EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Martin Announces 2 Latin GRAMMYs Performances, Reveals How He and Taylor Swift Came Together

by Sophie Schillaci 5:05 PM PST, November 02, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Martin Announces 2 Latin GRAMMYs Performances, Reveals How He and Taylor Swift Came Together

Big news from Ricky Martin!

In an exclusive sit-down with Entertainment Tonight, the 43-year-old superstar reveals that he'll perform not once, but twice, on this year's Latin GRAMMYs, airing Nov. 19 on Univision.

"If we are gonna do it, we're gonna do it right," Martin said. "We are gonna make it big and we're gonna make the audience very happy with what we're doing on stage. It's going to be very special."

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Martin spoke with Lisa Petrillo of CBS Miami on the set of his show, La Banda. Created by Simon Cowell, La Banda is a Latin American singing competition series on which Martin serves as an executive producer and judge.

"To be able to go back to the beginning of my career is something that is very special," Martin said. "To be able to feel all those emotions that some way, somehow you can lose along the way, those emotions of uncertainty, of fear, when you really have that need to be accepted by an audience in the beginning of a career, it's something very, very beautiful to relive."

There's no doubt that these contestants are learning from the best! Martin's last album scored him three nominations at the 2015 Latin GRAMMYs and just last year he made headlines for performing his 1999 hit, "Livin' La Vida Loca," with Taylor Swift during her 1989 tour stop in Miami.

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"It's one of those things, serendipity," he said of the moment. "I really wanted to see her show 'cause I heard it was amazing -- and it is amazing. And then she says, 'Shall we do it? OK, let's do it!' Then I walked on stage and it felt amazing, and she's an incredible human being. She's a sweetheart, but she's so focused -- she's Taylor Swift! Do I need to say more?"

Martin's latest studio album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (To Those Who Want to Listen), was released in February of this year and is up for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at the Latin GRAMMYs, while his single, "Disparo al Corazon," is nominated for Record and Song of the Year.

"It's very beautiful," Martin gushed to ET. "I mean, I've been working like crazy for the last few years on this specific album and to be recognized by the Academy is very flattering. I'm very happy. Let's just fight for this GRAMMY! Let's see what happens."