Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known as Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and singer who has broken records and is currently on the top of global music charts.
In recognition of this, the declaration of his day was put up for a vote by Los Angeles City Council and passed earlier this week. This honor came right before his headlining shows at SoFi Stadium that occurred on September 30 and October 1, 2022.
“The City of LA’s population is 50% Latino, one of the largest Latino populations in the world outside Latin American countries,” said L.A. City Council member Kevin de León. “Bad Bunny’s cultural impact will have a tremendous and positive influence on future generations and will redefine Latino culture in Los Angeles and beyond for years to come.”
Council member Kevin de León’s words certainly do hold weight. Bad Bunny’s album El Último Tour del Mundo was the first ever all-Spanish album to top the Billboard 200 charts in its 64-year existence. He holds the record of the Most-Streamed Latin artist on Spotify and also the all-time most-streamed artist globally in a single day. He is known for being quite outspoken in his music and often uses his platform to educate the public on social justice issues such as racism, homophobia, gender-based violence, and the issues faced in his home of Puerto Rico.
The city council has officially dedicated October 1 as Bad Bunny Day in Los Angeles, making L.A. the second city in the U.S. to declare a Bad Bunny Day, the first being Boston.