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Luis Enrique (singer)

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Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique at the Premios Lo Nuestro 2010 awards
Luis Enrique at the Premios Lo Nuestro 2010 awards
Background information
Born (1962-09-28) September 28, 1962 (age 61)
Somoto, Madriz, Nicaragua
OriginMiami, Florida
Years active1973–present
LabelsTop Stop Music

Luis Enrique Mejía López (born September 28, 1962) is a Nicaraguan-American singer-songwriter and musician. He is known as "El Príncipe de la Salsa" (The Prince of Salsa).[1] A grammy-award-winning artist, he has released over 20 albums and achieved widespread success, including his single "Yo No Sé Mañana" which was awarded a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Tropical Song".[2]

With nearly 30 years in the music industry, he has accomplished several gold and platinum albums. During his peak he also performed as a session musician and provided percussion for many other artists including Ricky Martin, Foreigner, Juan Luis Guerra, Chayanne and others. He also worked in other genres such as merengue and pop.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Luis Enrique was born in the small town of Somoto, Nicaragua, to a family of musical artists.[4] He is the son of Francisco Luis Mejia Godoy, and nephew of Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy and Carlos Mejia Godoy. His brother, Ramon Mejia, better known as "Perrozompopo" is also a Latin Grammy nominated artist for Best Alternative Music Album.[5]

At the age of 15 he moved to the United States in 1978 with his mother, and attended La Serna High School in Whittier, California. His enrollment in a music class in high school was his only formal training.[6]


Luis Enrique began his career in the late 1980s and achieved success in the 1990s. He was one of the leading pioneers that led to the salsa romántica movement in the 1980s.[7] Enrique has received two Grammy Award-nomination for "Best Tropical Latin Performance" for album Luces del Alma and his song "Amiga". He performed and recorded with salsa romántica group Sensation 85, which also included La Palabra and Nestor Torres. On May 19, 2009, his album Ciclos was nominated for numerous Latin Grammy Awards, his biggest breakthrough in over a decade. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album and also contained the hit single "Yo No Sé Mañana".

He hosted the first season of Objetivo Fama in 2004, a Puerto Rican singing competition show. He won two Latin Grammys and the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album in 2010.[8] In 2015 he was a judge on La Voz Peru for its third season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He mentioned in an interview with Billboard that his top five favorite salsa singers are Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Louie Ramirez, and Oscar D'Leon.[10]

He currently resides in Miami, Florida. He has one son, Luca Enrique Mejia.[11]

He released an autobiography in 2017 titled "Autobiografía".[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

"Yo No Sé Mañana" received a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Tropical Song" and a nomination for Song of the Year.[13] The song was nominated at the 2010 Lo Nuestro Awards for Tropical Song of the Year.[14] The song was awarded a Billboard Latin Music award for "Tropical Airplay – Song of the Year".[15]

The Lo Nuestro Awards are awarded annually by American network Univision. Luis Enrique received one award in 1989.[16]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1989 Himself Tropical/Salsa New Artist of the Year Won
Himself Tropical/Salsa Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Amor y Alegría Tropical/Salsa Album of the Year Nominated
"Tu No Le Amas, Le Temes" Tropical/Salsa Song of the Year Nominated
1990 Himself Tropical/Salsa Male Artist of the Year Won
Mi Mundo Tropical/Salsa Album of the Year Won
"Lo Que Pasó Entre Tu y Yo... Pasó" Tropical/Salsa Song of the Year Won


Studio albums[17]


  1. ^ "Luis Enrique Shares His Picks for Top 5 Salsa Singers of All Time". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Juan Gabriel Steals Show, Calle 13 Sweep Latin Grammys". Billboard.
  3. ^ "SalsaBlvd | Luis Enrique | Biography".
  4. ^ "Biography".
  5. ^ "Billboard". October 2, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Prince of Salsa". March 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Luis Enrique Inks Exclusive Global Deal with Peermusic". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Luis Enrique goza sus 50 años" (in Spanish). Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Luis Enrique Confirmado Entre el Grupo de Entrenadores de la Proxima Temporada de la Voz Peru".
  10. ^ "Luis Enrique Shares His Picks for Top 5 Salsa Singers of All Time". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. November 12, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Luca, hijo del salsero Luis Enrique, debuta como rapero en el nuevo álbum de su padre". March 8, 2021.
  12. ^ "Luis Enrique presenta su autobiografía".
  13. ^ Calle 13 the Big Winnder at Latin Grammys Latin American Herald Tribune
  14. ^ Premios Lo Nuestro 2010
  15. ^ Billboard 2010 Winners Telemundo
  16. ^ Lo Nuestro:
  17. ^ "Luis Enrique". Discogs.