Bad Bunny during a concert in Ecuador, 2018
|Birth name||Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio|
|Born||March 10, 1994|
Almirante Sur, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
|Genres||Latin trap, reggaeton|
|Labels||Rimas Entertainment, Hear this Music|
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (born March 10, 1994), known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer. While working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud and he was signed to a record label. "Diles" was his 2016 breakthrough single, and was followed by a number of hits, notable appearances, and a collaboration with Cardi B and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "I Like It" and with Drake on "Mia". His debut album, X 100pre, was released in December 2018.
While working as a bagger at Supermercados Econo in Vega Baja, Bad Bunny released music as an independent artist on SoundCloud, where his song "Diles" caught the attention of DJ Luian who signed him to his record label, Hear this Music. Since then, he has earned multiple top-ten entries on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. His breakthrough single, "Soy Peor", established him as a forerunner in the Latin American trap scene and reached number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
In the summer of 2017, Bad Bunny signed a booking deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for several Latin American countries. He was featured in Becky G's single "Mayores", released in July 2017. Starting in November 2017, Bad Bunny hosted Beats 1's first Spanish-language show, Trap Kingz. Also in November 2017, Bad Bunny's track, "Tu No Metes Cabra" peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. The re-mix also demanded the release from prison of Anuel AA. At around the same time, the song "Sensualidad," released as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce, peaked at number 8 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, while the remix of "Te Boté" with Ozuna and Nicky Jam reached number one on that chart. In 2018, Cardi B collaborated with Bad Bunny and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "I Like It". In Cardi B's single, Bad Bunny raps in Spanish, Spanglish, and English. It became Bad Bunny's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In November 2018, Bad Bunny released "Te Guste" with Jennifer Lopez, with a video directed by Mike Ho.
Bad Bunny released his debut album X 100pre on Christmas Eve 2018 soon after leaving DJ Luian's label "Hear this Music", revealing on an Instagram live stream that he was never allowed to make an album and also confessing that he actually produced his music by himself. He would join Rimas Entertainment as soon as he left "Hear this Music" to release his debut album on December 24, 2018.
From March 8–10, 2019, Bad Bunny performed a sold-out weekend concert run at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, his debut in Puerto Rico's major entertainment venue. The initial 2-date concert were sold out in a matter of hours, prompting a third date, after much speculation and demand, including specially-priced student tickets. The weekend concert run was themed to '90s Puerto Rican nostalgia through visual elements by local artist and illustrator Sergio Vázquez; the shows also brought back a brief introduction segment featuring the famous '90s late night show No te duermas and its host, Antonio Sánchez "El Gángster". Many guests performers joined Bad Bunny on stage, including Tommy Torres, Becky G, J Balvin, Wisin & Yandel, Ñejo, Arcángel, PJ Sin Suela, El Alfa, Jovani Vázquez and up-and-coming rapper, Guaynaa.
Bad Bunny is primarily a Latin trap and reggaeton artist. As described by a Rolling Stone article, Bad Bunny sings and raps with a "conversational tone", employing "a low, slurry tone, viscous melodies and a rapper's cadence." In an interview with Billboard, Bad Bunny stated that his biggest music inspirations growing up were Héctor Lavoe, Vico C, Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony.
His gender variant behavior is on full-display in many of his videos and when he, at award shows, appears with well-manicured and polished, long fingernails. In the video for his hit single, Estamos Bien, Bad Bunny is seen enjoying his time with his buddies, then polishing his fingernails with a purple nail polish then blows them dry.
Martínez was born on March 10, 1994, in Almirante Sur barrio in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He has two brothers. Martínez wanted to be a singer since he was young. He has stated that, when he was young, his mother wanted him to grow up to be an engineer, his father preferred that he be a baseball player, while a teacher told him that he would become a firefighter. Instead, he took courses in audiovisual communication at University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
Martínez has criticized the decisions made to close schools in Puerto Rico and contrasted them with the opening of more and more prisons. He has since been nominated for Telemundo's Tu Musica Urban Awards "Humanitarian Award of the Year." In 2019, Martínez played on the "Away" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Martínez says he likes to live a calm life and immediately after a concert he leaves the area to avoid crowds. He disappeared from social media for a time when he was overwhelmed with his sudden rise to fame. Views of his videos on YouTube tallied seven billion in 2018. He responded to questions regarding his absence with the release of a song saying he was fine, Estamos Bien.
On July 22, 2019, Bad Bunny joined artists such as Residente, Ricky Martin, and more than half a million puertorricans in taking the streets and shutting down a major highway PR-52, more commonly known as Expreso Las Américas or Autopista Luis A. Ferré, in the days long protests against government corruption and demanding Ricardo Rosselló's resignation. Residente, iLe and Bad Bunny produced a protest song – written and recorded in one day – called "Afilando los Cuchillos" ("Sharpening the Knives") that had 2.5 million views on YouTube within a day of its release.
Awards and nominations
|2017||Latin Grammy Awards||Best Urban Song||"Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola"||Nominated|||
|Best Urban Fusion/Performance|
|Premios Juventud||Breakthrough Artist||Himself|||
|2018||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Latin Artist||Himself|||
|Billboard Latin Music Awards||New Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Latin Song||"Mayores"||Nominated|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||Song of Summer||"I Like It"
(with Cardi B and J Balvin)
|BET Hip Hop Awards||Best Hip-Hop Video||Nominated|||
|Best Collabo, Duo or Group||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Latin American Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Himself||Won|||
|New Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Mayores"||Nominated|
|Favorite Song – Pop||"El Baño"||Nominated|
|Favorite Song – Urban||"Mayores"||Won|
|Latin Grammy Awards||Best Urban Song||"Sensualidad"||Nominated|||
|Soul Train Music Awards||Rhythm & Bars Award||"I Like It" (with Cardi B and J Balvin)||Nominated|||
|2019||Grammy Awards||Record of the Year||"I Like It"
(with Cardi B and J Balvin)
|Premios Lo Nuestro||Urban Song of the Year||"Dura (Remix)"||Nominated|||
|"El Baño (Remix)"||Nominated|
|Male Urban Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Remix of the Year||"Dura (Remix)"||Nominated|
|"El Baño (Remix)"||Nominated|
|"Te Boté (Remix)"||Won|
|Urban Collaboration of the Year||"Dura (Remix)"||Nominated|
|"El Baño (Remix)"||Nominated|
|Crossover Collaboration of the Year||"Está Rico"||Nominated|
|"I Like It"||Nominated|
|Tour of the Year||La Nueva Religión Tour PT. 2||Nominated|
|Telemundo's Tu Musica Urban Awards||Male Urban Artist||Himself||Nominated|||
|International Artist Song||"I Like It"||Nominated|
|International Artist Video||Nominated|
|Remix of the Year||"Te Boté"||Won|
|Collaboration of the Year||"Está Rico"||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||X 100pre||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||"Te Boté (Remix)"||Won|
|Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Estamos Bien"||Nominated|
|Concert of the Year||Trap Kingz||Nominated|
|Humanitarian Award of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|El Premio ASCAP||Song of the Year||"I Like It"||Won|||
|Winning Songs||"El Baño"||Won|
|"Te Boté (Remix)"||Won|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best Collaboration||"I Like It"||Nominated|||
|Hip-Hop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Music Video||Nominated|
|Latin Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Latin Artist||Himself||Nominated|||
|Top Latin Album||X 100pre||Nominated|
|Top Latin Song||"Te Bote"||Won|
|Top Hot 100 Song||"I Like It"||Nominated|
|Top Streaming Song (Audio)||Nominated|
|Top Selling Song||Nominated|
|Top Rap Song||Won|
|Latin Grammy Awards||Best Urban Music Album||X 100pre||Pending|||
|Best Urban Fusion/Performance||"Tenemos Que Hablar"||Pending|
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