Enrique Iglesias: Latino Culture Is Part Of The United States

02/14/2014 04:34 pm ET | Updated Feb 14, 2014
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Enrique Iglesias still gets nervous before a big show.

In an exclusive interview with HuffPost Voces the Spanish star confessed that his upcoming show at Madison Square Garden makes him a bit uneasy.

“Many times when I step on that stage, I’m going to get a little bit more nervous because it’s such an important place, so iconic,” the singer said.

He first performed at Madison Square Garden in 1998, and he's returned many times since. But this time the singer wants to make it extra romantic for all those who’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend listening to him perform on Feb. 15.

“It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and I think it’s special for couples, so they have a lot of fun,” Iglesias commented.

There’s no doubt it will be a show filled with love, since through the years the Spaniard has produced great romantic tunes in English and Spanish like “Hero” and “Sólo En Tí.”

The artist has had the good fortune of being able to produce hits in both languages. He explained that since he moved to Miami when he was 8 years old, he basically grew up speaking Spanglish.

“Sometimes it’s easier to write in English, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes I dream in English sometimes in Spanish,” Iglesias told Voces. “There are songs you can only sing in Spanish and there are others you can only sing in English. Some are impossible to translate.”

And the star feels that this reflects the American reality now more than ever.

“I remember when they talked about the Latino boom in 1999… I didn’t feel it.” Iglesias said, “But then when you’ve seen Marco Antonio Solís in the Coliseum in Los Angeles performing for 60,000 people on American soil you say ‘coño, something’s changing.’”

Indeed it is -- the artist, who just released his latest hit “I’m A Freak,” has been one of the artists at the center of the Latino boom.

“Latin culture is changing and it will continue growing and growing," Iglesias concluded. "It’s a part of the United States."

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