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Bad Bunny Called Out The Grammys For Failing To Provide Proper Captioning For His Performance, Even Though They Knew He “Was Going To Be There”

Bad Bunny has addressed the "Non-English" caption controversy stemming from his performance at the 2023 Grammys earlier this year.

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A quick refresher: Bad Bunny, who hails from Puerto Rico, made history when his album, Un Verano Sin Ti, became the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for Album of the Year at this year's Grammys.

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Bad Bunny also performed a mash-up of the Spanish-language songs “El Apagón” and “Después de la Playa” at the event, in which both songs are sung in Spanish — but instead of providing proper closed captions for the performance, the live broadcast captioned his singing as “[SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH]” and “[SINGING IN NON-ENGLISH].”

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Rep. Robert Garcia of California addressed the incident with Variety and spoke about how Bad Bunny's performance and speech were supposed to "highlight a point of historic inclusivity" but instead, the lack of properly closed captions was a "disappointing failure" on the network's end.

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Bad Bunny also took home ​​Best Música Urbana Album at the 2023 Grammys.

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It was a fiasco. (Even 50 Cent gave his thoughts.)

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Now, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Bad Bunny addressed the faulty broadcast and even referred to it as "so fucked up."

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“It’s ugly to say that I saw it as normal," he said. "Then, it was like, wow, wait a minute, what the hell? Why don’t they have someone? Knowing that I was going to be there...”

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Bad Bunny concluded his thoughts on the incident with a forgiving approach: “I sing for those who want to listen to me and those who understand me.”

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You can check out the full interview here.