Latin Grammys 2018: See Nicky Jam, J Balvin Perform Charming ‘X’

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Nicky Jam carried out his indelible hit “X” — a nominee for Record of the Year — and “Jaleo,” a collaboration with digital producer Steve Aoki, on the Latin Grammys.

“X” is a good duet with J Balvin, however initially Jam took the stage alone in Las Vegas. Luckily, Balvin confirmed up in time to sing the second verse, leaning casually towards a large, revolving forged of the letter X. The stage set-up might have been improved — there have been awkward moments when each performers had been hidden from view because the “X” rotated slowly away from the group.

But none of that mattered an excessive amount of: The squiggly instrumental hook that enhances “X” was as efficient as ever. In addition, Balvin and Jam charmed the group with their goofy, purposefully unpracticed dance strikes.

After “X,” Jam moved on to “Jaleo,” a observe with Steve Aoki that got here out in October. A slew of dancers in blue jumpsuits, purple bandanas and orange hats who jumped round with mosh-pit-ready vitality, joined them onstage.

Aoki was additionally current ultimately yr’s Latin Grammys, when he carried out with J Balvin. “I just like the fish-out-of-water feeling,” the EDM producer informed Rolling Stone just lately. “I like working with artists which have by no means labored with an EDM producer. I need to begin contemporary. I need to be so uncomfortable — not essentially uncomfortable, however so challenged that I have to rethink how I’m gonna go about decoding how to do that remix or this collaboration. I favor that, as a result of I really be taught extra.”