2022: The year in which the whole world danced to the rhythm of reggaeton

In 2022 the world danced latin urban music thanks to the rise of young exponents like Bad Bunny and the goodbye of pioneers like Daddy Yankee.

What 20 years ago seemed unthinkable for the genre happened this year: ‘A summer without ií’ was nominated for best album at the Grammys and the musical phenomenon established itself with the title of MTV artist of the year and most listened to artist of the year on Spotify for Bad Bunny.

But he was not the only one: at the Latin Grammys, the one who won the album of the year award was Rosalía with ‘Motomami’which has been included in numerous lists of the best albums of the year worldwide, competing with giants like Beyonce, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift.


And for those who have twerked on the dance floor for decades, the year also left an air of nostalgia as many of its early stars left the microphone to the new generations.

Grateful for everything they did for the genre, you know that we really wouldn’t have been here without them… And I also feel incredible about the new stuff,” Panamanian urban star Sech said in Mexico City after the release of his EP ‘They’re almost here.’

“I know that the genre will continue to grow and it’s something crazy, there is no brake, there is no limit, there is no barrier.”


Bad Bunny grabbed many of the urban music and music headlines for the year, as well as earning Spotify’s most streamed artist title globally for the third year in a row, his ubiquitous album ‘A summer without you’ spent 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 list and became the first entirely in Spanish to occupy the top position of the Billboard 200 year-end ranking.

It also earned him the most nomination at the Latin Grammys with 10 mentions. Bad Bunny swept the categories of urban music of the Latin Grammy with five statuettes.

In January 2021, months before releasing his album, Bad Bunny announced the dates of his World’s Hottest Tour, his first arena tour, for which tickets sold out almost immediately.


The tour, which took him through Latin America and the United States, has been the most lucrative of the year worldwide, according to the specialized publication Pollstar, above those of Elton John, Lady Gaga and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and culminated with two concerts at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City before close to 85,000 attendees each.

At the time of writing this note, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had made an attentive invitation in his morning conference to appear for free at the Zócalo in Mexico City.

But perhaps what was the jewel in the crown was the nomination of ‘A summer without you’ in the album of the year category at the Grammys, a historic nomination considering that it is the first album sung in Spanish to win it at the Recording Academy Awards, which will celebrate its 65th edition on February 5, 2023.

Nor is it a coincidence that it is an album of Bad Bunny sung in Spanish, the artist defends his language as his identity and has said that he has no plans to sing in English.


“I have been saying it and I always believed from the beginning that I could become great, that I could become one of the biggest stars in the world, without having to change my culture, my language, my language, my slang. I am Benito Antonio Martínez from Puerto Rico to the whole world, thank you!” Bad Bunny said upon receiving his MTV artist of the year award.


We probably wouldn’t be talking about Bad Bunny if it weren’t for the fact that in 2004 Daddy Yankee decided to release a song dedicated to girls who like cars and motorcycles, ‘Gasolina’. The fast-paced and catchy song was the first urban music to reach the top of the world popularity charts, people chanted it and went around the planet from record to record. His impact was such that the Puerto Rican musician celebrated him at the first of his farewell concerts at the Foro Sol.

“This song changed the game forever, this song went viral without social networks, this song was the one that made reggaeton go global, the one that broke borders”said the Puerto Rican star who accompanied his goodbye tour with the release of his Grammy-nominated album ‘Legendaddy’.

With their dates in the Foro Sol, daddy yankee He broke the attendance record, becoming the first artist in the history of the forum, the second largest in Mexico City after the Azteca Stadium, to have five consecutive dates in which it brought together more than 325,000 attendees.

You are seeing a real life testimony, a little boy who started from 0.00 in poverty”, he said in the first of his concerts. “If you are watching me here tonight and you are in the fight and you are in the war, listen to me, you can make your dreams come true tomorrow.”


Other important exponents of the genre that said goodbye in 2022 were the duo Wisin y Yandel, in their case with 14 consecutive dates at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico for December.

“We are receiving the love in our house, where it all began,” Wisin said. “Honestly, we didn’t expect the success of this tour.” This year they released their stellar album ‘La última misión’ with guests from the new generation such as Rauw Alejandro, Rosalía, Sech and Jhayco. Wisin compared the mark they have left on the Latin urban genre to the first stages of a relay at the Olympics.

Those first and second stages do not reach the finish line, but they have to be important, they have to be well run so that those last ones can reach the finish line”, Wisin pointed out. “We started in the movement, but we didn’t know the business, and today the new generation knows it and that makes you make better decisions, because you don’t go after a dream, you already have an established business. So happy for all of them.”

Yandel highlighted: “The genre is now going to get even stronger”.


In addition to his Latin Grammy for album of the year, ‘Motomami’ took home the awards for best alternative music album, best packaging design and best album engineering and gave rosalia Grammy nominations for Best Rock or Latin Alternative Album and Best Musical Film for his TikTok performance.

Anitta she became the first Brazilian artist to win an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Envolver’ and is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.


On the popularity charts, Bizarrap and Quevedo they were a constant presence in multiple countries in Latin America with ‘Quevedo: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52’ from its release in July until December and reached the top spot on Spotify’s global chart. And one more time Carol G. He got everyone dancing with his worldwide hit ‘Provence’.

The Colombian Feid caused a stir when he denounced having been hacked, for which he had to bring forward the release of his album ‘Feliz Cumpleaños Ferxxo’, which ended up being a success on the popularity charts since its release in September.

rauw alejandro had a good second half of the year with ‘Saturn’ and Maluma got a Grammy nomination with ‘The Love & Sex Tape’an album that he released because “I needed to make a little music for the street, for fans of reggaeton, reggaetón de la mata,” he said.


The Uruguayan alternative artist Jorge Drexlerthe top winner of the Latin Grammys, with six statuettes, showed how the impact that urban artists are having on music worldwide has been recognized even among musicians of other genres.

I want to dedicate this award to all those who make urban music in Spanish because they have taken the language of the Spanish language to places on the planet that we had never reached before,” he said upon receiving the song of the year award for “Tocarte” from his album ‘Ink and time’, which he performs with the Spanish urban musician C. Tangana.




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2022: The year in which the whole world danced to the rhythm of reggaeton