Although music's biggest night featured several nods to DREAMers and other immigrants in the United States, Puerto Rican artists Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi's song 'Despacito' was snubbed three times. The song was nominated for Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance, Song of The Year, and Record of The Year at last night's Grammy Awards but came up empty-handed against Portugal and Bruno Mars, respectively.
The hit song captivated worldwide audiences last year across major platforms and broke virtually every record possible. Its music video is the most viewed clip on YouTube with 4 billion views and is the most watched video in over 50 countries. Aside from being the most streamed song of all time, 'Despacito' sold 7 million track equivalent copies and was on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-tying 16 weeks.
In fact, moments before the Grammy Ceremony commenced 'Despacito' became the first Latin song to reach an RIAA Diamond Certification. After all the accolades that the song achieved, many fans were left wondering why the Recording Academy withheld each Grammy Award from the Puerto Rican singers and if a Latin song winning a major award was even possible if 'Despacito' could not.
I love Bruno but that award should’ve gone to #Despacito and I know that it didn’t win just cuz the academy didn’t want a Spanish song to win. Despacito was THE MOST PLAYED SONG OF ALL TIME. How can you ignore this n give it to a song in English. pic.twitter.com/dUAc0gukze
— MrsVazMayne (@MrsVazMayne) January 29, 2018
Three days late, but I’m so annoyed Bruno Mars won every single Grammy and I’m upset Luis Fonsi + Daddy Yankee didn’t win a Grammy for Despacito!
— Ivette (@ist1019) January 30, 2018
Que #Despacito no ganó el #grammy como canción del año; ¿discriminación en los #Grammys2018? A mi me parece que si la hay para la música en español. Esta canción de @LuisFonsi @erikaender y @daddy_yankee ya lo tenía ganado por el éxito real en todo el mundo.
— SAMO (@SAMOALLSTAR) January 30, 2018
Looked great guys. I know I’m bias for NoMo but the Grammys were just wrong in so many categories. I mean I love Bruno Mars but everyone knows the number one song in the world was despacito. Can’t tolerate it long but it was the biggest song on the planet, not 1 Grammy #bsawards
— Eric Rodriguez (@thesteelrod) January 30, 2018
The ceremony featured four Latino performers, including the 'Despacito' singers and Bruno Mars and Cardi B, which doesn't sound like much until you hear that the last time the Grammys featured these many Latino performers was in 2005. What do you think? Did 'Despacito' lose fairly or did the Recording Academy show their true colors last night?