The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper, known as the “King of Reggaetón,” will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards,Billboardand Telemundo have announced.
Given to artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages, the accolade will honor the “Con Calma” hitmaker for his fruitful career that spans over three decades as a pioneer and top exponent of reggaeton.
Daddy Yankee will receive the award during the ceremony set to take place Thursday, September 23, live from Miami where he will also perform his latest hit “Métele al Perreo” for the first time on television.
The chart-topping, global star — known for reggaeton anthems such as “Gasolina” and “Dura” — has sold more than 17 million albums and placed 84 entries on the Hot Latin Songschart, with seven of those hitting No. 1 and 36 landing in the top 10.
On the Latin Airplaychart, he has logged a total of 73 titles, including 24 No. 1s and 42 top 10s.
On the social front, his philanthropic work through “Daddy’s House” has been recognized by Billboard with the spirit of hope award.
Past recipients of the Billboard hall of fame award include José José, Vicente Fernández, Rocío Durcal, Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian,Marc Anthony, Franco de Vita and Alejandro Fernández, among others.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards will be broadcast live on Telemundo, kicking off at 7:00 p.m. ET with the traditional red carpet special, followed by the awards show at 8:00 pm.
Alejandro Fernandez is ready to scream with pride…
In celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, Las Vegas will capture El Grito’s essence with month-long cultural events, a star-studded lineup that includes the 50-year-old Mexican singer, and culinary hotspots, to name a few.
“Only the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ can celebrate Mexican Independence Day with some of the biggest names in Latin entertainment,” Fernando Hurtado, senior director of global sales at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) tells Billboard. “With nearly 40 flights from Mexico to Las Vegas per week, there’s no better place to celebrate El Grito or any other special occasion.”
Live Nation is producing seven of 12 performances taking place in September, including Christian Nodalkicking off his Botella Tras Botella tour with special guest Gera MX, Grupo Firme with three back-to-back shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and both Marco Antonio Solis and Fernandez with two concerts each.
“The Independence of Mexico is a celebratory event, and Live Nation has been the primary promoter recognizing this special holiday by bringing iconic Latin talent to Las Vegas, which is a destination for international and domestic Hispanic travelers every September,” Emily Simonitsch, SVP of concerts for Live Nation, tells Billboard in a statement.
In regards to the COVID-19 and Delta variant spikes, Simonitsch assures, “Live Nation continues to follow all venue and local government protocols and encourages guests to visit the websites for each venue for the most updated guidelines.”
The 61-year-old Mexican musician, singer, composer and record producer, one of the most respected, prolific and successful singer/songwriters in Latin music, has signed a three-year worldwide deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM), according to Billboard.
The deal covers future works as well as most of Solís’ vast catalog, which includes global hits like “Si No Te Hubieras Ido,” “Más Que Tu Amigo,” “O Me Voy O Te Vas,” and “A Donde Vamos a Parar.”
Solís, who writes alone, holds the record for most No. 1 albums (12) on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. He has also placed 50 songs on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, including 11 No. 1s.
“For decades [Marco’s] music has transcended time, touching the lives of music fans across generations,” says Gustavo Menendez, president U.S. Latin & Latin America, WCM. “As both a songwriter and recording artist he’s made a massive impact, laying the foundation for many who have followed him in both the regional Mexican and Mexican pop space. It’s an honor to represent one of the most important and hugely influential Latin music catalogs of all time.”
Solís, who began his storied career as the lead singer and composer of regional Mexican group Los Bukis, eventually launched a solo career, standing out as one of only a handful of regional Mexican acts who have successfully crossed over into pop music. Beyond his success as a recording artist, with five Latin Grammys to his name, Solís was also a prolific songwriter who’s been covered by a veritable who’s who of Latin stars, including Maná, Paulina Rubio and Enrique Iglesias.
Long signed to indie label Fonovisa, which was eventually acquired by Univision and later, by Universal, Solís decided to go independent a few years ago and has been releasing music under his own label, Marbella.
Likewise, his songs have long fallen under his own Crisma publishing.
Marco Antonio Solisexpanding his empire beyond music…
The 60-year-old Mexican musician/singer, known for creating emblematic Latin hits, has launched his own hotel, a new luxury property called Mansión Solís by Hotsson.
Located in the Historic Centre of Morelia in Michoacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel has a majestic architectural design with 24 rooms, including 18 junior suites, four master suites, one governor suite, and one presidential suite, some of which overlook the Mexican city.
Amenities at Mansión Solís by Hotsson include a state-of-the-art pool, gym, special events rooms, childcare services, and much more, including the “Quiereme” café, “El Milagrito” bar, “Tu Dulce y Mi Sal” restaurant, and “Amor En Silencio” spa, all named after his songs.
Solis also announced the launch of two new products, including his line of gourmet coffee “Quiereme” and the Buki Salsa, made 100 percent organic in Mexico. For more information, click here.
It’s a case of “like father, like daughters” for Alison and Marla Solis.
The 20-year-old and 18-year-old Mexican singers, the daughters of legendary singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, are hitting the road with their famous dad.
Alison and Maria, who made their musical debut in 2018 with the release of their version of “Extrañándote” and touring with their father in Chile and Mexico, will now join Solís on his U.S. trek Y La Historia Continúa.
“It’s awesome that our family is our team and to have them around us as we’re becoming the best versions of ourselves,” Alison says.
The North American leg of their tour kicked off March 31 at the Allstate Arenain Chicago where the sisters joined their father onstage to perform “Dónde estará mi primavera.”
Just hours before going onstage, Billboard caught up with Alison and Marla in a Q&A where they talked about creating their own path in the industry with the advice from the “best teacher” they could have asked for.
What were those years like building up to the very moment you first stepped foot on a stage?
Alison: The first performance I had on my own was in a local theater singing with my piano teacher and ever since then I’ve just loved it more and more. In 2017, I got invited to go on tour with Camila and that was probably the best experience that has helped me to improve myself as an artist and a performer in general.
Marla: Music has always been part of my life. We also loved singing for family and friends who would come over to the house and we’d even fight each other for the mic. I’m so thankful for the opportunity my dad has given us to grow and expand our knowledge every time we step that stage. It’s been amazing journey and we still have a lot to grow so every day we learn. Thankfully, with the best teacher around.
Was going into music the obvious path for you both?
Marla: It wasn’t completely the obvious path. We tried many other things like soccer, cheerleading, tennis, track, we did a lot of other things and our parents wanted us to find our passion, to go and explore all the things the universe has to offer. But, we always ended up back in music. It was that that really set our souls on fire and made us feel something special.
What’s it like being on the road with your dad?
Alison: It’s awesome that our family is our team and to have them around us as we’re becoming the best versions of ourselves. We have such a great dynamic because the way we talk things out is always through eyes of understanding, never through eyes of judgement. We always try to better ourselves in every way as a team.
Marla: We’ve been able to get some amazing constructive criticism from people that we know have our best interest at heart. It’s the dream life to do what I love with the people I love.
You recently sang at Viña del Mar where you performed with your dad, what was that experience like?
Alison:Viña del Maris one of the most unforgettable experiences because it’s honestly the dream of every artist to be able to perform on that stage, so there’s a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement at the same time. They call that crowd the “monster” and it can either love you or definitely hate you. We gave it our all to be able to connect with every single person there and honestly, it filled our hearts.
Marla: We had so much adrenaline going through our veins right before. Millions of people watching, I mean that really shook my legs, I was terrified. It was scary, but in a good way. Right when I saw Sebastian Yatra, who I think is really hot, in the front row I was like ‘oh my God no.’
It’s an extra special recognition for Ricardo Arjona…
The 53-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and chart-topping artist will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27.
Arjona will receive the special accolade to honor his outstanding career that spans over 30 years and includes 16 studio albums, 36 hits on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, five No. 1’s and 20 entries on the Top Latin Albums chart. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Marco Antonio Solís and Roberto Carlos.
Arjona will also perform for the first time ever at the Billboard Latin Music Awards joining a star-studded lineup with acts such as Luis Fonsi, J Balvin and Nicky Jam.
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix seriesIngobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony. Presenters throughout the night include artists like ChocQuibTown,Sofía Reyes, Olga Tañón, Sin Bandera, Juan Luis Guerra and Ednita Nazario.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami, are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.
The 36-year-old Colombian Vallenato singer is set to headline SBS‘ LaMúsica‘s first edition of their concert series, titled Aplauso.
Dangond joins an all-star lineup that includes Reik, Juanes, Marco Antonio Solís, Ricardo Montaner and Jencarlos.
The event will take place at Miami’s iconic American Airlines Arena on December 9, and will be presented by LaMúsica, Zeta 92.3 and Felix Cabrera Productions.
“For SBS Miami, it is an honor to present ‘Aplauso 2016’ with your favorite artists of our time,” Jesús Salas, EVP of Programming and Multi Platform Coordinator at SBS Radio, said in a statement. “SBS Miami is very clear in its objective, we always provide the most innovative entertainment for the enjoyment of our Latino community. Our exquisiteness always accompanies us at our top events, always relevant in South Florida. It is our way to thank our listeners for the infinite support they have given us during 2016.”
Miguel Bosé is unplugging with more Latin superstars…
The Spanish musician and actor has added Pablo Alborán, Maná‘s Alex and Sergio and Ximena Sariñana to the list of special guests slated to take part in hisMTV Unpluggedconcert.
The additions join previously announced Latin superstars Fonseca, Marco Antonio Solís, Natalia Lafourcadeand Benny Ibarra for the musical event.
Alborán took to social media to confirm his appearance alongside his fellow Spaniard.
“I have landed in Mexico City where we are ready to shoot Bosé’s MTV Unplugged. It will be a special and magical night and I think everyone will really enjoy it,” said the “Se Puede Amar” singer on Instagram.