Flashback to Feb. 27, 2002.
Roughly six months had passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and music's biggest names gathered at Los Angeles' Staples Center for the 44th GRAMMYs. The mood — while tempered — was celebratory. Jon Stewart was the show's host. Alicia Keys would go on to be the night's biggest winner with five wins (including the award for Best New Artist), and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz made his GRAMMY stage debut with a little help from GRAMMY-winning R&B trio Destiny's Child.
Sanz, who'd just made headlines for being the first Spanish-language artist to record and release a live album under MTV's Unplugged franchise in November 2001, hit the stage to sing his 2000 hit single "Quisiera Ser," alongside Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles (who was just mere months away from being the solo powerhouse we now have to come to know as simply Beyoncé).
Sang in Spanish, the chorus roughly translates in English to mean: I wanted to be the air escaping from your laughter/I wanted to be the salt to smart your wounds/I wanted to be the blood that you involve with your life/I wanted to be the dream that you'd never share and the garden of your joy in the party of your skin.
While the Madrid native didn't take home any awards that night, he would go on to win 14 more Latin GRAMMY Awards and three GRAMMY Awards. Sanz was recently named the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.