"Despacito" was snubbed at the 2018 Grammys, and fans are justifiably angry
Fans were upset last night, January 28th, when the longest-running number one Hot 100 song, “Despacito,” received zero accolades at the 2018 Grammys. The Spanish language reggaeton-pop hit featuring Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber was nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, but ended up losing out to Bruno Mars and Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.”
Luis Fonsi’s and Daddy Yankee’s hit single not only racked up an incredible amount of radio play and sold over 7 million copies, but it also broke countless records. The song became the most-watched YouTube video of all time with over 4 billion views, most streamed song of all time, most-watched video in over 50 countries, and the longest-running number one Hot 100 song, staying at the top of the charts for 16 straight weeks.
On the red carpet, Fonsi told Billboard that he did not initially forsee the song’s success and is proud to be opening doors for so many other artists. “I’m so proud to be sort of representing Latin music and to be able to get the world to sing and dance a little bit, and to sing in Spanish,” Fonsi said (and in a year when the President of the United States has seemingly set a record for racist and offensive comments about the Latin community, no less).
Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment that the song didn’t receive more recognition.
Last night was the first time in over 19 years that four Latino artists performed on the Grammy stage (Cardi B and Bruno Mars, also of Latino heritage, performed as well). The Grammys featured their most diverse nominee list to date with seven of the most-nominated artists being people of color, and Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar taking home the top awards.
While the Despacito singers didn’t technically receive a trophy last night, their song received RIAA Diamond Certification, meaning it sold over 10 million units — something that less than 20 songs in history have done. And Despacito is the first Latin song to do so.
Congratulations, guys! You’re definitely winners, Grammy award or not.