¡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.
I wish this photo could sing to me. Anyone else getting flashbacks to the Latin Billboard Awards when these guys took over the show with their first live comeback performance and made everyone, including Bad Bunny, lose their cool? Just me?
As you’ll recall, Cardi B is an avid fan of Romeo and Aventura. After putting out a request for attendance, the other Bronx-native took it a step further and granted her some stage time to join him in singing what is likely his most recognizable anthem.
Yandel & Wisin
Because sometimes it’s nice to be the first one mentioned, ok?! “Aullando como loba/Auuu-oooh-ooooh.”
Watch the IGTV clip here.
50-year-old Reyes is one of the most respected people in the genre, and here he is praising Romeo. Real recognizes real. A commenter echoed the sentiment saying “congratulations and blessings, Romeo, for this act of humility.” Amen.
Mochy y Alexandra
Utopia featured the duo oon “Años Luz,” and this was their first time performing it live together. Cheers to more reunions!