Grammys 2015 Highlights: Colombian Rock Star Juanes Performs First Grammys Spanish-Language Song in a Decade
Colombian super star Juanes changed the landscape at this year's 57th annual Grammy Awards by bringing Latin representation with his performance of "Juntos" and proudly representing his native Colombia.
"Colombian rock star Juanes got a chance to sound-check his song 'Juntos,' which marked the first Spanish-language performance on the Grammy telecast in a decade," according to The Los Angeles Times.
"The Grammy telecast's performance spots are highly coveted among pop musicians. Often even more than Grammy wins, the televised performances can translate into increased prestige and industry credibility as well as boosts in sales of recordings and concert tickets."
"It's a great honor," he said shortly before stepping up on the circular second stage in the middle of the arena that will host several of the evening's live numbers," the LA Times adds. "For the Grammys to invite someone from Colombia, it shows great respect for our culture."
In advance of Sunday's performance, Juanes also spoke with Ryan Seacrest, Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos and The Associated Press.
Juanes' performance of "Juntos" highlights the inspirational Latino sports film, Disney's "McFarland, USA" starring Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts and Johnny Ortiz, among other aspiring Latino actors.
The two-time Grammy and 20-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes is nominated for Best Latin Pop Album with "Locos de Amor." In 2013, Juanes sang an English-Spanish version of Elton John's "Your Song" and now he gets the chance to relive the magic.
"I'm so happy, I've been waiting for this moment for a long time," he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest in-studio on Friday. "And finally, it's going to happen."
"The song is going to be very special for us," he added. "As a Colombian, as a Latino, it's such a great opportunity to perform and give dignity to my culture."
Check out Juanes perform "Juntos" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
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