The Best Latino Grammy Performances of All Time!

The Grammy Awards may draw attention to fashionable looks and crazy celebrity speeches, but its true essence has always been about the music. Mainstream audiences may have taken sometime to appreciate all of the Latin musical genres, but just a small taste has had them hooked! We are honoring our talented culture by showcasing the top Latino Grammy performances of all time. Watch with pride below and stay tuned for Bruno Mars to rock the stage this Sunday!

1. "Don't Wanna Lose You" - Gloria Estefan


Gloria Estefan paved the way for many Latinas during her bilingual Grammy performance of her hit song "Don't Wanna Lose You." The Cuban singer was defining the meaning of crossover sensation before the term even existed! Three Grammy Awards and countless of hit songs later, Estefan is still making moves in the music industry with her latest album, "Miss Little Havana." We are confident that this Cubana's career is going to last forever.

2. "The Cup Of Life" - Ricky Martin


Below he was "Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin was showcasing his showstopping abilities for the 1999 Grammy Awards with the colorful performance of "The Cup of Life." The Puerto Rican pop star was flashing his signature dance moves while rocking leather pants that will remain in our 90s fashion vault forever! Besides his winning performance, Martin snagged a Grammy the previous year for "Best Latin Pop Performance" for "Vuelve." The song still makes us want to get up and celebrate la vida!

3. "Zion" - Lauryn Hill Featuring Carlos Santana


Ten-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana creates an eclectic form of music that transcends throughout all genres. The Mexican musician is responsible for creating a hybrid sound inspired by elements of jazz, rock, and salsa. During the 1999 Grammy Awards, he collaborated with Lauryn Hill for the live performance of "Zion," the hit track off of Hill's wildly successful "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." We love the original soulful rendition of the song almost as much as this one.

4. "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" - Celia Cruz


¡Azúcar! The world fell in love with the legendary Celia Cruz for her sharp vocals and bold personality. During the 2002 Grammy Awards, the Cuban singer performed an electrifying rendition of her classic hit track, "La Negra Tiene Tumbao." We are sure Cruz even had fans with two left feet swaying to her beat! The three-time Grammy winner's spirit will always be honored through her music.

5. "Lady Marmalade" - Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, And Patti Labelle


It was all about female power and sensuality for the explosive 2002 Grammy Awards performance of "Lady Marmalade" featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim, and Mya. The #1 hit song off of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack also won the Grammy award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals." Aguilera delivered a powerhouse performance fit to be in the presence of legendary singer Patti Labelle. The divas owned the stage and made us proud!

6. "Escapémonos" - Marc Anthony And Jennifer Lopez


There was no relationship drama or break-up in sight back when Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez performed their romantic duet "Escapémonos." The ballad brought flashbacks of their first hit collaboration "No Me Ames." Although the couple have broken-up since, Anthony has always said that Lopez served as the perfect muse. In an interview with the Associated Press, he once said that his hit track "You Sang to Me" was written about her. "I wrote [the] song about Jennifer. I must have been psychic...She didn't get the point, but eventually it worked," he said. If only love songs could have kept this royal couple together!

7. "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira Featuring Wyclef


Two-time Grammy winner Shakira made shaking your curves seem like an art form for the live Grammy performance of "Hips Don't Lie." The Colombian singer shared the stage with producer and musician Wyclef. Their collaboration spawned international success and broke the US record for the most radio plays in a single week. We love the energy these two bring on stage. Who doesn't want to baila la calle after listening to this track?!

8. "It's A Man's World" - Christina Aguilera


Christina Aguilera graced the Grammy stage once again for an explosive James Brown tribute. The petite half-Ecuadorian singer dressed in all white to honor the soul singer who passed away of heart failure. Aguilera has won a total of four Grammys including "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for her hit song "Beautiful" and "Ain't No Other Man." Her raw vocal talent always manages to amaze even her skeptics.