Celia Cruz

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Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz in Paris, France, April 1980
Celia Cruz in Paris, France, April 1980
Background information
Birth nameÚrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Also known asLa Reina de la Salsa, La Guarachera de Cuba
Born(1925-10-21)October 21, 1925
Havana, Cuba
DiedJuly 16, 2003(2003-07-16) (aged 77)
Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresSalsa, bolero
Years active1948–2003
LabelsFania Records, RMM Records & Video, Sony Discos
WebsiteOfficial website

Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban-American salsa performer. She earned twenty-three gold albums. She was called the "Queen of Salsa" as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba."[1]

She spent most of her career living in New Jersey. She worked in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said "Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban music."

Discography[change | change source]

Grammy awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1989 "Ritmo En El Corazon" Best Tropical Latin Performance Won
2000 Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa Best Salsa Performance Won
2001 "Siempre Viviré" Best Tropical Traditional Album Won
2002 La Negra Tiene Tumbao Best Salsa Album Won
2003 La Negra Tiene Tumbao Best Salsa Album Won
2003 Regalo del Alma Best Salsa/Merengue Album Won
2004 Regalo del Alma Best Salsa Album Won

References[change | change source]

  1. "Celia Cruz's Shoes". National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2008-06-09.