J Balvin carried out a medley of tracks from his Number One Vibras album on the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Mexican singer Carla Morrison opened the efficiency — simply as she opens Vibras — crooning the title observe. On the album, her vocals function an ideal segue into the insta-classic “Mi Gente.” But in Las Vegas, Balvin turned as a substitute to a unique observe, the sleek, bouncy “Ambiente.” The singer wore an iridescent sweatsuit and sauntered throughout a stage lined with related materials.
Balvin earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, greater than another artist this yr. That’s absolutely a part of why youthful artists have been referencing him as an inspiration all through the night time. Bad Bunny singled out Balvin because the artist he was excited to observe carry out throughout a crimson carpet interview. And when Karol G received Best New Artist, she additionally talked about Balvin as an artist whose profession she hoped to emulate.
This yr is notable for Balvin: In the previous, his nominations have been completely restricted to the classes for city music. However, in 2018, the singer is lastly competing within the main basic classes. His Vibras LP was nominated for Album of the Year, although earlier than he carried out, he misplaced to Luis Miguel. In the Record of the Year class, Balvin is even competing with himself: He’s nominated each for “Mi Gente” and the slippery single “X” with Nicky Jam.
That’s on high of all his nods for city music. Remarkably, he has three totally different tracks within the operating for Best Urban Song and one other for Best Urban Fusion/Performance. In addition, Vibras received Best Urban Album honors. Balvin has already received in these classes. He took house Best Urban Song for “Ay Vamos” in 2015 and Best Urban Music Album for Energía the next yr.