3 Reasons Marc Anthony Will Save Salsa

Marc Anthony is back! Last night, the Puerto Rican superstar rocked the Billboard Latin Music Awards with a rousing performance of his new single, “Vivir Mi Vida,” off his first album of original content in almost a decade. The audience, full of Latin pop stars (Romeo Santos, Paulina Rubio) and telenovela mainstays (Gaby Espino, Sonya Smith) remained on their feet throughout Anthony’s performance. Dressed in a tuxedo sans a bowtie and with his shirt unbuttoned, Anthony let loose with his wide vocal range and onstage dramatics (his classic punching the air move).

One of Puerto Rico’s current stars, Tito El Bambino, joined Anthony to perform their duet, "Por Qué les Mientes." Yet, even the reggaetonero-turned-crooner sounded like an American Idol reject next to el rey. Anthony’s spirited presentation gave us hope for salsa, a genre that has been dormant since his last album, Valió la Pena. If anyone can resuscitate salsa, it’s the New York born singer. Here are three reasons Marc Anthony will save salsa.