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"From Puerto Rico To The World": 5 Moments From Bad Bunny's Historic Yankee Stadium Show
It’s the era of the Bunny and we're all living in it. For two consecutive nights, the Puerto Rican superstar brought the "World’s Hottest Tour" to NYC, with guests Romeo Santos, Chencho Corleone, Jowell & Randy, the Marías, Arcángel, and Tony Dize.
It’s bewildering when you know you’re in the presence of history in the making. That’s the kind of energy that Bad Bunny brought to Yankee Stadium during the weekend of Aug. 27 and 28.
More than 50,000 people attended the two consecutive performances, and the GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning artist testified his unmatched star power tenfold with equal parts grit and charisma. On Sunday, he even took home a MTV Video Music Award for Artist of the Year from the Bronx stage — the first Spanish-language artist to win that category in the award's 37-year existence. "Since day one, I always knew that one day I could be the biggest star in the world without having to change my culture, my language, my genre. I am Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, from Puerto Rico to the world," he said in Spanish.
Although this was my fifth time seeing the star live (yes, I’m a huge fan, like nearly everyone else), it hit differently this time as Benito has skyrocketed to unfathomable heights in the last few years. With his utterly impressive hit-making, chart-topping and record-breaking streak, it’s unarguable that El Conejo Malo’s astronomical ascent is the stuff of legends. It’s the era of the Bunny and we are all living in it.
He is a modern musical shapeshifter who is fervently beloved by the masses — and that love was on full display at the historic stadium and beyond. The D train commute transported elated crowds shouting his songs, while sound systems blared his hits, and countless people sported bunny ears. It truly was a monumental occasion for anyone in attendance, especially considering that the city has the largest population of Puerto Ricans in the country outside of P.R. itself.
Here are five times Bad Bunny’s World Hottest Tour performance at Yankee Stadium testified he is a riveting artist for the ages.
Nearly Every Song He Performed Is A No. 1 Single
The year isn’t over yet, but Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti is on its path to becoming the biggest album of 2022. It’s the second all-Spanish-language album to peak the Billboard Global 200 chart — the first being his own El Último Tour del Mundo from 2020. With a staggering seven No. 1 singles on his fourth solo release and counting — and loads of memorable bangers throughout his six-year career — fans were treated to an evening of non-stop thrills and chills.
The moment Bad Bunny stepped foot on stage, and the captivating notes to "Moscow Mule" began to play, concert-goers visibly lost their minds. He was armed with an arsenal of hit after hit after hit: the whirling "Dakiti," the feelgood party-starter "Estamos Bien," the wildly viral "Me Porto Bonito," Cardi B’s salsa-trap number "I Like It," the Latin GRAMMY-nominated "Vete," and the beat goes on.
But who in the world could have imagined a sold-out Yankees Stadium mass singing in unison: "¡Shorty tiene un culo bien grande!" (Or "Shorty has a big butt!," lyrics to "Yonaguni")?
He Invited An All-Star Lineup Of Legendary Guests
Reggaeton trailblazer Chencho Corleone is experiencing a fruitful second wave of fame, but this time it’s on a global scale. Fresh from performing at Mexico’s Baja Beach Fest the previous weekend, the Plan B alum made his way to the East Coast to revel in Nueva Yol pride — and Corleone did not disappoint. When his high-pitched, dancehall-tinged lilt comes in on the earworm-y "Me Porto Bonito" verse, the vibe got undeniably littier, inspiring perreo moves throughout the stadium.
Genre veterans Jowell & Randy brought serious heat too, especially when the wickedly hard-hitting beats to "Safarea" began to play. The Puerto Rican pair co-led the way to some nasty old school reggaeton, and the crowd absolutely loved it. They even played a few of their own hits from 2020’s Bad Bunny-produced Viva El Perreo, including "Se Acabó la Cuarentena." "¿Dónde están los que hacen lo que les dé la gana?," Bad Bunny shouted at some point, or "where are those who do whatever they want?," a reference to YHLQMDLG.
Arcángel also made a striking appearance during Bad Bunny’s Latin trap segment — which included the risky "La Ocasión" and "Me Acostumbré" — and provided his signature nimble vocal delivery. Then the Marías front crooner María Zardoya showed up to sing the soulful "Otro Atardecer" off Bunny’s new album. Seasoned reggaetonero Tony Dize also popped up to join the on stage party.
Romeo Santos' Performance Was Both Epic And Humbling
The moment that the Bachata King stepped foot on stage, the hordes of ecstatic, wholly surprised people collectively knew that this was another one for the books. Romeo Santos’ presence was a sight to behold, and he stood in awe to hear the roaring crowd. Clad in all white and a touch of lime green, the Aventura frontman shouted "Puerto Rico! Republica Dominicana!" and kicked off with the insatiable "Volví."
Last August, Aventura featuring Bad Bunny released the sprightly banger which earned the bachata group their first No. 1 song in over a decade, and it felt timeless as two of the hottest superstars on the planet performed it side by side, followed by a hug of mutual respect.
Santos’ return to Yankee Stadium was also noteworthy considering that the Bronx native has a large, local and fervid fanbase. (He sold out Yankee Stadium in 2014.) The Puerto Rican-Dominican artist sang his own hit, the slinky "Propuesta Indecente" a capella, but when the two icons busted out Don Omar’s "Ella Y Yo," with Bad Bunny singing Omar’s parts, all hell broke loose. "¡El rey de la bachata!," Bad Bunny shouted, as the King made his exit with guns blazing.
His Uplifting Tropical Vibes Are Far-Reaching
Bad Bunny has influenced city dwellers around the world to bask in a summer groove — regardless of season and well beyond the tropical archipelago. That optimistic energy was alive and well this weekend as diverse crowds of Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Colombian and other New Yorkers repped their native countries on the train to Yankee Stadium.
Many not only sported beachy attire, but they channeled a joyous attitude accompanied when one goes on vacation, and Un Verano Sin Ti captures that contagious carefree spirit — a stark contrast from his previous apocalyptic-themed El Último Tour del Mundo. It’s a feeling we so dreadfully missed during the pandemic, and Bad Bunny was a ray of sunshine beaming through, warming up our hearts and lighting up our spirits.
His Embrace Of Latinx Culture Is Transcendental
Aside from delivering one of the most exhilarating performances I’ve had the honor of attending, Latinx pride and culture was at full throttle. New York City has a long history of nurturing the Latinx community and was one of the first major U.S. cities that embraced Bad Bunny when he emerged in 2017. He paid that respect back in multiple ways — songs by legendary New York’s salsa crew Fania All-Stars also resonated throughout the venue prior to his entrance. Ray Barretto, Héctor Lavoe, and Willie Colón tunes were a welcoming reprise, but so were the multitude of crowds waving their own flags with pridefulness.
Bad Bunny shed a spotlight on traditional genres like Dominican dembow, Puerto Rican salsa, merengue, and other Caribbean rhythms alongside contemporary urbano beats, setting the mood for Latinx solidarity. Near the end of his concert, his backup dancers also lofted a Puerto Rican flag with the words "Está bien cabrón" (or "Is the shit") written on it, which was followed by a deafening roar from the audience. It was in fact the first time the legendary Yankee Stadium housed a reggaeton-heavy showcase of this caliber. When you consider that only a few years ago the Boricua star worked at a local grocery store, it makes his impressive feat even more magnificent.
For a borough like the Bronx, which is heavily populated by the Latinx diaspora, having a Puerto Rican performer reign over the Yankee Stadium for a weekend marked a triumphant moment. When Spanish-language music was often overlooked by mainstream American media just a decade ago, Bad Bunny’s success is our success. And his music has transcended as a way to celebrate Latinidad.
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Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin To Headline 2018 Calibash Las Vegas
Maluma, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, and Farruko also slated to perform at the second annual Sin City concert on Jan. 27; L.A. concert slated for Jan. 20
Get ready for the second annual Calibash Las Vegas, one of the hottest concert events of the year celebrating Latin urban music.
The 2018 installment of the Sin City show will be headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, with Maluma, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, and Farruko also slated to perform. It will be held at T-Mobile Arena on Jan. 27, just one week after the Los Angeles event.
"Undoubtedly, this is the best opportunity to enjoy with your loved ones this first-class show, in Las Vegas and as the official Latin party of the beginning of the year," said Lucas Piña, senior vice president of SBS Entertainment, according to Billboard.
The week prior, Los Angeles' 11th annual Calibash will be held at Staples Center on Jan. 20. The L.A. lineup will feature J Balvin, Lopez, Wisin Y Yandel, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Becky G, Natti Natasha, and French Montana.
Tickets for both the Los Angeles and Las Vegas concerts are on sale now vis AXS.
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18th Latin GRAMMY Performers: Bad Bunny, Alejandro Sanz & More
First performers announced for The Biggest Night in Latin Music; actors Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sánchez to host 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards live from Las Vegas on Nov. 16
Current nominees J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Flor De Toloache, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Maluma, Residente, and Sofía Reyes are among the first artists announced to perform on the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Mexican actor/singer Jaime Camil and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and actress Roselyn Sánchez will host The Biggest Night in Latin Music on the Univision Network Nov. 16 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
This year's top nominee is Residente with nine nominations. Also near the top of the field are Maluma with seven nominations, Shakira with six, and Kevin Jiménez ADG, Juanes and Mon Laferte with five each. "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, earned four nominations.
A limited number of tickets for the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards are available for purchase through www.axs.com.
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Listen to GRAMMY.com's Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 Playlist: Featuring Latin Music Hits & Classics From Anitta, Selena, Bad Bunny, Shakira & More
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, GRAMMY.com highlights the riveting, celebratory sounds of Latin music in a genre- and era-spanning playlist featuring iconic songs from Jennifer Lopez, Karol G, Maná, Marco Antonio Solís, and many more.
Latin music isn't a genre — it's a culture. And 80 years of thriving Ibero-American sounds spanning across the Americas, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal are evidence of its ever-growing prominence. That's reflected in our 61-track playlist celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2022.
Unbeknownst to nearly no one, Latin music, in both the Hispanophone and Lusophone styles, exploded onto the global mainstream in the last five years. When Luis Fonsi's and Daddy Yankee's GRAMMY-nominated global hit "Despacito" broke the internet, the sound crossed into international borders — and markets — like never before. Today, Bad Bunny is one of the biggest stars on the planet, with his glorious, record-breaking, chart-topping, and hit-making streak still going strong.
Yet formidable contributions Stateside have continued since the golden age of boleros: New York's Mexican/Puerto Rican trio Los Panchos pioneered the romantic, nylon-driven ballad style in the '40s. In 1958, 17-year-old Ritchie Valens turned a son jarocho song into a rockabilly classic ("La Bamba"); Carlos Santana has played a key role in the evolution of Latin rock since Woodstock in the late-'60s; New York Latin troupe Fania All-Stars globalized salsa and Caribbean-rooted rhythms in the late '60s. Lest anyone forget Tejano icon Selena and her techno cumbia or the so-called "Latin explosion," led by Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Marc Anthony, both in the '90s.
Although reggaeton and música urbana superstars like Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Karol G continue to reign almighty on the global Latin pop scene, there is a growing number of promising, diverse voices within the Latin music soundscape bubbling up today. Honduran-born SoundCloud creator Isabella Lovestory is spearheading a provocative neo-reggaeton style of her own; Colombia's Ela Minus is giving her defiant electronic sound an exciting darkwave edge; and Mexican viral rapper Santa Fe Klan is resurrecting cumbia sonidera within the rap en español circuit.
Demi Lovato performs at Super Bowl 2020
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Watch Demi Lovato Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl 2020
Following a touching performance at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month, the two-time GRAMMY nominee delivered a powerful rendition of the U.S. national anthem at the big game
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato is known for pouring her heart and soul into each of her songs and live shows, and her performance of the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl 2020 today (Sunday, Feb. 2) was no different.
Dressed in a stunning, all-white suit, Lovato took on the highly coveted slot with confidence, tackling the song's high notes and powerful vocal melodies with poise and aplomb. Lovato now joins previous GRAMMY winners like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood among the artists who have performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the big game.
In what may seem like a cosmic coincidence, Lovato, who was announced as a guest singer for the big game last month, actually predicted she would one day "sing the national anthem at a Super Bowl" in a tweet she posted on Feb. 7, 2010, nearly 10 years to the day when she finally accomplished that same feat.
The Super Bowl show is the latest major performance for Lovato this year. Last month, she made her grand return to the stage when she delivered a touching performance of her new song, “Anyone,” at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Her rendition, her first televised performance following a drug-related medical emergency in 2018, quickly became one of the most unforgettable moments from this year's GRAMMYs.
Other musical highlights from Super Bowl 2020 included a dazzling, star-studded halftime show from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, which featured surprise performances from Bad Bunny and J Balvin, plus a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful" from four-time GRAMMY-winning gospel icon Yolanda Adams.