If you've never heard of Despacito, then you're clearly not from this planet.
The song by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee became the most-heard song of 2017 around the world after Justin Bieber dropped a remix in the Spring. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to your grandmother was obsessed with it.
The award-winning jam has put Latinos in the forefront once more, becoming the Most-Watched Video on YouTube with nearly five billion views, a Latin Grammy winner, and nabbing three Grammy nominations.
Needless to say, Fonsi and Yankee made crazy history at the 2018 awards show held Sun. January 28 in New York City.
Despacito was the first Spanish song to be nominated in three major categories by The Recording Academy, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The last time a non-English language production won Song of the Year was at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1958 when Italian crooner Domenico Modugno took the title for Volare.
Sunday's awards show was also the first time that an all-Spanish song was performed during the live telecast. As a Hispanic-American, it makes my heart proud knowing that two Puerto Ricans made history in many ways with just one song.
High hopes were shattered, however, when Bruno Mars swept the awards for Song and Record of the Year. In fact, people on the internet were (and still are) outraged, calling it the biggest snub of the night.
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I mean, not going to lie, Bruno is the ish! But Despacito is clearly a worldwide success and deserved to win an award.
Following the heartbreaking outcome, Fonsi shared nothing but positive vibes on his social media:
"We're not leaving empty-handed tonight. Breaking the language barrier and uniting the world with a song is the best award you can win," he wrote in Spanish on Instagram. "Let's continue sharing our culture and our Latin music with the whole world. Thanks for supporting us, this is just the beginning."
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No nos vamos con las manos vacías esta noche. Romper la barrera del idioma y unir al mundo con una canción es el mejor premio que uno puede ganar. Sigamos compartiendo nuestra cultura y nuestra música latina con el mundo entero. Gracias por apoyarnos, esto es solo el comienzo. #Grammys
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