Latin rock star Juanes will be singing again at the Grammy Awards, but this time it will be a song of his own, in Spanish.
The Colombian singer-songwriter, who in 2013 sang an English-Spanish version of Elton John’s Your Song, says appearing on the telecast again on Sunday is like a dream come true.
“I’m very excited. I can’t believe this is going to happen. You know, I’ve been waiting for this moment for many years,” Juanes told The Associated Press last week in an interview at his recording studio in Miami, where he lives.
“We are going to perform a new song called Juntos, or Together, the song that we made for the Disney movie McFarland, USA, ” he added. “So, yes, we’re rehearsing and practicing a lot, and just [getting] ready for that big night.”
It might be the biggest Latin moment at the Grammys since Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sang Escapemonos 10 years ago.
Juanes, nominated for best Latin pop album with Locos de Amor, sees the telecast as a “big window,” as “something very special” that will allow him to connect with many people and once more be among other musicians like him.
He said that when he saw McFarland, USA in Los Angeles, after Disney Studios contacted him to ask if he could write a song for the movie, he liked it so much that he accepted.
The movie, starring Kevin Costner as a cross-country coach in Bakersfield, California, follows a group of young Latin American immigrants that through hard work get to be championship contenders. It opens Feb. 20.
“The inspiration comes from the movie itself, the idea that when people work together and when people believe in … each other anything can be possible,” said Juanes, who co-wrote it with fellow Colombian Fonseca and Cuban Descemer Bueno, under the production of renowned Dominican singer, songwriter and producer Juan Luis Guerra.
“It touched my heart in a very positive way, in a very deep way,” he said. “It’s a very inspiring story.”
The Grammys will air live at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.