Lupillo Rivera

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Lupillo Rivera
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Rivera pictured alongside "Profesora Venus" at the 2013 Premios de la Radio.
Background information
Birth name Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra
Born (1972-01-30) January 30, 1972 (age 46)
La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico[1]
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Regional Mexican, Banda
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Labels Cintas Acuario, Sony Music Latin
Associated acts Jenni Rivera, Chiquis Rivera, Juan Rivera

Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra (born January 30, 1972), better known by the stage name Lupillo Rivera is a Mexican American singer-songwriter.[2][3][4]

In 2010, Rivera was awarded a Grammy Award for his album, Tu Esclavo y Amo.[5] His older sister was the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera .

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 migrated, without documents, to Long Beach, California, where Lupillo graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.[2]


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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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.


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.[6]

Year Nominee/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.[7]

Year Nominee/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.[8]

Year Nominee/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 (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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  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. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Grammy Awards:
  7. ^ Latin Grammy Awards:
  8. ^ Lo Nuestro Awards:

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