The Latin Recording Academy’s celebration of Juanes as the 2019 Person of the Year was a wildly eclectic affair that noticed vivid reimaginations of the veteran artist’s music in the fingers of his musician pals.
Held Nov. 13 at the MGM in Las Vegas, and produced by Greg Fera (with Latin Academy president/chairman Gabriel Abaroa as government producer), the night held particular significance, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Academy and with the very first Person of the Year — Emilio Estefan — in attendance. It was one of the most fantastically executed Person of the Year celebrations in reminiscence, with performances taking unique and surprising turns. From a night of all standouts, listed here are 5 we significantly preferred.
Rosalía, “Es por tí:” The Spanish singer bends boundaries in methods nobody else would ever dare. Dressed in a yellow/orange Balmain hooded pantsuit, she sang a melancholy-infused atmospheric model of the mid-tempo love ode “Es por tí,” accompanied solely by suspended keyboard chords. It was a vocal and emotional tour de drive.
Fito Páez, “Fijate Bien:” Seated at the piano, Páez remodeled Juanes’ pressing name to warning into an intensely private musical rollercoaster that traversed preliminary introspection, balladry, blues and rock. But overwhelmingly, this efficiency was sheer pleasure.
Juan Luis Guerra, “A Dios le pido:” It was becoming that Juanes’ irresistible prayer to God would go to his good buddy and religious Christian Juan Luis Guerra. And in classic Guerra fashion, he managed to offer this anthem a bachata beat. Priceless.
Ozuna, “La camisa negra:” The final visitor efficiency of the night was Juanes’ largest worldwide hit, carried out by a worldwide star. If anybody nonetheless harbored doubts about Ozuna’s singing talents, they had been dispelled on this really stunning but boisterous model of “La Camisa Negra,” with the added “humph” of a slight reggaeton beat.
Juanes, “No creo en el jamás:” Before selecting up his personal guitar, Juanes thanked the crowd and his nation: “Colombia, Colombia, Colombia. Colombia is the beginning and end of my life,” stated the singer/songwriter as his spouse and three youngsters watched. Juanes then paid homage to his Colombian roots and to his metallic roots, a soulful songwriter with a rocker’s coronary heart.