Who: Camila Cabello
Why we picked her: Camila Cabello’s fiery dance moves stole the night on Sunday as she opened the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 21-year-old pop star paid homage to her Latin roots with a passionate showcase of her smash hit “Havana,” joined by Ricky Martin, Young Thug, and Arturo Sandoval. Later in the performance, J Balvin joined Cabello in a thrilling rendition of his famous “Mi Gente.”
We were mesmerized as the Cuban-American singer transformed the Grammy’s stage into the vibrant streets of Havana, Cuba. Cabello looked extraordinary as she sashayed the night away alongside a colorful troupe of salsa dancers. Even her grandmother, sister and parents made special cameos in the performance!
On the red carpet earlier that evening, Cabello told Ryan Seacrest about how her grandmother inspired her performance.
“She grew up in… like a house full of rooms and everybody shared a common patio and there would be jam sessions and stuff,” Cabello explains. “The whole thing is based off my family, and I have my family in the performance, so I feel very protected.”
Cabello didn’t end up winning an award (she was nominated for Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance), but her performance definitely won our applause!
Fun fact: After her performance, Camila shared on Twitter that she was the first Latina ever to open for the Grammy’s. Talk about making her family proud!
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