Ana Bárbara

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Ana Bárbara
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Background information
Birth name Altagracia Ugalde Motta
Born (1971-01-10) January 10, 1971 (age 43)
Origin Rioverde, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Genres Grupero, Banda, Mariachi, Cumbia, Latin pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actress, TV personality, Model
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1994–present
Labels Fonovisa
AB Productions
Lo Busqué Productions
Sony Music Latin
Website Ana Bárbara Official Website

Ana Bárbara (born January 10, 1971) is a Mexican Latin Grammy Award winning recording artist.[1] She has become a prominent figure within Latin entertainment since her professional debut in 1994 and is amongst one of the leading female figures in Regional Mexican music.

Recognized for her musical talent as well as her sex appeal, Ana Bárbara became popular in the mid-1990s and was crowned La Reina Grupera, for she has not only dominated the Grupero movement, but is one of the driving forces behind the style's realization. With a distinct vocal range, songwriting and producing talent, Ana Bárbara has defined the modern Grupero performance and is one of the few Regional Mexican acts to garner an international following that extends beyond México and the United States.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and early career[edit]

Ana Bárbara showed immense musical potential from an early age. She was particularly influenced and inspired by her older sister, Viviana Ugalde, who was a popular singer locally. Today, Ugalde represents Ana Bárbara as part of her management team.[2]

In 1988, Ana Bárbara entered the local Miss Universe-sponsored Miss Mexico beauty pageant representing her native state of San Luis Potosí and won; however, she lost at the national level..[citation needed] By then, an unknown Altagracia Ugalde moved forward and began to seize any opportunity to sing at local talent shows, and at times professionally at variety of music events and festivals. In 1990 she had the opportunity to tour overseas in Colombia and represent Mexico's mariachi music.[3]

In 1993, Ana Bárbara was proclaimed the Ambassador of Ranchera Music. She also earned the Rostro Bonito de El Heraldo ("El Heraldo's Beautiful Face") award. As a result, she was invited to perform for Pope John Paul II during a Mass at The Vatican. When Mass neared its close; however, she still hadn't been given an opportunity to sing, so she interrupted the proceedings, commanded the attention of the Pope, and began to sing. After mass Pope John Paul II approached Ana Bárbara, blessed her, and wished her luck in her career.[3]

In 1994, Ana Bárbara was noticed by record execs from Fonovisa, one of the top labels in the Regional Mexican market. After signing with Fonovisa, she created artistic stage name 'Ana Bárbara' and launched the self-titled debut album Ana Bárbara. The album was produced and largely written by Aníbal Pastor; it also included songwriting from idol Joan Sebastian. Songs like Sacúdeme and Nada helped Ana Bárbara become a Mexican Grupero star on the rise.[4]

Ana Bárbara released her second album titled La Trampa in July 1995, also produced by Aníbal Pastor. La Trampa catapulted Ana Bárbara's popularity and immediately became a commercial and radio hit. Ana Bárbara received industry accolades as well as invitations to tour and open for Mexican giants Vicente Fernandez and Los Tigres Del Norte. She also appeared on important Latin American television shows like Sabado Gigante and Siempre en Domingo. Consecutive hits and popular music videos, such as Me Asusta Pero Me Gusta and La Trampa, topped Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks and established her as La Reina Grupera (Queen of Grupero Music).

International stardom[edit]

By summer of 1996, Ana Bárbara broke through to mainstream international success with third album Ay, Amor. The album solidified her as a successful Latin recording artist and also became her best album debut on the Latin Billboard charts.[5] Ay, Amor offered a wider appeal to her music by offering some alternate takes on Grupero, and even some ranchero flavored ballads like No Ha Sido Facil, and Entre Ella y Yo.[5] Her attractive appearance and sensual dancing style captivated Latin America audiences during promotional tours with hit singles and music videos of No Lloraré and Ya No Te Creo Nada.

In 1997 she released her first and only calendar. Coors Light beer also selected Ana Bárbara as their Hispanic promotional figure for marketing and advertising. Later that year she returned to Miami, Florida for the annual Calle 8 Music Festival where she was crowned "Queen" of the 1997 parade.

In 1998, Ana Bárbara released fourth studio album produced by singer, songwriter, and icon Marco Antonio Solís. The album, titled Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa, was largely a ballads album with only one Grupero-style song. It included a duet and background vocals by Solís, as well as a 1982 Los Bukis cover of Como Me Haces Falta, which quickly became a popular hit. Como Me Haces Falta also dominated airwaves across Latin America, México, and the United States. Ana Bárbara kept up the momentum of her previous release as her popularity continued to grow.

In 1999, Ana Bárbara released fifth studio album Tu Decisión, produced by longtime collaborater Aníbal Pastor. One of his two songwriting credits, Engañada, became the album's lead single and most popular hit. Tu Decisión was also notable in songwriting terms because it marked Ana Bárbara's debut as a songwriter.[3] In the same year she also debuted as an actress, starring in the made-for-TV film Todo Contigo, via Hispanic network Televisa/Univision. The film's song Todo Contigo was included in album Tu Decisión. Music videos like Quise Olvidar grew in popularity on television shows like Onda Max and other music video television networks. The following year Ana Bárbara became the first solo grupero act recognized by The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for album Tu Decisión, which received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Grupero Performance.

In 2000, Ana Bárbara took a short maternity leave when her first child, Emiliano, was born. She returned in 2001 with her 6th studio album, Te Regalo La Lluvia. The Mariachi-ballad effort was a challenge to her custom Grupero style; however, industry critics who had written off Ana Bárbara as simply "a grupero novelty built chiefly upon sex appeal" consequently took her and her music a bit more seriously. In the fall, she received her second Latin Grammy nomination for Best Mariachi Performance. Ana Bárbara also participated in El Último Adiós (The Last Goodbye), a song written in memory of the 9/11 attacks, which included popular artists, such as Alejandro Fernández, Marco Antonio Solís, Thalía, and Ricky Martin, among others. As Ana Bárbara toured for Te Regalo La Lluvia, she began preparations for a Grupero-style album.[3]

After several years as a recording artist, Ana Bárbara began to produce her own material. She took control of the direction of her music and began to compose, arrange, and select her own lyrics and melodies, yet followed patterns of earlier albums.

In September 2003, Te Atraparé...Bandido was released; it became one of her most successful albums to date. Soon record executives pushed for a follow-up album, and in May 2005 Ana Bárbara produced and released Loca de Amar. She continued booking success with popular chart-topping singles like Bandido, Deja, Loca, and Lo Busqué, which dominated airwaves across South America, Mexico, and the United States, as well as on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Music videos for each of the tracks also reached over 25 million combined views on Vevo.[3]

Production credits[edit]

In 2004, she produced debut album for Francisco and Antero Ugalde, better known as Mexican duo Los Elegidos (Ana Bárbara's brothers).[6] Their album titled Tal y Como Somos was produced in Banda and was released in 2005. Ana Bárbara wrote and composed several tracks on the album, including debut single Fruta Prohibida. The single topped Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart and helped Los Elegidos reach popularity in México and the United States. In 2006, she produced their sophomore album titled Niña Mimada. In 2013, she produced stand-alone single A Mi Me Pasa Igual. Ana Bárbara is currently producing her brother Francisco Ugalde's solo-debut album tentatively titled El Ceniciente.

Selena tribute concert[edit]

In April 2005, she participated in Selena ¡VIVE!, an anniversary tribute concert held in honor of legendary icon Selena, the "Queen of Tejano music." The star-studded event was held on April 7, 2005 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas and included mainstream acts, such as Thalía, Ana Gabriel, Alejandra Guzman, Olga Tanon, Pepe Aguilar, and Banda el Recodo, among others. The iconic tribute was produced by Spanish-language network Univision, and made history by becoming the most watched Spanish-language television special in the US. Ana Bárbara produced and co-wrote a new version of "La Carcacha", which mixed Selena's original version with her Grupero signature style.

2005 Latin Grammy[edit]

Ana Bárbara in the zócalo of Cholula , Puebla in 2005. Crowned La Reina Grupera (The queen of grupera music), for she has not only dominated the Grupero movement, but is one of the driving forces behind the style's realization.

By the fall of 2005, Ana Bárbara won Best Grupero Album for Loca de Amar at the 6th Annual Latin Grammy Ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This was also Ana Bárbara's Grammy ceremony debut where she performed a medly of two of Lo Busqué and Loca.[7]


In July 2005, Ana Bárbara began a relationship with Mariana Levy's widower Jose Maria Fernández, an architect commonly known as Pirru. Their union proved highly controversial because Pirru had recently lost his wife. Soon, Ana Barbara's personal life would become a media frenzy. Although the couple was harshly criticized by the general public, they engaged October 2005 and wed a few months after. Their union; however, stunned the media and many of Ana Bárbara's followers in México and the United States for years to come.[2]

2006 Cancún, pregnancy, and family life[edit]

In the Spring of 2006, Ana Bárbara released official 2006 FIFA World Cup soccer theme Arriba Arriba, as well as ninth studio album No Es Brujería. Lead single No Es Brujería fared well on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks, but the promotion was quickly stalled after announcing her second pregnancy.[8] Follow up single Vete was later released in a Banda version, as well as a duet of Con Mis Propias Manos with Mexican singer Pablo Montero.

While Ana Bárbara's career was in its peak popularity, she made a bold decision to take an extensive break from music. She put her career on hold for several years in order to dedicate time to her new family.[3] She also relocated to the popular resort city of Cancún, México with newly husband Pirru, and their combined children Emiliano Gallardo (born in 2000), José Emilio Fernandez (born in 2005) and Paula Fernandez (born in 2001).[3] Her second child, José María, was born in the fall of 2006.

During her "time-off," she joined the food-industry business. She opened an exclusive restaurant in 2007 titled Chocalate City, located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, México.[9] The restaurant relocated to plaza La Isla then later sold to sister Sabina Montero. It was renamed La Casa de Los Abuelos.

In 2008, Ana Bárbara expanded her entrepreneur side once again by opening a nightclub titled Bandido. The night-club was also located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, México; however, it was sold to a business investor a year later.

2008 José José special tribute concert[edit]

In July 2008, Ana Bárbara made a special appearance in a star-studded concert tribute for legendary Mexican icon José José. She performed his classic hit titled Lo Pasado, Pasado and was acclaimed for one of the night's highlight performance. Ana Bárbara was also recognized for being the night's "best dressed".[10]

Soon after Universal Latin Music bought out Fonovisa, new record executives pressured Ana Bárbara for a new album. She announced a new album in the works for the fall of 2009.

In April 2009, Ana Bárbara was featured on the cover of People en Español Los 50 Más Bellos list, alongside Maite Perroni, and Eva Longoria, among others.[11]

Return to recording and Fonovisa departure[edit]

Several Greatest Hits' albums and DVD's were released during her time off, like Una Mujer, Un Sueño and Para Ti, Mi Historia. Compilation albums featuring peers such as Alicia Villarreal, Jennifer Pena, and the late Selena (Dos Historias), were also released by record label Fonovisa. After taking nearly five years off from recording, Ana Bárbara remained a favorite in the music industry. said: "She has not only dominated the Grupero movement, but Ana Bárbara is one of the driving forces behind the Grupero-style realization."[3] In the summer of 2009, she was featured on the cover of People en Español.[12] During the pre-planning and creative realization of album Rompiendo Cadenas, Ana Bárbara began to deviate from her Grupero beginnings and slowly traversed into Latin Pop.

This musical change became evident in the fall of 2009 with the release of Rompiendo Cadenas; an uptempo Urban/Pop track, produced by Dominican duo Luny Tunes featuring Reggaeton duo Dyland & Lenny.[13] The music video for Rompiendo Cadenas was filmed in La Habana, Cuba and quickly reached over four million views on YouTube.[14] Rompiendo Cadenas debuted at number 39 on Billboard '​s Latin Pop Songs on November 12, 2009.[15] Two alternate versions of song Rompiendo Cadenas premiered on iTunes, one in banda and another in acoustic.

Ana Bárbara introduced Latin Pop album Rompiendo Cadenas in January 2010. During its press conference, she described the departure with label Fonovisa Records. Not only did album Rompiendo Cadenas reveal a completely different genre, but Ana Bárbara was also sole songwriter of the 10-track album; a challenge she had never experimented with.[16] Furthermore, Fonovisa Records request to reconsider and change the music style or terminate the contract.[17] Ana Bárbara left Fonovisa after increasing problems and immediately launched Rompiendo Cadenas on her own record label AB Productions / (Lo Busqué Productions).

In February 2010 Ana Bárbara hosted a series of events for Hispanic networks Univision and TeleFutura. She and Puerto Rican singer Víctor Manuelle hosted the 2010 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards live from Miami, Florida.[18] Ana Bárbara was voted finalist for most elegant dressed celebrity. The following day she participated in a star-studded Spanish remake of Michael Jackson's We Are the World, titled Somos El Mundo alongside Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, Thalía, Shakira, Pitbull, Gloria Estefan, Jenni Rivera, and Luis Miguel.[19] In the same month, Ana Bárbara hosted a televised music special in honor of legendary fallen icon Selena. She also participated as judge for a special Selena contest titled Buscando la doble de Selena, alongside Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza, and Latin Grammy-winning Dominican Merengue music singer Milly Quezada.[20]

In March 2010, second single from Rompiendo Cadenas premiered to mixed reviews. While lead track Rompiendo Cadenas became the album's most notable hit, rock single Que Ironía signalled that her patented formula was beginning to run out of steam. The track was also featured in a pop version, but neither sparked much interest in radio or the general public. Ana Bárbara later explained that the song was originally written and intended for pop diva Gloria Trevi, but when her eldest son Emiliano reassured her confidence, she decided to take a new challenge, record the track, and make it her own.[21] A music video premiered the following month and reached over a million views. Although album Rompiendo Cadenas did not fare well in sales in comparison to previous efforts, it won Ana Bárbara critical acclaim and it was well received by fans.

In May 2010, Ana Bárbara announced two new additional Pop Latino songs.[22] The first track was Ahora Tengo, a duet featuring Mexican singer-songwriter Reyli; its music video was filmed in New York and premiered in June 2010. The next song was Alma Perdida, a powerful ballad composed specifically for Univision's mini-series Mujeres Asesinas 3.[23][24]

In the Spring of 2011, some of Ana Bárbara's projects included an appearance in Univision's soap opera Una Familia Con Suerte; the cameo role became her official debut as an actress in a soap opera.[25] Ana Bárbara also sang Suerte, which was included in the soap opera soundtrack. In the fall, Ana Bárbara released yet another Pop Latino bonus track and music video titled Refugio Para el Amor, but like several recent releases since 2009's Rompiendo Cadenas, they too garnered a lukewarm reception.


In June 2010, tabloid magazines and entertainment television shows speculated over divorce rumors between Ana Bárbara and José María Fernández Pirru, due to his infidelity.[26] On July 2, 2010 Ana Bárbara released a statement confirming the end of their five year marriage.[27] Months after the split, Ana Bárbara confirmed a new romantic relationship with wealthy business man Elias Sacal, but that also went sour several months later.[28] She is currently dedicated solely to her children and career.

2010–2011 car accidents[edit]

In recent years, Ana Bárbara remained a fixture of celebrity gossip more so because of her personal life than her talent. In July 2010, she was involved in a car accident in Cancún that left a 79-year-old woman dead; the incident sparked a media circus. Authorities arrested Ana Bárbara's driver (bodyguard and family friend). Some eyewitnesses, however, speculated that it was Ana Bárbara who was driving. She denied the accusations and any wrongdoing. Due to immense media pressure, Ana Bárbara granted network Televisa an exclusive interview where she broke down in tears and oferred the victim's family an apology about the accident. She also stated that on-scene police authorities allowed her to leave the scene because they had apprehended her driver. To add fuel to the fire, the victim's daughter used several media outlets to blast Ana Bárbara and presume that it was she that was driving. Ana Bárbara was exonerated after Mexican authorities found no evidence that could have linked her behind the wheel.[29] She faced civil charges for being the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the accident.[30][31][32] In December 2010, Mexico's CNDH (Human Resources National Committee) recommended that the governor and Municipal President of Quintana Roo review the case after a petition was filed by the victim's family claiming investigative fallacies. During the appeal, Ana Bárbara was called to re-testify, but was found innocent of any wrongdoing. Munguía (driver) was free on bail while the case was pending, but in October 2011 he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.[33][34] In early 2012, he was sentenced to two years in prison; he was released in 2014.

On February 3, 2011, Ana Bárbara was involved in another car accident in Cancún, Quintana Roo. Officials in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo say the singer was driving a Porsche Cayenne that hit the back of another vehicle at a stop light. Traffic officer Abraham Coutino said "no one was injured" and "the singer's insurance covered all damages." Ana Bárbara was highly criticized by the media once again, but asked the general public not to believe the exaggerated reports over the minor fender bender accident.[35][36]

2011 third pregnancy[edit]

After divorcing, José María Fernández Pirru for nearly two years, a 40-year-old Ana Bárbara announced in August 2011 that she was pregnant via artificial insemination. She decided to undergo the procedure after her children Emiliano and José María suggested they wanted a bigger family. Ana Bárbara said she expected to be criticized for deciding to have a child without a father, but she would not let the criticism bother her. "I felt my puzzle was missing a piece and now it's complete," she told the Méxican edition of ¡Hola! magazine. Her third child was named Jerónimo and he was born in December 2011 in México City. During an exclusive interview in March 2012, Ana Bárbara revealed the identity of Jeronimo's father to ¡Hola! magazine... none other than longtime best friend, singer-songwriter Reyli.[37][38][39]

Health concerns[edit]

After several public and tumultuous incidents that transcended in recent years, Ana Bárbara suffered personal troubles that resulted in depression and anorexia. She confirmed via Twitter in March 2011 that she had "an illness" and was receiving treatment in Spain to improve her overall well being.[40] In July 2011, Ana Bárbara confirmed that she was moving from México and relocating to the United States.[41]

2012 relocation, music, television show, and Hollywood[edit]

After an unsuccessful period and sensing it was time to change direction personally and professionally, Ana Bárbara began writing and producing tracks for a new Regional Mexican album recorded for the first time in Banda.

In April 2012, she revealed career projects that included a new single and filming a television show. Ana Bárbara also migrated to the United States, Los Angeles area with her three children.

She released stand-alone Banda single Tu Ingratitud, a 1993 Los Bukis cover composed by Marco Antonio Solís.[42] A music video was released in July and quickly reached over three millions of views on YouTube. Tu Ingratitud peaked at number one in Mexico and top 20 in United States and South America.[43] The record soon reached international popularity and became Ana Bárbara's return to music charts and touring. Ana Bárbara also collaborated with peers such as María José, Anahí, and La Original Banda El Limon in each of their new albums.

In July 2012, Ana Bárbara became the newest judge on Estrella TV's music and reality contest Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, filmed in Burbank, California.[44] She replaced singer Jenni Rivera for the seventh season after Rivera left to be a judge on La Voz... Mexico.

In October 2012, Dos Abrazos, a song written by Ana Bárbara from multi-Grammy nominated album No Es Brujería, appeared in Sharon Stone's 2012 Hollywood motion picture, Border Run. A Banda version of Dos Abrazos was later re-released in Ana Bárbara's eleventh studio album.[45][46] The motion picture went straight to DVD and was released in February 2013.

On December 8, 2012, Ana Bárbara sang México's national anthem during the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV fight live from Las Vegas Nevada.[47]

2013 Television Show and Music[edit]

In December 2012, new banda track Los Vergelitos leaked to radio.

In April, Ana Bárbara hosted the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards live from Miami, Florida via Telemundo network; however, her best highlight was an impromptu "a capella" serenade to music icon Jose Jose.[48]

In July, Ana Bárbara returned to small television soap opera's. She had a singing performance cameo in Televisa and Univision soap opera Amores verdaderos grand finale where she sang the popular Franco de Vita ballad Tu De Que Vas.

In August, Ana Bárbara became the voice of Yo Soy la Mujer, the theme song to Telemundo's soap opera Marido En Alquiler.[49] Ana Bárbara premiered Yo Soy la Mujer (Versión Banda) on La Voz Kids grand finale.[50]

Ana Bárbara participated in the 2013 Premio de la Radio's tribute in honor of the late Jenni Rivera; she performed one of Rivera's most popular hits, Inolvidable.

She continued filming small television during the 8th and 9th season of Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, via Estrella TV. During the reality show finale in November, Ana Bárbara premiered heartbreak track Yo Ya No Estoy.

After a long layoff to concentrate on family and filming small television, Ana Bárbara released Yo Soy La Mujer on December 3, 2013 via Sony Latin and Lo Busqué Productions. Although Ana Bárbara had produced and composed Banda for over a decade, her eleventh studio album became her first Banda album. During a press interview at The Conga Room, Ana Bárbara said "Yo Soy La Mujer is sentimental, but fun; it has a blend of traditional and modern banda elements and sounds that pay tribute to my heritage and childhood."[51] The 10-track album included songwriting from Mexican artists Joan Sebastian (Los Cazahuates), Marco Antonio Solís (Tu Ingratitud), Jose Alfredo Jimenez (Te Vas o Te Quedas), and Reyli (Yo Ya No Estoy). The album peaked at No. 11 on Billboard '​s Top Latin Albums and yielded Ana Bárbara's best studio album debut on the charts in over a decade.[52] A music video for lead single Ahora Me Toca A Mí premiered on Vevo along with a Pop version.

2014 20 Years Celebration and Yo Soy La Mujer Projects[edit]

Yo Soy La Mujer was released in México in February 2014; a limited edition includeded two previously unreleased tracks: Al Pie de un Árbol and Como Quieras Quiero.

In January 2014, Ana Bárbara announced the Yo Soy La Mujer: Celebrando 20 Años de Trayectoria tour in honor of her 20 year musical career; she stated that the tour symbolized the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in her professional life. The tour kicked off internationally in La Paz, Bolivia. During her visit to South America she premiered Ahora Me Toca a Mí (Cumbia Versión).[53] The tour made its way through Peru, Chile and other countries in South America and Central America, as well as big cities in the United States, ending December 13 in Guatemala.

In April, Ana Bárbara premiered second single A Donde Crees Que Vas on CNN Latino. Not only did she become a self-proclaimed "advocate of woman empowerment," but her music videos and wardrobe ensembles also revealed a stronger sex-appeal than ever before. She announced a duet with Bolivian group K'ala Marka Niña de mis Ojos.

Ana Bárbara celebrated two decades in the music business on April 12, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Not only did she demonstrate a "very toned and educated voice," but she also delivered a lot of "passion, beauty, and overall talent."[54] She performed popular songs from her repertoire, medleys of her beginnings, as well as classics from icons Juan Gabriel, Lola Beltran, and Jose Alfredo Jimenez. The intimate show was full of surprises, including the unexpected appearance by Marco Antonio Solís, who was on hand to personally congratulate her and perform a duet. Legends such as Pepe Aguilar, Cristian Castro, and Enrique Iglesias also sent words of love and support during the show.[55] The two-hour special aired in October 2014 via Estrella TV.

In July 2014, Regional Mexican recording artist Gerardo Ortiz joined Ana Bárbara on the eleventh season of Estrella TV's talent contest Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento aired September through November 2014. During the season's finale, she performed a Mariachi version of Ahora Me Toca a Mi.

2015 Tour, New Album, and Current Projects[edit]

In December 2014, Ana Bárbara was featured on Banda duet with Spanish singer Marcos Llunas, featuring La Original Banda El Limón Por Ese Hombre. A music video will premier in February.

She is currently producing her brother Francisco "Pancho" Ugalde's debut album titled El Ceniciento, due February 2015. Ana Bárbara is also one of the many collaborators from Compass, Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara's star-studded new album due early 2015.[56] Ana Bárbara is scheduled to be honored by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in 2015.[57]


Ana Bárbara is recipient of music's most important awards including the Latin Grammy's, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, and Premios Oye among other accolades and accomplishments.

She has received five Latin Grammy nominations for albums Tu Decisión, Te Regalo La Lluvia, Te Atraparé... Bandido, Loca de Amar (won Best Grupero Album), and No Es Brujería which also received a second nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards. She is the only female solo act with the most Latin Grammy nominations within the Regional genre. She is also one of only two female artists in the history of the Latin Grammy's Regional categories to win the prestigious accolade, (the other is peer Alicia Villarreal). Her former record label Fonovisa said "these recognitions are milestone accomplishments in Ana Bárbara's career that has spanned for more than a decade of uninterrupted success in the United States, México and Latin America."[7]

Ana Bárbara has also been awarded four Premio Lo Nuestro awards in the Regional Mexican Best Female Artist category, with a total of 12 nominations since her debut. She has won the following years: 1996, 1997, 1998, and in 2006.[58]

She has received seven Premio Furia Musical Awards (Premios Bandamax), as well three Premio El Heraldo trophies: one for Best New Artist in 1994 and two Best Female Singer in 1997 and 2000.[59]

In 2002, Ana Bárbara won the prestigious Casandra Award (international version of the Grammy's) for Most Outstanding International Artist.[60]

In 2005, she also won My Favorite Regional Mexican Artist at Univision's Premios Juventud, as well as 2006's Best Female Performer at Mexico's Premios Oye! (Mexico's version of the Grammy's).

In September 2012, Ana Bárbara was crowned queen of the LGBT community in Los Angeles, California.[61] In October 2014, she was also crowned 'queen' of the LGBT community in Atlanta, Georgia.

By the fall of 2012, Ana Bárbara was honored for her 20 year music trajectory from Regional Mexican Music award show Premios de la Radio. "In a career spanning over 20 years, Ana Bárbara has become an impressive international artist that has influenced a lot of today's female Regional Mexican singers, much thanks to her incomparable vocal talent, dominating sex-appeal, and unique style. She has sold over 8 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide, making her one of the few female interpreters of Regional Mexican music to garner an international following that extends beyond México and the United States."[62] To celebrate her first career recognition, Ana Bárbara performed a medly of signature songs: Lo Busque, Como Me Haces Falta, Tu Ingratitud, and Bandido. She also celebrated the special ceremony by performing a duet of Te Voy Olvidar with friend, colleague, and the past decade's biggest Regional Mexican Banda female artist, the late Jenni Rivera (only one month before Rivera's untimely death).

In 2013, Ana Bárbara was nominated for Female Artist of The Year at Premios de la Radio and the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Awards.[63][64]

In 2014, Ana Bárbara was nominated for Female Artist of The Year at Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios de la Radio, and People En Espanol Entertainment Awards.[65][66]

In 2015, Ana Bárbara was nominated for Female Artist of The Year at Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro.[67]

By 2015, Ana Barbara reached over 75 million combined YouTube views of her music videos and special televised performances.[68]

Studio Albums[edit]


  • From the album Ana Bárbara:
    • "Nada"
    • "Sacúdeme"
    • "Todo Lo Aprendí De Ti"
  • From the album La Trampa:
    • "La Trampa"
    • "No Sé Que Voy Hacer"
    • "Me Asusta, Pero Me Gusta"
  • From the album Navidad Con Amigos:
    • "Dame Un Beso En Nochebuena"
  • From the album Ay, Amor:
    • "Ya No Te Creo Nada"
    • "No Lloraré"
    • "Y Siempre"
  • From the album Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa:
    • "Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa"
    • "Como Me Haces Falta"
    • "Qué Saben?" (Duet with Marco Antonio Solis)
  • From the album Tu Decisión:
    • "Engañada"
    • "Quise Olvidar"
    • "Todo Contigo"
  • From the album Te Regalo La Lluvia:
    • "Eso No Es De Hombres"
    • "Te Regalo La Lluvia"
    • "Bailaré
  • From the album Te Atraparé... Bandido:
    • "Bandido"
    • "Deja" (Versión Pop)
    • "Cosas Del Amor" (Duet with Yuri)
  • From the album Loca de Amar:
  • From the album No Es Brujería:
    • "No Es Brujería"
    • "Vete" (Versión Banda)
    • "Con Mis Propias Manos" (Duet with Pablo Montero)
  • From the album Yo Soy la Mujer:

Music videos[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • "Lo Mejor de Ana Bárbara: En la Monumental Plaza México" (1997)
  • "Hacia en Milenio" (1999)
  • "15 Exitos" (2002)
  • "Una Mujer, Un Sueño" (2004)
  • "Dos en Uno" (2005)
  • "Divas Gruperas: Ana Bárbara & Alicia Villarreal" (2005)
  • "Reynas Gruperas: Ana Bárbara & Prisila y Sus Balas de Plata" (2005)
  • "Confesiones: Ana Bárbara & Jennifer Peña" (2005)
  • "Más Confesiones: Ana Bárbara & Jennifer Peña" (2006)
  • "La Trampa y Muchos Éxitos Más" (2006)
  • "Para Ti... Mi Historia" (2006)
  • "Dos Historias: Ana Bárbara & Selena" (2006)
  • "La Mejor Seleccion" (2007)
  • "En Familia: Ana Bárbara & Los Elegidos" (2007)
  • "Partes de Mi Vida" (2008)
  • "La Historia: Mis Éxitos" (2008)
  • "Voz y Figura: 20 Éxitos w/ DVD" (2009)
  • "Mi Colección: Ana Bárbara" (2012)



  1. ^ Ana Barbara Official Website
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ana Bárbara AllMusic Bio
  4. ^ Fonovisa. Fonovisa. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  5. ^ a b Ana Bárbara, bárbaramente sensual. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  6. ^ [C-47816-ana-barbara-apoyo-la-nueva-produccion-de-sus-hermanos Ana Bárbara y sus Elegidos]. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  7. ^ a b Fonovisa Superstar Recording Artists’ Banda El Recodo and Barbara Earn a Latin Grammy Award. Univision Press Release (2005-04-11)
  8. ^ Nace hijo de Ana Bárbara. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  9. ^ Ana Bárbara abrió su restaurante. (2011-02-17). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  10. ^ Ana Bárbara: Tributo a José José. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  11. ^ "Los 50 más Bellos 2009" People en Español:
  12. ^ El regreso de Ana Bárbara en exclusiva. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  13. ^ Ana Bárbara New Release: Rompiendo Cadenas[dead link]
  14. ^ Ana Bárbara Rompiendo Cadenas. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  15. ^ Ana Bárbara Music News & Billboard Chart Information. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  16. ^ Ana Bárbara Rompiendo Cadenas Radio Notas
  17. ^ Ana Bárbara regresa con álbum pop. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  18. ^ Univision Announces Star-Studded Line Up for 22nd Edition of "Premio Lo Nuestro a La Música Latina" Awards. Univision (2010-08-02).
  19. ^ 50 Latin Stars Gather to Record "Somos El Mundo". (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  20. ^ Final de Buscando a la Doble de Selena. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  21. ^ "Rompe con la música grupera". El Universal. 24 June 2013. 
  22. ^ Ana Bárbara's Official Twitter. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  23. ^ Ana Bárbara se vuelve actriz y se casa. Retrieved on 202-12-22.
  24. ^ Ana Bárbara prepara Nuevo disco. (2011-01-15). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  25. ^ Osorio presenta parte del elenco de su telenovela. (2010-08-17). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  26. ^ Afirman que Ana Bárbara se separa del Pirru. (2010-06-24). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  27. ^ "Ana Bárbara anuncia divorcio". OEM. 
  28. ^ Ana Bárbara estrena novio; es ex de Rebecca de Alba y Adela Micha. (2010-08-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  29. ^ Ana Bárbara es exonerada de toda culpa. (2010-08-03). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  30. ^ Latin Grammy-Winner in Cancún Hit-and-Run. (2012-12-14). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  31. ^ Ana Bárbara no conducía camioneta: procurador. (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  32. ^ Ana Bárbara no conducia. (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  33. ^ Ana Bárbara tendrá que testificar por muerte de anciana. (2010-12-20). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  34. ^ Chofer de Ana Bárbara se declarará culpable. (2011-10-06). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  35. ^ Mexican Grammy winner in new Cancún road accident. Washington Post (2011-02-03)
  36. ^ "Otro lío de Ana Bárbara". Radio Omega. 
  37. ^ Singer Ana Bárbara Pregnant by Artificial Insemination. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  38. ^ Ana Bárbara se sometió a inseminación artificial. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  39. ^ Ana Barbara & Reyli Reveal He is Jeronimo’s Father. Latin Gossip (2012-03-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  40. ^ Ana Bárbara confirmó que está internada. (2011-03-30). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  41. ^ ¡Ana Bárbara se va de México!. (2011-07-01). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  42. ^ 'La Reina Grupera' está en los primeros lugares por 'Tu ingratitud' y cantará en Hollywood. (2012-04-27). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  43. ^ Ana Bárbara retoma su carrera. (2012-06-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  44. ^ Ana Bárbara es nueva juez en Estrella TV. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  45. ^ "Ana Bárbara, mas fuerte que nunca en el plano laboral". Puro Party. 
  46. ^ Canción de Ana Bárbara en película de Sharon Stone. Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  47. ^ Ana Bárbara criticada por su interpretación del Himno Mexicano en la pelea de Márquez. (2012-12-09). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  48. ^ Ana Barbara, Juan Soler, Daniel Sarcos to Host Billboard Latin Music Awards.
  49. ^ TV News Desk. "Music Star Ana Barbara Debuts Theme Song for Telemundo's Marido En Alquiler". Braodwayworld. 
  50. ^ Redaccin (25 July 2013). "Ana Bárbara se une a la gran final de "La Voz Kids".". La Presnsfal. 
  51. ^ Begoña Caballero Sagardia. "Ana Bárbara nos presenta "Yo soy la mujer", su nuevo disco.". About. 
  52. ^ "Jenni Rivera’s Posthumous Live Album Debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Charts.". Billboard. 
  53. ^ "Ana Bárbara y AB Quintanilla se presentan en Bolivia.". Pagina Siete. 19 January 2014. 
  54. ^ "Concert review: Ana Bárbara provided a great show.". Fontana Herald News. 
  55. ^ "Ana Bárbara Took Over Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.". Living Out Loud LA. 
  56. ^ "Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album.". Billboard. 
  57. ^ Ana Bárbara tendrá su estrella en el Paseo de la Fama en Las Vegas. (2012-09-19). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  58. ^ Premio Lo Nuestro. Univision (1970-01-01). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  59. ^ "Ana Barbara Premios Heraldo Casandra Furia Musical.". 
  60. ^ Copesa:. "Ana Barbara Veronica Castro Premio Casandra.". La Cuarta. 
  61. ^ Ana Bárbara Will Be Named Queen. (2012-08-23). Retrieved on 2012-12-22.
  62. ^ Los ganadores de los Premios de la Radio 2012
  63. ^ Begoña Caballero Sagardia. "Ana Barbara Artista Femenina del Año". About. 
  64. ^ Foto: Sitio Oficial. "Los nominados a Premios Billboard de la Música Mexicana 2013". Terra. 
  65. ^ "Premio Lo Nuestro 2014: La lista completa de nominados". 
  66. ^ "Estrellas del Año: Ana Barbara". 
  67. ^ Ana Bárbara Premios Lo Nuestro Nominees
  68. ^ "Ana Bárbara VEVO". YouTube. 

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