¡Anthony Santos, mi gente!
Romeo Santos, born Anthony, brought the heat to MetLife Stadium this past Saturday, making history as the first Latinx headliner on that stage. Though Cardi B, Ozuna and Wisin y Yandel added an urbano flare to the evening’s festivities, the night was, for the most part, an ode to the sound that shaped and shoved Santos into the spotlight and top of the charts. From Raulin Rodríguez to Frank Reyes and Monchy & Alexandra, Santos gave due honor to several respected fixtures in the genre he now fiercely represents as the King of Bachata.
“To compete in a moment when urbano music is so strong… being a tropical artist, we have to keep working hard, and reinventing ourselves,” Santos said while accepting the Tropical Artist of the Year at the Latin Billboard Awards earlier this year. “Long live tropical music!”
This, of course, isn’t the first time the Dominican bachatero makes history for bringing the romantic, impassioned ritmo to previously unbaptized platforms around the globe. Let’s not forget Santos’ sold out, headliner shows at Yankee Stadium in 2014. Santos doesn’t limit himself, and counts his successes a win not only for Dominicanos and bachata, but for Latinxs as a whole – always pushing the limits further. In 2014 he told the Bronx audience “If Madonna, if Paul McCartney, if Metallica can sell out Yankee Stadium, Latinos can sell out this shit too!”
Now, yet another stadium can be added to the list. The show itself was a testament to Santos’ talent, versatile nature, and showman capabilities. It’s no surprise that almost every one of his shows flaunt the sold out sticker. Here are just a few of the greats that took the stage with him in East Rutherford, New Jersey this past weekend.