J Balvin Becomes First Latino To Headline Lollapalooza - And He Does It All In Spanish
First Coachella, now Lollapalooza.
"It took us 28 years to be on this stage…and I'm so happy and so grateful to be headlining, for the first time a Latino act," Balvin told the crowd.
When J Balvin took the main stage at this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago, it was the first time in the history of the music festival that a Latino artist had ever headlined.
J Balvin just became the first Latinx artist to headline Lollapalooza — and he did his entire set in Spanish ???? pic.twitter.com/F8Xc9dsAjP— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 7, 2019
Balvin's "epic" 75-minute set which featured his recent hits, as well as a guest appearance by Wisin y Yandel for a rendition of "'Rakata,' was all in Spanish.
"It felt like the most lit Latin music club in your city was popping off, except it was happening on Lollapalooza's main stage," writes Grammys' Ana Yglesia.
HISTORY. ¡PA’ LA CULTURA! pic.twitter.com/rytG8IOCNi— monica. (@SARAMAMBlCHE) August 4, 2019
The Colombiano was conscious of the importance of his presence on that stage, especially at a time when Latinos are being targeted by prejudice and violence.
"It took us 28 years to be on this stage…and I'm so happy and so grateful to be headlining, for the first time a Latino act.
This is our time. This is our moment. It's our time to make our dreams come true. Like I'm making my dream, you can make your dream too."
Latino passion, talent, and hustle can't be stopped. Pa'rriba y pa'delante siempre.