Latin artists you need to know
Latin music had an explosive year in 2017, with "Despacito" taking over the world and YouTube. Here, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, the men behind the most streamed song of 2017 with 1.3 billion streams, perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla.
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Maluma, 23, hails from Colombia and performs urban pop. The singer had a stellar 2017, simultaneously holding the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart last year with his singles "Sin Contrato" and "Chantaje." He even bumped "Despacito" from its No. 1 spot on Billboard's Latin Rhythm Airplay in the summer with his song "Felices los 4."
Boy band CNCO formed on the Univision TV show "La Banda." The five members are from the U.S. but boast backgrounds from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. At 2017's Latin American Music Awards, they tied for the most awards, taking home four trophies. The band has also collaborated with other artists like Little Mix. They're best known for songs like "Reggaeton Lento" and "Tan Facil."
Colombian singer J. Balvin has been a big name in mainstream music for years, but in 2017, his song "Mi Gente" was such a hit that even Beyonce remixed the song. Other remixes featured DJ Steve Aoki, Alesso and more.
Nicky Jam, who was born in the U.S. and raised in Puerto Rico, is a reggaeton vet. The musician, who was named Latin artist of the year at last year's iHeartRadio Music Awards, is best known for hits like "Travesuras" and "Te Busco."
Puerto Rican singer and rapper Daddy Yankee is no stranger to crossover hits. The "Despacito" artist is also behind 2004's wildly popular reggaeton hit "Gasolina."
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, who has had hits over the past two decades, teamed up with Daddy Yankee for "Despacito." The collaboration was one of the biggest songs of 2018, racking up more than 4 billion views on YouTube and tied as the longest running No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Justin Quiles, also known as J Quiles, is a Puerto Rican singer. In addition to being a singer, he's also written songs for Maluma, J Balvin, Yandel, Becky G, and Daddy Yankee.
Anitta is a popular Brazilian singer known for hits like "Vai Malandra." She recently collaborated with J Balvin and Maluma on separate tracks. Her video with Maluma, "Sim Ou Nao," has over 260 million views.
Singer Reykon is known as one of the biggest breakout stars in Colombia.
Gente De Zona
Alexander Delgado (L) and Randy Martinez make up the reggaeton duo Gente De Zona. They are originally from Havana, Cuba.
Don Omar is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer who also goes by nicknames El Rey, or King of Kings of Reggaeton Music.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, also known as Bad Bunny, is a performer from Puerto Rico. Drake recently posted on Instagram about an upcoming collaboration with Bad Bunny.
American singer Rebbeca Marie Gomez goes by stage name Becky G. She first rose to fame in 2011 when her video covers of famous songs gained popularity. Gomez's four grandparents were born in Mexico.
Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado goes by stage name Farruko. He is a singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico who has collaborated with Daddy Yankee and J Alvarez.
Grammy-nominated bilingual group Los Rakas is made up of cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun. They are Panamanian but were raised in Oakland, California. Here, they arrive for the 59th Grammy Awards pre-telecast on February 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
Wisin is a Puerto Rican singer, formerly of the group Wisin & Yandel. Here, he performs during the 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 17, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Yandel is the other half of the former group, Wisin & Yandel. The group formed in the 1990s and won a Grammy in 2000. The duo reunited for a new Yandel song in 2017.
Leslie Grace is an American singer of Dominican decent. She has collaborated with Maluma and Becky G.
Romeo Santos is an American singer whose parents are Dominican and Puerto Rican. Before he had a solo career, he was the lead singer of a band called Aventura, best known for the hit "Obsesion."
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, who goes by Ozuna, is a popular Latin trap singer from Puerto Rico. He has collaborated with both Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny.