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Ricky Martin

Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author

1971   -  

genre: pop music, pop rock, Latin pop, contemporary R&B, dance-pop, reggae, reggaeton, music of Latin America
country of citizenship: Puerto Rico, Spain
native language: Spanish
language of expression: English, Spanish
occupation: musician, singer, stage actor, composer, model, television actor, writer
award received: Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, Lo Nuestro Excellence Award, Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
position held: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Enrique Martín Morales (Spanish pronunciation: [enˈɾike maɾˈtin moˈɾales]; born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actor, author, record producer and humanitarian who is known as the "King of Latin Pop" and the "Latin Music King". He began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. Since the beginning of his solo career in 1991, Ricky Martin has become the best-selling Latin music artists of all time with over 90 million records worldwide. He is also the most influential Latin artists of all time and among the greatest music video artists of all time.In early 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed "The Cup of Life" at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. Following its success, Martin released "Livin' la Vida Loca", which helped him attain success worldwide. It is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition easier for other Spanish-speaking artists as : Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez to move into the English-speaking market. His first English-language album (titled Ricky Martin) sold over 20 million copies and is his best-selling album to date. His other studio albums include: Ricky Martin (1991), Me Amaras (1993), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000), Almas del Silencio (2003), Life (2005), Música + Alma + Sexo (2011), and A Quien Quiera Escuchar (2015). He also acted on stage and TV in Mexico, where he achieved modest fame in the early 1990s. In 1994, he appeared on the US TV soap opera General Hospital as a Puerto Rican singer. In 2018, he portrayed Antonio D'Amico in the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which earned him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
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