Over the weekend (Mar. 5), the American Airlines Arena hosted the second stop during the Fenix Tour, which featured a few of the best acts in Urban Latin music. Thousands of die-hard reggaetoneros were in attendance as the veteran half Puerto Rican, half Dominican rapper celebrated another tremendous accolade in his long-standing career.
Following his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, day two of Nicky Jam’s first U.S. tour kicked off with a brief set from Piso 21. After the Colombian foursome performed their medley of songs, DJ Lobo set it off on the turntables moments before reggaeton legends Zion y Lennox made their grand entrance.
Arm candy galore, Zion y Lennox were greeted with roars of cheer as they walked out to Zion’s 2007 solo hit “Zun Dada.” The Puerto Rican duo ignited the stage with unforgettable renditions of their classic hits “Doncella,” “Yo Voy A Llegar” and “Te Hago El Amor.” They also performed recent radio favorites, the Farruko assisted “Pierdo La Cabaeza” and “Hoy Lo Siento.”
Puerto Rican MC Valentino was next on deck to entertain the nearly sold out arena. The “No Llores Mas” reggaeton artist performed songs from his solo catalog as well as his joint single “La Noche” with Grupo Cañaveral De Humberto Pabón. After his set, radio personality Enrique Santos got the fans hype for the man of the hour, Nicky Jam. The “Chambonea” rapper didn’t waste any time getting the party started upon his arrival. The second the words “hola bebe” echoed from his mic, women broke out in unison to his 2014 smash record, “Travesuras.”
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The audience was up on their feet, cutting up a rug to songs like “Voy A Beber” and “Hasta el Amanecer” along with classic favorites like “Pa’l Party” and “Yo No Soy Tu Marido.” His rambunctious energy and booming stage presence made the crowd go wild as he rapped his popular remixes of OMI’s “Cheerleader” and J. Balvin’s “Ay Vamos.”
Mid-way into his set, Sony Music Latin executives surprised Nicky on stage to honor him with a double platinum plaque for streaming sales of “El Perdón,” his world renown hit single with Enrique Iglesias.
He thanked the Sony executives before thanking his fans with the most perfect of gestures. He called out singer Ken-Y to sing their joint track “Party Como Lo Hacia Yo,” Piso 21 to perform “Suele Suceder,” and Colombian vallenato star Silvestre Dangond to perform their joint single “Materialista.” The show came to a close with an explosive performance of Nicky’s biggest single yet, “El Perdón.”
Ten years ago, Nicky Jam couldn’t dream of nearly selling out an arena, much less landing a double-platinum record. Over the past decade, the Latino heartthrob crushed his own personal struggles to become an international sensation who’s gone above and beyond his predecessors. His first major city, U.S. tour is only the beginning of a new chapter in his outstanding career. Congratulations.