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These Are Our 21 Favorite Latino Artists Ranked By Their Awards

Whether you love rocking out to reggaetón or listening to the sweet sounds of bachata, bossa nova, or flamenco guitar, we can all agree that music is something that brings us together. Music grows and changes on a daily basis, and things that are popular one day can fall out of favor in the same week (sorry, Offset). Today, we’re going to showcase some of the most popular and awarded Latino music artists in history. Their triumphs prove that good musicians need only their instrument to win over the world.

1. Celia Cruz 

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Celia Cruz can claim the singular honor of being the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, making over 23 albums that went gold during her illustrious career. Her operatic voice gave her incredible range, and she created a stage presence to match, with gorgeous wigs, high heels, and sequined dresses. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994. ¡Azúcar!

2. Selena

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The Queen of Tejano Music died at only 23 years old- it’s incredible to think of what she could have accomplished if she had lived even just a few more years. She was Billboard’s top-selling Latino artist of the 1990s, and her five solo studio albums are some of the most influential of the era.

3. Tito Puente 

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Known alternately as the Musical Pope, El Rey de los Timbales, and The King of Latin Music, Tito Puente is most recognized for his song “Oye Como Va.” He helped to bring several Caribbean and Afro-Cuban genres to America. He has uncountable awards, including several buildings and stadiums named in his honor.

4. Daddy Yankee 

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Daddy Yankee’s single “Gasolina” helped catapult reggaetón into the American mainstream, and has helped him sell over 20 million albums. After that came “Despacito”, the first Spanish-language song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 21 years. As of 2017, he’s won 82 major awards including 5 Latin Grammys, 2 Billboard Music Awards, and 8 Lo Nuestro Awards.

5. Gloria Estefan 

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Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan has a treasure trove of awards, including three Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement AMA, and as of just a few years ago, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has sold over 115 million records worldwide over the course of her 40+ year career.  

6. Vincente Fernandez 

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Vincente Fernandez is an iconic singer who helped to bring Mexican ranchera music into the mainstream. After singing on the street and in restaurants, he received his first recording contract in 1966. Since then, he’s sold over 50 million albums, has been nominated for 13 Grammys (winning three), and 33 Lo Nuestro Awards (winning fourteen), and 14 Latin Grammys (winning eight).

7. Shakira 

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Those hips sure don’t lie- dancer and singer Shakira has over 67 major awards and has sold an incredible 140 million records worldwide. She’s still the 3rd most streamed female singer on YouTube.

8. Paulina Rubio 

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Paulina Rubio is one of the most talented and versatile artists of the Latin music sphere. She’s recorded Latin pop, electronic, and dance music, and is considered one of the most influential celebs in the world by Univision.

9. Juanes 

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With the release of his third solo album Mi Sangre, Colombian artist Juanes became a global superstar. He’s won two Grammy Awards and 20 Latin Grammys- and he’s only 46, and is still actively releasing music.

10. Jennifer Lopez

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Singer, actress, and producer Jennifer Lopez is truly a global powerhouse. She was the first woman to have a number one album and film released the same week. In 2002, she broke another record when her remix album J to tha L-O! The Remixes hit the charts at #1.

11. Marc Anthony 

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J.Lo’s one-time husband Marc Anthony is the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time, having sold more than 12 million albums. He made the leap to the American market in the late ‘90s and has been switching between Spanish and English-language albums ever since.  

12. Carlos Santana 

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One of the greatest guitarists in the world is Carlos Santana, who played at Woodstock in 1969 when he was only 22 years old. Santana has worked with countless bands including his own, in a huge variety of genres. He was a 2013 Kennedy Center Honoree.

13. José José

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Balladeer José José, who is known as El Príncipe de la Canción, was one of the most popular Latin artists of the 1980s, and has influenced generations of new singers and bands. Dozens of his albums have gone gold, and several have gone all the way to double platinum.  

 14. Los Tigres Del Norte 

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The corridos sung by Los Tigres Del Norte have become some of the most respected and cherished of the norteño genre. Their songs about drug running and illegal immigration have helped the genre feel more relatable to the next generation.  

15. Ricky Martin 

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Often called the King of Latin Pop, Ricky Martin is so beloved that in 2008 he was given his own holiday in Puerto Rico. His song “Livin’ la Vida Loca” help jumpstart the Latin pop craze of the 1990s. His eponymous album sold over 22 million copies when it was released in 1999 and was certified 7x platinum.

16. Pitbull 

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Miami-born Pitbull is one of the most popular Latino rappers of all time. He’s been nominated for 142 major awards and has won 45. In addition to promoting his own career, he’s also the founder of Bad Boy Latino, a Latin-focused record label that’s a subsidiary of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records.

17. Maná 

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Maná is considered one of the most influential bands in all Latin America, with a 30+ year career and over 55 awards to their name. Their genre-hopping style includes elements of pop, calypso, reggae, and ska. The band is comprised of singer Fher Olvera, drummer Alex Gonzalez, bassist Juan Calleros, and guitarist Sergio Vallin, most of whom have been with the band for 20+ years.

18. Hector Lavoe 

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Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe helped to establish salsa in North America, and recorded dozens of albums on his own, with Fania All Stars, and as part of the Willie Colón Orchestra. His fascinating life has inspired two biopics and an off-Broadway show.

19. Luis Miguel 

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Luis Miguel is one of Mexico’s most cherished artists. He released his first album, Un Sol, at only 11 years old. He was one of the few artists not to make the crossover to English-language music in the 1990s, and still managed to sell over 100 million albums. His latest album ¡México Por Siempre! was released in 2017, and was certified double platinum.

20. Aventura 

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Bronx-based Aventura was formed in 1994 with the goal of fusing bachata with American R&B and hip-hop music. Their unique sound made them a chart-topping hit, and although they broke up in 2011, they’re still considered one of the best bachata groups in history.  

21. Ritchie Valens 

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Although Ritchie Valens is most famous for the way that he died (he perished in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper) this trivia doesn’t give enough credit to his enormous individual talent. He was one of the first Mexican-Americans to break into the rock and roll scene and was on the verge of creating an entirely new genre when he died at only 17 years old. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, 42 years after his death.

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These Were The Moments That Defined Latin America In 2020 That Weren’t About COVID-19

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These Were The Moments That Defined Latin America In 2020 That Weren’t About COVID-19

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2020 will easily go down in manny of our memories as the year that just wouldn’t stop. As the year started, it all seemed to be sort of fine as the world came together to battle record-breaking Australian bushfires and worked to hopefully contain an outbreak of a strange new virus in China.

However, as the year comes to a close things have gone de mal a peor for the world in general, but for the Latino population in the United States and Latin America as a region in particular. Though it’s hard to realize just how much we all witnessed and experienced since so much of what happened seems like it was a lifetime ago.

Here’s a look back at some the defining moments from 2020 across Latin America.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira kicked off the year hopeful with a history-making performance at the Super Bowl.

Yes, believe it or not, this happened in 2020. The pair put on what many have called the best half time show in Super Bowl history. They were also joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales was forced into exile, only to return to the country in November.

After being forced into exile at the end of 2019 for attempting to illegally run in upcoming presidential elections, Morales spent a year abroad – first in Mexico and then in Argentina.

Mexico’s President AMLO made his first trip abroad to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a staunch populist and has long said his primary focus is domestic policy within Mexico. Therefore, despite two years in office, AMLO hadn’t left Mexico once. So it came as a surprise when his first trip abroad was a visit to the U.S. leader who had long disparaged Mexico, the government, and Mexicans – not to mention his trip came in the middle of a global pandemic.

Migrant caravans continued to make their way towards the U.S. despite interference from Mexico and Covid-19.

Migrants attempting to make their way to the U.S. isn’t unique to 2020. For decades, migrants have long banded together for safety in numbers along the treacherous journey to the north. However, they became larger and better organized in 2020, perhaps owing to the new dangers of Mexican interference.

Mexico’s AMLO vowed to stop migrants from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, adhering to Trump’s request. It was also noteworthy because the caravans continued despite the Covid-19 crisis, which has hit the region particularly hard.

Peru saw three presidents in the span of a few weeks after massive protests.

Peru is facing one of the greatest crises the nation has faced. Just as the country seemed to be emerging from the worst of its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, the country has entered a severe political crisis.

The country’s elected president, Martin Vizcarra, was impeached and removed from office. His predecessor responded with a heavy hand to the protests that ensued resulting in his resignation less than 24 hours later. The government then had to find someone willing to take the job which proved to be a tough sell.

In fact, massive protests swept across Latin America.

From Mexico in the north to Cuba in the Caribbean and Chile in the south, protests were seen all across the region. Although each movement had it’s own stated goal and objectives, many were largely borne out of the same purpose: to fight back against corruption.

Brazil’s President Jaír Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 but it did nothing to change his approach to the pandemic.

Jaír Bolsonaro has long been compared to Donald Trump, with many calling him the Donald Trump of South America. The two were also strongly aligned in their responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the pair largely downplaying the severity of the crisis.

Then, Bolsonaro became infected with the virus and many hoped it would change his view on the crisis. It didn’t.

A growing feminist movement developed in Mexico, demanding protection from a shocking rise in violence against women.

Mexico has long been battling endemic violence and the country has continued to see record-setting rates of homicides. But it was the growing rate of violence against women, particularly femicide, that gained national attention.

Women banded together and started large nationwide protests. Over the summer, women in the capital of Mexico City occupied government buildings and destroyed many of the city’s most popular monuments to hopefully get their message across. Although the movement has gained more recognition by Mexicans, the government has still failed to address their concerns. Let’s hope things are different in 2021.

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19


Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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