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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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Foundation Used To Only Have Three Colors, Here’s How We Went From Nudes To Fenty


Foundation Used To Only Have Three Colors, Here’s How We Went From Nudes To Fenty


Ah, foundation. Literally the basic building block for most of our beauty routines. It’s been around literally since the early ages and continues to thrive and impact the ways in which beauty brands develop their own platforms. But foundation wasn’t always as inclusive and complex as it used to be While it’s not uncommon to find foundation in it is starkest  blanket shades, literally dubbed light, medium, and dark, beauty brands like Fenty, Estée Lauder and Maybelline New York have all pushed for foundation hues that complement the broad spectrum of skin tones. But how did we make such progress in beauty? And where did foundation originally come from? 

Here’s a brief and insightful look at how foundation became another household item that we cannot live without.

In the beginning, foundation was only for the rich and powerful.

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Believe it or not, makeup goes back all the way to Biblical days where it was referred to as “face painting.” Just check out the Old Testament (Ezekiel 23:40). It was also used by rich Romans and Greeks during 200 B.C. However, the practice of using makeup for spectacle purpose could be seen more prominently in the 17th-century by monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth I and in the 18th-century men began to wear it too as made fashionable by Louis XV. Back then, this group of elites would wear foundation while artists painted their portraits as part of s social affairs, and actors would then go onto wear their looks onstage. While the foundation was only worn by the wealthy, the makeup itself was made out of toxic ingredients including zinc oxide, glycerin and calamine lotion.

Foundation, as we know it today, has its roots in Germany and Poland.

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Originally, German actor Carl Baudin created greasepaint to use as a tool to use on stage so his wig line would be hidden onstage. The greasepaint was made out of zinc white, ochre, and vermillion in lard. Weird, right? But it worked and he began to sell it. Then in 1914, Polish makeup icon Max Factor created his own formula that was a mix of pigment and lard and invented. Factor created the makeup specifically for actors in Hollywood and it worked so well on film that the product became a hot commodity. The Hollywood industry only used Max Factor foundations on sets. The term people used for the foundation was called pan-cake because of the density of the product but also it wasn’t only in liquid form but packed powder. 

The evolution of foundation in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

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For the most part, foundation just came in three shades, white, medium, and dark, which didn’t leave much room for those of us with a skin tone that didn’t fall into any of those three tones. While cosmetic companies began to manufacture their own foundation, for the average woman the main brands were Maybelline and Cover Girl. Both those brands sold compact powder cases that provided inexpensive coverage that provided coverage for faces. 

Loose powder foundation. Finally a breakthrough!

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As foundation continues to evolve, we now have foundation that comes in all forms including loose powder. While liquid provides extensive coverage that basically gets applied just like paint, for women who want a natural look can easily turn to loose powder for that flawless look. In the late ’90s Leslie Blodgett, a makeup executive at Bare Escentuals, changed the foundation game when her company created Bare Minerals, released a loose powder foundation that had SPF and other vital minerals for your face. Now every cosmetic company sells their own version of loose foundation powder. 

Foundation for everyone.

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Foundation has come a long way. It’s not the pan-cake makeup of yesteryear, nor is it made just for the rich and famous. It comes in a variety forms, including liquid, matte, powder, sticks, and so much more. The great thing about this evolving makeup is that it comes in all tones and for all skin types, and it’s no longer made with harmful ingredients. Today, cosmetic companies have found ways to create a product that not only provides coverage but that can also help your skin. There’s a huge portion of the beauty industry that sells products that are vegan, animal-cruelty free and made of organic ingredients. Imagine if Max Factor knew how foundation was made today, he’d probably think you were joking and argue that foundation could not be made without the use of animal lard. The reality is that today trying to choosing which foundation might have become a bit more complex since he started making foundation but as a result, mostly everyone is able to find a brand that works for their skin tone,  beauty standards, and wallet. 

READ: 25 Brands Made For Latinas And Women Of Color That Are Totally Crushing The Beauty Game

Aristemo Will Soon Be Broadcast All Over The US Thanks To Univision Distributing This Gay Love Story


Aristemo Will Soon Be Broadcast All Over The US Thanks To Univision Distributing This Gay Love Story

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Telenovelas have long been typecasting all the stereotypes we’ve grown up to believe to be true, and then to unlearn all over again. We’ve met the seductress duplicitous female villain, the overreactive, drama queen female ‘lover,’ and the steel-jawed masculine heart-breaker hero who finally finds his integrity and reunites with his inhumanly patient lover. Oh, and all the woman are highly sexualized and overall just the most feminine. Telenovelas have long codified the binary and the love stories of heteros. Not anymore.

Televisa’s El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) premiered in Mexico earlier this summer, and, now that Univision is picking up the novela, the U.S. is about to get its first-ever gay couple to star in a novela. 

El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) is the spin-off of novela Mi marido tiene familia that we’ve all been waiting for. 

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We got to meet stars Aristóteles “Aris” Córcega (Emilio Osorio) and Cuauhtémoc “Temo” López (Joaquín Bondoni) meet and fall in love in Mi marido tiene familia. That said, they met as teenagers while living under their parents’ ignorant roofs. Now we get to see them build their own lives. Together, the duo has been lovingly dubbed “Aristemo” or “Emiliaco,” depending who you ask.

In Mi marido tiene familia, we watched Aristemo endure a lot of homophobic hate.

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Being gay in a homophobic society is incredibly isolating and dangerous. Suicide rates are nearly twice as high in the LGBTQ+ community than in the hetero community. That’s not because they’re gay. It’s because people are told that “God hates fags.” Fans have been rooting for Aristemo ever since they graced the television screen because they offer hope to all the gay niños out there watching.

ECNSE will follow Aristemo as they move from Oaxaca to Mexico City to follow their passions.

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Of course, passion ensues. They escape Oaxaca’s brand of homophobia for Mexico City’s brand, but, as is the reality for our LGBTQ+ community, Aristemo finds and cultivates a safe space for them to love each other freely. Instead of sneaking around their parent’s houses, they hide away in their own shared apartment together, free at last.

Claro, leaving the crime scene of their families’ homophobia doesn’t heal those wounds as quickly as they hoped for.

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You can expect to see a reasonable representation of life for LGBTQ+ youth in Mexico City. LGBT youth are far more likely to experience depression, suicidality and mental illness than hetero folks. Instead of the “happily ever after” ending we typically get from novelas, we get to see a more realistic next chapter in Aristemo’s lives together as they cope with their own depression, suicidal thoughts, and the emotional distress that homophobic political campaigns inflict. 

American fans are emocionada AF.

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This fan took the time to screenshot grabs of an interview with Bondoni and Osorio, because the duo is just as cute off-screen as they are on-screen. “Ay pero bro, que bonito lo miras,” the fan captioned. “EMILIACO EN USA!”

We’re all learning lessons in love from Aristemo.

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Apparently, Aristemo not only goes on to create a safe space for themselves, but they also take in other LGBTQ+ youth. 😭We’ll meet their new friends, Diego (Nikolás Caballero) and Carlota Cervantes (Ale Müller), and watch how this little family learns to take care of each other and unlearn the drama that their families created for them.

The broader Aristemo family diaspora is currently weeping pride tears everywhere.

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“I’m so proud and also very excited 🙂 can’t wait for aristemo to make history in the us,” tweets one fan. “Creo que sin importar lo que pase, nos sentimos muy orgullosos,” tweets another. No novela drama we’re about to witness will change how proud we are to finally give this love story the spotlight. Why? Because the heart is never wrong [cries in gay].

America, you can watch El corazón nunca se equivoca on August 13, 2019 at 9p.m., only on Univision.

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It’s prep time, mi gente. Gather your friends, your micheladas and a few Costco sized bags of Fritos, because the emotional eating is about to take over your life. Plus, know that you have 26 episodes to binge, which in novela world, is simply not enough. Still, we’ll take it. Mil gracias, Univision.

READ: Univision Makes History, Announces First Telenovela That Will Star Gay Couple In Leading Role

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