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Nicky Jam, Bomba Estereo, J Balvin & More Nominated For Latin Grammys

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On Wednesday (Sept. 23), the nominations for the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced, with Leonel García leading with six nominations, followed by Natalia Lafourcade with five, and Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, engineers Edgar Barrera, Demián Nava, and Alan Saucedo, and producer Cachorro López with four nominations each.

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Pablo Alborán, Miguel Bosé, Café Quijano, Pedro Capó, Nicky Jam, Ricky Martin, and Vicentico are among those who received three noms. Colombian favorites J Balvin and Bomba Estereo have also snagged noms for Best Urban Performance and Record of the Year, respectively.

"This year's crop of nominees truly personify and represent a considerably diverse, eclectic and comprehensive worldwide Latin music community, which is a testament to The Latin Recording Academy's voting process," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "With so many music professionals participating in the awards process, it's gratifying to see so many creators, performers and producers getting due recognition from their peers. With this list of nominees the Latin GRAMMYs® are sure be one of the biggest Latin music celebrations yet."

The 2015 Latin Grammy Awards will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, and will air on Univision. Here are the nominees for some of the biggest categories. The full list is available here.

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Record Of The Year
"Fiesta" — Bomba Estéreo
"Encanto" — Miguel Bosé
"Será (Vida De Hombre)" — Café Quijano
"La Vida Entera" — Camila Featuring Marco Antonio Solís
"Ella Es" — Leonel García Featuring Jorge Drexler
"Tus Besos" — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
"Hasta La Raíz" — Natalia Lafourcade
"Disparo Al Corazón" — Ricky Martin
"Un Zombie A La Intemperie" — Alejandro Sanz
"Ese Camino" — Julieta Venegas

Album Of The Year
MTV Unplugged — Pepe Aguilar
Son De Panamá — Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Amo — Miguel Bosé
Orígenes: El Bolero Volumen 3 — Café Quijano
Todo Tiene Su Hora — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
Creo En Mí — Natalia Jiménez
Hasta La Raíz — Natalia Lafourcade
Caja De Música — Monsieur Periné
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
Consentido — María Toledo

Song Of The Year (A Songwriter's Award)
"Disparo Al Corazón" — Pedro Capó, Yoel Henríquez, Ricky Martin & Rafael Esparza Ruiz, songwriters (Ricky Martin)
"Ese Camino" — Julieta Venegas, songwriter (Julieta Venegas)
"Hasta La Raíz" — Leonel Garcia & Natalia Lafourcade, songwriters (Natalia Lafourcade)
"Hoy Es Domingo" — Beatriz Luengo, Antonio Rayo Gibo, Yotuel Romero & Diego Torres, songwriters (Diego Torres)
"Por Fin" — Pablo Alborán, songwriter (Pablo Alborán)
"Quédate Con Ella" — Claudia Brant & Natalia Jiménez, songwriters (Natalia Jiménez)
"Recuerdas" — Leonel García, songwriter (Leonel García)
"Un Zombie A La Intemperie" — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz)
"Vida De Mi Vida" — Gian Marco, songwriter (Gian Marco)
"Vivo" — Pedro Capó, songwriter (Pedro Capó)

Best New Artist
Iván "Melón" Lewis
Manu Manzo
Monsieur Periné
Julieta Rada
Tulipa Ruiz
Raquel Sofía
Vázquez Sounds
Vitrola Sintética

Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
Terral — Pablo Alborán
Amo — Miguel Bosé
Aquila — Pedro Capó
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky Martin
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz

Best Urban Performance
"A Ti Te Encanta" — Alexis & Fido
"Una Cita (Remix)" — Alkilados Featuring J Alvarez, El Roockie and Nicky Jam
"Ay Vamos" — J Balvin
"El Perdón" — Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
"El Tiki" — Maluma
"Calentura" — Yandel
"Sígueme Y Te Sigo" — Daddy Yankee

Best Alternative Music Album
Amanecer — Bomba Estéreo
Sombras De Oro — Centavrvs
Hasta La Raíz — Natalia Lafourcade
Y La Banda Sigue — Los Auténticos Decadentes
Moctezuma — Porter

Best Salsa Album
Son De Panamá — Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Jukebox Primera Edición — Luis Enrique
Que Suenen Los Tambores — Víctor Manuelle
Son 45 — Ismael Miranda
Estaciones — Rey Ruiz

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It's About Time: Cypress Hill Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Cypress Hill doesn't always get the credit they deserve for their impact on hip-hop history, but they've been honored forever with a revered star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With a career of 30 years, the legacy of the four-man group of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo (along with former member Mellow Man Ace) includes six platinum albums and 90s zeitgeist songs like "How I Could Just Kill A Man," "Insane In The Brain," and "Hand On The Pump." They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and the chart-topping follow-up Black Sunday two years later,  and have continued creating ever since, releasing their ninth and latest album Elephants On Acid in September 2018. Cypress Hill are considered West Coast rap legends, and the first Latino rap group to have multiple gold and platinum records. Anchored by Muggs' gloomy, gritty production and B-Real's nasal, charismatic rhymes, Cypress Hill is as much a part of rap history as anyone.

The group's ceremony included speeches from Latino comedian George Lopez and fellow West Coast rap legend Xzibit, who said 'it's about time' before detailing the group's illustrious career.

Xzibit pointed out Cypress Hill not only brought Latino representation in an industry that largely lacked it, but that they were staunch marijuana advocates way before today's growing legalization.

"The Grammy-nominated group showed us stoned is indeed the way of the walk. Long before the days of legal dispensaries and medical marijuana, Cypress Hill were advocates of that sticky icky icky oooh wee!" Xzibit shared. "...Cypress Hill are pioneers in their own right. Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga. Yo B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: you are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy."

Lopez insisted that out of all the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "there are none more important than the one we're about to unveil for Cypress Hill. There's a lot of actors, there's a lot of comedians, there's a lot of entertainers who are on this (Walk of Fame). But there's only one cypress hill, the first Latino hip-hop group. But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Cypress Hill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled

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Xzibit says "it's about time" that Cypress Hill gets their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

— Variety (@Variety) April 18, 2019

George Lopez says there are 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but "none more important than the star we are about to unveil for Cypress Hill"

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.


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Join us for our induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."


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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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