Four Iconic Latino Pop Culture Moments of 2022

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2022 is almost gone, and Latines have made sure they’ve left a mark on it. One that will remind us for years how our people’s contributions and achievements create an important and positive impact in this world. 

From music to cinema to sports and melancholic reunions, we definitely had a lot to share and celebrate this year. 

So, to kiss 2022 goodbye, here are four iconic Latino pop culture moments that we witnessed this year. 

Disney’s Encanto won big at the Academy Awards

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Photo courtesy of Disney

This year, the story of the Madrigals, a magical family from Colombia, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature along with producer Yvette Merino, who became the first Latina to win an Oscar for an animated feature.  

A performance of the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” also took place during the awards ceremony, where Adassa, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitan, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz, and Rhenzy Feliz welcomed Megan Thee Stallion, Becky G, and Luis Fonsi to the stage.  

Latine singers and bands playing at the “Besame Mucho” festival in Los Angeles

Immediately after being announced, the lineup of the “Besame Mucho” music festival flooded the social media feeds of everyone everywhere. 

The nostalgic atmosphere and the artists that performed at the festival reminded Latinos of the good old days, and they had the opportunity to see classic songs in Spanish performed live. 

The first edition of “Besame Mucho” featured three different stages. 

Las Clasicas Stage included the participation of renowned artists and bandas like Los Tigres Del Norte, Banda El Recodo, Bronco, Ramon Ayala, and Los Angeles Azules, among others. The Rockero Stage was taken by Caifanes, Juanes, Molotov, Ximena Sariñana, Moenia, Mago de Oz, and additional bands. Finally, the Te Gusta El Pop? had Sin Bandera, Alejandra Guzman, Nek, Fey, Calo, Kabah, Oro Solido, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Paulina Rubio, OV7, Kumbia Kings, Elvis Crespo, and Aleks Syntek on stage.  

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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Everybody’s eyes were — and still are — on Argentina while playing and after the Latin American team won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Latines from all over the place celebrated Messi and his team’s victory after beating France in what resulted in a long and heart-stopping match. 

The big soccer fiesta took place in Argentina, of course, but that didn’t stop Colombians, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, and Mexicans, among others, to also hold a little celebration. 

RBD announced their reunion

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Prepara tu corbata, Anahi, Christopher, Maite, Dulce, and Christian — not Poncho, yet — announced an RBD comeback after the launch of the official website SoyRebelde.World. 

Although the band members haven’t shared many details about this reunion, there will be another important announcement on January 19, 2023. 

Just in time for Latines to start the new year off strong.  

What was your favorite pop culture moment this year?

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