Romeo Santos is no stranger to breaking records and shattering expectations. He is the first Latinx to headline Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, the first to bring bachata music to a global stage, and as of Saturday night, he is the first Latinx to headline the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Santos who got his start in The Bronx-based bachata boy band, Aventura, has also found major success in his solo career. In the eight years on his own, Santos has had seven number one songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and 15 number ones on the Tropical Songs chart.
Nicknamed the “King of Bachata,” Santos turned the MetLife Stadium into his kingdom where he paid tribute to his Dominican heritage and bachata roots to celebrate his fourth studio album Utopia. According to Billboard, the concert felt historical
“With the help of this powerful cast of Dominican bachateros and allies, Santos marked another big moment for bachata that will certainly go down in history for the genre’s continued and formidable evolution,” wrote Isabela Raygoza of Billboard.
King of Bachata Makes History
Santos became the first Latinx artist to headline the MetLife Stadium. Santos played to a sold-out show to a crowd of over 80,000 fans in New Jersey on Saturday night.
But this isn’t the only record he broke last night. His performance was the single highest-grossing concert in MetLife Stadium’s history. The record was previously held by U2.
“It’s difficult to express what I’m feeling at this moment, and I managed to do the possible and impossible to offer you the best bachata show in history,” Santos said during the show.
Santos shares the stage with other Latinx heavyweights
It is always heartwarming to see Latinx solidarity, Santos’ concert was no exception. Dominicans proudly waved their flags, and Santos was happy to share his stage with today’s hottest Dominican artists and the bachateros who influenced him.
“Not every bachatero that impacted my life and my career is here tonight. Not everyone. But I still guarantee that you are in for a splendid time,” Santos said.
Bachata legends like Raulin Rodríguez, Frank Reyez, Joe Veras, Monchy & Alexandra and Zacarías Ferreira collaborated with Santos on stage for songs like “Me Quedo.” Not only did they join Santos for his own songs, but the artist also gave these trailblazers the space to perform their own classics. When you can take a step back at your own concert to center other artists, that is respect.
This feels true to the message of Santos’ recent album Utopia which pays homage to the bachata artists of yesteryear that paved the way for him. This is all about Latinx history past, present, and future.
“You bless us tonight. Your contributions marked an era for bachata,” Santos said.
Among his more urbano special guests were Cardi B, Ozuna, Aventura, and El Chavel.
Cardi says Santos is living the dream
“85,000 people last night at the MetLife stadium. A Dominican from The Bronx made that happened! Thank you so much @romeosantos for bringing me out to your sold-out concert. That’s an artist’s dream and you’re living it! So inspiring and motivating to me. I had the best time EVER!!!! Oooo yea I can sing now! Ya hear my vocals singing Obsession?” Cardi captioned on Instagram.
Frank Reyes on Romeo Santos
“He escuchado que algunas veces es mejor ser el primero que ser el mejor, pero lo que sucede cuando se es el primero y el mejor al mismo tiempo, es una UTOPÍA, felicidades @romeosantos y Gracias por hacer historia a ritmo de bachata una noche inolvidable,” the 50-year-old legend wrote.
Joe Veras gets emotional
“Lo que dicen las fotos.!!! Es pura combinación de sentimientos y alegría de compartir esta hermosa colaboración con @romeosantos y ese publico furioso de emoción.!!!! Waaaaaoooo gracias Dios mio por tanta bendición!” Veras wrote on Instagram.
The Bachata Utopia of your dreams
Santos gave the audience what they came for a bachata utopia of their dreams. Every moment was a homage to the genre from start to finish. What was once considered “rural” Dominican music is now recognized as a mainstream genre and important element of Latinx history.
“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!”
For one night Santos delivered, to an audience of over 80,000, something many may not have been able to conceive of in their wildest dreams: a celebration of tropical music and a taste of the solidarity it takes to make it.
Every single late-night host has gone after President Donald Trump in some way shape or form. Making fun of people in the public eye, especially the president is their job after all. While they did poke fun on former President Barack Obama back in the day, they just have a lot more material to go after Trump. The late-night hosts, however, aren’t just making fun of Trump’s idiotic ways and unstable mentality (because that would be too easy), they’re also telling viewers around the world that the majority of people in the United States do not share his views. It’s important for the hosts to show the distinction between what the president does, says, or tweets, and how everyone else feels by firing back in clever and hilarious ways.
In response to Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, a group of immigrants celebrated their new citizenship to the United States with a heartwarming ceremony on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“This is a very strange time in America,” Kimmel said on his show on Aug. 8. “Our President is building walls and telling people to go back where they came from. With all that happening it’s important to remember that many people still dream of becoming Americans. Every week immigrants from all around the world take the oath of citizenship.”
Kimmel then had six immigrants from various parts of the world come on stage to celebrate their U.S. citizenship, including Jose Alberto Sahagun Ruiz from Mexicali, Mexico.
Each person walked onstage, and national TV, by being introduced like rockstars by Los Angeles Kings announcer Dave Joseph, and they all held up their new citizenship document. It was really beautiful and inspiring to hear each person’s name be called and their home countries, which includes places such as the Philippines, Argentina, Poland, and others. They all walked out to Neil Diamond’s “We’re Coming To America” song played by Kimmel’s house band, Cleto and the Cletones.
Then country singer Brad Paisley joined in on the fun by singing a little ballad about what life as an American means.
Paisley kept it light by telling these new American citizens that they can pretty much get away with anything in the United States. But he did so through song.
“Congratulations citizens,” he sang. “We’re happy that you’re here/ Come on in and take a load off/ Grab yourself an ice-cold beer. You can exercise your freedom of speech/ eat a sticka’ butter at a county fair/ Wear your Crocs with a pair of socks/ Go to Target in your underwear.”
He then finished the song by singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”
This isn’t the first time Kimmel has celebrated new Americans. Last year on Flag Day, he did the same beautiful thing.
“Every week immigrants from all over the world take the oath of citizenship in courthouses, libraries, and auditoriums across the country, without much pomp or circumstance,” Kimmel said last year. “I think becoming an American shouldn’t feel like a visit to the DMV. It’s a big deal and we think it deserves a big deal.”
Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, then came out dressed like the United States bald eagle and had goody bags for all of them.
Guillermo gave each new American citizen a goody bag filled with American staples including a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer helmet, apple pies, and fireworks. Then someone dressed as Abraham Lincoln arrived to drive them all in a limo to IHOP, because there’s nothing as American as IHOP, right?
Here’s this year’s new batch of American citizens. Grab some tissue first!
We really hope this celebration of welcoming new Americans into this country becomes a regular segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It’s important for people all over the world to know that people here in the United States are welcoming to newcomers, and this celebration also shows that becoming a citizen of America is a big deal.
Thanks, Jimmy for making these people feel special and that becoming a U.S. citizen matters. Whatever you do, just don’t get fined for making jokes about Trump. Keep doing it, of course, just make sure it’s not costing you.