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J Balvin brought audiences to their feet with an otherworldly performance at “VAX Live.”

During Saturday’s broadcast (May 8) of Global Citizen’s “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” Balvin sang his smash Spanish-language hit song “Otra Noche Sin Ti” and “Tu Veneno.” He also said why the performance was special to him.

“The reason why I am here, you know — I definitely did this for the love,” Balvin said ahead of his performance. “I had COVID before and it almost killed me. You don’t want people to feel what I felt. … I’m from Colombia and we just have two percent of people vaccinated, the rest of South America is going through the same hell and it’s just reality. We need more vaccinations around the world.”

Hosted by Selena Gomez, Global Citizen’s concert event filled 27,000 seats at the 70,000-seat venue, and among the concertgoers in the crowd were vaccinated essential and frontline healthcare workers who have spent the past year helping to combat the spread of COVID-19 in America.

Vedder is one of the many musical acts that delivered live performances, in addition to Jennifer Lopez, H.E.R., Foo Fighters, and Brian Johnson.