Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte (born 2 May 1983), known professionally as Mon Laferte, is a Chilean singer, songwriter and actress who is currently the most listened to Chilean artist on Spotify worldwide[citation needed]. She is also the Chilean artist with the most nominations in a single edition of the Latin Grammy Awards (5 in 2017).[2][3]

Mon Laferte
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Mon Laferte in 2019
Born
Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte

(1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 36)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2003–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
  • harmonica
Labels
  • Warner Music
  • Independent (2011–2015)
  • Discos Valiente/Universal Music (2015–present)

To date she has sold in Latin America 1,500,000 digital copies between albums and singles, making her the Chilean singer with the most sales in the digital era.

Some of her most outstanding successes are "Tormento," "Amor completo," "Si tú me quisieras," "Tu falta de querer," "Amárrame" and "Mi buen amor." She received a Latin Grammy in 2017 for Best Alternative Song for "Amárrame.”

Early life and educationEdit

Mon Laferte was born Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte in Viña del Mar, Chile. She started her career at the age of 9, after winning a guitar in a singing contest.[4] She received a scholarship to attend a musical conservatory in Viña del Mar at the age of 13, and soon after began playing in bars in Valparaíso and Santiago.[5]

CareerEdit

In 2003, Laferte, then known as Monserrat Bustamante, entered in the Chilean reality competition series Rojo. The same year she released her first studio album, La Chica de Rojo. The album had great success in Chile, receiving Gold and Platinum certifications. She became part of the Clan Rojo and was on the television series for four seasons.

In 2007, Laferte decided to start a new chapter in her musical career by moving to Mexico City from Chile, where she began singing in nightclubs and recording cover songs.[6] In 2009, she released a single titled "Lo mismo que yo," which was to be the lead single from an upcoming album.[7] The same year, Laferte was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, effectively putting a halt to her album.[8]

Around the time of her battle with cancer, she abandoned her original stage name and introduced the world to Mon Laferte, expressing that the name represented a new beginning for her:

"Mi cambio de nombre no es por querer ser otra persona, es que las circunstancias de la vida me han llevado a cambiar mucho y sentí que tenía que empezar de cero."[9]

Laferte decided to scrap the album she was recording in 2009, and returned two years later with her second studio album, titled Desechable. The next year, in 2012, she was invited to judge the second season of the Chilean version of The X Factor, called Factor X, along with Karen Doggenweiler, Tito Beltrán and José Luis Rodríguez.

It is also at this time his presentation at the beginning of 2012 as a vocalist of the Mexican heavy metal female band Mystica Girls, with whom in February 2014 she recorded the album titled Gates of Hell.[10][11]

In 2013, she released her third album, Tornasol. She received media attention in 2015 with her single "Tu falta de querer" from the album Mon Laferte, Vol.1. In 2016, she won a MTV Millennial Award for the "Latin Video of the Year"[12] and receiving two nominations on the Latin Grammy Awards of 2016 for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album.

Laferte released her fifth album La Trenza, her most acclaimed album to date, in 2017. Her single with Colombian rock star Juanes, "Amárrame," won the Best Alternative Song award at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs,[13] in which she was also nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year.[14] She also wins the category "Best North Latin Artist" in the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards.

In October 2013, Laferte became a vegetarian for ethical reasons. As of 2017, she is a vegan.[15][16][17]

In February 2018 she released the single "Antes de Ti" that was nominated to the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards as "Song of the Year". The video for the single was also Mon Laferte's directorial debut.[18]

In June 2018, she co-hosted the 2018 MTV Millennial Awards in Mexico City at the Mexico City Arena along with the Venezuelan YouTube personality La Divaza.[19]

During the year 2018, Mon worked on her fifth studio album, Norma , which was recorded in a single session in studio A of Capitol Studios of Los Angeles, California, United States, the recording was made in one shot, without using theoverdubbing technique of audio layers, but all the instruments playing simultaneously to give the material the feeling of live recording. In this recording 13 musicians participated. The production of this album was in charge of Omar Rodríguez-López, the recording engineer was Bruce Botnick. The album was released on 9 November 2018.

On 26 October, a collaboration was published for the new Christmas album of the American singer Gwen Stefani, in a version of the song "Feliz Navidad" by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano.

At the end of 2018, the international television network HTV nominated Mon Laferte in the "Best Southern Artist" category of the Heat Latin Music Awards 2019.

In January 2019, she was announced to participate in the American Music Festival Coachella.

In February 2019, Mon Laferte received her first nomination at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in the Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year category, Female. Also the Album Norma received a Gold record in Mexico for 30,000 copies sold.

In May 2019, the singer announced her U.S. tour, under the headline "La Gira de Norma". The first tour date is set for August 10, 2019, in Seattle's Neptune Theatre, following a European tour that same Summer.[20]

On 14 November 2019, Mon Laferte made headlines with her act of political protest, exposing her breasts at the Latin Grammys to display the message “En Chile Torturan Violan y Matan" (English translation: In Chile they torture, rape and kill) on her bare chest. [21]

On November 19, 2019, Mon Laferte was interviewed by Patricia Janiot from Univision. In that interview, Mon Laferte justified the looting and burning of numerous supermarkets and other buildings by saying that "they were only material goods". When asked if she condemned violence, she said, "I do not approve of any kind of violence. Now, if you ask me personally, if I have to go burn down a supermarket that has robbed from me my entire life to demand the basic rights I feel I deserve, I will do it!" She accused the police and armed forces of burning the dozens of subway stations that were burnt by rioters on Oct 18, 2019. [22]

On November 30, 2019, Mon Laferte was subpoenaed by Chilean prosecutors to give a statement regarding the evidence she may or may not have to support her accusation that Chilean police and armed forces actively participated in the burning of subway stations. Chilean police announced that, depending upon her statement, they may press criminal charges against her. [23]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

Awards and NominationsEdit

Latin Grammy AwardsEdit

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Mon Laferte Best New Artist Nominated
Mon Laferte Vol.1 Best Alternative Music Album Nominated
2017 La Trenza Album of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Music Album Nominated
"Amárrame" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Song Won
2018 "Antes de Ti" Song of the Year Nominated
2019 Norma Best Alternative Music Album Won

Billboard Latin Music AwardsEdit

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are presented annually by Billboard magazine and recognize outstanding chart performances.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female Mon Laferte Nominated [24]

MTV Europe Music AwardsEdit

The MTV Europe Music Awards was established in 1994 by MTV Europe to award the music videos from European and international artists.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Mon Laferte Best Latin America North Act Nominated
2017 Best Latin America North Act Won
2018 Best Latin America North Act Nominated
2019 Best Latin America North Act Won

MTV Millennial AwardsEdit

The MTV Millennial Awards, held annually in Mexico, were established in 2013 by MTV Latin America to award music artists.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Mon Laferte Buzz Artist Won
"Tu falta de querer" Video of the Year Won
"Palmar" (with Caloncho) Collaboration of the Year Nominated
2017 "Amárrame" (with Juanes) Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Video of the Year Nominated
Mon Laferte #InstaCrush Nominated
Mon Laferte Mexican Artist of the Year Won
2018 Mon Laferte Mexican Artist of the Year Nominated
"Antes de Ti" Video of the Year Nominated
2019 "El Beso" Video of the Year Won
Mon Laferte Arriba Mujeres Nominated
Mon Laferte Mexican Artist of the Year Nominated
"Amor" (with Los Auténticos Decadentes) Ship Musical Nominated

Shock AwardsEdit

The SHOCK awards held annually in Colombia. They recognize artistic and technical excellence in the arts and sciences of recorded music, through public voting. It has become a prestigious award in national and international music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Mon Laferte Best Artist or Group "New Latin American Wave" Won

Heat Latin Music AwardsEdit

The Heat Latin Music Awards are presented annually by HTV to reward the best of Latin music.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Best Artist Southern Region Mon Laferte Nominated [25]
2020 Pending [26]
Best Rock Artist Pending

Spotify AwardsEdit

The Spotify Awards founded in 2020 is the first-ever award ceremony 100% based on user-generated data from Mexico and Latin America.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2020 Most Listened Pop Artist Mon Laferte Pending [27]

Telehit AwardsEdit

This is an annual award show run by the Mexican music channel Telehit.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Mon Laferte Best Artist or Rock Band Won
2017 Best Pop / Rock Artist Won
Best Act of the Night Won
You saw my joke Won

Viña del Mar International Song FestivalEdit

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival is a music festival that has been held annually during the 3rd week of February in Viña del Mar, Chile. Started in 1960, it is the oldest and largest music festival in Latin America.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Mon Laferte "Gaviota de Oro" Won
"Gaviota de Plata" Won
"Reina del Monstruo" Won

Copihue de OroEdit

The Copihue de Oro is an award created by the Chilean newspaper La Cuarta to recognize the figures of the world of entertainment and entertainment in the country.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Mon Laferte Female Artist Won
2017 Best Group or Popular/Tropical Singer Won
Revelation Nominated

Pulsar AwardsEdit

The Pulsar Awards were created in 2015 by the Chilean Copyright Society (SCD) of Chile to recognize the best of the musical creation of that country in the period of one year.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Mon Laferte Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Artist Won
La Trenza Album of the year Nominated
Amarrame Song of the Year Won
Amarrame Song most listened to on Chilean radiosSong of the Year Won
2019 Mon Laferte Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Artist Nominated
Norma Album of the year Won
El Beso Song of the Year Nominated
El Beso Video of the Year Nominated
Amarrame Song most listened to on Chilean radiosSong of the Year Won

Gardel AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "Amor" feat. Los Auténticos Decadentes "Collaboration of the Year" Nominated

Lunas del AuditorioEdit

"Lunas del Auditorio" is a recognition granted by the National Auditorium to the best live shows in Mexico.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Mon Laferte Pop in Spanish Nominated

Eliot AwardsEdit

"Eliot Awards" is a recognition in México to Spanish-speaking digital leaders who through their talent, effort, originality and impact are generating highly relevant content on social networks.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Mon Laferte Social Sound Won

Fans Choice AwardsEdit

"Fans Choice Awards" is an Award for the Best Signature of Autographs and / or Showcase of the Year in Mexico, organized by Showcase Entertainment S.A.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Mon Laferte Rock Won
2018 Rock Nominated
2019 Rock/Indie Nominated
Salsa/Cumbia/Tropical Won
Latin Pop Nominated
2020 Rock Pending

Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM)Edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Tu falta de querer "Presea Exito SACM" Won
Amarrame Won
2019 Mi Buen Amor "Presea Exito SACM" Won

Natida AwardsEdit

Natida, Chilean of the Year Awards are a set of recognition awards given to individuals based on contributions of excellence, exceptional achievements and / or outstanding behavior.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 Chileno de las Artes Mon Laferte Won [28]

FilmographyEdit

Films
Year Film Role Notes
2006 Rojo, La Pelicula Belén Chilean film
2013 Japy Ending Eli Peruvian film
Television
Year TV serie Role
2003–2007 Rojo Fama Contrafama Contestant
2006–2007 El Baile en TVN Singer
2012 Factor X Judge and mentor

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mon Laferte: "Hacer 'música cebolla' es como mi revancha"". BBC News Mundo (in Spanish). 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Marti, Diana (9 September 2017). "2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved 16 May 2019. Leading the list this year is Residente with nine nominations, Maluma with seven, Shakira with six, and Kevin Jiménez ADG, Juanes, and Mon Laferte with five each.
  3. ^ "Mon Laferte". Historia y Biografía (in Spanish). historia-biografia.com. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2019. En el año 2017 ... Su canción “Amárrame” ganó en ese año el premio Grammy a mejor canción alternativa y fue nominada en las categorías de: canción del año, mejor álbum de música alternativa, álbum del año y registro del año.
  4. ^ "El ritmo latino de Mon Laferte". 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Mon Laferte". Mon Laferte. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Entrevista con Mon Laferte". Indie Rocks! (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ S.A.P, El Mercurio (18 May 2009). "Con look Lily Allen, ex estrella de "Rojo" adelanta nuevo disco | Emol.com". Emol (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ S.A.P., El Mercurio. "El radical giro de Mon Laferte: "Ya no me reconocen"". lasegunda.com. La Segunda. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  9. ^ "La Tundra Revista | Mon Laferte en concierto en Londres" (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  10. ^ Valle, Luis Del. "Tenemos que hablar del no tan oscuro pasado metalero de Mon Laferte". BuzzFeed (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  11. ^ Exposito, Suzy (10 December 2019). "So, How Was Your Decade, Mon Laferte?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Todos los ganadores de los premios #MTVMIAW 2016 – MTV America Latina".
  13. ^ "Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song". 16 November 2017.
  14. ^ "18a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs.
  15. ^ "Mon Laferte y su lado vegetariano: "No utilizo nada de animales, me parecía súper falso comérmelos"". El Ciudadano (in Spanish). 28 March 2017. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  16. ^ Laferte, Mon. "Laferte's official Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.[non-primary source needed][non-primary source needed]
  17. ^ "Los lectores entrevistan a Mon Laferte". Marca (in Spanish). 12 September 2017. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Mon Laferte: After A Stellar Year, A Directorial Debut". NPR.org. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Mon Laferte co-host 2018 MTV Millenial Awards". 24Horas.cl. 24 Horas. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  20. ^ Exposito, Suzy; Exposito, Suzy (28 May 2019). "Mon Laferte Announces U.S. Headlining Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50430477. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aARKYwHlia0. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Template:Https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/carabineros-pide-que-mon-laferte-declare/921356/amp/?fbclid=IwAR1u0rWIlpPYi2RHYwOWIP7SQ6arSaUnTaGt3xO7g18CWDnvwYULE36ikEg
  24. ^ Cobo, Leila (12 February 2019). "Ozuna Leads 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists: Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  25. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (21 November 2018). "J Balvin Tops Heat Latin Music Awards Nominations: See Full List". Billboard. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  26. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (18 February 2020). "J Balvin & Farruko Lead Heat Latin Music Awards 2020 Nominations: See Full List". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Spotify Awards 2020: Conoce a los finalistas de la primera edición". Telemundo (in Spanish). 19 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Mon Laferte y José Maza entre los finalistas del Premio Chileno del Año". 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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