Controversy arises over Afro-Latino award given to J Balvin
J Balvin's year has been full of controversy for his songs, nominations, and now his awards.
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Hombre blanco Latino Desubicado y apropiador, vos Jose @JBALVIN, con vos hablo, ¿hasta dónde estás dispuesto a llegar para obtener reconocimiento ? ¡Nea no más! Basta de esta mierda. https://t.co/Lk7XMRwrHC— Mabiland (@Mabiland) December 27, 2021
The artist Goyo, vocalist and leader of ChocQuibTown, a group recognized for being a precursor of Black culture and Pacific rhythms, was one of the most critical and showed her dissatisfaction with the awards on Twitter.
Si quieren saber mi opinión : Creo más en los Grammys que en está mierda.— Goyo (@GOYOCQT) December 27, 2021
Y me voy a dormir por que empiezan a decirme resentida. Que miedo https://t.co/QVcYMdGLJK
Faced with the criticism, AEAUSA spoke out through a video on its official Instagram account, in which they explain that the category J Balvin won is aimed at any artist based in Latin America, who is contributing to African culture, especially the Afro-beat sound.
"It is not based on race but, more importantly, on pushing African culture on the world stage," the organization tried to clarify.