Lupillo Rivera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Saavedra.
Lupillo Rivera
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Rivera pictured along side "Profesora Venus" at the 2013 Premios de la Radio.
Background information
Birth name Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra
Born (1972-01-30) 30 January 1972 (age 43)
La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico[1]
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Regional Mexican, Banda
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Labels Cintas Acuario, Sony Music Latin (Present)
Associated acts Jenni Rivera, Chiquis

Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra (born January 30, 1972), better known by the stage name Lupillo Rivera is a Mexican-born American singer-songwriter.[2][3][4] In 2010, Rivera was awarded a Grammy Award for his album, Tu Esclavo y Amo.[5]

Early life[edit]

Rivera was born in La Barca, Jalisco to Rosa Saavedra and Pedro Rivera.[1] At the age of four, Lupillo, and the rest of the Rivera family illegally emigrated to Long Beach, California, where Lupillo graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.[2]


Rivera wanted to be a restaurant owner. His father Pedro Rivera, however, was a recording label/studio owner (Cintas Acuario). Wanting to give his son a hands-on business experience, Mr. Rivera hired his son Lupillo to work at the studio when a contracted singer failed to show up for a recording session.

Lupillo was given the task of looking for local talent at bars, with the idea that some of that talent could be signed by his father's company.

When Lupillo first started singing he was called "El Torito" Lupillo Rivera. Later when becoming more famous he was known as "El Toro del Corrido".

Lupillo's uncle was a semi-famous professional boxer, known as El Toro Rivera to Mexican boxing fans. By 1999, Lupillo began to sing using his own name [Lupillo]. By then, he had already signed with Sony Discos. His star began to rise meteorically at that point. In 2001, he was awarded a Premios lo Nuestro.

By 2010, nearly a decade into his career, Rivera had received various Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations for his work, that same year, he was awarded a Grammy Award for his album, Tu Esclavo y Amo.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, while he was driving to a concert location, his SUV overturned. He required hospitalization. Months later, Adán Sánchez, a years-long friend who had grown to admire and become like a little brother to Lupillo, died at the age of nineteen in another car accident, leaving Lupillo Rivera devastated.[citation needed]

In 2004, a Marine who died in Iraq had requested for Lupillo to sing at his funeral should he die, and Lupillo complied with the request, leaving one of his famous sombreros on the Marine's burial casket during the funeral.

On December 11, 2006, after leaving a restaurant around 1 am in Guadalajara, Jalisco, his SUV was shot seven times. It is not known if the shooting was an attempted murder or kidnapping or just robbery.

Lupillo's brother Pedro Rivera Jr. is a Spanish-language Christian singer and ordained pastor of the Southern Baptist Church. The name of the church is Primer Amor located in Whittier, California. it is a Spanish-speaking service.

On August 8, 2008, he had a son. On June 21, Lupillo Rivera and his two young children appeared on the Spanish talk-show Cristina, and he told Cristina that he has eight children, seven of them biologically his and one that he has adopted. He has one child out of marriage.His second Son.[citation needed]

On December 9, 2012, Lupillo's sister, Jenni Rivera (who is also a singer) died in an plane crash at the age of 43.[6]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the United States. Rivera has received one award from three nominations.[7]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2008 Entre Copas y Botellas Best Banda Album Nominated
2009 El Tiro de Gracia Nominated
2010 Tu Esclavo y Amo Won

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

The Latin Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the United States. Rivera has received two nominations.[8]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2004 Live! en Concierto – Universal Amphitheatre Best Banda Album Nominated
2005 Con Mis Propias Manos Nominated

Lo Nuestro Awards[edit]

The Lo Nuestro Awards are awarded annually by the Spanish-language television network Univision in the United States. Rivera has received three awards from seven nominations.[9]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2002 Lupillo Rivera Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year Won
Banda Artist of the Year Won
Despreciado Regional Mexican Album of the Year Won
"Despreciado" Regional Mexican Song of the Year Nominated
2003 Lupillo Rivera Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year Nominated
Banda Artist of the Year Nominated
Amorcito Corazón Regional Mexican Album of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b Bonacich, Drago. "Lupillo Rivera Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Llona, Carmen (July 2, 2014). "Jenni Rivera's Brother, Lupillo, Finds Himself In Middle Of Immigration Spotlight". Fox News Latino (FOX News Network, LLC). Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Wald, Elijah (2002-10-22). Narcocorrido: a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas. HarperCollins. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-06-050510-3. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Candelaria, Cordelia; García, Peter J.; Aldama, Arturo J. (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 582–. ISBN 978-0-313-33211-1. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Lupillo Rivera está sorprendido con el Grammy que ganó". Univision (in Spanish) (Univision Communications Inc.). February 2, 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera dies at 043 in plane crash". NBC News. NBC News and news services. December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Grammy Awards:
  8. ^ Latin Grammy Awards:
  9. ^ Lo Nuestro Awards:

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