Bad Bunny Kicks Off The Grammys With A Party For Puerto Rico
Bad Bunny kicked off the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 5) and turned the telecast into a festive fiesta celebrating Puerto Rico and Caribbean culture.
Dressed in a simple white shirt and jeans, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (a.k.a. Bad Bunny) opened the show on the floor of the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles, performing a medley of tracks from his mega-hit album Un Verano Sin Ti. He then took to the stage to reveal more performers and conga drummers, and dialed up the dancing with a live rendition of “Después de la Playa." The energetic performance even had audience A-listers like Taylor Swift on their feet, dancing along with Bad Bunny's backup shakers.
In addition to plena performers, Bad Bunny also had a parade of cabezudos ("processional giants") of historic Puerto Rican figures. They were seen throughout the entire arena, giving his entire performance a larger-than-life atmosphere.
Later in the broadcast, Bad Bunny returned to the Grammys stage to accept the Best Música Urbana Album award, which he dedicated to Puerto Rico.
Last year was a huge one for the Latin trap and reggaeton superstar. He was the most-streamed artist on Spotify for the third year in a row. His fourth album, Un Verano Sin Ti (A Summer Without You), was also the most-streamed album in the world and made Grammys history as the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for Album of the Year. Bad Bunny headed into this year's Grammy Awards with three nominations for Album of the Year, Best Musica Urbana Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Moscow Mule."
Bad Bunny previously won two Grammys. Last year, he took home the trophy for Best Música Urbana Album for El Último Tour Del Mundo. He won Best Latin Pop or Urban Album in 2021, and has also been awarded four Latin Grammys.