The first odd choice came around one hour into the show after sets by Tito El Bambino, Sech, and Gente de Zona. Though Jennifer Lopez was billed as the show's headliner, she emerged onstage around 9 p.m., more than two hours earlier than her former husband Marc Anthony played when he headlined Fiesta Latina last year. Like Anthony, Lopez received iHeartRadio's Corazón Latino Award at the show. The award is bestowed upon artists whose music and philanthropic efforts exemplify the values of the Latinx community. Anthony received the award at the end of the night last year before playing his brief headlining set. This year, J. Lo's early performance and subsequent award presentation undercut some excitement that would've been useful later in the evening.
But that's not to say that Lopez didn't put on an impressive, albeit way-too-brief set. She led with the live premiere of her latest single, "Baila Conmigo," before reprising her role as Selena with a cover of the La Reina del Tex-Mex's "Si Una Vez." Adopting the exact arrangement that Selena's band Los Dinos played on live versions of the song, Lopez savored the opportunity to pay tribute to the woman who posthumously gifted her a career as a live entertainer.
Pedro Capó followed with a set that leaned heavily on his reggae-tinged sound, including his recent single, "Calma," a collaboration with Farruko that has resulted in the biggest hit of his more-than-a-decade-long career. Capó received a warm reception, but the crowd truly ignited when Puerto Rican singer Ozuna hit the stage for what became the true headlining set of the night.
Running through a 13-song set, Ozuna justified his title as "The New King of Reggaeton" with a masterful show that felt much more spontaneous than the typical reggaeton concert. When the band missed some notes on "Me Niego," the singer gestured to the musicians to stop playing. He joked about the misstep and sang the verse acapella before the band jumped back in for a second try. Drawing from his arsenal of massive hits including "Vaina Loca," "El Farsante," and "Taki Taki" among many others, Ozuna shut the show down before Daddy Yankee and Jowell y Randy played their closing sets.
That made Jowell y Randy's set feel like a postscript instead of what should have been a triumphant closing set. And it came after an extremely awkward moment in which Jowell jumped onstage as a commercial played on the screens on either side of the stage. The singer appeared to be trying to hype the crowd, but his mic was shut off and no one could hear him. Confusion registered on the faces of fans on the floor and production staff glared at the singer before he traipsed back behind the stage. It squandered the element of surprise when the stage rotated to reveal the duo, this time with Jowell joined by Randy wearing light-up glasses that should have retired with Kanye West in 2008. About a third of the arena had cleared out after they opened with their J Balvin collaboration, "Bonita," and the crowd continued to thin out straight through their last song, "No Te Veo." Although it wasn't the most electrifying set of the night, they weren't to blame for the exodus. Had their performance led up to Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, and J. Lo's sets, the audience would've stayed planted in their seats in anticipation of the heavy hitters to come.