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The 2019 Hot List: 17 Latino Celebrities That Are Guaranteed To Slay

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Latino celebrities are show-stoppers in the entertainment industry: hot, fresh and powerful. With the New Year upon us 2019 will not disappoint with these 17 hot Latino celebs. Say what you will, they’ll add their unique flair to next year like your mom’s delicious empanadas. It’ll be a year filled with talked-about new music, avant-garde films and everything in between.

These celebrities are more than glitz and glamour; they represent the Latinos of the future, many paving the road for the more to follow. They’re easy on the eyes but they have mighty voices in their industry and bring awareness to issues we face as Latinos. These celebrities will outshine the competition in 2019, just you wait and see.

Cardi B

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Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known professionally as “Cardi B”, was born to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother in the Bronx. She is a superstar in her own right, having risen to the top with her chart-topping rap music, unique sense of humor, and Latino charm. This hot baby mama knows a thing or two when it comes to making an impact in the world of music. Her rap skills have garnered her international fame and five Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She is undeniably slaying the game right now and will continue to do so in 2019. She has hinted that new music is on the way. When? We don’t know. What will it be about? Like La Virgen de Fátima, it’s a total mystery. She’ll have our full attention either way.

Sofia Vergara

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In the ’90s Sofia Vergara was a beach bikini-clad bombshell from Colombia on the stunning Miami shore. She was a vision that conquered many hearts but it was her acting prowess that cemented her as one of Hollywood’s favorite actress. As the ’90s passed by, Sofia came to further conquer both the small and big screen with her main role in the TV show series ‘Modern Family’ and comedy movies like Hot Pursuit. Not only a hot Latina, Sofia is the “highest-paid actress on television for the seventh year in a row” and raking in $42.5 million. Sofia is relentless (a true Latina) and has many projects under her belt. “Facebook Watch has set a New Year’s Day premiere for 365 Days of Love, a new daily docuseries featuring… Sofia Vergara, from New Form and Latino-focused entertainment company Raze, co-founded by Vergara” ¡Buen trabajo!

Bad Bunny

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Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as “Bad Bunny”, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist. He’s a Boricua who’s made quite a name for himself. His music collaboration projects, which include: Nicki Minaj, Quavo, Becky G, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Future and many others, are the talk of the industry. After Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc to his home country of Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny was quick to help in the aftermath. He has his own unique clothing line fit for anyone trying to emulate his ‘El Conejo Malo’ look. New music is in the works and more collaborations featuring your favorite mainstream artists. Bad Bunny, without a doubt, is going to thrive in 2019.

Guillermo del Torro

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Guillermo del Torro is a beloved and often misunderstood Mexican Hollywood director. His films are about dark fairy tales such as Pan’s Labyrinth, robots in Pacific Rim, or his American romantic dark fantasy drama and highly-acclaimed film The Shape of Water. The Shape of Water alone earned $63,859,435 domestically and $131,384,029 internationally at the box office, winning Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture plus two others. This man knows how to create a great film and leave you in awe. Guillermo is going to shine in 2019 because he partnered up with Netflix Films to bring about a stop-motion film about Pinocchio. That we cannot wait to see! ¡Chido!

Jennifer Lopez

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La Reina of film, music and dance, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, or better known as Jennifer Lopez (JLo) is on the fast-track in superseding everyone in the entertainment industry. Best way to describe her in one word: Iconic. Her net worth is $400 million with a salary of $40 million per year. With moves for days and box office hits, it’s no wonder why JLo will deliver it in 2019. She is a proud Puerto Rican-American from the Bronx and mother of two. It is rumored that she has several musical collaborations underway (shhh, they’re a secret) for the upcoming year so make sure to keep an eye out for “Jenny from the Block” – it won’t be too difficult. She and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) hosted “One Voice: Somos Live!” Telethon in October 2017 to raise relief funds for the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. JLo is innately beautiful inside and out. ¡Que guapa!

Camila Cabello

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With locks of hair like those, Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, aka Camila Cabello, sure lives up to her name. It’s her singing voice that makes waves. She’s amassed international attention and produced great hits after having left the group Fifth Harmony. She is going to rock it in 2019 with the two Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Having taken the plunge into a solo career, Camila has made her way just fine and we look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next. We’re rooting for you Camila! ¡Bellisima!

Pedro Pascal

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José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, also known as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-American actor in Hollywood. His talent and rugged good looks have taken him far in showbiz. His biggest breakout role was in Game of Thrones as “Prince Oberyn Martell”. He also played “Javier Peña” in the Netflix biographical crime series Narcos. He also has extensive stage experience as both an actor and director and has been recognized for both when he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award.

Pedro will make a bigger name for himself in 2019, he is rumored to star in the currently untitled live-action Star Wars series as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It’s set to debut next year. [3]

Eugenio Derbez

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Eugenio González Derbez is a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Variety recognized him as the most influential Hispanic male in the entertainment industry. He’s also a director and producer. He has a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater and holds a degree in Acting from Televisa’s Acting School.  In his native Mexico his sitcoms are gold and when he broke into the English-speaking market, well, success has followed suit. This man can put on a show. About going into the television business Derbez said in an interview “We’re delighted to launch this new phase of our relationship with Lionsgate, a major Hollywood studio that embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to super-serve underserved audiences, including the growing acculturated Latino market.” ¡Que chido!

Thalía

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Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, or simply known as “Thalía”, is one of a few Latino artists that can be called a superstar. She is considered as one of the most successful and influential Mexican artists the world over. She’s as a singer, actress (Maria La del Barrio), author, songwriter, designer, producer, and entrepreneur. She is proud of her Mexican roots and showcases it every chance she gets. Thalía has sung in many different languages which have garnered her a huge fan base. She does many charitable works and is a happy mother. Notably, she is married to Tommy Mottola, an American music executive. In one her songs from her hit album Valiente titled “‘Vamos Órale’ incorporates the voice of Mexico’s legendary singer and actor Pedro Infante (1917-1957), who Thalía has always admired for proudly representing Mexican culture in movies and music. With her rumored collaborations for a new album. ¡A mucha honra!

Edgar Ramirez

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Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano, better known as Edgar Ramirez, is a Venezuelan actor and former journalist. Aside for his good looks, Edgar has quite a brain. His father was a military officer and most of his childhood was spent traveling. He speaks five languages fluently, which helped him play “Carlos the Jackal” in the 2010 French-German biopic series Carlos. He’s had critical acclaim and plenty of awards. His breakthrough performance in television was when he portrayed the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, for the American Crime Story series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. There’s no doubt that a man with such talent will go unnoticed. He has an upcoming and profound film Resistance. ¡Que hombre!

Becky G

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Rebecca Marie Gomez, or just simply “Becky G”, is one of music’s hottest new talent. A California native, Becky found fame singing songs like “Shower” before moving onto Spanish-language hits such as “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores.” She incorporates rap, pop hooks, reggaeton and Latin influences in her music. She also does not shy away from the small screen; Becky G has guest-starred on the television show Empire and was one of the leads in 2017’s big-screen Power Rangers adaptation. Always a proud Latino and proud Mexican-American. She is a voice to the Latino community. She “has encouraged people, particularly her demographic cohorts, to vote. She’s also voiced support for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” ¡Si se puede!

America Ferrera

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America Georgine Ferrera is an American actress born to Honduran parents. She is the kind of Latina we all love: friendly, charismatic, and strongly-voiced. She has numerous awards under her belt for her roles in television and film in “Ugly Betty” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Most importantly, she is the voice of those who are silenced or voiceless in the Latino community. America has advocated for the rights of Dreamers and DACA recipients among other political issues. America is a Latino we can all look up to, striving to be the voices of others. ¡Nunca te rindas!

Pitbull

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Armando Christian Pérez, known by the stage name Pitbull (aka Mr. Worldwide), is a Cuban-American rapper. His music has influenced many different generations, his words and beats move you on the dance floor. His talent has garnered him countless awards and accolades. Yet he does not rest solely on his fame; he tries to make a positive change in the Latino community, inspiring youth. “He helped create the Sports Leadership and Management Academy, aka SLAM, a charter school in Miami with a sports-based curriculum.” Pitbull is eyeing a 2019 tour with Robbins in an effort to motivate fans from all over the world.

Daddy Yankee

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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name “Daddy Yankee”, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. With so many talents it’s easy to see why he’s always smiling. His music is heard the world over and has a heavy Latin influence. He’s accumulated various awards and yet stays humble. Daddy Yankee coined the term Reggaetón in 1994 and is now known as the “King of Reggaetón” according to the New York Times. He collaborates with so many prominent artists to make some of the best music in the industry. Making hits after hits you know he will not disappoint.

Ricky Martin

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Enrique Martín Morales, known most famously as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Ricky has made quite a music career and made a good life for himself. He’s an LGBT Latino who lives his life authentically and inspires others to do the same. He’s made countless music hits and most recently has collaborated with new and prominent artists. Ricky portrayed Antonio D’Amico, partner of late fashion designer Gianni Versace, in the second season of the true crime television series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, playing alongside fellow lister Edgar Ramirez. He “was honored by the Office of the Mayor of New York, who proclaimed June 7th as ‘Ricky Martin’s Day’ for his artistic legacy, commitment to ending human trafficking and his solidarity with Puerto Rico after the devastation of the hurricanes.” You see no one can shake it like Ricky can.

Bruno Mars

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Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is Filipino. Bruno’s music is sexy, old-school funk-pop and sensual, which garnered him many awards. His voice is enthralling and makes you want more. Most recently a lot of his music has circulated the radio with hit after hit. He’s collaborated with some very distinguishable artists and gives us the dose of music we just need. It is rumored he is finalizing an album for next year. We just can’t get enough of Bruno Mars.

Alfonso Cuarón

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Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is most known for his moving film Roma, among other movies like Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Children of Men. At a young age, he wanted to either be a film director or an astronaut. Alfonso settled for film director y que bueno que sí. He has a unique vision when it comes to filmmaking, telling stories in a way truthful to life. “Life imitates art, art imitates life” is the cinematic saying. He has a couple of film projects underway like Untitled Casey Affleck, a made-for-TV movie, and a screenplay titled “A Boy and His Shoe”. Make sure not to forget your palomitas!

Take A Look Close At Don Omar's Career Before His Retirement In 2017

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Take A Look Close At Don Omar’s Career Before His Retirement In 2017

Don Omar has been at the top of the reggaetón scene since his first solo album dropped in 2003. In the last 15 years, he’s had an insane career, and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. His much-discussed feud with Daddy Yankee was finally settled with The Kingdom World Tour in 2016, and he announced his retirement less than a year later. Even though he’s reportedly retired, he’s still making music, and with the rise of other big reggaetón artists like Ozuna, Natti Natasha, and Gustavo Elis, it’s important to pay homage to one of the original kings. Here are some facts you gotta know about the legendary Don Omar.

1. His full name is William Omar Landrón Rivera 

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William Omar Landrón Rivera was born in 1978, the oldest son of William Landrón and his wife Luz Antonia Rivera. He says that from a young age he’s been interested in music, especially the work of Vico C and Brewley MC.

2. He was born in a barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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He’s extremely proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, even going so far as to tattoo the Puerto Rican coat of arms on his bicep. He was raised around the Villa Palmeras area.

3. He was an active member of his church growing up and only left to focus on his singing career. 

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As a young teenager, he joined a Protestant church called Iglesia Evangélica Restauración en Cristo and hoped to become a preacher. He even gave sermons to fellow worshippers. He only left the church to dedicate himself to music.

4. He started his career with nightclub performances and singles on compilation albums 

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Don Omar started his career with performances in smaller nightclubs accompanied by DJ Eliel Lind Osorio. He developed a good reputation, and quickly switched to writing and producing songs on compilation albums, alongside other popular Puerto Rican artists like Luny Tunes and Noriega.

5. It was Héctor El Bambino who gave him his first big break

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Héctor El Bambino, aka Héctor El Father was a popular rapper and producer working in Puerto Rico at the time. He offered Don Omar the chance to sing backup for his duo Héctor & Tito, and was so impressed by what he heard that he helped to produce Don Omar’s first solo album.

6. The Last Don brought Don Omar into the mainstream

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The release of his first studio album in 2003 rocketed Don Omar into the mainstream. The album featured collaborations with soon-to-be-rival Daddy Yankee, and onetime benefactors Héctor & Tito. It hit #2 of the Billboard Top Latin Albums and was certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

7. His next album, King of Kings, was the highest ranking reggaetón LP at the time. 

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Not content with hitting No. 2 on the charts, Don Omar’s next album King of Kings spent an unbelievable 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album was released in May 2006, and even though a special edition of the album leaked online, sales of the final album still went gold.

8. Don Omar’s third studio album is dedicated to his cousin, Cordell Brown. 

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After King of Kings, Don Omar went back into the studio and made iDon, his third studio album. iDon is dedicated to his cousin Cordell Brown.

9. Don Omar created the Orfanato Music Group in 2007 

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The Orfanato Music Group, which also goes by the acronym OMG, functions as an independent record label, which represents many up and coming artists working across multiple Latin genres. Currently, the artists represented by OMG include Don Omar, Danny Fornaris, and Xavi “The Destroyer.”

10. In 2010, Don Omar solidified himself as a kingmaker with Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans. 

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Three years after OMG was first created, Don Omar released an album called Meet The Orphans, which featured tons of new and upcoming artists from his label. The lead track was “Danza Kuduro”, which quickly became a gigantic hit.

READ: 11 Of Your Favorite Reggaetoneros Then And Now

11. He was detained in Bolivia in 2007 

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He was held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, after a dispute between himself and a concert promoter got out of hand. The matter was settled before a local judge.

12. Overall, he’s released 5 studio albums and has a sixth upcoming 

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His sixth album, Sociedad Secreta, is expected in April 2019.

13. Don Omar is also an actor

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Don Omar has appeared onscreen as Rico Santos in the Fast and the Furious franchise three times now. His character is a thief who joins Dominic Toretto’s team. He even starred in the short film Los Bandoleros, which bridged the fourth and fifth film.

14. His song “Danza Kuduro” was featured on the Fast Five soundtrack. 

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Based on an earlier French-Portuguese song called “Vem Dançar Kuduro”, “Danza Kuduro” featured at the very end of Fast Five and appeared on the soundtrack.

15. He has almost as many live albums as studio albums 

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Right now, that’s a total of four live albums, five studio albums, and one greatest hits collection, Los Bandoleros Reloaded. 

16. His most famous rivalry is with Daddy Yankee 

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The two artists were born within a year of each other around San Juan, and have been publicly feuding for almost a decade over the title ‘The King of Reggaetón”. In 2016, they announced that they would be performing together on The Kingdom World Tour. Tour tickets sold out in minutes.

READ: Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The One And Only Daddy Yankee

17. He has four kids  

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His first marriage was to Melissa Del Valle, and they have one son, Nicolas Valle Gomez. His next relationship was with Jackie Guerrido, a Univision journalist. The couple has three children named Diana, Derek, and Daniel, all of whom have Omar as a middle name.

18. He’s been in two publicly serious relationships. 

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His first relationship with Melissa Del Valle lasted for one year. Although he was married to Guerrido for three years, the couple divorced in 2011.

19. He has several tattoos 

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Don Omar has several visible tattoos, including a totem pole on his right forearm, and the coat of arms of Puerto Rico on his left arm. Below the coat of arms, there’s a half-sleeve of intricately designed scrollwork.

20. He has a ton of different nicknames 

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Like Daddy Yankee, he calls himself El Rey. In fact, it was only in 2016 that the pair agreed to stop their feud and both accept the title. He’s also known as D.O., and the King of Kings. His social media profiles suggest that he’s recently started using the nickname Kong.

21. He announced his retirement in 2017 

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On Sept. 1, 2017, Don Omar announced that he would officially be retiring from the music industry after a series of concerts at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan. He even released a number of tickets that only cost 99 cents in an effort to ensure that anyone regardless of income could attend. Even though these November 2017 concerts were meant to be his last, he recently embarked on a collaboration with Bad Bunny- so it’s possible diehard fans will be able to see El Rey in concert again one day.

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