Camila Cabello opened the 2019 Grammy Awards with a sizzling collab performance of her Grammy-nominated smash hit, “Havana.” Cabello kicked off the theatrical number singing and moving through colorful rooms in a mock dollhouse.
Cabello took a moment on Twitter to explain her performance was based on her grandma’s growing up in a “solar habanero” as a child, in which every family “lives in a room.” (Read her full post below).
When she eventually made it to the street below, Cabello was joined by her “Havana” partner Young Thug, along with Ricky Martin, J Balvin and iconic trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. The men lent their vocals to the spicy song and soon they all swirled across the stage, dancing to the track’s infectious Latin-flavored beat.
Balvin was notably reading a newspaper with the headline “Build Bridges Not Walls” on it. The Latin trap artist was nominated for a Record of the Year Grammy this year for his Cardi B collab track “I Like It.”
Cabello has enjoyed a fantastic launch of her solo music career with her eponymous debut solo album garnering a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and “Havana” snagging a Best Pop Solo Performance nod. The former Fifth Harmony member looked lovely in a bright yellow dress as she performed her breakout hit for the captive audience.
Wow what a hell of a performance by the oh so talented @Camila_Cabello to open the #grammys ! This girl can sing yes Camila kill it! #CamilaCabello #Grammys2019 #GRAMMYsxCAMILA pic.twitter.com/7OtbRLTkXR— Maria Gamerota (@Ria_Gam03) February 11, 2019
Tonight’s performance was based on my grandma’s childhood in Havana growing up in a “solar habanero”, basically a house in which every family live in a room- it was a poor community but she loved it because there was music everywhere, she was never happier #Grammys— camila (@Camila_Cabello) February 11, 2019