WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO?
No one's been checking the Billboard thread, so ..
SHAKIRA SHUTS OUT J.LO AT LATIN BILLBOARDS
April 27, 2012
The hottest stars of Latin music strutted down the red carpet
last night in South Florida, for the annual Billboard Latin
Music Awards. Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR Music's
Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd to take a look at the winners,
the losers, and the surprising snubs.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
The stars of Latin American music were in the Miami area last
night for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards. We've been
previewing the awards all week with Jasmine Garsd. She's the
co-host of NPR's ALT.LATINO podcast.
Now it's time for a review. Jasmine's in the studio once again
after watching - what was it - five hours of the show?
JASMINE GARSD, BYLINE: It certainly felt like it.
MARTIN: Was it five?
GARSD: No. I don't think it was five, but it definitely felt
like an all-nighter.
MARTIN: So who were the big winners?
GARSD: Definitely, the big winners were Dominican-American
star Prince Royce, (unintelligible) artist Don Omar, and Marc
Anthony, who got a Hall of Fame Award, (foreign language spoken).
MARTIN: Hall of Fame? Isn't that kind of like a career
achievement thing? I mean, he's not done yet.
GARSD: He did, at one point, say, hey, guys, I still have a lot
to give. But it was - he's so great. I love Marc Anthony and he
gave such a passionate, emotional acceptance speech and he said
something very poignant, which - you know, everyone gets up here
and talks about the sacrifices they've made, but my family and
friends have made a lot of sacrifices so that I can be a
musician and a performer.
MARTIN: That's a great message. Well, good. All right. Well,
you mentioned Don Omar and you said he won big and I think
he won - what?
GARSD: Song of the Year.
MARTIN: Song of the Year.
GARSD: Among other awards, for "Danza Kuduro."
MARTIN: All right. Let's listen to a little bit.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DANZA KUDURO")
DON OMAR: (Singing in foreign language).
MARTIN: Good song for summer, coming up. Be played at a lot of
parties. OK. What about something from Prince Royce?
GARSD: The great thing about Prince Royce is last year he won
Best New Artist and he's really been able to carry that momentum
and he won a songwriter award, Album of the Year, Tropical Songs
Artist. He does that kind of bachata style. Bachata, by the way,
is that very romantic sound that you hear, very tragic lyrics
with those guitar plucks, and a lot of artists nowadays are
mixing it with R&B.
And here is "Soy Incondicional."
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SOY INCONDICIONAL")
PRINCE ROYCE: (Singing in foreign language).
MARTIN: Now, Jas, we can't talk about an awards show
without talking about the snubs. Did anybody kind of get the
cold shoulder that, embarrassing as it is, we probably should
GARSD: I felt like Romero Santos got ignored. I loved his new
album. I thought this was his year and he didn't get the
acknowledgment I felt he deserved.
MARTIN: Did he get anything?
GARSD: No. Prince Royce stole the show as far as bachata is
concerned and Prince Royce is great, but I think Romero
Santos deserved some more acknowledgment.
MARTIN: What about J-Lo, Jennifer Lopez? She's one of
the artists that you spotlighted earlier in the week. How did
GARSD: If you were betting on horses, I would have gotten you
into deep trouble. Shakira again - Shakira stole the show.
Shakira got four awards and...
MARTIN: And shut J-Lo out, essentially. They were head-to-head
GARSD: Yeah. I still think...
GARSD: ...that J-Lo - it was a big year for her and - I don't
know. I'm sticking to my choices of who I thought was just
great this year.
MARTIN: OK. What about new artists? Is there anybody throwing
down the marker or somebody to watch in the future in the way
that Prince Royce was last year?
GARSD: Sure. I feel like the Billboard awards aren't exactly a
great place to find new artists because it's all about who is
commercially successful and it does feel a lot like the big
names club. (Unintelligible) from Mexico - they won Best New Artists.
I really think the spotlight for a newer artist was on Michelle(ph)
(unintelligible), who is a Brazilian act. They became huge with
the song (foreign language spoken). This was a viral hit. Over 400
million watched - the most watched video in the history of Brazil,
and it's that song that all the footballers are singing and dancing
on the football field. And here is (foreign language spoken).
MARTIN: OK. Well, we'll go out on that. Jasmine Garsd is co-host at
NPR's ALT.LATINO podcast. She's been joining me all week to talk
about the Billboard Latin Music Awards and she gave us a review of
the awards ceremony, which was Thursday night.
Jas, thank you.
GARSD: Thank you so much. It was so much fun.
P.S -- Marc and Shakira were the favs, no doubt. Perhaps
his mgr. stirred up sympathy for him, esp.from the older
folks? Still, it's a bit of a shock that voting members couldn't
muster enough for Jenn to land even one award, after three
noms. She'd had a great year musically. But there was also was
real heartbreak, though she's been very supportive of Marc,esp.
pre-2009. I can't recall Marc pontificating about "family" when
they were together. But for whose benefit? If it really meant
so much to him, then he should have stayed home more, w/ his