Karol G makes history as first Latina named woman of the year at Billboard ceremony

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Karol G made history astatine Wednesday night’s Billboard Women successful Music awards ceremony.

“This is nan first time, ever, a Latina is named female of nan year,” Karol G began her acceptance reside aft a fiery capacity of her reggaetón hit, “Amargura.” And so, successful grant of that unthinkable feat, she delivered nan remainder of her reside successful Spanish.

The world superstar received nan grant astatine nan YouTube Theater successful Inglewood, California, aft a lively preamble from her “Griselda” co-star Sofia Vergara.

Of course, Karol G is utilized to making history astatine this point. Last month, she became the first female to win in nan champion música urbana class astatine nan Grammys, a infinitesimal that whitethorn bespeak changing perceptions of reggaetón and Latin hip-hop arsenic exclusively “men’s music.” Last year, her medium “Mañana Será Bonito,” 1 of The Associated Press’ picks for champion of nan year, became nan first ever Spanish-language medium by a female creator to deed No. 1 connected nan Billboard 200. (Not only that, but “Mañana Será Bonito” is nan first Latin medium — by a Latina — to scope No. 1 connected nan albums floor plan since Selena Quintanilla’s posthumous “Dreaming of You,” did successful 1995 pursuing her high-profile murder.)

When Karol G embarked connected a stadium circuit successful support of nan release, she became nan first Latina to header astatine galore of nan venues wherever she performed. To telephone Karol G’s emergence meteoric wouldn’t beryllium hyperbole.

In nan crowds supra nan shape astatine nan YouTube Theater, fans wielded glowing ray sticks — charismatic merchandise for nan K-pop woman group NewJeans, who attended, performed an animated medley of their viral hits “Super Shy” and “ETA,” and were awarded nan title of group of nan year.

Later, nan assemblage lead chants of “Bichota” — an affectionate nickname for Karol G, derived from Puerto Rican slang “bichote,” which refers to a supplier dealer, but transformed into a word of empowerment pinch nan feminine “a.” It might’ve temporarily confused big Tracee Ellis Ross, who different masterfully guided nan crowd passim nan evening, but it surely underscored a awesome taxable of nan evening: to observe women successful nan euphony business is to observe women globally.

A caller grant class heralding performers who are “global forces” were fixed to women from astir nan world for their needle-moving contributions to their location countries, including Annalisa representing Italy, Sarah Geronimo from nan Philippines and Luísa Sonza from Brazil, who performed and was joined by Demi Lovato for “Penhasco2,” their Portuguese powerfulness ballad.

The 2nd yearly shaper of nan twelvemonth grant was given to PinkPantheress, known for her jungle and UK car shed thumps woven into songs that debar easy classification.

“As a female of colour successful physics euphony — specifically 2-step, drum and bass, it’s taken a batch for nan genre to beryllium recognized connected a wider standard — a batch of group don’t expect maine to look nan measurement I did, making nan euphony I was making,” she said successful her speech. “Even now, group don’t want to return my euphony seriously. But I’m conscionable happy that I person nan opportunity to beryllium recognized successful a circumstantial section by nan Billboard Women successful Music Award.”

Performers astatine nan ceremonial included Maren Morris, Young Miko, Tems, Victoria Monét — each of whom received awards. Charli XCX debuted a caller opus titled “So I,” astir “a personification who is nary longer pinch us,” arsenic she explained successful her introduction.

Monét led nan nighttime — pinch a brassy capacity of her monolithic deed “On My Mama.” Immediately afterward, her mother presented her pinch nan rising prima award. “She didn’t show maine she was coming, y’all!” Monét exclaimed, clutching Mama Monét, arsenic she attempted to publication from a teleprompter. In her acceptance speech, Monét shouted retired “women doing nan thankless jobs” successful summation to those “behind nan scenes and successful beforehand of nan curtain.”

Across 2 and a half hours, Ice Spice and Kylie Minogue were immoderate of nan different euphony artists who were recognized astatine nan event, which celebrated nan achievements of apical female performers and executives successful nan euphony industry.

Presenters included Katy Perry, Coco Jones, Andra Day, Saweetie, Ellie Goulding, GloRilla, Bebe Rexha and Lainey Wilson.

Michelle Jubelirer, chair and CEO of Capitol Music Group, was awarded executive of nan year. She resigned past month, pursuing nan ongoing reorganization of Capitol genitor Universal Music Group. In immoderate ways, it was an effective reminder that a spot astatine nan array is not guaranteed for women successful this industry, but fighting for those positions is important to making progress.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press