Our favorite Grammys Performance of the night: ‘Juntos’ by Juanes
What do you get when you invite Juanes to perform at the Grammy’s? A record-breaking performance! Some were confused when Juanes took to stage and started to sing in Spanish, and for those who are still unaware…Juanes is a two-time Grammy and 20-time Latin Grammy award winner!
The legendary musician took to the stage to sing “Juntos,” and it marked the first occasion in a decade that a Spanish-language song was performed. The last time just so happened to be Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony rendition of “Escapemonos.”
Juanes was introduced by his good friend Gina Rodriguez, who recently won a Golden Globe award for her work on the TV show Jane the Virgin. Gina introduced the artist to the stage and noted the importance of the song, saying: “When people of various backgrounds work together, so much more can be accomplished.”
In typical Juanes fashion, he engaged the entire audience. However, he ditched his tux and he and his band members gave a high-energy performance. The song was in Spanish, but you don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to know that Juanes is pure talent. Even stars like Kelly Clarkson tweeted about the outstanding performance.
“I’m very excited. I can’t believe this is going to happen,” said Juanes in an interview with the Associated Press in regards to his Grammy performance of the song, which is featured on Disney’s recent film McFarland, USA.
“You know, I’ve been waiting for this moment for many years and we’re very excited now that it’s about to come, to happen.”
Notable Latino musicians and stars at the Grammys included Colombian singer Carlos Vives, Spanish-Dominican artist Jhene Aiko and Juanes’ wife and Colombian actress Karen Martinez. Former Grammy winner Enrique Iglesias presented the Song of the Year Award to Sam Smith, who won for “Stay With Me.” Smith also won for Record of the Year. Vives won Best Tropical Latin Album for his “Mas Corazon Profundo” album.
Juanes was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album, but it was Panamanian Ruben Blades who took the Grammy home for his “Tangos” album. Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 won Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album of the year with “Multirival.”
Five-time Grammy award winner “Flaco” Jiménez won a Lifetime Achievement Award. As Billboard noted, Jiménez was recognized for bringing the Tex-Mex accordion to rock music, performing with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
The Grammys also recognized some music legends who died this past year, including Argentinian rocker Gustavo Cerati and Spanish flamenco and guitar legend Paco de Lucía.
With Juanes’ amazing performance we hope to see more talented Latino artists perform at the Grammy awards in years to come. It’s always good to see diversity and as Juanes proved last night, Latinos are definitely doing something right.