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Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi , is a Puerto Rican singer. He is known for multiple songs, one of them being "Despacito" featuring rapper Daddy Yankee.

Fonsi received his first Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Record of the Year category and won Song of the Year thanks to the song "Aquí Estoy Yo". The song also won three Billboard Latin Music Awards. +more "Despacito" became Fonsi's biggest success, winning four Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards nominations. He also won one Latin American Music Award for "Échame la Culpa" with Demi Lovato.

As of 2018, Fonsi has broken six Guinness World Records and sold more than 11 million records with "Despacito", whose music video was the most-watched YouTube video of all time until November 2020, with over 7 billion views.

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Early life

Fonsi was born on April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the oldest child of Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia López-Cepero. He has two younger siblings: Jean Rodríguez, who also is a singer, and Tatiana Rodríguez.

Growing up, Fonsi idolized the stars of the popular group Menudo, and the San Juan Children's Choir.

At the age of 10, his family decided to move from Puerto Rico and relocated to Orlando, Florida. He attended Westridge Middle School and +more_Phillips_High_School'>Dr. Phillips High School, both in Orlando. During his high school years, he participated in an a cappella group called "The Big Guys". They sang at school parties and local festivals. One of the members of the group, Joey Fatone, later joined *NSYNC.

In 1995, Fonsi enrolled at Florida State University School of Music on a full scholarship, He also joined the school's choir, the Florida State University Singers, and sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Eventually, he dropped out in order to pursue a career in music. +more Soon after, he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin.

Career

1997-2006: Early albums

In 1997, Fonsi recorded his debut album, Comenzaré (I Will Begin), released in 1998. The record peaked at number 11 on Billboards Top Latin Albums chart and contained the singles "Si Tú Quisieras", "Perdóname", "Dime Como", and "Me Iré". +more Comenzaré became a hit in Puerto Rico and across Latin America, with Fonsi doing well in markets like Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Venezuela. His 2000 follow-up, Eterno, was even more successful. Around this time, Fonsi also recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera for her 2000 Spanish-language album, Mi Reflejo. On May 1, 2000, Fonsi performed at the Great Jubilee Concert for a Debt-Free World, an outdoor concert in Rome, attended by Pope John Paul II. That same year, Ednita Nazario won a Latin Grammy Award for a song composed by Fonsi. He also performed, with other artists, at the White House in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

In 2002, Fonsi was the opening act for Britney Spears' Dream Within a Dream Tour in the US and Mexico. In the same year he debuted his English album "Fight The Feeling" trying to do a crossover with the first single "Secret" featuring Joey Fatone in the video. +more In 2003, Luis Fonsi performed to billions of viewers across the globe at Miss World 2003 in China.

His fifth CD, Abrazar la vida, sold very well, which opened new markets in Europe. "¿Quién Te Dijo Eso?" reached number one on the Billboard Latin charts. +more During his time in the studio for the next album, Fonsi recorded "Amazing", a duet with Spice Girl Emma Bunton for her 2004 album Free Me. His sixth CD, Paso a Paso, debuted at number one and sent him into international markets. "Nada Es Para Siempre" also reached number one on the music charts, and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards. In 2006, he contributed to El Piruli, a tribute album honoring Víctor Yturbe, singing a classic bolero, "Historia de un Amor".

2007-2015: Palabras del Silencio, Tierra Firme, and 8

In 2007, Luis Fonsi was selected to be part of the jury of the new version of the Latino boy band Menudo. The band would be a fusion of urban, pop and rock music in English and Spanish to produce several albums with the label of Sony BMG Epic Records. +more Several auditions were held in different cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, New York, among others. Fonsi was a part of the Dallas competition where along the side of radio announcer Daniel Luna they chose various contestants and in their pickings, rising star JC Gonzalez was 1 of the 25 selected.

His seventh CD, Palabras del Silencio, debuted and stayed in the number one position for many weeks. Luis Fonsi entered the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in September 2008 with his song "No Me Doy por Vencido", debuting at number 98 and peaking at number 92. +more It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, one of his biggest hits to date. "No Me Doy por Vencido" became Billboards "Latin Pop Song of the Decade", and spent 21 weeks at number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

In November 2009, Luis Fonsi was awarded a Latin Grammy Award for "Song of the Year" for his composition "Aquí Estoy Yo".

On December 11, 2009, Fonsi performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, honoring recipient President Barack Obama.

In 2011, Fonsi released the album Tierra Firme, and went on tour to promote it throughout Latin America.

On July 9, 2011, Billboard named Fonsi "Leader of Latin Music's New Generation".

In 2014, Fonsi released his album 8, a reference to his eighth career album. He then did a tour named "Somos Uno" in 2014-15. +more He also mentioned that acting would be on his career path and that he wouldn't mind acting with Mexican actors and actresses.

2017-present: "Despacito" and international success

In January 2017, "Despacito" featuring Daddy Yankee was promoted and released. On April 5, 2018, the music video reached five billion views on YouTube, with the song becoming number one in nearly every Latin Billboard chart, and the most viewed video in the world. +more In April 2017, the song was given an English remix featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The remix featuring Bieber reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending May 27, 2017, becoming both Fonsi and Yankee's first number one on the chart, and Bieber's fifth. Bieber promoted the remix at one of his shows in Puerto Rico, inviting Fonsi onto stage to perform the duet with him. The song remained number one for 16 consecutive weeks, tying One Sweet Day, by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men as the longest reigning top song in the chart's history.

On August 15, 2017, Fonsi was named the tourism ambassador of Puerto Rico.

In November 2017, he released the song "Échame la Culpa", featuring Demi Lovato, which debuted at number three on the Hot Latin chart. The song won Song of the Year at the Latin American Music Awards of 2018 and received one nomination for Best Latin at the MTV Video Music Awards. +more As of 2018, the song had sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

In June 2018, Fonsi released the single "Calypso", with Stefflon Don. The song peaked at number 11 on the Hot Latin chart. +more On November 2, 2018, he collaborated on the track "Baby" by Clean Bandit from their second studio album. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

In October 2018, he collaborated with Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti for the song "Per le strade una canzone", from the album Vita ce n'è.

On January 13, 2019, the singer joined with Wisin, Alejandra Guzmán and Carlos Vives as coaches of the first Spanish season of +more_TV_series)'>La Voz by Telemundo.

After five years since 8, on February 1, 2019 his 10th studio album, Vida was released. The track list contains "Despacito (Remix) ", "Échame la Culpa" and "Sola". +more The album topped the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and Spanish albums chart, and entered at number 18 on the Billboard 200.

In 2019, Fonsi performed "Right Where I'm Supposed to Be" as the official song of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Avril Lavigne, Hussain Al Jassmi, Assala Nasri and Tamer Hosny.

On July 26, 2019, Fonsi performed at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. He sang his songs including his worldwide hit "Despacito" at the ceremony.

Film and television appearances

In 1992, Fonsi made a brief cameo in the romance film Como Agua Para Chocolate in which he played the friend of the male lead, Pedro Múzquiz.

In 2004, Fonsi made his second acting appearance on the Mexican telenovela named Corazones al límite in which he played Roy. He also had a special appearance in 2001 on the Nickelodeon television series Taina. +more Fonsi joined the cast of Broadway's Forever Tango for a two-week engagement in August 2013.

Personal life

In 2003, Fonsi started to become romantically interested in actress Adamari López, who, as a Univision artist and fellow Puerto Rican, constantly found herself near Fonsi. That same year, Fonsi released the song "Abrazar la vida" ("To Embrace the Life"), off the eponymous album. +more The song would later become one of López's favorites.

During 2005, Fonsi was in the middle of an international tour that was abruptly cancelled when López was diagnosed with cancer. Fonsi promised to stay by her side, and traveled with her to Mexico, Miami, and Puerto Rico for various treatment and work-related trips. +more She had been in remission since 2006.

On June 3, 2006, Fonsi and Adamari López were married in a religious ceremony in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, attended by many celebrities including Joey Fatone, Charytín Goyco, Ednita Nazario and Carlos Ponce, as well as his brother Jean Rodríguez. On November 8, 2010, they officially divorced.

Fonsi and Spanish model Águeda López were married on September 10, 2014, after three years of living together. They had their first child together, a daughter, in December 2011 in Miami. +more On December 20, 2016, they welcomed their second child, a son.

Philanthropy

Since 2008, Luis Fonsi has been an ambassador of St. +more Jude Children's Research Hospital, which fights against childhood cancer. In 2017, the Billboard Latin Music Awards honored him with the Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian work.

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in 2017, the singer became one of the major helpers to raise the islands from the devastation. For his contribution, he was honored with the Global Gift Philanthropy Award.

He is also a supporter of spreading Latin culture around the world.

Discography

Studio albums *Comenzaré (1998) *Eterno (2000) *Amor Secreto (2002) *Fight the Feeling (2002) *Abrazar la vida (2003) *Paso a Paso (2005) *Palabras del Silencio (2008) *Tierra Firme (2011) *8 (2014) *Vida (2019) *Ley de Gravedad (2022)

Tours

Comenzaré Tour (1998-99) * Eterno Tour (2000-01) * Amor Secreto Tour (2002) * Abrazar La Vida Tour (2003-04) * Paso a Paso Tour (2005-06) * Palabras del Silencio Tour (2009-10) * Tierra Firme Tour (2011-13) * Somos Uno Tour (2014-15) * Love + Dance World Tour (2017-18) * Vida World Tour (2019) * Noche Perfecta (2022)

Awards and nominations

American Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017Luis FonsiFavorite Latin ArtistNominated
2017"Despacito"Collaboration of the YearWon
2017"Despacito"Favorite Pop/Rock SongWon
2017"Despacito"Video of the YearNominated

ASCAP Awards

El Premio ASCAP

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2019"Échame la Culpa"Award Winning SongsWon

Billboard Music Award

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2018Luis FonsiTop Latin ArtistNominated
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top Hot 100 SongWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top Selling SongWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top Streaming Song (Audio)Nominated
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top Streaming Song (Video)Won
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top CollaborateWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Top Latin SongWon

Billboard Latin Music Award

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2006"Nada Es Para Siempre"Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year - MaleNominated
2006"Paso A Paso"Latin Pop Album of the Year - MaleNominated
2009Luis FonsiYour World Award (Premio Tu Mundo)Won
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"Hot Latin Song of the YearNominated
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"Hot Latin Song of the Year- MaleNominated
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year, MaleNominated
2009"Palabras del Silencio"Latin Pop Album of the Year, SoloNominated
2010Luis FonsiArtist of the YearNominated
2010Luis FonsiLatin Pop Airplay Artist of the Year, MaleWon
2010Luis FonsiLatin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, SoloWon
2010"Aqui Estoy Yo"Latin Pop Airplay Song of the YearWon
2018Luis FonsiArtist of the YearNominated
2018Luis FonsiHot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, MaleWon
2018Luis FonsiLatin Pop Artist of the Year, SoloNominated
2018Luis FonsiSongwriter of the YearNominated
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Hot Latin Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal EventWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Airplay Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Digital Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Streaming Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Latin Pop Song of the YearWon
2019"Echáme La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Latin Pop Song of the YearNominated
2020Luis FonsiLatin Pop Artist of the Year, SoloWon
2020"Date La Vuelta" (with Sebastián Yatra & Nicky Jam)Latin Pop Song of the YearNominated
2020"Vida"Top Latin Album of the YearNominated
2020"Vida"Latin Pop Album of the YearWon

BMI Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2018Luis FonsiPresident's AwardWon
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Contemporary Latin Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Award Winning SongsWon
2018"Despacito"Award Winning SongsWon

Grammy Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2009Palabras del SilencioBest Latin Pop AlbumNominated
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Record of the YearNominated
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Song of the YearNominated
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceNominated
2020VidaBest Latin Pop AlbumNominated

Heat Latin Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2019Luis FonsiBest Male Artist
2019"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Best Video

iHeartRadio Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Song of the YearNominated
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Best CollaborationNominated
2018"Despacito (Remix)"Best RemixNominated
2018Luis FonsiLatin Artist of the YearWon
2018"Despacito"Latin Song of the YearWon
2018"Despacito"Best LyricsNominated
2019"Échame la Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Latin Song of the YearNominated

Latin America Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017Luis FonsiArtist of the YearNominated
2017Luis FonsiFavorite Pop/Rock Male ArtistNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Song of the YearNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Favorite Pop/Rock SongNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Favorite CollaborationNominated
2018Luis FonsiArtist of the YearNominated
2018Luis FonsiFavorite Pop ArtistNominated
2018"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Song of the YearWon
2018"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Favorite Pop SongNominated
2019Luis FonsiFavorite Pop ArtistNominated
2019"Vida"Album of the YearNominated
2019"Vida"Favorite Pop AlbumNominated
2019"Imposible" (with Ozuna)Favorite Pop SongNominated

Latin Grammy Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
-2009"Aquí Estoy Yo" (with Claudia Brant and Gen Rubin)Song of the Year
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee)Record of the YearWon
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee)Best Short Form Music VideoWon
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Erika Ender)Song of the YearWon
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)Best Urban/Fusion PerformanceWon
2019VidaAlbum of the YearNominated

LOS40 Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017Luis FonsiBest Latin ArtistNominated
2017"Despacito"International Song of the YearWon
2017"Despacito"International Video of the YearNominated
2017"Despacito"LOS40 Global Show AwardNominated
2017"Despacito"Golden Music AwardsWon

MTV Europe Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee)Best SongNominated

MTV Millennial Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Collaboration of the YearNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Best Party AnthemWon
2018"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Hit of the YearNominated

MTV Video Music Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Summer SongNominated
2018"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Best LatinNominated

Premio Lo Nuestro

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2005Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopNominated
2005"Abrazar la Vida"Album of the Year - PopNominated
2006Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopWon
2006"Nada Es Para Siempre"Song of the Year - PopNominated
2006"Nada Es Para Siempre"Video of the YearWon
2006"Paso a Paso"Album of the Year - PopNominated
2007Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopNominated
2007"Por Una Mujer"Song of the Year - PopNominated
2009Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopWon
2010Luis FonsiArtist of the YearNominated
2010Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopWon
2010"Aquí Estoy Yo"Collaboration of the YearWon
2010"Aquí Estoy Yo"Song of the Year - PopWon
2012"Respira"Video of the YearNominated
2013Luis FonsiMale Artist of the Year - PopNominated
2016"Llegaste Tú" with Juan Luis GuerraPop Song of the YearNominated
2019"Calypso" with Stefflon DonCrossover Collaboration of the YearNominated
2020Luis FonsiPop/Rock Artist of the YearNominated
2020Luis FonsiPop/Ballad Artist of the YearWon
2020"Imposible" with OzunaPop/Rock Collaboration of the YearNominated
2020"Imposible" with OzunaUrban/Pop Song of the YearNominated
2020"Date La Vuelta" with Sebastián Yatra and Nicky JamUrban/Pop Song of the YearNominated

Swiss Music Awards

The Swiss Music Awards are presented the Press Play Association in conjunction with Media Control Switzerland to national and international musicians in over ten categories.

%|YearAwardNominationResultReference
2019Best Hit - International"Échame la culpa" (Demi Lovato)Won

Teen Choice Awards

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2017Luis FonsiChoice Latin ArtistNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Choice Music Single - Male ArtistNominated
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Choice Latin SongWon
2017"Despacito" (with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber)Choice Summer SongWon
2018Luis FonsiChoice Latin ArtistNominated
2018"Échame La Culpa" (with Demi Lovato)Choice Latin SongNominated

Premios Juventud

%" | Year%" | Nominated work%" | Award%" | Result
2006Luis FonsiFavorite Pop StarNominated
2006Luis FonsiHe's Got Style AwardNominated
2006Luis Fonsi & Adamari LópezHottest RomanceWon
2007Luis FonsiFavorite Pop StarNominated
2007Luis FonsiHe's Got Style AwardWon
2009Luis FonsiVoice of the MomentWon
2009Luis FonsiFavorite Pop ArtistWon
2009Luis FonsiMy Idol IsWon
2009Luis FonsiWhat a Hottie!Nominated
2009Luis FonsiHe's Got Style AwardWon
2009Adamari López and Luis FonsiHottest RomanceWon
2009"Aquí Estoy Yo"The Perfect CombinationWon
2009"Aquí Estoy Yo"My favorite VideoWon
2009"Aquí Estoy Yo"Catchiest TuneWon
2009"Aquí Estoy Yo"Best BalladNominated
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"Best BalladWon
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"The Perfect CombinationWon
2009"No Me Doy Por Vencido"My RingtoneNominated
2009"Palabras del Silencio"CD To Die ForWon
2010Luis FonsiVoice of the MomentNominated
2010Luis FonsiMy Favorite ConcertNominated
2010Luis FonsiFavorite Pop ArtistNominated
2010Luis FonsiWhat a Hottie!Nominated
2010Adamari López and Luis FonsiHottest RomanceWon
2012Luis FonsiFollow me The GoodNominated
2012Luis FonsiMy Favorite ConcertNominated
2012Luis FonsiFavorite Pop ArtistNominated
2012Luis FonsiBest MovesNominated
2012"Tierra Firme"Everything I touch itNominated
2012"Tierra Firme"My Favorite ConcertNominated
2012"Respira"Best BalladNominated
2017"Despacito"The Perfect CombinationWon
2017"Despacito"Best Song For SingingWon
2017"Despacito"Best Song For perfectionWon
2019"Imposible"Best Song: Singing in the ShowerNominated

Television

Amantes de Luna Llena (2000); Special appearance *Taina (2001); Special appearance *Corazones al límite (2004); Roy *Llena de amor (2010); Special appearance *The Voice Chile (2015-16); Coach *The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2017, 2019); guest performer *El hormiguero (2017, 2018, 2018 (La Voz), 2019, 2020, 2021, 2021 (La Voz), 2022, 2022 (La Voz); Guest Performer *Lip Sync Battle (2018); Episode: "Luis Fonsi vs. Joan Smalls" *Drop the Mic (2018); Episode: "Seth Rogen vs. +more Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Terry Crews vs. Luis Fonsi" *La Voz (2019-); Coach (with Wisin, Alejandra Guzmán, Carlos Vives) *Songland (2020) * The Voice (2021) with Kelly Clarkson's team.

Living people

Male actors from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Universal Music Latin Entertainment artists

21st-century Puerto Rican male singers

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