Rivera pictured alongside "Profesora Venus" at the 2013 Premios de la Radio.
|Birth name||Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra|
30 January 1972 |
La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico
|Origin||Long Beach, California|
|Genres||Regional Mexican, Banda|
|Labels||Cintas Acuario, Sony Music Latin|
|Associated acts||Jenni Rivera, Chiquis Rivera, Juan Rivera|
Rivera was born in La Barca, Jalisco to Rosa Saavedra and Pedro Rivera. At the age of four, Lupillo, and the rest of the Rivera family migrated, without documents, to Long Beach, California, where Lupillo graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.
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Rivera initially wanted to be a restaurateur. However, his father, Pedro Rivera, was a recording label/studio owner (Cintas Acuario). Wanting to give his son a hands-on business experience, 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". His 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.
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In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, while driving to a concert location, his SUV overturned and he was hospitalized. Months later, Adán Sánchez, a friend, died at the age of nineteen in a car accident. In 2004, a Marine[who?] who died in Iraq had requested that Lupillo sing at his funeral in case he should die. Lupillo complied with the request, leaving one of his famous sombreros on the Marine's burial casket during the funeral. On 11 December 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. On 8 August 2008, Lupillo sired a son. On 21 June, he and his two young children appeared on the Spanish talk-show Cristina, and he told Cristina that he has eight children, seven of whom were biologically his and one who was adopted. He also has one child out of marriage.
Death of Jenni Rivera
- 1995 – Selena, La Estrella
- 1999 – El Moreno
- 1999 – Puros Corridos Macizos
- 2000 – El Toro de Corridos
- 2001 – El Señor de los Cielos
- 2001 – Y Sigue La Vendimia
- 2001 – Cartel De Tijuana
- 2001 – Veinte Mujeres
- 2001 – Despreciado
- 2001 – Sufriendo a Solas
- 2002 – Amorcito Corazón
- 2002 – Los Hermanos Más Buscados
- 2003 – De Bohemia Con Lupillo Rivera
- 2004 – Con Mis Propias Manos
- 2004 – Pa' Corridos
- 2005 – El Rey de Las Cantinas
- 2006 – Entre Copas y Botellas
- 2007 – Mi Homenaje a Pedro Infante
- 2007 – Desde Una Fiesta Privada
- 2008 – En Acústico
- 2008 – El Tiro de Gracia
- 2009 – Tu Esclavo y Amo
- 2010 – 24 Horas
Awards and nominations
|2008||Entre Copas y Botellas||Best Banda Album||Nominated|
|2009||El Tiro de Gracia||Nominated|
|2010||Tu Esclavo y Amo||Won|
Latin Grammy Awards
|2004||Live! en Concierto – Universal Amphitheatre||Best Banda Album||Nominated|
|2005||Con Mis Propias Manos||Nominated|
Lo Nuestro Awards
|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|
- Bonacich, Drago. "Lupillo Rivera Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Llona, Carmen (2 July 2014). "Jenni Rivera's Brother, Lupillo, Finds Himself In Middle Of Immigration Spotlight". Fox News Latino. FOX News Network, LLC. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- Wald, Elijah (22 October 2002). Narcocorrido: a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas. HarperCollins. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-06-050510-3. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
- 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.
- "Lupillo Rivera está sorprendido con el Grammy que ganó". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications Inc. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- "Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera dies at 043 in plane crash". NBC News. NBCNews.com. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Grammy Awards:
- 2008 Nomination: "Grammy nominees – albums". Iowa State Daily. The Iowa State Daily Publication Board. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- 2009 Nomination: "51st annual Grammy nominations". Variety. Reed Business Information. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- 2010 Award: "Lupillo Rivera está sorprendido con el Grammy que ganó". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications Inc. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- Latin Grammy Awards:
- 2004 Nomination: "Lista de nominados al los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- 2005 Nomination: "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Lo Nuestro Awards:
- 2002 Nominations/Awards: "Premios Lo Nuestro a la Musica Latina: Lo que fue Lo Nuestro en 2002". Univision. Univision Communications. 2002. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- 2003 Nominations: "Thalia, Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, Lupillo Rivera, Carlos Vives, Celia Cruz, Juanes and a Host of Hispanic Artists Compete for the Latin Music Awards, Premio Lo Nuestro". Univision. Business Wire. 19 November 2002. Retrieved 27 September 2013.