Latin Grammys: Music, Celebrities, And Calls for Latino Voting Power

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Maná & Los Tigres Del Norte to Latino Voters at Latin Grammy Awards: ‘Don’t Vote for the Racists’.

At the 16th Annual Latin Grammys, aired Thursday night on Univision, the presence of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was clearly felt even though Trump himself wasn’t present. And on the show’s 16th edition on Nov. 19, Maná and Los Tigres del Norte used music as a means to convey an important political message at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Performing Los Tigres’ norteño anthem “Somos Más Americanos,” Maná and the band from San Jose, Calif. reaffirmed the fact that the Latino vote matters. Beyond that, the message seemed to be one about using one’s vote wisely and the audience, standing throughout the entire performance, seemed to agree.

At the end of the song, Maná unveiled a sign that read “Latinos unidos no voten por los racistas [Latinos, united, don’t vote for the racists],” which can be taken as a not-so-subtle reference to presidential hopeful Donald Trump. On the red carpet, Fher reaffirmed the band’s message. “We love playing the Latin Grammys but we’re using this opportunity to express the power that Latinos have in this country,” he told Billboard. “There are more than 50 million Latinos — the US has the second highest number of Spanish-speaking people in the world, after Mexico. Vote for a human being who doesn’t discriminate; who is not racist, to put it bluntly.” The website somosmas2016.com, powered by Voto Latino voter mobilization org, went live simultaneously during the live performance.

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