American musicians of Puerto Rican descent

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  1. Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez


    Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents, who believed that it was an unrealistic career route for a Hispanic. Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role the following year, with the film Out of Sight. She ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album, On the 6.

  2. Victoria Justice

    Victoria Justice


    Victoria Dawn Justice (born February 19, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has made appearances in several theatrical releases, including Unknown as well as the 2006 thriller The Garden. She has appeared in several Nickelodeon series, including True Jackson, VP, The Troop, The Penguins of Madagascar and iCarly, as well as on the Nickelodeon game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out as a contestant. In 2010, she starred in the Nickelodeon film The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

  3. Adrienne Bailon

    Adrienne Bailon


    Adrienne Eliza Bailon (born October 24, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. Bailon first became publicly known when she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of both 3LW (1999–2007) and The Cheetah Girls (2003–2008).

  4. Bruno Mars

    Bruno Mars


    Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, voice actor and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. Mars produced songs for other artists, co-founding the production team The Smeezingtons.

  5. Rosario Dawson

    Rosario Dawson


  6. Maxwell



    Gerald Maxwell Rivera, (born May 23, 1973), better known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Along with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited with helping to shape what has been termed the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s.

  7. Frankie Muniz

    Frankie Muniz


    Francisco "Frankie" Muñiz IV (born December 5, 1985) is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, and racing driver. He is known primarily as the star of the FOX television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

  8. Marc Anthony

    Marc Anthony


    Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968 or September 16, 1969), better known by his stage name Marc Anthony, is an American actor, singer, record producer, and television producer. Anthony is also the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Anthony has won numerous awards and his achievements have been honored through various recognitions. He was the recipient of the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Chair's Award. He also received the "2009 CHCI Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 16, 2009.

  9. Kelis



    Kelis Rogers Mora (/kə.ˈls/; born August 21, 1979) (née Rogers), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. Kelis achieved moderate international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland (2001), received little sales attention and no U.S. release. Her third album, 2003's Tasty, earned the singer commercial prominence and produced the hit single "Milkshake", her most well-known song. Kelis Was Here (2006), her fourth album, was the subject of further label disputes and she took a hiatus from music after its release, during which she trained at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She released the album Flesh Tone in 2010 and her sixth, Food, independently in 2014.

  10. Anthony Santos

    Anthony Santos


    Anthony Santos (born July 21, 1981), known professionally as Romeo Santos, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, featured composer and former lead singer of the Bachata group Aventura. He became The King of Bachata, and while he was with Aventura, they were known as The Kings of Bachata. As a member of Aventura, Santos has been a key figure in popularizing Bachata, with hits reaching near the top of the Billboard Latin charts and the top of charts in Europe. In 2002, the band's song "Obsesión" was number one in Italy for sixteen consecutive weeks. After releasing several albums with Aventura, the group went its separate ways. Since then, Romeo has embarked on a solo career which in three years has spawned seven number one songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart and eight number ones on the Tropical Songs chart.

  11. Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery


    Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States. The album includes the top 20 country songs, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls". McCreery released a Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, in October 2012 and it has been certified gold. He released his third album, See You Tonight, in October 2013. The first single from the album, also called "See You Tonight", became his first song to reach the top ten on Billboard's Country charts.

  12. Lumidee



    Lumidee Cedeño (born October 13, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. Cedeño was born in East Harlem where she was raised by her grandparents. She quickly rose to fame in 2003 with the release of her song "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)", which reached the top ten in over ten countries and number one in several European countries.

  13. Adrianna Léon

    Adrianna Léon


    Adrianna Therese León (born March 15, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, chef, personal fitness trainer, model and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Caught Crimson. León began writing songs for the soap opera General Hospital. León went on to have a role as the punk rock teen Brook Lynn Ashton, which earned her an Daytime Emmy nomination and a Soap Opera Digest Award, but left the ABC soap for the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Colleen Carlton. After her dismissal from CBS soap opera, she admitted in an interview with Soap Opera Weekly that she had not been able to do her music with Caught Crimson as heavily as she had planned and would then place her focus on music.

  14. Angela Bofill

    Angela Bofill


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  15. Aaron Hall

    Aaron Hall


    Aaron Hall (born August 10, 1964, The Bronx, New York, grew up in Brooklyn, New York and Roosevelt, Long Island, is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is a current member of the group Guy, which he founded in the late 1980s, along with New jack swing producer Teddy Riley and songwriter Timmy Gatling, who was later replaced by Hall's brother Damion Hall.

  16. Idalis DeLeon

    Idalis DeLeon


    Idalis DeLeón (born June 15, 1969) is an American actress, singer and television host. DeLeón, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, first began her career as a member of the girl group Seduction who scored a top ten hit "Two to Make it Right" in 1990. From 1994 to 1997, she was a MTV VJ.

  17. Brenda Starr

    Brenda Starr


    Brenda K. Starr (born Brenda Kaplan; October 15, 1966) is an American singer and songwriter. She is well known originally in dance-pop, but now mostly in salsa-based music. She is also well known for her 1980s work with freestyle music.

  18. Toya



    LaToya "Toya" Martin (born LaToya Rodriguez; July 22, 1983), better known by her stage name, Toya, is an American R&B singer from St. Louis, Missouri, best known for her 2001 song, "I Do!!", which reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

  19. Mario Vazquez

    Mario Vazquez


    Mario Adrián Vázquez (born June 15, 1977) is a Puerto Rican-American singer from The Bronx, New York City. He competed on American Idol's fourth season, which aired on the FOX network in early 2005.

  20. Jai Rodriguez

    Jai Rodriguez


    Jai Rodriguez (born June 22, 1979) is an American actor and musician best known as the culture guide on the Bravo network's Emmy-winning American reality television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He has also co-authored a book with the other Queer Eye hosts. Rodriguez starred as Geoffrey in the ABC sitcom Malibu Country from 2012 to 2013.

  21. Tito Puente

    Tito Puente


    Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was an American Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows including Sesame Street, The Cosby Show and, most notably, The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".

  22. Nydia Caro

    Nydia Caro


    Nydia Caro (born June 7, 1948) is a Puerto Rican singer born in Puerto Rico's community in New York City.

  23. Jeannie Ortega

    Jeannie Ortega


    Jeannette "Jeannie" Ortega (born November 19, 1986) is a Christian singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She made her recording debut in 2006 with the album No Place Like BKLYN at the age of 19. The album featured the hit single "Crowded", which reached the Billboard Hot 100.

  24. Julia Migenes

    Julia Migenes


    Julia Migenes (born March 13, 1949) is an American mezzo-soprano working primarily in musical theatre repertoire. She was born on the Lower East Side of New York to a family of Greek and Irish-Puerto Rican descent. She is sometimes credited as Julia Migenes-Johnson. She graduated from The High School of Music & Art in New York City in 1960.

  25. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz


    Frankie Ruiz (March 10, 1958 - August 9, 1998) was a Puerto Rican Salsa singer. Ruiz was a salsero's in the "Salsa Romantica" genre that was popular in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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