The 15 Most Memorable Latino Artist Performances at the MTV VMAs!

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday and if history repeats itself, scheduled performer Bruno Mars will once again wow the world when he takes the stage, just like he did back in 2011. But he isn’t only Latino artist who has shined bright at the MTV VMAs. Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Mariah Carey to Pitbull and Demi Lovato, have all hit the stage and wowed the crowds. Here’s a look at the 19 most memorable performances by Latino artists at the MTV Video Music Awards.

1. MTV VMA: 1

Los Lobos, 1987

Long before Ricky Martin or Shakira brought a little Latin flair to the MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammy-winning Chicano rock band from East L.A. was the first artist or group to infuse the awards show with a taste of Spanglish, courtesy of group’s world No. 1 hit song “La Bamba” at the VMAs in 1987.

2. MTV VMA: 2

Mariah Carey, 1991

There’s no denying Mariah Carey had us feeling emotions deeper than we’d ever dreamed of when she showed off her multi-octave range while performing the disco-influenced track “Emotions,” the fifth No. 1 song of her short career at the time, at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.

3. MTV VMA: 3

Ricky Martin, 1999

Admit it, you totally wish you could have been the contemporary dancer holding Ricky Martin’s microphone at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards when he kicked off his sizzling performance of “She’s All I Ever Had” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” Oh how the Puerto Rican superstar made people across the country melt like mantequilla with his Elvis-like dance moves!

4. MTV VMA: 4

Jennifer Lopez, 2001

Talk about an abtastic performance! At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001, Jennifer Lopez wowed the audience with her mid-section revealing outfit and her steamy salsa-inspired moves while performing her hit singles “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” with Ja Rule.

5. MTV VMA: 5

Shakira, 2002

We’re pretty sure men around the world didn’t object to Shakira’s first-ever VMAs performance during the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. After all, the majority of the Colombian superstar’s act highlighted, or should we say hiplighted, her ability to hypnotize audiences with her awe-inspiring belly dancing skills. Throw in a stage dive into the audience at the end and you’ve got yourself one memorable performance!

6. MTV VMA: 6

Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears & Madonna, 2003

The opening performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003 is still considered by many to be the most memorable in VMAs history… Not only did it bring dueling divas Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears together on stage for the first time ever, singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” no less, but it featured her Madgesty locking lips with both former The Mickey Mouse Club stars.

7. MTV VMA: 7

Shakira, 2005

In 2005, Shakira returned to the MTV Video Music Awards stage, as well as her Spanish roots, when she gave a scorching performance of her worldwide hit song “La Tortura” with fellow Latin music superstar Alejandro Sanz. It was first time the VMAs featured a full-fledged performance completamente en español. Fittingly, it was also the first time a Spanish music video was nominated at the awards. (Shakira’s “La Tortura” clip was up for Best Female Video, Best Dance Video and Viewer’s Choice.)

8. MTV VMA: 8

Mariah Carey, 2005

Mariah Carey made a major splash in her return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage when she performed “Shake It Off” and “We Belong Together” live from on an above-pool stage at the National Hotel in South Beach.

9. MTV VMA: 9

Don Omar, Tego Calderón & Daddy Yankee, 2005

Shakira wasn’t the only artist to showcase her Spanish-singing skills at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards… That same year, Don Omar, Tego Calderón and Daddy Yankee performed together for the first time ever in a special tribute to reggaeton that left America demanding more gasolina.

10. MTV VMA: 10

Fergie, 2006

Oh snap! During the pre-show of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie proved she was no longer a Lady in Waiting. No, Fergie became the Dutchess, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage and giving a dancetastic performance of her debut single as a solo artist, the worldwide hit “London Bridge.”

11. MTV VMA: 11


Shakira, 2006

The third time’s the (snake) charm(er)… During the third career performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Shakira made men want to speak Spanish with her Middle Eastern-inspired moved, oh-so-revealing outfit and sizzling sex appeal while performing her massive hit “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean.

12. MTV VMA: 12

Christina Aguilera, 2006

It’s rare to see an artist give a simple and subdued performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which are usually high-powered affair. But in 2006, Christina Aguilera – looking like a class act in a red evening gown – gave a heart-wrenching performance of her ballad “Hurt” that showcased her Grammy-winning voice like never before while tugging at our heart strings.

13. MTV VMA: 13

Pitbull, 2011

It’s no wonder his last album is titled Global Warming; Pitbull really does know how to give a fiery performance that will make you sweat! But don’t take our word for it. Just watch Mr. Worldwide sing “Give Me Everything” with Ne-Yo and Nayer at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards to see for yourself!

14. MTV VMA: 14

Bruno Mars, 2011

He’s known for the high-octane performances of his hit songs like “Locked Out of Heaven,” but it’s Bruno Mars’ rousing rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” at the MTV Video Music Awards, part of a tribute to the recently deceased singer, that really endeared the Doo-wop singer to people young and old around the world.

15. MTV VMA: 15

Demi Lovato, 2012

Sure it was only a pre-show appearance, but Demi Lovato’s first-ever performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last year proved to be a pulse-racing event. Singing the biggest hit of her career, “Give Your Heart a Break,” the former Disney Channel star looked absolutely radiant and proved completely capable of driving the masses mad!