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On Thursday night at the 29th annual Premio Lo Nuestro award show, Latino artists and influencers did not shy away from making political statements and inspiring Latinos to unite as a community. The yearly star-studded event broadcast by Univision celebrates Latino music and included performances by J Balvin, Thalia, Banda MS, and Romeo Santos among many others.
Univision and Fusion anchor and journalist Jorge Ramos presented a special tribute and introduced Ricky Martin's performance, but not without giving viewers a vocal, call-to-action message that has become one of the night's most talked-about moments. The following is an English translation of his remarks, which you can watch in the video above.
"Hi, I'm an immigrant like many of you.
I'm a proud immigrant here in the United States.
My name is Jorge Ramos and I work at Univision and Fuision.
You know exactly what is going on in the United States.
There's a lot of people who don't want us here
and who want to build a wall to divide us.
But you know what? This is also our country.
Let me repeat this. Our country, not just theirs. Ours.
And we won't let them. We're around 60 million Latinos in the United States
and thanks to us, the United States eats, grows and how we've seen today, sings and dances.
So when they attack us we know what we're going to do: we won't sit down, we won't shut up
and we're not going anywhere.
That's what we're going to do. Especially not shutting up. Tonight is a night o fmusic and a night where we're celebrating our culture and here are five people who have done extraordinary things. They happen to be Latinos."
In 2015 during the presidential campaign, Jorge Ramos was famously kicked out of a press conference in Iowa by Donald Trump, who also told the journalist to "sit down" and "go back to Univision."
After these remarks at Premio Lo Nuestro on Thursday night, Ramos presented a video montage honoring Laurie Hernandez, America Ferrera, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jillian Mercado and Lin-Manuel Miranda for their contributions in the past year.
Then, Ramos presented Ricky Martin who performed his latest single 'Vente pa'aca' at the Premio Lo Nuestro stage.