Will Smith Joins J. Balvin at Coachella for ‘Men in Black’ Performance


Will Smith made a shock look onstage with J Balvin on Sunday night time, wearing his full “Men in Black” go well with and sun shades and performing the title monitor of the 1997 movie. The look was temporary however memorable, capping a UFO-themed set and concluding with Balvin being dragged off by black-suit-clad dancers as Smith pulled out a “Neuralyzer,” the well-known memory-eraser gadget from the movie.

Balvin returned for one more tune, nonetheless, and rocked energetically by a rousing model of his hit “In Da Ghetto” along with his troupe of dancers, who have been clad in comically stereotypical alien costumes, inexperienced with massive black eyes.

Balvin’s concert events are all the time closely thematic, and the interstellar theme was current all through. It opened with a mock-Fifties newsreel about an alien invasion (in English, with Spanish subtitles), ultimately revealing that the alien was… Balvin, who then arose on a platform from beneath the stage, beneath a large mock-UFO that regarded like a cross between the evil spaceship within the movie “Nope,” a pointer from a Ouija board and a cushioned rest room seat. His troupe of ace dancers quickly joined him onstage, showing in a sequence of alien-like costumes and dealing otherworldly strikes as Balvin, clad first in a spacesuit-like outfit and later in a full silver glitter go well with (and with a shiny grill he flashed typically) soared by his hits, opening with the 2018 world smash “Mi Gente” and following with many others; he spoke to the viewers principally in Spanish however typically adopted in English, and his songs contained snippets of famililar hits like Usher’s “Yeah!” and Cardi B’s “I Like It.”

The stage was large however spare, lit with whites and greys at first, however step by step launched extra shade and interstellar visuals, and by the top featured superb galaxies and stars and wild lighting therapies.

Balvin is not any stranger to Coachella — in reality, his eye-popping 2019 set largely kicked off the big presence of Latin music on the competition, with a visually explosive, career-spanning set that included not solely his world smash “Mi Gente” however visitor spots from Rosalia and Sean Paul, in addition to a tribute medley to reggaeton “OGs” with covers of songs like N.O.R.E. and Daddy Yankee’s 2006 hit “Oye Mi Canto” and Yankee’s 2004 smash “Gasolina.” Balvin additionally paid tribute to Nicky Jam’s “X” and Prince Royce’s “Sensualidad,” and coated of Cardi B’s “I Like It.” While Cardi and fellow featured artist Bad Bunny didn’t be part of him onstage, Balvin was accompanied by one thing that was arguably much more entertaining: dancers sporting hilarious large caricature heads of the 2 figures, Cardi’s full with an prolonged tongue; Balvin danced together with her for a part of the tune.

That 12 months additionally featured performances from Bad Bunny, Rosalía, Chilean singer Mon Laferte, regional Mexican titans Tucanes de Tijuana — on the finish of his set, Balvin stated how proud he was to listen to a lot Spanish being spoken on Coachella phases, though it’s definitely develop into a well-recognized sound within the years since.


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