The VMAs again prove that "Latin" is a flawed classification in awards shows

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MTV awarding two non-Latinas in the Best Latin category is further proof that the Latin categories need to be reworked
It's that time of year again when MTV remembers it used to be a music channel and not the Ridiculousness network. At last night's Video Music Awards, there were plenty of well-deserved wins, including Lil Nas X receiving the Video Of The Year award for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," Olivia Rodrigo nabbing Best New Artist, and BTS being crowned Group Of The Year. But we need to talk about the mess that was that Best Latin win. We've said it before, but it clearly needs to be said again: It's time to recognize that "Latin" is a flawed classification in awards shows.

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In a move that makes absolutely no sense, MTV awarded Best Latin to two non-Latin people in the category: Billie Eilish and Rosalía for their collaborative song, "Lo Vas A Olvidar." Thankfully, MTV saved us the deep secondhand embarrassment of Eilish having to accept the award over major Latin stars like Bad Bunny and J Balvin, since the win wasn't part of the televised ceremony. But it's still shocking that the track was included in the category. If you're struggling to find the issue with it, allow us to explain.

What's the issue with the Best Latin VMA?

Rosalía is not a Latin artist. She's Spanish. That means she's Hispanic because she comes from a Castilian-speaking country, but she's not Latina in any shape or form. Her music takes influences from trap and reggaetón, and she's also constantly collaborating with Latin artists. By awarding both Eilish and Rosalía, the message is clear: the…
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