Dominican-Trinidadian-American, Cardi B is a favorite to win Record of the Year for her smash hit “I Like It,” one of five Grammy Awards nominations. She’s joined by Cuban-born Camila Cabello, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Camila” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Havana” (Live).
Regardless of an impressive list of Latinx nominees this year, led by Cardi B and Camila Cabello, music legend Gloria Estefan asserts, not enough is being done to recognize women artists, especially women of color. “You know, the Grammy voters, the vast majority are men, because women haven’t really been in the industry in the numbers that men have,” she said while promoting a new project at the Television Critics Association.
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Kelly Lawler, USA Today writes: Frustrations with getting artists of color recognized was part of the reason Estefan’s husband, producer Emilio Estefan, helped start the Latin Grammys, which were first awarded in 2000.
As non-Spanish speaking listeners become more familiar with Latin artists and more accustomed to hearing music in a different language, the demand for Latin artists’ tours continues to grow, according to Catherine Fournier, director of marketing at lyric licensing company, LyricFind
, in an interview with IQ
Cardi B and Camila Cabello are among Spotify’s top 5 most streamed female artists of 2018.
Cardi B was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar in The Bronx
borough of New York City to a Dominican
father and Trinidadian
mother. The stage name “Cardi B” comes from a shortened version of Bacardi
rum which people used to call her by. After gaining popularity for several videos going viral
on social media, she
joined the cast of the VH1
reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York
in 2015. She left the program two years later to pursue a career in music full time.
Cardi B released “Bodak Yellow,” in 2017, earning her first two Grammy nominations.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards telecast is scheduled for this Sunday on CBS (8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST).