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Luis Fonsi
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Fonsi in 2015
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero

(1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 40)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1998–present
Adamari López
( m. 2006; div. 2010)

Águeda López ( m. 2014)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Labels Universal Latin

Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor. He is known for his 2017 song " Despacito", featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.

Early life

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

Growing up, Fonsi imitated the stars of the popular group Menudo, [1] and joined the San Juan Children's Choir.[ citation needed]

He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, and participated in a group called "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 to study music. He also joined the school's choir the Florida State University Singers and sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. [2]

Fonsi attended Florida State University School of Music on a full scholarship, [3] majoring in Vocal Performance. Eventually, he dropped out in order to pursue a career in music. [4] [5] Soon after, he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin.


In 1998, Fonsi recorded his debut album, Comenzaré (I Will Begin). The record peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and contained the singles "Si Tú Quisieras," "Perdóname," "Dime Como," and "Me Iré". [6] 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. 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. 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."

In 2007, Luis Fonsi was selected to be part of the jury of the new version of the Latino boy band Menudo. [7] 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. 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 varies 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. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, one of his biggest hits to date. "No Me Doy por Vencido" became Billboard's "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. [8]

In 2011, Fonsi released the album Tierra Firme, and went on tour to promote it throughout Latin America. [9]

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. He also mentioned that acting would be on his career path and that he wouldn't mind acting with Mexican actors and actresses.

In January 2017, " Despacito" featuring Daddy Yankee was promoted and released. On April 4, 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. 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.

In November 2017, he released the song " Échame la Culpa", featuring Demi Lovato, which debuted at number three on the Hot Latin chart. [10]

In June 2018, Fonsi released the single " Calypso", with Stefflon Don. [11] The song peaked at number 11 on the Hot Latin chart.

Acting career

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. 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 an Univision artist and fellow Puerto Rican, constantly found herself near Fonsi. [12] That same year, Fonsi released the song "Abrazar la vida" ("To Embrace the Life"), off the eponymous album. The song would later become one of López's favorites. [12]

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. [12] She has 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, aspiring singer Jean Rodríguez, professionally known as "Jan". On November 8, 2010, they officially divorced. [13]

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 Mikaela, in December 2011 in Miami. [14] On December 20, 2016, they welcomed their second child, a son named Rocco. [15]


Studio albums


  • 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)

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 "Despacito (Remix)" Song of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated

iHeartRadio Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 [16] "Despacito (Remix)" Song of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
Best Remix Nominated
Luis Fonsi Latin Artist of the Year Won
"Despacito" Latin Song of the Year Won
Best Lyrics Nominated

BMI Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 [17] Luis Fonsi President's Award Won
"Despacito (Remix)" Contemporary Latin Song of the Year Won
Award Winning Songs Won
"Despacito" Won

Premio Lo Nuestro


  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)


  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)


  • Male Artist of the Year (Pop)
  • Song of the Year (Pop)
  • Collaboration of the Year (General)

Premios Juventud


  • Hottest Romance


  • Fashion: He's Got Style


  • Fashion: He's Got Style
  • Music: The Perfect Combination
  • Music: Artist of the Moment
  • Music: Catchiest Tune
  • Music: CD To Die For
  • Music: Best Ballad
  • Music: Favorite Pop Artist
  • Music: My Idol Is
  • General: Hottest Romance (shared with Adamari López)

Latin Grammy Awards




See also


  1. ^ Jump up ^ Ross, Karl. "Remember MENUDO?" accessed February 22, 2017
  2. ^ Evan Bailyn (April 15, 1978). "Artists – Fonsi, Luis". Music of Puerto Rico. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Luis Fonsi Biography, Discography, Chart History." N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
  4. ^ "Biografia de Luis Fonsi". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. ^ "Luis Fonsi – Biography | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-23
  6. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Luis Fonsi – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Gurza, Agustin (15 April 2007). "Remaking the band: MTV revives Menudo". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ "In Pictures: 'Nobel Peace Prize Concert'". Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Luis Fonsi en Costa Rica". Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Luis Fonsi Returns to Hot Latin Songs Top 3 With Demi Lovato Collaboration 'Echame La Culpa'".
  11. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (June 6, 2018). "Luis Fonsi Announces Release Date for New Song 'Calypso,' Feat. Stefflon Don: Listen to a Preview (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "Luis Fonsi – Biography". Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Adamari Lopez, Luis Fonsi's Puerto Rico Wedding". June 3, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "Puerto Rican singer, Spanish model have their first child". Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "El bebé de Luis Fonsi y Águeda López nació el mismo día que Mikaela, su primogénita". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "Luis Fonsi Wins iHeartRadio Music Award for Latin Artist of the Year". iHeartRadio.
  17. ^ "Global Superstars Luis Fonsi and Residente Honored at the 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards". BMI.
  18. ^ "The Tonight Show – Luis Fonsi". NBC. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017.

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