Yalitza Aparicio Set to Host the Latin Grammys

Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio‘s star continues to shine since her film debut in the 2018 film Roma

Yalitza Aparicio Latin Grammys

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Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio‘s star continues to shine since her film debut in the 2018 film Roma. It was recently announced that she’ll co-host a four-part documentary series entitled “Peace Peace Now Now” about women in Latin America who survived state and gender violence. Now she can add co-host of the Latin Grammys’ to her resume with the announcement that she’s joining singer Carlos Rivera and singer/actress Ana Brenda for the Nov. 19 event airing on Univision.

The theme for the show is “Music Makes Us Human,” which is what clinched the deal for Aparicio. Not only does she believe in the message passionately, but she explains how a particular genre keeps her motivated amid the pandemic.

“We had been in discussions for some time about having me host, but it was the theme of the night that really caught my attention,” Aparicio told Entertainment Weekly. “I really believe in that message, especially now as we find ourselves in such critical times where so many people are feeling isolated. Music has the power to motivate and to lift our spirits. I select what I’ll listen to based on what my needs are at the time. If I need some energy, I crank up the Reggaeton. I’m the type of person that needs music in order to get my day going. If I don’t play Reggaeton in the morning, I’ll go back to sleep.”

Reggaetónero J Balvin leads with 13 nominations while trap star Bad Bunny received nine nods and Ozuna has eight entries. Other multi-nominated artists include Camilo, Karol G, Kany García, Rosalía, Marco Masis “Tainy”, and Carlos Vives. Bad Bunny, J Balvin Juanes, Prince Royce, Karol G, Los Tigres del Norte, and Marc Anthony are some of the artists scheduled to perform during the festivities. This year the show introduced three new categories: Best Pop/Rock Song, Best Reggaeton Performance, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song.

Aparicio told EW she’s a huge fan of Daddy Yankee saying she’s “obsessed” with his music and she’s also a fan of Ivy Queen calling them pioneers. Aparicio is a pioneer herself as the first Indigenous Mexican to be nominated for an acting Oscar and the first Indigenous person to be on the cover of Vogue Mexico.

The Latin Grammys will feature both live and streamed virtual performances and there will be no red carpet or a live audience. The show airs  Nov.19 on Univision at 8 p.m. ET/PT via a live broadcast from Miami.

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