20 Unforgettable Moments For Latinx Artists At The MTV Video Music Awards

Every year, one of the biggest nights of award season occurs in the summer at the MTV Video Music Awards. This year, we saw stars who’ve been around for a while with incredible style put on amazing performances.

Here’s a look at 20 unforgettable moments for Latinx artists.

That time Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston wore the same dress.

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The two singers showed up to the award show stage wearing the same brown dress in  1998 to present an award. Mariah looked to Whitney and smiled “That’s a one of a kind isn’t it?” she said about the dress. The two embraced and talked about how they loved each other.

JLO and her awkward moment with the mayor.

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Before he was Trump’s lawyer, he was Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. He appeared on stage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards alongside Lopez.

Shakira at her breakout stardom.

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Shakira had been popular in the Latin music scene for ages, but made a big break in the U.S. with “Hips Don’t Lie.” That year she showed up to the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall looking like quite the snack.

When Christina Aguilera went dirrrty.

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The pop princess had made quite a name for herself in music in the early 90s with hits like “Genie in a Bottle” and “Come On Over.” It wasn’t until 2002 with the release of her album Stripped however that she began to distinguish herself as a true solo artist and queen. For the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall she donned a new signature look of an era.

Howie D shows up with BSB

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The famous Puerto Rican Backstreet Boy showed up with his crew at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 6, 2001 just days before September 11th. The event took place in a pre-Facebook, pre-Instagram, pre-Twitter, and pre-Snapchat era where all eye were on stage instead of peering the gaze of a smartphone. 

Xtina all braided up and urban.

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Years before Twitter was around to call out the singer for cultural appropriation she posed for pictures at the MTV Video Music Awards September 6, 2001 in New York City wearing twine braids and look that had quite the urban feel.

The Lady Marmalade performers show up.

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Singers Lil” Kim, Mya, Christina Aguilera and Pink arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards September 6, 2001 in New York City as a troupe having collaborated on the soundtrack for the film “Moulin Rouge!”

“Milkshake” singer Kelis blew up the night with a simple look.

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For the 2001 Video Music Awards during the Radio Forum at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City Kellis showed up in an I Love New York shirt.

Paulina Rubio bares all on the red carpet.

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The Mexican singer and actress showed up at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, in Miami Beach, Florida at the Jackie Gleason Theater October 21, 2004 baring red underwear and a pretty bold gold look.

Christina being all holier than though.

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A report by the Telegraph noted how “Aguilera opened the show with a raunchy stripping nun routine. She came on stage wearing a nun’s habit and surrounded by a choir, then ripped off the garment to reveal a barely-there outfit and broke into the opening bars of her hit song Dirrty.”

Years after rocking a “dirty” look, Christina embraced a new era of style

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Christina performed alongside and at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida. 

Princess Wayuu showed up in an iconic sheer number

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Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez, also known as the first indigenous supermodel, appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America in 2003 a year before her appearance in “Mindhunters.”

Ricky Martin got the crowd lit before it was a thing.

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Ricky Martin performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003 at the Jackie Gleason Theater October 23, 2003 in Miami, Florida lighting up the crowd.

Christina Aguilera and musician Dave Navarro get rowdy.

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Singer Christina Aguilera and musician Dave Navarro perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City. 

The most epic kiss of all time.

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Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City. During the show, Madonna shared a kiss with Britney and Christina that had the crowd going insane. 

Christina went for a showgirl look that STUNNED.

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2003 was a big year for Aguilera who showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28, 2003 in New York City in a hot pink dress tabloid could not stop talking about. 

Shakira runs the show.

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Shakira performed on stage at at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002.

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist


These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Galentine’s Day, mamis! What, you never heard of the holiday? According to Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who made it a thing, “it’s only the best day of the year.” And she ain’t lying. Galentine’s Day, observed February 13, is a day to celebrate love — between your hermanas!

As the fictional character played by Amy Poehler in the series said, it’s “ladies celebrating ladies.” Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a time to bring your closest gals together, either for brunch, evening cocktails, mani-pedis or an old-school slumber party, and bask in the beauty, love and joy of your friendship.

No Galentine’s Day commemoration would be complete without some girl power tunes. Here, a celebration playlist you and your bella squad can bang out to while toasting to being ride-or-dies.

1. Remind your mamis what’s in store for them this Galentine’s Day with “Ladies Night.”

This Lil’ Kim classic, featuring Boricua Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliot, will undoubtedly get the squad hyped for the Galentine’s festivities to come.

2. Today’s all about feelin’ good, so you have to bring out Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”

On Galentine’s Day, you shower your femme squad with compliments — as you probably do any day of the week — and try your best to make sure the whole gang knows their worth.

3. Remind your nenas they are bomb just as they are with Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo.”

Sure, if we’re being real with our chicas, as we should be, there’s room for all of us to grow as individuals, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t great already. Colombiana Li Saumet will have all the gals loving on themselves, and all their complexities, with this 2016 banger.

4. If this is a single ladies kind of festivity, pull out Paloma Mami’s “Not Steady.”

If your squad is the type that yells “soltera para siempre” as they toast their champagne, you need this chilena’s bop about not wanting to settle down blasting at the pari.

5. Remind your amigas that lovers “Can’t Hold Us Down” with this Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim classic.

Even if your squad is mixed, with single ladies and mujeres in relationships, both will appreciate la ecuatoriana’s still-relevant message about not letting your boo, or the patriarchy, keep you down.

6. After all, you can’t tame a boss bitch.

Just ask puertorriqueña Kelis, whose 2006 jam “Bossy,” featuring Too $hort, will have all the girls embracing their inner jefa.

7. Ride out with the nenas as the car radio blares Selena Gomez’s “Me & My Girls.”

Pre-game: check. It’s time to hit the dance floor, and this young mexicana will have you and your chicas feelin’ alive and set to shake the night away.

8. Put your worries aside with Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That.”

As the venezolana says, “no stress, no fights … no tears, no time to cry.” Tonight is all about you and your girls livin’ it up. So heed Mariah’s advice and “open off that Bacardi” and feel “so hot tamale.”

9. Feelin’ it yet? Good! ‘Cause Cardi B’s “Money Bag” is about to have all the mamis twerking.

Like the dominicana’s own “bloody gang,” your crew is so bad that you’re out on the dance floor lookin’ “like bridesmaids,” so do like Cardi and drop that confident ass low.

10. But make sure Ivy Queen’s “Quiero Bailar” reminds everybody else that this is a Galentine’s Day party.

Swaying those hips is catching some attention. No one hates when some of the girls dance up with folk who aren’t in the crew, but let the Bori reggaetonera let the desperadxs know this is a girls’ night and the crew is going home together — punto.

Read: Watching Women In Her Life Abandon Relationships When Romance Arrives, This Latina Is Calling For A New Love Hierarchy

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20 Latinos Who Changed The World With Their Music


20 Latinos Who Changed The World With Their Music

We’re at a time in popular culture when Latin music is more popular than ever. And with over 437 million native Spanish-speakers worldwide, it’s no wonder Latin music has finally claimed its place in the sun. But the “Latin Music Boom” didn’t happen over night. Latin musicians have been working hard to make their mark on the music industry for a long time. Musicians like Celia Cruz and Chavela Vargas ran the game in their own time, paving the way for today’s cross-over stars like Shakira and Daddy Yankee. There are so many Latino musicians that changed the world with their music and transcended the confines of “genre” or language. Here are 20 iconic Latinos who changed the world with their music.

1. Celia Cruz


Lovingly called “The Queen of Salsa” by the media, this Cuban singer was the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. Cruz churned out hits that embodied the inimitable soul of Afro-Cuban music, especially to exiled Cubanos scattered across the globe after the advent of the Cuban Revolution in 1953. Cruz is remembered for introducing the world to the lively and infectious sound of Cuban music and lighting up every stage she stepped foot on with her colorful wigs, sequenced dresses, and glittering jewelry. Her impact was so great that she was awarded America’s National Medal of Arts in 1994. She died in 2003 at the age of 77 due to brain cancer, but her legacy lives on forever.

2. Selena


No introduction is necessary for Selena, the “Queen of Tejano Music” who is arguably the most influential Latin artist of all time. Her meteoric rise and subsequent shocking death catapulted Latin music into the mainstream conversation. Born in Texas to Mexican-American parents, Selena took the Latin music scene by storm in the early 90s with the release of her groundbreaking album Entre a Mi Mundo and her high energy performances. Unfortunately, her ascendant career was tragically cut short in 1995 when she was murdered by the president of her fan club. Still, her brief life made a timeless impact on music, the Latinx community, and the world.

3. Ricky Martin


Puerto-Rican singer Ricky Martin introduced mainstream America, and then the world, to the joys of easily-digestible, Latin music. Regarded as the “King of Latin Pop”, Martin achieved crossover success in 1999 with his mega-hit, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. Born in Puerto Rico, Ricky was a child star in the popular boy-band Menudo, but it was the release of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” that catapulted him into international super-stardom. Not only is he a Latinx icon but a queer icon also. In 2010, he further changed the world for the better when he confirmed he was a “fortunate homosexual man”, cementing himself as an icon for both the queer and Latinx communities.

4. Mariah Carey

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Afro-Venezuelan singer Mariah Carey is one of the most successful singers of all time. She makes this list not necessarily because of her contribution to Latin music, but to her contribution to music in general. The “Songbird Supreme” was born to an Irish mother and an Afro-Venezuelan father. After she released her hit song “Vision of Love”, Mariah continued to dominate the charts with a record 14 No. 1 singles. Carey has made a mark on pop and R&B music that is practically impossible to imitate. In addition, she’s been candid about her struggle with her biracial identity as a child of an Afro-Latino father and a white mother.

5. Gloria Estefan


Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba, but fled with her family to Miami in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution. AFter joining the Latin band “Miami Sound Machine” as their lead singer, she found international success with the release of the single “Conga” in 1985. After that crossover hit, Estefan released an endless stream of international chart-topping hits. In addition to being a genius singer and songwriter, Estefan has changed her world through telling her personal refugee story and supporting immigrant and Latino rights. She is a vocal supporter of the US being more welcoming to refugees.

6. Jennifer Lopez


Often credited with giving women in Latin music greater visibility, American-born Puerto-Rican singer, dancer, and actress Jennifer Lopez took over the world when she decided to expand her horizons from acting into singing. Although Jennifer Lopez was vocally proud of her Puerto-Rican heritage, she also didn’t let it limit her in terms of the projects she pursued, releasing albums in both English and Spanish. She’s arguably the most famous person of Puerto-Rican descent on the planet and after selling 80 million records worldwide, still releases music today in both Spanish and English.

7. Rita Moreno


The Prima Donna of Latin Old Hollywood, Rita Moreno is one of the few stars in show business history (of any ethnicity) to obtain an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award). Born in Puerto Rico in 1931, Moreno catapulted to fame after her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in “West Side Story”. Unlike many other additions on this list, the way Moreno changed the world wasn’t necessarily through album sales, but through musical performances in film and theater. She continues to work today and you may have seen Moreno as Liliana De La Vega in “Jane the Virgin” or Lydia Riera in “One Day at a Time”. It was recently announced that she will have a role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story”.

8. Enrique Iglesias


Ironically enough, although Enrique Iglesias is called by many “The King of Latin Pop” (an title shared with Ricky Martin), Iglesias is actually of Spanish and Filipinio descent. However, he still makes this list because of strong roots in the Miami music scene and his impact on Latin culture. Iglesias garnered international recognition with his self-titled debut album in 1995, which managed to sell over a million copies within the first week of its release. Since then, he has produced 27 number-one Spanish-language singles on the Billboard Latin Hot 100. His infectious dance-pop-Latin albums have made an undeniable footprint on the world music scene.

9. Chavela Vargas


Chavela Vargas was a Costa Rican-born Mexican singer renowned for her soulful renditions of Mexican rancheras, a genre of music traditionally reserved for men. Closely associated with Mexican folk mariachi groups, she released more than 80 albums in her lifetime. In addition, Vargas was also an unabashed lesbian who conducted affairs with prominent personalities such as Frida Kahlo. Vargas was groundbreaking in that she was relatively open about her sexual preferences in a time when it wasn’t as acceptable. She also cemented herself as a queer and lesbian icon when she formally came out as gay in her 2002 autobiography, “And if you want to know about my past”.

10. Lin Manuel Miranda


Puerto-Rican musical genius Lin Manuel Miranda has made his mark in the world by creating and starring in Broadway musicals that touch on themes such as immigration, Latinx identity, and assimilation into American culture. His first musical “In the Heights” was set in Washington Heights, a predominantly Latino neighborhood of New York City. Addionlly, he created the blockbuster Tony Awarding-winning musical “Hamilton”, which he’s currently touring in Puerto Rico. An avid philanthropist, Miranda spends much of his time and money on the Post-Maria rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. A critical darling, Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy, and three Tonys.

11. Thalía


Although Thalía never achieved quite the same success in America as she did in the rest of Latinidad, we would be crazy to leave her off the list. Thalía is a Latinx icon that didn’t need the acceptance of the English-speaking world to make her mark. Known for being both the “Queen of Telenovelas” and one of the most iconic women in Latin pop music, Thalía is a triple threat to rival Jlo. In fact, many in the industry consider her one of the most powerful women in Latin music. She is especially adored by fans in her native country of Mexico. She continues to work as an actress, singer, and entrepreneur today.

12. Cardi B


Cardi B makes this list not only for releasing an endless stream of bops, but also because of the awareness she’s brought to the nuances of Afro-Latina identity. Born to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B is unapologetic about her heritage or where she comes from. On the heels of the unprecedented success of her 2017 single, “Bodak Yellow”, Cardi B released a blockbuster album “Invasion of Privacy”  in 2018 that was both a critical and commercial hit. Speaking for so many Afro-Latinas who have been criticized for their heritage, Cardi B said: “A lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black. Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it”.

14. Shakira


Colombian artist Shakira is truly a global phenomenon. Although she began her career as almost exuslively an artisit geared towards the Latin market, her single “Whenever, Wherever” in 2002 became an international sensation, solidfying her as a cross-over hit. She further made waves with her blockbuster single “Hips Don’t Lie” which became one of the best selling singles of the 2000s. Her presence on the world stage continued when she created the 2010 FIFA Offical Song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, which garnered 10 million downloads. By sheer power of numbers, Shakira has changed the world with her music based on her number of fans, all from diverse backgrounds.

15. Marc Anthony


With over 12 million albums sold worldwide, Puerto-Rican singer Marc Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. He began his career opening for his idol, Tito Puente, but didn’t reach mainstream success until the release of his English-language album “Marc Anthony”, which went triple platinum in the US. In addition to his impressive album sale statistics, he’s won 29 Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music awards–more than any other male artist. His contribution to making salsa music mainstream definitely proves that he’s changed the world through his music.

16. Carlos Santana


Considered one of the most technically skilled guitarists of modern times, Mexican-American artist Carlos Santana is an important Latino artist for the contributions he’s made to rock music. Before he came onto the scene, the idea of “rock fusion”–the combination of different musical styles with traditional hard rock–was a foreign concept. Santana entered the international scene through his performance at 1969’s Woodstock Festival, which thrust him into the international consciousness. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards and continues to make his mark on both the Rock and Latin music scene today.

17. Pitbull


Cuban-American musician Pitbull, born Armando Christian Pére,  calls himself “Mr. Worldwide” because of his mass global appeal. He has spoken before about how he would rather be the “soccer” of music (popular globally) than the “football” of music (only popular in America). His music is so successful that it’s sold more than 70 million singles and had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries. So, his nickname for himself isn’t hyperbole–his music has definitely changed the world.P. Diddy said it best when he described Pitbull’s importance to the international music scene: “He’s an ambassador, connecting the hip-hop and the Latin communities and encouraging that important crossover appeal”.

18. Daddy Yankee


Although a relatively new player compared to some of the stalwarts on this list, Puerto-Rican singer and “King of Reggaetón” Daddy Yankee takes this slot because of the unparalleled success of his 2017 blockbuster hit “Despacito”. “Despacito”, created along with fellow Puerto-Rican singer Luis Fonzi, smashed records when it became the longest running No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 ever. It ushered in a new era of Latin Music popularity and is also credited with the popularization of “reggaeton”–a style of music that blends hip-hop and Latin music.

19. Christina Aguilera


Ecuadorian-American Christina Aguilera became instantly famous with the release of her smash single “Genie in a Bottle” in 1999. She went on to become a pop-princess with powerhouse vocals with a myriad of other hits like “Come on Over” and “Beautiful”. She even released a Spanish language album in 2000 titled Mi Reflejo. She gave a voice to Latinas everywhere who feel like theyre not “Latina enough” when she addressed that criticism head on: “All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman”.

20. Tito Puente


New York-born, Puerto-Rican musician Tito Puente is a pop culture legend who received mainstream stardom before newcomers Cardi B and Daddy Yankee were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. Often called “The Musical Pope” of Mambo and Latin Jazz, Puente’s career spanned more than 50 years and influenced countless Latin artists–many of whom are on this list. His most famous song is “Oye Como Va” is a classic example of the famous Latin “cha-cha-cha” tempo and has been the basis for countless covers and remakes by Latin artists paying homage. Puente died in 2000 at the age of 77 but his influence on Latin music and the world will never stop.

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