J Balvin, the Colombian artist who Beyonce appeared with on viral-hit “Mi Gente,” was named the 2021 Afro-Latino Artist of the 12 months by the African Leisure Awards.
After being awarded, the Columbian singer rapidly trended on social media, with many arguing the artist just isn’t Afro-Latino. He later took to his Instagram story to make clear that he’s not Afro-Latino. He wrote the put up in Spanish, which interprets to, “I am not Afro-Latino but thank you for giving me a place in the contribution of Afrobeat music and its movement.”
Some folks additionally known as out the African Leisure Music Awards and mentioned that authorities dedicated an “atrocity of choice” by nominating Balvin in the class and proclaiming him the winner.
“After listening to the concern of our audience, we have decided to maintain the purpose of the award but changed the name to Best Latin Artist of the Year,” The AEA Music Awards mentioned in an announcement addressing the backlash. “Please remember the nominees in this category had no say in their nomination or influence on the award show. Instead of voicing dissatisfaction, let us encourage this artist to continue to bridge the gap between Africa and Latin America.”
The backlash towards the singer stemmed from his music video controversy from his music Perra that was launched earlier this 12 months. The music was labeled racist and misogynistic after he had African American girls tied to leashes and carrying canine ears.
J Balvin eliminated the “Perra” video from Youtube after the backlash. “I wanted to say sorry for whomever felt offended, especially the black community. That is not who I am. I’m about tolerance, love, and inclusivity,” he launched in an announcement concerning the video
The four-time Latin Grammy Award winner is one of the most acknowledged Columbian singers and is commonly helmed as the “Prince of Reggaeton.”