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Gloria Estefan, Anitta & More Stars Pay Homage To Brazil In Colorful 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Opening
Amid a bevy of conga players dressed in white and colorfully dressed Brazilian samba dancers, the stars align. Representing from Cuba to Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, Cuban legend Gloria Estefan was joined by Brazil’s Anitta and Carlinhos Brown, Argentine singer Diego Torres, Colombian rapper Farina, and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Pedro Capó for a high-energy performance of “Cuando Hay Amor” and “Malagenha" to honor the rich, vibrant music of Brazil — and open the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs in showstopping fashion.
Co-written by Emilio Estefan, “Cuando Hay Amor” is the lead single from Gloria’s latest album BRAZIL305, a beachside dance celebration that boasts Colombian and Brazilian percussion galore. The performers closed out the performance with the invigorating “Magalenha,” a classic stunner originally performed by Brazilian legends Sergio Méndes and Carlinhos Brown. On Gloria’s version, she invites Brown to join her on this rendition.
Gloria Estefan's fourteenth studio album sees the Cuban-American powerhouse bridges exhilarating rhythms of the African diaspora, thus creating the Cuba-Brazil-Africa connection. BRAZIL305 is nominated for Best Contemporary Tropical Album.
Arguably the first Latin crossover star of recent decades, Gloria Estefan rose to prominence in the ‘80s, along with her band Miami Sound Machine with smash hits like “Conga” (1985) and “Mi Tierra” (1993). She became the first Latin star to perform at the Super Bowl Half-Time in 1992, and in 2008, The Latin Recording Academy honored her as the first female to be the Person of the Year.
Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for updates from the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards.
The 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Carlos Rivera and Roselyn Sánchez, will air live on Univision on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). It will also air on cable channel TNT at 19.00 (MEX) / 20.00 (PAN-COL) / 21.00 (VEN) / 22.00 (ARG/CHI), and on Televisa on Channel 5. Learn more about the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs Awards via the Latin Recording Academy's official website(opens in a new tab).