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Nick Rivera Caminero (born March 17, 1981),[1] known by the stage name Nicky Jam, is a singer and songwriter. He is best known for hits such as "El Perdón", "Hasta el Amanecer", and "El Amante", all from his album Fénix.

Nicky Jam
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Background information
Birth name Nick Rivera Caminero
Born (1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 36)
United States
Genres Reggaeton
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

Rivera was born to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. He later moved with his family to Barrio Obrero in Puerto Rico when he was ten years old.[1] He has been in reggaeton since his youth. The name "Nicky Jam" was jokingly given to Rivera by a homeless man. Rivera's family was low-income and as a minor he performed illegal work in a grocery store in order to help support them, improvising while bagging groceries. One day a music executive noticed his talent and signed him, and at the age of fourteen he recorded his first album "...Distinto A Los Demás". The album was not successful, but it did gain him recognition in the music industry, and warranted the attention of some music producers such as DJ Joe, DJ Playero and DJ Chiklin.[2]

Musical careerEdit

Los CangrisEdit

After his first album, he continued working in the music industry, where he met Daddy Yankee when they were recording with Guatauba and DJ Playero. Daddy Yankee asked Rivera to work with him. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, they became friends and formed the unofficial Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam duo, also known as Los Cangris. They created many commercially successful singles including "Sabanas Blancas", "Guayando", "Sentirte" and many others. They also worked together on the album "Los Super Amigos" in 2000, which was never released.[3] In 2001, Daddy Yankee released El Cartel II: Los Cangris, which Rivera took a small part in.[4] Due to personal issues, they ended their friendship in 2004 and stopped working together. Rivera continued working as a solo artist and created many commercially successful singles.[2] In 2012, after many years of staying apart, they both recorded "El Party Me Llama" from the album Prestige and confirmed they had both settled their disagreements from years prior.[5]

Solo careerEdit

Rivera released Haciendo Escante in 2001, and in 2004 released Vida Escante. He and Daddy Yankee separated again due to many arguments and conflicts between them realizing that their friendship was turning into a fierce rivalry. His most recent studio album is The Black Carpet, released in 2007. Rivera has also worked with R.K.M & Ken-Y, Héctor & Tito (Hector el Father and Tito El Bambino), Lito & Polaco, Big Boy, and Magnate & Valentino

In the late 2000s he moved to Medellin, Colombia. In 2010, after performing a few concerts there, he restarted his career releasing successful singles "Tu Primera Vez", "Piensas en Mi", "Curiosidad", "Juegos Prohibidos" and, most notably, "Voy A Beber". He also worked with Daddy Yankee again, after eight years of not working together, on the album Prestige by Daddy Yankee. Nicky Jam has appeared in many reggaeton albums, currently holding the record for most appearances on various artist albums, which was formerly held by Daddy Yankee. His most recent album appearance is with Daddy Yankee's album Prestige, with the track "El Party Me Llama". In 2015, Nicky Jam won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Performance.[6] "Hasta el Amanecer" was released on January 15, 2016 on the U.S. radio stations. Billboard called the song a "sultry, sexy reggaetón track" that contains the singer's "trademark catchy melodic hooks. Still a hopeless romantic, here Jam pains after a girl he met at the laundromat, and let go, without even finding out her name." The music video has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube



Year Title Role Notes
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage Lazarus Film


Year Title Role Notes
2018 El Ganador Himself Series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result
2015 Premios Juventud[7] La Combinación Perfecta (The Perfect Combo) Nominated
La Más Pegajosa (Catchiest Tune) Nominated
Premios Tu Mundo[8] Party-Starting Song Won
Latin American Music Awards[9] Song of the Year Won
Favorite Collaboration Won
Favorite Streaming Song Won
Latin Grammy Awards[10] Best Urban Performance Won
NRJ Music Awards International Group/Duo of the Year Nominated
2016 Lo Nuestro Awards[11] Collaboration of the Year Won
Urban Song of the Year Won
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards[12] Latin Song of the Year
"De Pies A Cabeza"
Latin Song of the Year
"Ya Me Enteré"
Latin Artist of the Year Won
Best Music Video
"Hasta El Amanecer"
Billboard Music Awards[13] Top Latin Artist Nominated
Top Latin Song
"Hasta El Amanecer"


  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Nicky Jam - Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Los Cangris, Inc.". Wayback Machine. 2002-10-10. Archived from the original on 2002-10-10. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Carátula Trasera de Daddy Yankee - El Cartel Ii: Los Cangris - Portada". Coveralia. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  5. ^ "DY Hablando de el junte con Nicky Jam (El Party Me Llama / Prestige) - YouTube". YouTube. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  6. ^ Cobo, Leila (November 20, 2015). "Latin Grammys: Natalia LaFourcade & Juan Luis Guerra Win Big; Mana & Los Tigres Get Political". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Irizarry, Doris (May 8, 2015). "Fans start voting for Premios Juventud 2015 finalists". axs. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Romero, Angie (August 20, 2015). "Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee Win Big at Premios Tu Mundo". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ Cobo, Leila (October 8, 2015). "Latin AMAs Winners List: Enrique Iglesias & Nicky Jam Win Big at Inaugural Awards Show". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Roiz, Jessica Lucia (September 23, 2015). "Latin Grammys 2015 Nominations: Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Alejandro Sanz Get Nods, Plus Full List". Latin Times. IBT Media. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ Flores, Griselda (December 1, 2015). "Premio Lo Nuestro 2016: Lista completa de nominados". Variety Latino (in Spanish). Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Here's The Complete List Of #iHeartAwards Winners | iHeartRadio Music Awards | iHeartRadio". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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