Sech had a big night at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Wednesday night, where he took home his first-ever Latin Billboard trophy for best new artist of the year and performed his 2020 hit “Relación” with a gospel choir.
But before taking the stage, the Panamanian artist opened up about the Black Lives Matter movement on the red carpet.
“I don’t know if it made a difference or how people received it, but it came from my heart to truly support everything that was going on and talk about the topic,” he told Billboard, referring to a heartfelt post he shared on social media in June amid the worldwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd and other Black citizens who have died at the hands of police. “Hopefully those people who are not aware listen and take conscience, and those who are, thanks for supporting this cause.”
In the post shared earlier this year, Sech penned his personal experience with racial injustice and why it’s important for people to be informed on the African-American and Afro-Latino community. “Having to fight for the most basic human right, the right to live, just because of your skin color is ridiculous. Racism cannot be tolerated,” he expressed.
Watch the complete interview below.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards took place Wednesday night live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The biggest winners of the night were Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, who each took home seven awards. See the winners list here.