Five Latin music biggest icons would receive homage during the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. Victor Manuelle kicked off the live tribute performance by honoring the late Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe, known as “El Cantante.” He is considered the best and most important interpreter of salsa music. El Sonero de la Juventud (”The Singer Of Youths”) brought to the stage Ivy Queen , Rauw Alejandro, Ricardo Montaner, and Jesús Navarro to sing to the rhythm of Lavoe’s 1978 signature song, “El Cantante.”
“Can you imagine? It’s a great honor for me,” Victor Manuelle told Billboard. “The opening will allow us to relive Héctor Lavoe’s music, the music that is in our blood, that makes us so proud and is part of our musical history and culture.”
To continue with the 2020 Latin GRAMMY tributes, Lupita Infante took the stage of “the Biggest Night in Latin Music” to commemorate her grandfather‘s legacy, Mexican actor and ranchera singer Pedro Infante. Joined by Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, the HOLA! USA Latina Powerhouse wowed that audience while singing ”Amorcito Corazón.”
Spanish singer Natalia Jiménez honored her compatriot Julio Iglesias. Dressed in a pink asymmetric dress, the Madrid native performed Iglesias‘ hit song, “Hey!” “When they informed me that I was going to honor Julio Iglesias, I was very excited,” said Jiménez during Noche de Estrellas.
Juanes dedicated a rendition to Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos, also known as “The King,” with “El Gato Que Está Triste y Azul.” While singers Leslie Grace and Prince Royce honored fellow Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra with an outstanding performance of “Quisiera ser un Pez.”