The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter performed alongside José Alberto “El Canario” and Sergio George on the piano. The three performed a medley of “Quitate Tu Pa’ Ponerme Yo” and “Mi Gente,” accompanied by a salsa orchestra.
The tribute was presented by a visibly emotional Marc Anthony, who thanked Pacheco for his music. “Without you, there wouldn’t be salsa,” he said.
Pacheco co-founded Fania Records in the 1960s and became one of the leading architects of the music that would come to be known as salsa. The tribute comes just three days after the Dominican-born, New York-raised bandleader died on Feb. 15 at age 85. “Today, salsa and music in general is mourning,” Santa Rosa wrote on Instagram after Pacheco’s death. “One of the pioneers and creative genius has said goodbye. Rest in peace, maestro.”
The 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro are airing live from Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena via Univision with Chiquinquirá Delgado, José Ron and Yuri as hosts of the three-hour show.