Bad Bunny Gives Christmas Gifts and Uplifting Moments in Latin Music – Billboard

From career milestones to new music releases to big announcements and those little milestones, billboard editors highlight inspiring moments in Latin music. Here’s what happened in the world of Latin music this week.

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The bad bunny gives back

Bad Bunny is spending the holidays in his native Puerto Rico, and part of the celebration included his annual “Bonita Tradición” giveaway, hosted by the artist and his Good Bunny Foundation. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, the free event featured traditional food and attractions, as well as 25,000 gifts that were distributed to children and teenagers. Bad Bunny was on hand to give away sports gear, musical instruments, art kits and other gifts aimed at promoting the love of music, art and sports. Other artists who joined the cause were Miky Woodz, Young Miko and Dei V.


Taking over Times Square on New Year’s Eve

New York’s Times Square is gearing up to host the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, which includes a televised ball drop during the countdown to the new year. The tradition, which has been celebrated for 120 years, will boast two Latin acts as part of this year’s festivities. Argentine star Maria Becerra and Mexican reggaeton artist Yng Lvcas will perform a medley of their greatest hits on the Planet Fitness Center stage. The first is scheduled to run at 10:04 PM and the second at 11:02 PM ET. Both performances will be broadcast live on Univision and the Times Square New Year’s Webcast.

Shakira received a tribute in her hometown

This week, Shakira was honored with a 20-foot tall bronze statue in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. Dressed in one of her famous belly dance outfits, hips swaying and arms raised, the monument includes a plaque that reads: “On February 2, 1977, the city of Barranquilla and the world witnessed the birth of a heart that composed, thighs, who do not lie, a voice that moves the masses and a pair of bare feet that walk for the good of children and humanity.” The Colombian star was not present at the grand unveiling, but her parents were. “I’m so excited about this tribute to Colombian women and baranquileras in and out of my land!” the singer expressed on Instagram.

Miriam Hernandez is celebrated in Chile

This week, Chilean singer-songwriter Miriam Hernandez was recognized as a “Fundamental Figure of Chilean Music” by the Society of Authors. “I am happy and grateful for the news,” the artist, known for hits such as “El Hombre que yo Amo,” “Huele a Peligro” and “Te pareces tanto a él’,” said in a statement. “I feel proud of this recognition given to me by the Society of Authors of my country, an entity that is so necessary and important for artists, creators, composers and performers. I am excited to be a part of this honor along with other musical greats. Also, being recognized by your peers is something very special and meaningful. I accept it with great joy because this is a competition that belongs to the audience,” she said.

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