#TBT To The Time When Lin-Manuel Miranda Made Modern Pop Hits Sultry Salsa

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“They’ve stolen our music and tonight we’re going to steal it back.”

Here’s an epic blast from the past featuring a young Lin-Manuel Miranda, who, at an early age, proved that he was born to be a show stopper (who also challenges the status quo). In 2001, Miranda wowed the crowd at a talent show while studying at Wesleyan University. During his moment on stage, Miranda commented on the deluge of Anglo musicians trying to “take over” Latino music. Miranda was particularly upset by 98 Degrees, who released a song titled “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche).” So, he decided to flip things a bit, giving some of pop’s greatest hit Latino-inspired remakes. Watch as he makes Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC and Destiny’s Child songs the banging salsa dance hits they were obviously meant to be. We dare you not to laugh, scream and dance.

READ: Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Latino Taking Broadway by Storm

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