10 Musicians Who Showed Off Their Spanish Skills in 2017
Minaj and rapper 21 Savage collaborated on the remix of Spanish hit "Krippy Kush" by Farruko, Bad Bunny and Rvssian. On the track, which dropped last week and sits among the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, Minaj sings in Spanish and signs off with: "Yelling viva Puerto Rico... All my b-----s hermosa."
The singer partnered with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee on Spanish-language track "Despacito," helping the song become a global sensation, which nabbed three nominations for the upcoming 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In May, Bieber took heat for mocking the lyrics by ad libbing: “I don’t know the words so I say ‘Dorito’ and 'I ate the burrito. I just want a burrito.'"
The superstar didn’t just lend her powerful vocals to the remix of J.Balvin & Willy WIlliam’s single “Mi Gente,” she delivered her verses in Spanish — and with ease, as if the language were her native tongue: “Con lo mío todos se mueven, La fiesta la llevo en mis genes,” she croons on the tune.
The Cuban-American singer fired up fans with the Spanish remix of her hit single “Havana,” featuring “Despacito” superstar Daddy Yankee. Cabello gave a preview of the revamped tune when she sang it for a Spanish-speaking audience at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards in October.
Lovato and "Despacito's" Luis Fonsi collaborated on the single “Echame La Culpa” (“Put the Blame on Me”), which features the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer showing off her vocals in Spanish. The former Disney star, who’s of Mexican descent on her father’s side, promised Fonsi during a Billboard interview: “I’ll practice my Spanish.”
In Pitbull's bilingual single "Por Favor" the girl group broke out their Spanish-speaking skills. Last month, the quartet performed the track with the singer on stage at the at the Latin Grammys.
In August, the rapper, who's father is Dominican, re-released her hit single "Bodak Yellow" in Spanish. “A lot of my family members on my dad's side of the family don’t understand English. I wanted to make them proud. Sooooo I did BODAK YELLOW IN SPANISH,” she captioned the remix’s announcement on Instagram.
This month, the rapper released his new dance track "Hola," featuring Colombian artist Maluma. The "Good Feeling" songwriter has also taken to crafting social media captions in the romance language: "I'm coming from Colombia, Baby if you wanna play," he wrote in Spanish on a recent post.
The singer-songwriter performed his smash hit "Just The Way You Are" in Spanish during the One Voice: Somos Live! telethon for Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico.
“Now Chris, you’re up. Let’s put your Spanish to the test,” Shakira said before the two sang her popular tune "Chantaje" at the Global Citizen Festival in July. Coldplay also performed in Spanish during their world tour stop in Argentina earlier this month.