The MTV Video Music Awards celebrate the best of the best in music, but this year brings a major first: Latin duo Wisin y Yandel scored a Best Pop Video nomination for their video for “Abusadora,” from their recent LP La Revolución. What’s the big deal? The Puerto Rican duo are the first Latinos in the 26-year history of the Video Music Awards to score a nomination with a song written completely in Spanish. They’re up against some stiff competition in the category: Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cobra Starship (featuring Leighton Meester) and Lady Gaga.
The duo, phoning in from Argentina, told MTV News, “To be the first [Spanish-language song] to be nominated is truly a blessing,” Yandel said. (Note: This interview was conducted in Spanish.) “We were recently sitting down, taking a quick break, and I turned to Wisin and we look at each other with amazement because we still can’t believe all of the good blessings that have come our way. It’s truly a blessing.”
It’s also become a reason for the pair to take English lessons.
“Never, never would we have thought this was going to happen,” Yandel continued. “I told Wisin, ‘Yo, we need to learn to speak speak English!’ We are actually in talks of getting a tutor who will travel with us to start learning, because I always said that English is a language you really need to know, especially now.”
When asked how Wisin y Yandel plan to handle the red carpet at the big show, Yandel said, “Our manager, Edgar Andino, and our bodyguard, Ray, are fluent in English so I’m sure they will have our backs. Regardless, I think the people want to hear our own language. But I also have to say that when we perform in New York everybody who attends our concerts is from every ethnicity and they sing to our songs — so if they put in the effort to learn our songs in Spanish, why can’t we return the favor, right? But I truly believe that we will learn. We are troopers and we can do anything.”
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.