Marc Anthony and Daddy Yankee know how to light a stage. World superstars performed their salsa single, “De Vuelta Pa ‘La Vuelta” at the Premio Lo Nuestro on Thursday night. See the full list of winners here.
It was the first time the king of salsa had performed with the king of reggaeton, and the historic moment included a host of vibrant back-up dancers and electrifying pyrotechnics.
Before taking the stage, Anthony took a moment to pay tribute to Johnny Pacheco, a Dominican-American musician, composer, conductor, and record producer, who popularized salsa in the United States. He died on February 15 at the age of 85.
“Tonight we want to acknowledge and thank one of the pillars of salsa music,” Anthony addressed the audience at home. “He was a musical genius who left us recently, Johnny Pacheco. Without you there would be no salsa. Your music was the soundtrack of my life while I was living in New York. Thank you for your music. We know there is a great party in heaven. “
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“De Vuelta Pa ‘La Vuelta” was released in December and has become a fan favorite as it fuses classic salsa with reggaeton rhythms.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve wanted to work together. It was a great experience to see Yankee immerse himself in my world,” Anthony told ET in a statement. “He is a force to be reckoned with that has set so many precedents in the Latino music scene. Now, with this song, we have the opportunity to unite our voices, highlight our culture and honor our Latino roots.”
On Tuesday, Guinness World Records awarded Anthony his third GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ title for the most Premio Lo Nuestro awards won by a male artist with a total of 24 wins.
“I am speechless! The first thing that comes to mind is my team. Especially during this time, you realize that you don’t get anywhere alone,” Anthony wrote on social media. “I’m feeling so many emotions. When I heard about this Guinness World Records title, my heart skipped a beat. I just hope that everyone who has dedicated their lives to making this happen feels as special as I do. This goes on!”
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