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Nick Rivera Caminero (born March 17, 1981),[1] known by the stage name Nicky Jam, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. He is best known for hits such as "Travesuras", "Te Busco" (with Cosculluela), "El Perdón", "Hasta el Amanecer", and "El Amante", the latter three 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
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website nickyjampr.net

Contents

Early life

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 career

Los Cangris

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 career

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.

Discography

Filmography

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

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2018 El Ganador Himself Series

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Work/Nomination Award Result
2015 Premios Juventud[7] Himself Mi artista Urbano Nominated
Síganme los buenos Nominated
"El perdón" ft. Ricky Martin La Combinación Perfecta (The Perfect Combo) Nominated
La Más Pegajosa (Catchiest Tune) Nominated
Premios Tu Mundo[8] Himself Favorite Urban Artist Nominated
"El perdón" ft. Ricky Martin Party-Starting Song Won
NRJ Music Awards Himself & Enrique Iglesias International Group/Duo of the Year Nominated
2016 Premio Lo Nuestro[9] Himself Urban Artist of the Year Won
"El perdón" ft. Ricky Martin Collaboration of the Year Won
Urban Song of the Year Won
"Travesuras" Nominated
"Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" Urban Album of the Year Nominated
American Music Awards Himself Favorite Latin Artist Nominated
Premios Tu Mundo Himself Favorite Urban Artist Nominated
"Hasta el Amanecer" Party-Starting Song Nominated
Premios Juventud Himself Voz del Momento Won
Mi Artista Urbano Won
"Sunset" ft. Farruko & Shaggy La Combinación Perfecta Nominated
Fenix Tour El Súper Tour Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards "El perdón" ft. Ricky Martin Latin song of the year Won
Himself Latin Artist of the Year Nominated
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards[10] "De Pies A Cabeza" Latin Song of the Year Nominated
"Ya Me Enteré" Latin Song of the Year Nominated
Himself Latin Artist of the Year Won
"Hasta El Amanecer" Best Music Video Nominated
Premio Lo Nuestro[11] Himself Urban Artist of the Year Nominated
"Como lo hacía yo" ft. Ken-Y Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Urban Collaboration of the Year Nominated
"Hasta el Amanecer" Single of the Year Nominated
Urban Song of the Year Won
"Ya Me Enteré" ft. Reik Pop/Rock Song of the Year Nominated
Premios Tu Mundo[12] Himself Favorite Urban Artist Nominated
Premios Juventud Mejor artista en Instagram Nominated
Billboard Music Awards[13] Himself Top Latin Artist Nominated
"Hasta El Amanecer" Top Latin Song Won

Billboard Latin Music Awards

Year Work/Nomination Award Result
2015[14] "Travesuras" Latin Rhythm Song of the Year Nominated
2016[15] Himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo Won
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
"El Perdón" ft. Enrique Iglesias Hot Latin Song of the Year Won
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year Won
Airplay Song of the Year Won
Streaming Song of the Year Won
Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event Won
Digital Song of the Year Won
2017[16] Himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male Won
Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo Won
"Hasta El Amanecer" Hot Latin Song of the Year Won
Airplay Song of the Year Nominated
Digital Song of the Year Won
Streaming Song of the Year Won
Latin Rhythm Song of the Year Won
"Ya Me Enteré" ft. Reik Latin Pop Song of the Year Nominated

Latin American Music Awards

Year Work/Nomination Award Result
2015[17] Himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Urban Male Artist Nominated
"El perdón" ft. Ricky Martin Song of the Year Won
Favorite Collaboration Won
Favorite Streaming Song Won
2016[18] Himself Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Urban Artist Nominated
"Hasta el Amanecer" Song of the Year Nominated
Favorite Urban Song Nominated
2017[19] Himself Artist of the Year Pending
Favorite Urban Artist Pending
"El Amante" Song of the Year Pending
Favorite Urban Song Pending

Latin Grammy Awards

Year Work/Nomination Award Result
2015[20] "Alkilados" ft. J Alvarez, El Roockie Best Urban Performance Won
2017[21] Fénix Album of the Year Pending
"El Amante" Best Urban Fusion/Performance Pending
Best Urban Song Pending

External links

References

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