February 25, 2024

Lin-Manuel Miranda | From Harlem to Hamilton and Everywhere in Between!

He’s like your right-brained primo you always knew would make it. This year Puerto Rico’s golden child orchestrated the artist-packed single “Almost Like Praying” and plans to leave the Hamilton ruffled collar at home when laying down a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. With a creative outlet for every dollar raised for his home island’s hurricane relief, Miranda has years left of chart topping material and we’ll always be all ears.

Luis Fonsi | Boss of the Crossover

His summer anthem super banger “Despacito” was the most viewed music video on YouTube (a list dominated by Latin artists this year, btw) and Luis Fonsi was happy to finally be seen by over four million folks. Fonsi’s crossover was long overdue with almost two decades worth of awards, tours and music on this Boricua’s resume. His latest track “Échame la Culpa” featuring our ultimate crush Demi Lovato is already on international playlists, rounding out Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs early in its debut.

Miguel | A Gem Among Diamonds

Just in time to bless us before the year is over, his fourth album’s lead single “Skywalker” is the house party anthem for any holiday. Miguel’s War & Leisure balances messages of satin vibes and peace like no other artist can do, sprinkled with his classic R&B sultry. Don’t be surprised to hear the Mexican American sing in Spanish on his latest, and though the album missed award season, it came just in time to set the mood – hint hint: track 9 “Caramelo Duro”.

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Candida L. Figueroa is a writer and wine lover, often simultaneously. After receiving a B.A in Journalism she contributed to GlobalGrind.com and ‘LLERO, finding her niche in covering the entertainment and Latino culture beat. Her greatest journalistic acheivement to date - an interview with Dolores Huerta – but were sure there is more where that came from. When Candida is not writing her favorites, she’s reading them. Among her top reads are the workds of James Baldwin, Kate Chopin, Bell Hooks and Julia Alvarez. Candida, a Brooklyn native, works a 9 to 5 with her head in the clouds. Follow her on Twitter @CFiggss

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