The Hidden Messages In Camila Cabello's Grammys Opening Number

By Hayden Brooks

February 11, 2019

Camila Cabello teased some big surprises during her performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10) and the pop star pulled through when she opened up the big show with guests like J Balvin, Ricky Martin, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and even some members of her family.

During her opening number, the Fifth Harmony alum appeared on stage in a multi-color house to perform "Havana," before leaving the elaborate set, venturing to the front of the stage and letting Young Thug have his shine for his verse. While the chaos of the performance circled the singer, there were plenty of clues that Cabello snuck in to show her appreciation for her culture and the current political landscape. Not only did she feature two separate fake newspapers with headlines referencing President Donald Trump's crusade to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border, as well as J Balvin's Reggaeton takeover, Cabello made sure to let the audience know that she also reps for her peers with a reference to the Dreamers. Elsewhere in the set, she shimmied her way to the spotlight to sing "Pegate" with Martin and "Mi Gente" with Balvin. Cabello's set also marked the very first time that a Latin woman has ever kicked off the big show.

Prior to the big opening, Cabello told Ryan Seacrest that she was going to bring her family on stage to cement the significance of the performance. "You might see them on stage, actually," Cabello teased during pre-show festivity. "The performance is based off of my grandma's childhood. So basically, she grew up a house full of rooms, and everybody shared a common patio, and there would just be few jam sessions and stuff, and the whole thing is based off of my family, and I have my family in the performance. So I feel very protected."

Stay tuned for even more coverage on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, including an up-to-date list of winners, highlights and viral moments from the Alicia Keys-hosted show!

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