Ricky Martin's Vida Loca

Livin' the crazy life in this week's Forgotten Video
  • Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca"
November 11, 2010 -- 6:00 am PST
GRAMMY.com

Welcome to Forgotten Videos. Well, for some forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or, we'll be giving a fresh look at a video that deserves to be collecting dust. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Ricky Martin
"Livin' La Vida Loca"
1999

As The Latin Recording Academy prepares for the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards tonight (you can watch the telecast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT), we highlight a ubiquitous Latin tune that topped the charts in 1999 and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Record Of The Year at the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards — Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca."

You may remember Martin's colorful performance of "The Cup Of Life (La Copa De La Vida)" the year before at the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he took home the Best Latin Pop Performance award for "Vuelve." This week's featured song is just as colorful…and a little crazier. Backed by a flavorful horn section and before a party-ready crowd, Martin sings the story of a woman who's living the ultimate crazy life and brings him in to live it with her…though likely not against his will: "She'll make you live her crazy life/But she'll take away your pain."

The rest of the song is full of those crazy, and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime, moments — dancing in the rain, speed-racing a car into a fire hydrant and waking up in a cheap New York motel with a beautiful woman (with mocha-colored skin).

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Martin released his first self-titled English-language pop album in 1999, which features "Livin' La Vida Loca" and another Top 5 hit, "She's All I Ever Had." The album was instrumental in establishing him as an international Latin star.

A three-time Latin GRAMMY winner, Martin will again share the GRAMMY spotlight tonight as he appears in a special presentation to 2010 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Plácido Domingo at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast.

Do you like dancing in the rain? Got a Forgotten Video recommendation? Leave us a comment.

Last week's Forgotten Video

Email Newsletter