Latin GRAMMY Awards: Anitta, Prince Royce and More Pay Tribute to Latin Music Legends

Celia Cruz, Juan Gabriel and more were honored for their legacies.

Anitta delivered a stunning tribute to the late Celia Cruz at the 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards on Thursday -- but that was the just start of show's incredible opening. 

The 26-year-old Brazilian singer honored the legendary Cruz as part of the awards show's all-star opening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A total of 20 artists, including Prince Royce and Natalia Jiménez, performed together for the first time, interpreting multiple iconic songs in a tribute to the past 20 years of excellence in Latin music.

Cruz, Joan Sebastian and Juan Gabriel were just some of the legends honored for their contributions. 

Anitta -- who is also nominated for Urban Music Album at the awards show for her record, Kisses -- opened up to ET about her love for Cruz ahead of her performance.

"When I figured out I was singing for her, her songs, I started to search for her and that's what I figure out and everyone was like, 'Yeah, she was dope! I love her!' and this and that. I love salsa and it's a salsa we're singing and I was like, 'Wow, yeah, she is amazing!'" Anitta said. 

"I feel so honored," she added.

See more in the video below.