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Karol G, J.Balvin & Bad Bunny Lead Premios Juventud 2020 Nominations

Karol G, J.Balvin & Bad Bunny Lead Premios Juventud 2020 Nominations

In anticipation for this year’s Premios Juventud, Univision has revealed the nominees for its annual show.

J. Balvin leads the nominations for the 17th edition of Premios Juventud with 12 nominations, followed by Karol G (9 nominations), Bad Bunny (8 nominations), Anuel AA (7 nominations), Daddy Yankee and Manuel Turizo (5 nominations), Banda MS, Maluma, and Sebastián Yatra (4 nominations). This year’s show features 140 nominees across 28 different categories. People can vote for their favorite artist starting today and until July 21.

Now is the time to acknowledge those who are stepping up and fighting for their communities. This year, Premios Juventud’s Agents of Change award “will recognize everyday heroes of the pandemic and people leading social change.”

To reflect and consider current global issues (from the COVID-19 pandemic to the uprisings across the country due to racial injustices), Univision has reformatted past categories and added new categories.

“The new music categories are: The New Generation Female and The New Generation Male to recognize new artists who make us dance; Spicy Regional Songs to celebrate the ‘spicy’ lyrics; The Perfect Mix for the best collaboration song; The Quarantune to recognize a song created during quarantine; OMG Collaboration for an unexpected collaboration of artists; and And Featuring for an artist that everyone wants to sing with,” Univision says via a press release. Among those nominated for The New Generation Female include Cazzu, Emilia, Jessie Reyez, Mariah, and Yennis. For The New Generation Male category, those nominated include El Alfa, Jhay Cortez, Lunay, Myke Towers, and Rauw Alejandro.

“The changes in the Digital/Social/Influencer categories include: Together They Fire Up My Feed, which this year will recognize friends and not only couples that appear on each other’s’ feed; #PetGoals, artists that post with their pets; #StayAtHomeConcert to acknowledge the best at home concert; Breaking The Internet, artists who posts pictures to break the internet; and Influencer with a Cause, now with a new name, for an influencer who uses their social media platforms for a cause. In the Music Video category: Video with a Purpose, to recognize a video with the best social message. Under the Fashion category: Nailed It, to award the best and most couture manicure.”

The three-hour long show will take place live on August 13, 8PM EST, and will “follow strict guidelines and restrictions, in full compliance with local authorities and public health recommendations.” The show will be hosted by Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisa Lachapel, and Borja Voces. Prior to the main event, Jomari Goyso, Amara La Negra, and Clarissa Molina will host a one-hour pre-show at 7PM EST.

J Balvin’s Home Has a Surprisingly Minimalist Vibe

J Balvin’s Home Has a Surprisingly Minimalist Vibe

Colombian global star J Balvin opened up his home in Colombia to Architectural Digest. The space is a peaceful and minimalist haven with a mix of superstar elements. The mansion, designed by Medellín-based firm, 5 Sólidos, features books in his living room instead of a TV to encourage reflection. Meanwhile, his bedroom closet holds roughly 850 pairs of shoes.

“It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest. I’m not here to flex no one, I’m on another vibe. This is just for me and my soul and my people to come and be relaxed,” he said.

Inspired by Japanese design, the doors are blended into the walls so it’s all streamlined and every room has floor to ceiling windows to showcase the forest surrounding the house. Though he’s known for his colorful style, his house reflects his belief that black is a “powerful” color (even the toilets are all black) standing in contrast with the wood used throughout the whole house.

He intentionally left out memorabilia connected to his professional life saying anything related to his persona goes to his mom’s house and his home is all about “Jose” (he was born José Álvaro Osorio Balvín). The artist has been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, so this peaceful and uncluttered home seems to be a testament to his commitment to tranquility amid the demands of his celebrity life.

The Latin Grammy award winner calls the house a work of art but says the most beautiful piece of artwork is a 100-year-old Bonsai tree they brought straight from Japan. The house is located in Llanogrande, 30 minutes outside the city. Not having neighbors allows for the ideal private nature getaway for the global superstar. He shares that the natural elements inside and outside the home provide a balance from the city life of his home in New York.

“A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego,” he told the publication.

Were you surprised by his stripped-down approach or does this meditation-friendly home make you want to create your own nature-filled haven?

Hamilton’s Broadway Cast Prepare for Their Biggest Audience Yet

Hamilton’s Broadway Cast Prepare for Their Biggest Audience Yet

Lin-Manuel Miranda embodies the pa’lante attitude that has gotten many Puerto Ricans like me through dark times. That same attitude didn’t slow him down amidst the postponement of the In the Heights film and Broadway’s shutdown. In fact, it’s what made #HamilFilm premiere a year ahead of schedule.

A musical about a founding father that put performers of color front and center when it first opened in 2015, Hamilton has been making room for both triumph and pain on stage. It’s what led Miranda to take the show to the island to help soothe Puerto Rico’s agony after Hurricane María. In 2020, the smash hit finds itself carrying the weight of a global pandemic and the pain of those fighting for Black people’s collective liberation. But thanks to Disney+, a new generation of viewers will experience Hamilton for the first time, making this groundbreaking production accessible in a way its theatrical one could never be. As Miranda stated during a press conference for the Disney+ release, “more people will see Hamilton between July third and fifth than have ever seen it before.”

“We always said we wanted to democratize the world seeing this company doing this show, and it just felt like a good opportunity, and it happens almost exactly on the five-year anniversary that we filmed it, which is even more extraordinary.”

“The gift of doing that work back then, is that now in this moment where there is no theater, we have the gift of this show and the snapshot of this moment and I’m really grateful for that,” admitted Miranda.

The 2016 presidential election made Hamilton, and its casting, in particular, feel more powerful and poignant. But it also granted its original company fame and notoriety. Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (Moana, Bull), who played George Washington, was already a well-known stage actor and one of Miranda’s collaborators when Hamilton brought him back to Broadway.

“The show has given me a greater platform but most of all, humility because somebody else could’ve been playing George Washington, and that’s not lost on me. Performing for someone like President Obama who holds such sway culturally and politically and being a part of conversations with the likes of folks like that has always been very gratifying and very important,” Jackson tells Remezcla.

Anthony Ramos’ debut performance as Phillip Hamilton and John Laurens proved to be pivotal for him. “I had done Damn Yankees, Grease, and Saturday Night Fever regionally, so the music was like nothing I had heard in a musical. It was wild to see our names on the Billboard charts next to artists you see frequently like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. It was just dope being part of a musical that crossed over in so many ways.”

Ramos has gone to play Usnavi, the protagonist and narrator in the feature film adaptation of In the Heights, star in Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born and release his album The Good & The Bad. “In the Heights was the first time I heard people singing and rapping, and the music felt like music that I listened to throughout my life. It was really awesome to know the person who originated this role and now I had the chance to play it.”

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones starred as the pivotal women in Alexander Hamilton’s life. Soo, a Tony nominee for her work on the show, originated the role of Eliza, Hamilton’s wife and steadfast supporter, just a few years out of Juilliard.

Audiences first meet Eliza as a teenager – a devoted daughter, a loving sister and a newlywed during the American Revolution. They also see her go from wronged wife to grieving mother. These proved to be unique undertakings for Soo.

“A lot of their stories about women in history from that time is that a lot of their stories are told through the eyes of men. These were real women with just as many aspirations and hopes and dreams, and we’re just as vocal and interested and curious in the world and we can’t forget that. They were living in different times with different parameters, but they were striving for change. That burning fire within them is the same fire that we see in women and people who identify as women today.”

Angelica Schuyler, a role that won Goldsberry a Tony award, is a spirited and fiercely intelligent woman looking for “a mind at work.” The actress recalls feeling honored, excited and “at times silly,” when telling Angelica’s story. “I can be at my best when I’m looking at the relationships that the character has with other people and how to serve that.”

“At the end of the day,” she adds, “the saving grace for playing Angelica was to stand on the stage with that company of people and support them in what they’re doing in the way that Angelica Schuyler supported those historical figures. That made me the most confident and gave me the greatest joy.”

Soo credits Miranda for establishing a sense of camaraderie across the board since he’s “the embodiment of ‘energy begets energy.’” The emotional connection she shares with her castmates made her job easier than it appeared. “Even when we were all really tired, and we had done the show hundreds of times at that point, Lin was always there to keep everything going and always had the energy to go the extra mile. I really admired that, and when I was feeling a bit tired or low, I’d certainly look to him for that boost of energy,” Soo notes.

Ramos sounds off by saying that his favorite thing about working with Miranda is “the trust he has for the people that he decides to surround himself with and collaborate with.”

“He doesn’t give anything away with a clenched fist. He gives us his talent and creativity and is confident in our ability to tell this story that he’s written.”

In a post-Obama world, where the “Black Lives Matter” movement has itself begat campaigns like “We See You, White American Theater,” Hamilton’s original company find themselves turning to the tenets of social action embedded in the show to push the theatrical industry and society at large to become more thoughtful and inclusive.

“We’re having those conversations now, we’re not only convicting the people that are obviously trying to stop diversity and change. We’re trying to look at ourselves and say, ‘I believe these things and I’m complicit so what can I do to make this better as a Black woman? What can I do? Who do I hire to work on my team?’” explains Goldsberry.

Hamilton can’t singlehandedly right industry wrongs. But its cast hopes to breathe a new fighting spirit into people all over the country. At its core, the musical is about bringing everyone’s strengths to the table, inspiring unbridled hope and fearlessness, and matching that with the unwavering tenacity behind the pa’lante attitude that can further help us change the world. Nobody can deny that the theater has these elements, especially when people of color are at the forefront.

As Goldsberry puts it: “If we don’t start with ourselves, you can’t really ask anything from anybody else.”