At the 16th Annual Latin Grammys, aired Thursday night on Univision, the presence of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was clearly felt even though Trump himself wasn’t present.
USA Today reports that Trump, who has angered Latinos with widely publicized comments about Mexican immigrants and has called for mass deportations, became a target during the broadcast, televised live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena near Las Vegas.
The report notes that top Latino bands Mana and Los Tigres del Norte united on stage for a performance that included a sign reading “Latinos unidos no voten por racistas” (“Latinos united. Don’t vote for racists”). The bands performed the immigrant ballad “Somos Mas Americanos” (“We Are More American”).
The song, originally recorded by Los Tigres del Norte, includes the lyric: “I want to remind the gringo that I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed me.”
Mana frontman Fher Olvera told Rolling Stone: “We took this iconic song [of Los Tigres del Norte] and are using it as a weapon of protest to what’s happening here with immigration reform and all the xenophobic remarks made by Donald Trump. The declarations that Trump made are against a race, and that’s the problem.”
At the end of Thursday’s broadcast Mana took to Twitter to urge its fans to register and vote.