Jesse & Joy Honor Victims Of Natural Disasters At Latin AMAs, Break Down In Tears

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Jesse & Joy during their arrival at the Latin American Music Awards 2017. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Jesse & Joy are probably some of the purest, most talented artists of our generation. Their lyrics always hit all the feels, their music calms us down in a way, and they look like regular people with a cool unique style. They don’t need to do much in the physical aspect or in their performances; they just let their music speak. And that was the case during the Latin American Music Awards, celebrated on Oct. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The brother and sister duo performed twice at the award ceremony, first with Gente de Zona, with whom they blasted out their newly remade single “3 A.M.,” a song originally written by Jesse, Joy and Tommy Torres, and created in a more acoustic pop type of feel, which was part of the siblings’ “Un Besito Mas” album released in 2015. The song took an urban turn in 2017 with the “remix” by Gente de Zona and has since taken a life of its own, becoming very popular in the Latin charts.

Their second performance was a homage to all the victims of the recent natural disasters, from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to the earthquakes in Mexico, to hurricane Maria and all the devastation that those natural phenomena have caused in a lot of Latin American territories, Caribbean islands, as well as significant areas of the United States. Don Francisco introduced the duo, with a message in which he praised the Latin community for the way everyone came together for those affected in the disasters.

He sympathized with everyone affected, from the families of the victims who died, to those who lost everything but managed to escape alive. Then, Jesse & Joy began to sing a rendition of Fito Páez’s famous song “Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón,” a tune published in 1985 and made famous by Páez and the numerous artists who remade it throughout the years, including Mercedes Sosa, Eugenia León, Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil, Ana Belén, Pablo Milanés, among others.

Towards the end of the song, Joy, who delivered an outstanding vocal performance, started to tear up as she sang the words, “Quién dijo que todo está perdido? Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón” which translates to “Who said all is lost? I’m here to offer my heart.” She tried to pull herself together to finish strong, but her emotions got the best of her instead, making this a raw and pure moment that everyone was more than happy to embrace because it showed that she, also, is human and affected by all that’s going on in the world. Not only were viewers cheering her on, some even shed a tear or two. It was truly a memorable performance.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.