On Tues. (Sept. 11), important names in the Latin music biz — from executives to publicists — gathered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami for a special Latin Grammy Acoustic Session with the rising Spanish artist and renowned Colombian star.
The three-hour event was not only the kick off the 19th annual Latin Grammys awards taking place in November but also a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. “Music is a beautiful way to heal,” said president and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa during the opening remarks.
Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez took the stage to present the opening act and highly awaited performance of the night, Rosalia. “She has one of the voices with the most personality,” she said. “Her originality is key to her success. I admire her and I’m happy to present a huge compatriot,” she added.
Indeed, with her powerhouse vocals, on-point dance moves, and traditional flamenco meets street urban outfit, the Spanish singer captivated the entire room with her modern pop/flamenco performance.
During her set, Rosalia, along with a five-member band and eight-member dance crew, poured her heart out to songs such as “Malamente,” “Catalina,” and “Pienso En Tu Mira.’” “This is a dream for me,” the 24-year-old singer expressed to the crowd. “I come from Barcelona and being here with you… I can’t explain it… it means everything to me. I’m happy.”
Shortly after her beautiful set, Juanes too the stage to croon the audience with some of his biggest hits, such as “A Dios Le Pido,” “Fuego,” and “Es Por Ti.”
In the midst of his energetic show, the Colombian singer shared an anecdote about his whereabouts on 9/11.
“Seventeen years ago I was in Los Angeles. I was nominated for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys. I had seven nominations,” he recalled. “My mom was there from Colombian and I asked her ‘how is it possible that such an important day shattered in this way?’ and she promised me that better days will come. For me, it’s a huge privilege being part of the [Latin Recording] Academy and the best part is, that this is only the beginning,” he added.
Juanes was later joined on stage by Rosalia for an enhancing interpretation of “Volver,” a timeless tango by Carlos Gardel.
The Latin Grammy Acoustic Session is the kick off to the upcoming Latin Grammy events, including the Person of the Year Gala and awards ceremony in November. The 2018 Latin Grammy nominees will be announced on Sept. 20.