Best: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Zuleyka Rivera Flaunt Puerto Rican Pride During "Despacito"
Following a streak of relentlessly somber performances, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee cranked up the heat in their strictly Spanish-language performance of "Despacito." Fonsi played it cool in white leather, while an elated Daddy Yankee surfaced in a bejeweled tracksuit. The song's original video vixen, Puerto Rican actress and 2006 Miss Universe winner Zuleyka Rivera, took center stage in a mesh bodysuit, commanded attention among a crew of gyrating dancers. Beaming in the audience was songwriter Erika Ender, whose vision of a more inviting sexual anthem came to life in the broadcast. "We were looking for something new," she explained on the red carpet earlier Sunday, "An urban fusion that would really take care of women ... exposing us as works of art, not sexual objects." How the most popular song of 2017 – and the track with the most-viewed YouTube video of all time – could fail to take home a single Grammy is between God, the voters and the collective side-eye of Latin American Twitter.