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Latinx stars brought the glitz and sazón to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. The night saw an array of special moments from fierce red carpet looks to epic performances by Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez.
Here’s a breakdown of all the jaw-dropping moments Latinx stars graced us with:
Cabello’s “Havana” Performance
Cabello, along with J Balvin, Martin and American-Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, kicked off the show with an explosive performance of her hit song, "Havana." The performance marked Cabello's GRAMMY debut. The 21-year-old former Fifth Harmony member was nominated for two awards, best pop solo performance for "Havana" and best pop vocal album for her debut album, Camila.
The “Reggaeton” singer joined Cabello and Martin for the opening performance to sing a verse of his global hit, “Mi Gente.” During his special appearance, he had an important message to share.
Balvin, who first appeared sitting on a bench, was seen holding a newspaper that read “Build Bridges Not Walls.”
Martin’s Full-Circle Moment
Martin’s performance with Cabello was also a full-circle moment for the Puerto Rican star who hit the stage 20 years ago for a historic performance at the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards. At the time, a 27-year-old Martin took the stage with a 15-piece band and a host of dancers to perform “The Cup Of Life,” his anthem for the 1998 World Cup. This was considered a huge moment for Latin music, as it set things in motion for what would be called the “Latin explosion.”
Jennifer Lopez - Squad Goals
Lopez, who dazzled on the red carpet with a white, bejeweled Ralph & Russo gown, joined GRAMMY host Alicia Keys on stage with the most epic squad that included Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The “El Anillo” singer also delivered an electrifying Motown medley, performing "Dancing in the Streets,” "Please Mr. Postman," "Money (That's What I Want)," dueting with Smokey Robinson himself on "My Girl," and showing off her dance moves atop a piano as Ne-Yo played.
"I can't breathe. Oh, my goodness, child," she said as she fought back tears. "The nerves. I am so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed. I just want to say thank you to everybody that was involved."