"I am never going to [sing in English] just because someone says I need to do it to reach a certain audience," the reggaeton star told Vanity Fair
Bad Bunny is proud to be a Latin music star through and through.
In a new Vanity Fair cover story published on Tuesday, the Puerto Rican artist opened up about his commitment to singing in Spanish and the controversy surrounding his performance and album of the year nod at the 2023 Grammys.
The global superstar (whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) has only released music in Spanish thus far, and he explained to Vanity Fair that he plans to do so for the foreseeable future. “I am never going to [sing in English] just because someone says I need to do it to reach a certain audience,” Bad Bunny said.
The reggaeton star clarified that if an opportunity arose with the right song or collaborator, he might sing in English. He also added, “It’s not like I hate the idea … It’s just that I feel more comfortable in my own language. I think in Spanish, I feel in Spanish, I eat in Spanish, I sing in Spanish.”
During this year’s Grammy Awards in February, the rapper/singer performed a medley of songs off his hit 2022 album Un Verano Sin Ti, which were notably not given closed captions during the broadcast. Instead, “singing in non-English” appeared on the screen and went viral, which Bad Bunny spoke to Vanity Fair about.
He said it was “so f-----up” that he didn’t realize what had happened. “It’s ugly to say that I saw it as normal. Then it was like, wow, wait a minute, what the hell? Why don’t they have someone? Knowing that I was going to be there….” the “Ojitos Lindos” artist told the outlet, trailing off. “I sing for those who want to listen to me and those who understand me.”
The performer, who received three Grammy nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards and took home the prize for best música urbana album, spoke about losing album of the year to Harry Styles. “Maybe they weren’t ready for a Spanish-language album to win the big prize,” he said.
“I didn’t even feel like [album of the year] had been stolen from me until the media started saying [it],” he continued. “I saw that everybody thought I deserved the prize and everybody thought it was a robbery.... That’s when they kind of convinced me and I said, ‘Well, yes, it was a robbery then.’”
Despite the controversy, he clarified that he’s still a fan of Styles, whose Love on Tour concert he attended.
The “Tití Me Preguntó” singer also mentioned that recently he's been working on his fluency in English by speaking it more often. “With some people, I speak English — with some specific people,” Bad Bunny said. “With one of them, I couldn’t talk to her before.”
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Although the “Where She Goes” artist said he was “not really interested in clarifying anything” about his dating life and the way his fans have responded to it, he and Kendall Jenner have been linked since February. At the time, they were photographed getting dinner with friends Hailey and Justin Bieber and a source confirmed to PEOPLE that they had “recently started hanging out.”
Since then, the recording artist and American model have been spotted on multiple occasions, including on a romantic July vacation to Idaho. During their trip together, a source told PEOPLE that “they definitely seem in love and super serious.”
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