Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Latinos Score Oscars with their Original Scores
Latinos Score Oscars with their Original Scores

The right music can heighten a viewer’s emotional connection to any film, creating tension (remember Jaws?), fright, sadness and a host of other feelings from the safety of your seat. A handful of Argentine composers have not only succeeded in doing this, but have also nabbed Academy Awards nominations (or wins!) in the process.


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Breaking Down the Coachella Line-Up, Latino by Latino
Breaking Down the Coachella Line-Up, Latino by Latino

Considering the chilly climate currently plaguing the east coast, many of us could use a little California dreaming right about now. We can look forward to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, from April 15–17. Held in the desert, the three-day outdoor concert features over 150 acts, from folk rock newbies like Mumford & Sons to respected songstresses like Ms. Lauryn Hill, plus a dozen or so Latin performers sprinkled throughout. Here’s a mash-up of what to expect each day:

Day 1:


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Crossover Music
From English to Español: Musicians Crossing Over

Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira are just some of the Latin artists that have successfully crossed over into the English language market, paving the way for the many musicians who dream of stardom on U.S. soil.

But the reverse has become increasingly popular, with singers switching to Spanish after hitting the big time. Check out some of the performers that have fine-tuned their voices in español—capturing a whole new legion of listeners in the process.

 

 


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American Idol Kicks Off, but J.Lo Has a Hard Time Saying “No”

The tenth season of American Idol premiered last night with Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez in the judges’ seats. “I decided to become a judge because we can actually take somebody and change their life,” said the former Fly Girl at the start of the two-hour show. “I want them to be great. I want them to be a superstar. I think I’m going to be compassionate. I’m not in the business of crushing spirits.” So how did she do behind the table at the New Jersey auditions?


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EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up with Jasmine Villegas
EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up with Jasmine Villegas

Justin Bieber, who? Pop singer Jasmine Villegas is readying her debut album and doesn’t have time to think about the rumors. Yes, she was the girl in The Bieb’s video “Baby,” and yes, she was the opening act on his tour last year, and maybe they dated or not. But that’s last year’s news, and the Filipino-Mexican beauty is focused on her music in 2011.


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WATCH: Ricky Martin Debuts Video for "The Best Thing About Me Is You"

Boricua superstar Ricky Martin premiered his new video today for the track "The Best Thing About Me Is You," from his upcoming album Music+Soul+Sex (out February 1).


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LISTEN: Indie Darling Ximena Sariñana Preps English Album

When Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana made her Spanish-language debut in 2008 with the album Mediocre, critics went mad over the 25-year-old, gushing about her gorgeous vocals and thoughtful lyrics in one jazzy song after another. To top it all off, she received both Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations—no small feat for a first album.


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Selena Gomez is a Fan Favorite at People’s Choice Awards!

The People’s Choice Awards celebrated fan favorites in television, movies and music at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last night. Dressed in a bustier and sneakers, host Queen Latifah opened the show singing Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” while the audience fist-pumped along.


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Who's that Girl? Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Esperanza Spalding
Who's that Girl? Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Esperanza Spalding

If the name Esperanza Spalding doesn’t ring any bells, than perhaps you haven’t been paying much attention to the jazz music scene lately. The 26-year-old bassist, vocalist and composer was recently nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, so you have a month (the awards show airs on February 13) to find out why the New York Times describes her performances as “light, melodic, joyful.”


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Five Albums You May Have Missed This Year
Five Albums You May Have Missed This Year

We didn’t want you to start 2011 without having a listen to five stellar albums that may have flown below your radar.

Delorean, Subiza

Dreaming of Ibiza sunrises after a night of clubbing? Barcelona foursome Delorean fill in the gap with plenty of synths in their third studio album Subiza. The video for the first track, “Stay Close,” is a kaleidoscope of water and rays that will make you want to sway in the cool breeze.


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