On 15th April 2021, the Latin Music community come together at the Latin American Music Awards to celebrate the most creative and beat banging music produced in the last year. Before the big night, we want to celebrate some of the most celebrated names in Latin music.
Selena Quintanilla Perez, known professionally as Selena, was one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the late 20th century. She s credited with catapulting Tejano music into the mainstream market. She landed five No 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks and a Billboard 200 No 1 with her final studio LP Dreaming of You, before her untimely death at the age of 23. Her posthumous English-language album, Dreaming of You, sold over 200,000 copies on its day of release, and 6 million in total. Her funeral was attended by thousands, and her life has been depicted in a film played by Jennifer Lopez and a Netflix TV series played by Christian Serratos.
The recipient of the 2019 International Artist Award of Excellence by the Latin American Music Awards, Marc Anthony is synonymous with the salsa romántica movement of the late 1980s. A three-time Grammy Award and six-time Latin Grammy Award winner, Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide and is the best-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. His bilingualism has catapulted Anthony to mainstream fame across pop tunes, ballads and salsa, making one of the most recognised voices in Latin music. Paving the way for new Latin artists, his entertainment company, Magnus Media, Anthony seeks to empower Latin artists both established and emerging.
From street rapper to global brand, Miami-born Armando Christian Perez, known professionally as Pitbull has proved himself successfully across rap, reggaeton and EDM-infused pop, while introducing global audiences to idiosyncrasies in Latin culture. Pitbull has sold over 7.5 studio albums and over 100 million singles worldwide. With over 15 billion views on YouTube, he was ranked by Billboard as the 24th Top Latin Artists of the 2010s and has his own radio station, Pitbull’s Globalizations on Sirius XM Radio.
Grammy award-winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Cuban icon Gloria Estefan paved the way for Latin artists to achieve mainstream success. In 1985, The Miami Sound Machine’s hit song “Conga” introduced many English-speaking listeners to salsa and Latin rhythms. Sung in English- but maintaining the musical elements of salsa transformed Gloria Estefan into an international star and changed the game for U.S.-based Latin music.
Considered the King of Latin Pop, Madrid-born Enrique Iglesias is one of the best-selling Latin music artists with estimated sales of over 70 million records worldwide. He began his career in the mid-1990s and by the turn of the millennium became one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States, making a successful crossover into the US mainstream market. Bringing dancefloor hits such as “Bailamos” & “Be With You”, Iglesias has won more than 200 awards including 13 Latin American Music Awards, 5 Latin Grammy Awards, 10 World Music Awards and 23 Billboard Music awards.
Known for her unique tone and sound plus her seductive belly dancing, Colombian superstar Shakira, is often called the Queen of Latin Music. Starting her recording career at the age of 13, she rose to prominence in Hispanic countries in the 1990s and entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001. Releasing international number-one singles “Whenever Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes”, the album propelled her reputation as a leading crossover artist. With a catalogue of 145 songs, Shakira has sold over 80 million records and made her the best-selling female Latin-artist of all time. Having achieved monumental commercial success working with everyone from Rihanna to Wyclef Jean and joining Jennifer Lopez on stage at the Superbowl.
With a career spanning three decades, Mexican-born Thalia is frequently considered the “Queen of Latin Pop” by international media. One of the successful and influential Mexican artists, she has sold over 25 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Latin music artists worldwide. She has received numerous awards including 5 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has collaborated with several household names including Tony Bennett, Becky G and Marc Anthony.
Jennifer Lopez’s astounding career appeared as part of the Latin Pop Movement when she portrayed Selena and in the biopic film. In 1999, Lopez released her debut album “On the 6” followed by her second studio album “J Lo” and her blockbuster smash hit film “The Wedding Singer” making her the first female to have a number one album and number one film in the same week. J-Lo has gone to maintain a thriving career as both an actress and a singer, with over 167 awards across both fields. She has released eight studio albums, one remix album, three complication albums, one extended play, 62 singles, five charity albums and eleven promotional singles. Additionally, Lopez had a Las Vegas residency, “All I Have” and headlined the 2020 Superbowl halftime show.
Beginning his career at the age of 12, Ricky Martin is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time. In early 1999, he performed “The Cup of Life” at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show, lighting the ignition for the Latin music explosion in the U.S. Soon after, “Livin’ la Vida Loca” helped him gain worldwide success and today he has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide.
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