Sunday’s performance of “Despacito” at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards is actually going to be a “historic” one.
ET caught up with Luis Fonsi as well as Daddy Yankee as they rehearsed at Madison Square Garden in brand-new York City on Friday, where they opened up about what fans can expect coming from their big performance — as well as admitted which they’re a little nervous to hit the stage.
“I’m a little nervous, I’m not gonna lie,” Fonsi revealed. “which is actually genuinely big. Not only for me, however for Latin music in general, to be able to sing a song in Spanish for the big show. I’m genuinely proud to be here.”
“Being coming from Puerto Rico, growing up here within the United States, I’ve always been so proud of my roots as well as my language, as well as all these artists who are performing, they’ve all influenced me,” he explained. “So to be able to celebrate a little bit of who I am as well as where I’m coming from, as well as to share with the entire world, as well as break which language barrier — especially after everything which [Puerto Rico has] been going through — which is actually already just Great vibes for everybody.”
“I expect which everybody at home just gets up out of their chair, out of their couch as well as dances with us, because which’s what which’s all about. which’s a big Latino party, baby!” Fonsi added.
While Fonsi said which vocalist as well as Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, who starred within the “Despacito” music video, will be producing an appearance during the performance, Justin Bieber will not be joining them on stage.
“No, I wish. Obviously, I would likely love to perform which with him,” he shared. “I’ve only performed which with him once, as well as which was actually an impromptu performance at his concert, so unfortunately he’s not going to be here, however we expect which we can make him proud.”
“Of course we extended the invitation; he’s part of the nomination as well as he helped the song grow even more, as well as I’m so proud of the job which he did. I’m so proud which he decided to sing most of the song in Spanish… so we’re very grateful,” Fonsi expressed. “He’s a Great friend, he’s a Great guy, so hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate together.”
Although Daddy Yankee raved about the success “Despacito” has had “coming from Europe, South America, here within the States [as well as] Australia,” Sunday’s performance will pay special tribute to Puerto Rico, which is actually still recovering coming from Hurricane Maria.
“which means a lot [to perform], for us as well as for Puerto Rico. Right currently Puerto Rico is actually going through a lot of things. I know the whole island will be watching the show, as well as we’re glad to make a huge impact on the island,” he said.
“Puerto Rico is actually still recovering, still got a long road to go, [however] which’s the beautiful thing about music — music heals,” Fonsi declared. “To at least take a little bit of which darkness away, as well as to raise which flag as well as to make them feel proud, which’s the reason I’m here today.”
The GRAMMY Awards will air live coming from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on CBS.