to symbolically show their support for Puerto Ricans while also honoring one of the biggest crossover hits in years.
What do you think? Read some of our posters’ comments below, and join the discussion here in our forums.
GusCruz: “‘Despacito’ ends up being a political anti-Trump vote. Who knew!”
JasonLannister: “‘Despacito’ will win. It represents Latin people so it fits very well on this year’s narrative.”
Kadeem Lee: “Its honestly a fight between ‘Redbone’ and ‘Despacito.’ If ‘Despacito’ doesn’t win ROTY it will win SOTY.”
Atypical: “This feels like the place to award ‘Despacito’ for something major. Can’t deny the impact this song has had in popular culture, chart success, and diversity representation.”
Xtina: “Luis Fonsi and company had a huge hit and will be rewarded for it. A Spanish song winning ROTY would send a message.”
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