J Balvin Celebrates Reggaeton With Vibrant Coachella Performance
J Balvin knows how to get a crowd pumped.
The 33-year-old singer is the first Colombian reggaeton artist to have his own set at Coachella. He made his debut last year when he shared the stage with Beyonce for a rendition of "Mi Gente."
"Today is a very special day," he shared on Instagram early Saturday morning. "I always said the day I went to Coachella would be on a raised platform and so it is. Last year, I was with Beyonce, today it's about Latinos and dreamers. It's about people like me, who are not afraid to follow their dreams and it's about all those people that are called different. We still need people to continue to call us crazy for being dreamers. Welcome to another chapter of my adventures."
Balvin wasted no time when he hit stage, opening with "Reggaeton" and "Machika." He then surprised fans by bringing out Rosalía to perform their new collab "Con Altura." The Spanish beauty made her debut at Coachella Friday night and didn't disappoint.
The "Safari" singer also paid tribute to reggaeton legend Daddy Yankee by performing his 2004 hit song "Gasolina." He also sang "Rakata" by Wisin y Yandel and "Oye Mi Canto" by Nore ft. Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee, Big Mato and Gem Star.
"It took 15 years for reggaeton to get to Coachella. We are here!" he told the crowd.
But, the surprises didn't stop there. Balvin brought out Sean Paul to perform their new song, "Contra La Pared." And finished his set with his global hit "Mi Gente."
Balvin also brought out life-size bobbleheads of Cardi B and Bad Bunny during the performance, which Cardi herself appreciated, writing on her Instagram Stories, "Lmaaooooo."
ET caught up with Balvin last year, where he reflected on his success.
"I feel grateful. That's the word. Grateful and thankful," Balvin said in November during the Latin GRAMMYs. "All dreams really come true. I had a lot of dreams this year when we started and we made it happen. And we're going to keep dreaming more and more."
Later this month, Balvin will perform at KAOS Dayclub and Nightclub as part of their new residency lineup. Balvin is set to hit the nightclub stage on April 26, but he won’t be the only Latinx artist to perform that weekend. Bad Bunny has a set scheduled on April 25 and Ozuna will take over the dayclub on April 28.
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Additional reporting by Grecia Lopez.