The charismatic Lebanese violinist of Armenian descent, Ara Malikian, considered that he was disqualified from the selection of albums that aspire to the Latin Grammy Awards where he was not nominated for the album 15 -with whom he celebrated a decade and a half of career- for “not be latin enough“.

“In Lebanon I was not considered sufficiently Lebanese because I was of Armenian origin, the Armenians did not consider me sufficiently Armenian because I was born in Lebanon. When I settled in Europe, they did not consider me European because I was not born in Europe. It took me years to be at peace with myself for who I am and accept being the eternal foreigner, “wrote the musician on his Twitter account.

In his social media publication, the artist who performed three times on Argentine stages, added in his discharge: “I have lived in Spain for 20 years and I have Spanish nationality And I just got disqualified from the Latin Grammys for not being Latin enough. I was already nominated for one of these Grammys four years ago and played the opening gala three years ago. Does anyone understand something …?


Malikian, one of the times he came to Argentina to play. I would go back to Luna Park in November. Photo Clarín Archive

Malikian fled Beirut at age 14 escaping the civil war, and since then he lived in different countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, currently residing in Spain and having been named adoptive son of the city of Zaragoza, where his wife is from.

The violinist’s music assumes that diverse palette capable of embracing different times and styles and therefore his repertoire is from Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Paganini a Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Radiohead passing through Manuel de Falla and Paco de Lucía, among others.


The violinist performed at the Madrid-Barajas Airport to present "Petit Garage", his new album, on January 1, 2021. Photo EFE

The violinist performed at the Madrid-Barajas Airport to present “Petit Garage”, his new album, on January 1, 2021. Photo EFE

A cinematographic portrait of him made by Nata Moreno in Ara Malikian, a life between the ropes It deserved the Goya for the best Documentary awarded by the Spanish Film Academy in 2020.

The case of The Weeknd

Last year, the controversial Grammys left out of the competition The Weeknd, despite the fact that his last job, After Hours, was considered one of the best albums of the year according to the American Music Awards o los Billboard Music Awards, entre otros.

What happened? According to the artist’s testimony, the Grammy jury does not have “transparency,” he said after not having received no nomination despite being one of the favorites.

"The Grammys are not transparent," accused the musician The Weeknd. AP Photo

“The Grammys are not transparent,” accused the musician The Weeknd. AP Photo

“The Grammys are still corrupt”, accused from their networks. “They owe the transparency to me, my fans and the industry …”, he fired on Twitter.

It was extremely striking because the singer was able to put his songs at the top of the charts, reaching, in some cases, more than 300 million views. However, the Grammys did not consider it to have been their year. The reasons, unknown to date, at the time made noise inside the popular music awards ceremony.

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed not to be nominated. I was also surprised and I can understand what you are feeling. His music this year has been excellent, and his contributions to the music community and the world in general are worthy of admiration, “he even said. Harvey Mason Jr., in front of the Grammys.

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