Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca"
Ricky Martin's Vida Loca
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"Livin' La Vida Loca"
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.
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