How Could This Happen? No Latinos Make VH-1's List "100 Greatest Artists of All Time"

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Sigh...we were so excited to get a sneak peek at VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time—but our hearts sank when we realized that not a single Latin musician made the cut. Well, you could count Mariah Carey, who barely squeaked by at number 94.

Putting aside the fact that Latinos have made hugely important contributions to music here in the United States—from jazz to hip-hop—we have quite a few verifiable superstars who have undoubtedly influenced the sounds of the younger artists who made the cut. 

Let's start with legendary rock star Santana. There would be no Guns-N-Roses if the Chicano guitar god had never released his iconic Black Magic Woman. What about the complete oversight of Shakira? If Beyonce and Alicia Keys (who we also love) made the list, surely the Colombian pop star—who has morphed into a global phenomenon—should get a nod.

The artists were chosen by a panel of music experts and musicians including; Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Iggy Pop, Nas, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys), Daryl Hall, John Oates, Gene Simmons (KISS), Adam Levine (Maroon Five), 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Mandy Moore, Carrie Underwood, and Adam Clayton (U2).

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below what other Latin musicians should have been mentioned on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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