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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 and songwriter best known for his worldwide hit song "Despacito", featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, which won a total of four awards. The song was remixed by Justin Bieber in 2017. Fonsi's latest song is "Échame la Culpa", a duet with Demi Lovato.

Luis Fonsi
Luis Fonsi 2015 (cropped).JPG
Fonsi in 2015
Background information
Birth name Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero
Born (1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 39)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Latin


Early lifeEdit

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 showed signs that music was going to direct his life – as a child, he imitated the stars of the popular group Menudo,[1] and joined the San Juan Children's Choir.[citation needed]

After living on the United States mainland for a month, Fonsi spoke English without a hint of an accent.[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]

As music was such an important part of his life, Fonsi attended Florida State University School of Music on a full scholarship,[3] majoring in Vocal Performance.[4][5] He also joined the university's choir, which let him travel and perform throughout the world, and recorded demo tapes in Miami. 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 an instant hit in Puerto Rico and across Latin America, with Fonsi conquering such markets as 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 launched 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."

His seventh CD, Palabras del Silencio, debuted and stayed in the number one position for many weeks. Luis Fonsi cracked 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.[7]

In 2011, Fonsi released the album Tierra Firme, and went on tour to promote it throughout Latin America.[8]

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 October 14, 2017, the music video reached four 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 No. 3 on the Hot Latin chart.[9]

Acting careerEdit

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.

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 lifeEdit

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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Fonsi and Spanish model Águeda López had their first child together, a daughter Mikaela, in December 2011 in Miami. They were married on September 10, 2014, after three years of living together.[12] On December 20, 2016, they welcomed their second child, a son named Rocco.[13]


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)


Grammy AwardsEdit


  • Song of the Year –

"Despacito (Remix)" (Nominated)

  • Record of the Year -

"Despacito (Remix)" (Nominated)

  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance -

"Despacito (Remix)" (Nominated)

Premio Lo NuestroEdit


  • 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 JuventudEdit


  • 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 AwardsEdit




See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "In Pictures: 'Nobel Peace Prize Concert'". Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Luis Fonsi en Costa Rica". Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Luis Fonsi Returns to Hot Latin Songs Top 3 With Demi Lovato Collaboration 'Echame La Culpa'". 
  10. ^ a b c "Luis Fonsi – Biography". Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Adamari Lopez, Luis Fonsi's Puerto Rico Wedding". June 3, 2006. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Puerto Rican singer, Spanish model have their first child". Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  13. ^ "El bebé de Luis Fonsi y Águeda López nació el mismo día que Mikaela, su primogénita". Retrieved February 11, 2018. 

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