Nine Caribbean Entertainers among the 2018 Grammy nominees that was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28th.
1: Luis Fonsi
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, 39, said he was “freaking out” after receiving three Grammy nominations Tuesday for his collaboration on “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, which conquered the music industry in an unimaginable way. The song received the nominations for record of the year, song of the year and best pop duo or group performance. It also marked the first time in that six-decade history there was not a white male among the album-of-the-year nominees. It is also the first time ever a Spanish-language song received record and song-of-the-year nominations.
2: Daddy Yankee
Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer, Daddy Yankee, 40, received three Grammy nominations Tuesday for his collaboration on “Despacito” with Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber. The entertainer has been busy helping his native land rebuild through donations recently.
The Bajan singer has no solo nomination this year after spending most of it focused on her entrepreneurial lines including Fenty Beauty, but she did receive one nomination for her collaboration on Loyalty with Kendrick Lamar in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category.
Jamaican-born conscious reggae singer Chronixx, 25, received his first Grammy nomination with year for “Chronology” in the Best Reggae Album category.
5: Damian Marley
Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, is back on the Grammy nomination list this year for “Stony Hill,” in the Best Reggae Album category.
6: Morgan Heritage
Morgan Heritage latest “Avrakedabra” album received a well deserved Grammy nomination, in the Best Reggae Album category.
7: Alex Cuba
Cuban born singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, who sings in Spanish and English, has received a Grammy nomination this year for “Lo Único Constante” in the Best Latin Pop Album category.
Residente, the Puerto Rican-born rapper, writer, producer and co-founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13, has been nominated in the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album category for his self-titled album.
Grammy-winning Cuban-born singer, producer and composer, Albita, has received a nomination in the Best Tropical Latin Album for self-titled album.
The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28. The final round of Grammy voting runs from Dec. 7-21.