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Latin artists speak out against Arizona immigration law; Aventura and Tito "El Bambino" dominate Latin Grammys; Folk singer Susan Reed dies

shakiraAZ.jpegShakira protests Arizona's new immigration legislation in front of the state capitol building in Phoenix. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

- Latin stars are criticizing Arizona's new immigration legislation that is being called the toughest in the country. At last night's Latin Billboard awards, singers Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio and Larry Hernandez openly criticized the law, with Martin imploring Arizonians to "put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism." Meanwhile, Colombian pop star Shakira visited the state's capital yesterday to meet with the city's mayor and police chief over concerns that the law will lead to racial profiling.

- Also at yesterday's Latin Billboard awards, New York-based bachata group Aventura scored nine statues and reggaeton artist Tito "El Bambino" netted seven at the ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

- Folk singer Susan Reed has died of natural causes at the age of 84. The South Carolinian singer, one of the best known folk artists of the 1940s and 50s, was named leading lady of the folk era by Life Magazine in 1955. Despite her popularity, Reed was blacklisted in the 1950s and her career took a nosedive.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  April 30, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aventura, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Susan Reed, Tito "El Bambino"  
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Shakira is entitled to her opinion but she should really stick to her day job.

Posted by: wllmdupont | April 30, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: djesusxd | April 30, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't she get arrested for violating the immigration laws of the United States, by admitting on Camera that she did not have I.D. or a drivers licence in her possession?

She is an idiot and has not read the immigration law in the land she is a GUEST in.
And the government should enforce the law that is on the books and arrest SHAKIRA.

Remember a WINK is as good as a NOD to a Blind Horse.

Posted by: TDickson1 | April 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the law because is addressed only to hispanic which is discriminatory (why they don't do it with the illegal asians or middle easterns too?) but what the heck Shakira is doing here? She is not an american citizen and she doesn't live in this country. Why doesn't she complain about the massive deportations of displaced Colombians that Ecuador, Mexico and Panama do every day? She should be more worried about that. Also, on another point, any person that travels and has common sense knows that in any country in the WORLD, call it Europe, latin America or Asia, if the Police stops you and you don't have an ID you are in troble. Shakira may be thinking that because everybody knows who she is she has a right to be around without an ID. I wonder if she knows that in Colombia if the Police stops a Colombian citizen and that person has no ID, they go straight to jail.

Posted by: vangar | April 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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