NEW YORK, NOV 21 — There was a lot to see during the Latin Grammy Awards, what with the Jennifer Lopez-Marc Anthony kiss. But there as also plenty that didn’t air anywhere. Here are seven things you didn’t see on the air.
1. Carla Morrison speaks up, a lot
During the pre-telecast, Carla Morrison gave a long, articulate speech on music as a factor of change that was punctuated with the line: “Let’s not allow some orange cabrón [which roughly translates to son of a bitch] take away our mental, spiritual and emotional liberty.” While the orange SOB remained unnamed, it’s pretty clear of which man she was speaking.
Backstage, Morrison went further, saying she was in the midst of filming a documentary about her experience as a woman on the tour. Details will include everything from the way she handles her finances to being bullied online for her look. The documentary will be released in 2017.
2. Sophia Abrahão trends
For a brief moment Thursday afternoon, the phrase Sophia Abrahão Vai Ganhar was a global trending topic on twitter. The Brazilian artist, up for Best new artist, lost to Manuel Medrano. But now we all know her name!
3. Cooler heads prevailed
If the Latin Grammy telecast focused heavily on politics from the onset, so did the conversation backstage where the election of Trump was brought up again and again. And for the most part, rhetoric was tempered in favor of a conciliatory tone. “We hope Mr. Trump changes his tune and gives us a good government,” said members of venerable Banda El Recodo.
4. Joss Favela keeps going
Mexican singer/songwriter Joss Favela, the only regional Mexican artist nominated in the best new artist category, is also seeing his star as a songwriter rise strongly. Favela is writing new material for Alejandro Fernandez, Regulo Caro, Pesado and Voz de Mando, among other acts. With so much inspiration going to others, what’s left for him? “I have a little chest with leftovers,” he said backstage with a smile.
5. BIA goes Latin?
That Latin bug is contagious. The latest mainstream act to catch it is Pharrell protégé BIA, who said that after working with J Balvin she’s inspired to record in Spanish.
“I’m working on some Latin music because this has inspired me to do so much more on the Latin side,” she told Billboard. “I’ve been working on a separate Latin album that should be dropping soon.”
6. The Juan Gabriel tribute
To those who questioned the fact that no on air homage was paid to legendary singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel, who unexpectedly died in August, Latin Academy chairman and president Gabriel Abaroa provided the answer:
“I had the pleasure of meeting Juan Gabriel in person and he told me that he would much rather be honored while he was still alive and not after his death. And that’s what we did,” he said. “There are so many other artists who also passed away this year, so what makes an artist more deserving of the tribute than the other?”
We should also remember that Gabriel did get his Latin Grammy homage when he was honored as person of the year in 2009.
7. The #MannequinChallenge
There were several Mannequin Challenges taking place at different times during the week. Memorable ones included one with Carlos Vives and his staff after the listening session of his new album and with Jesse & Joy backstage inside the press room. — Billboard/Bloomberg