Luis Fonsi is a Puerto Rican pop singer. His Despacito Remix, with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, is the first mostly Spanish-language song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since the Macarena did in 1996.
Despacito means “Slowly.” It was the Billboard 100 #1 from May 27 through September 9, 2017.
The only other Spanish-language song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was the Los Lobos remake of the Ritchie Valens classic La Bamba in 1987.
This is the first Hot 100 No. 1 for both Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. It’s Bieber’s fifth.
The music video is also setting records. It is the third fastest video to reach 200 million views after Psy’s Gentleman and Adele’s Hello. The video is charmed with the beautiful smile of Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006 also of Puerto Rico.
Celebrities around the world are making their own versions of the song.
Despacito should be with us for a while and we’ll look for Grammy recognition next year.
Luis Fonsi Awards
Daddy Yankee collaborated with Fonsi to create Despacito. It’s the song of 2017.
Despacito earned 18th Latin Grammy Awards nominations for:
- Record of the Year WINNER
- Song of the Year WINNER
- Best Urban Fusion / Performance WINNER
- Best Short Form Music Video WINNER
Despacito won them all.
Despacito earned 60th Latin Grammy Awards nominations for:
- Record of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Honestly, when a song that was a global cultural phenomenon doesn’t win Song of the Year and Record of the Year, there must be something wrong with the Recording Academy.
Luis Fonsi in New York City
Fonsi brings his “Love + Dance World Tour” to the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8pm. $79 – $225.
Fonsi joins the LA X LOVE LIVE tour at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8 pm. $96 – $146