Pepe Aguilar

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Pepe Aguilar
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Pepe Aguilar in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on April 20, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Jose Antonio Aguilar
Born (1968-08-07) August 7, 1968 (age 47)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres Ranchera, mariachi, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active 1980–present

Jose Antonio Aguilar (born August 7, 1968), better known as Pepe Aguilar, is an American-born Mexican singer-songwriter and actor, who works in ranchera, mariachi and pop genres.[1][2] He is the son of music and film stars Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre (Guillermina Jiménez). Aguilar has won four Grammy Award and five Latin Grammy Awards.


As a teenager, Aguilar was a rock music fan and had his band called "Equs". The band did not last long, but that led him to make his first album. Aguilar's musical influences were Pink Floyd and The Who among other rock bands.

He decided to become a producer in the 1990s, he produced songs for Lupita D'Alessio, Julieta Venegas, and others.

In 1998, Aguilar released the album Por Mujeres Como Tú, the CD was in Billboard for 52 weeks and has sold two million copies worldwide. In 1999, Aguilar released the album Por Una Mujer Bonita, which won a Latin Grammy. Aguilar has been nominated for the Grammys nine times.

In 2002, Aguilar was the first singer of Mexican descent to sing at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. He was also the first Latino to sing at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. On September 15, 2003 by his Mexican heritage, he celebrated the Mexican War of Independence. Aguilar received the keys of the city of Los Angeles, as previously had his father. An estimated 20,000 people attended the ceremony.

In 2007, Aguilar sang the Mexican national anthem during the pageantry of the Super-Welterweight showdown between Oscar De-la-Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of boxing's largest audiences of all time.

To celebrate this and share yet another aspect of his life with his fans, Aguilar is breaking into the fashion world in 2009 launching his Pepe Aguilar Signature Collection through WSS Warehouse Shoe Sale retailer in the United States that will later expand to include a clothing and accessories line for both men and women.

In addition, his dream of helping his native Mexico in some way has given way to an eco-friendly agricultural project in which Aguilar will strengthen and promote the organic production of crops in communities in Zacatecas, utilizing traditional or technology that will have a positive impact on the environment.

With over 16 studio albums plus multiple compilations to his name and millions of records sold, Aguilar’s most recent, Homenaje, pays tribute to the original “Charro de Mexico” (Mexican Rodeo Star): his father, Antonio Aguilar. The album contains 13 songs of the most popular hits made famous by the singer who died in 2008.

Aguilar received the 2,474th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 2012 located at 7060 Hollywood Blvd., which was placed next to the star of his father Antonio.[3]

Aguilar has 4 children, Emiliano, Aneliz, Leonardo, and Angela. Leonardo and Angela released their album on November of 2012


  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora (1991)
  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora {Cautiva Y Triste} (1991)
  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora {14 Años 9 Meses} (1992)
  • Recuerdame Bonito (1992)
  • Chiquilla Bonita (1993)
  • Que Bueno (1994)
  • Por Mujeres Como Tu (1998)
  • Por El Amor De Siempre (1998)
  • Por Una Mujer Bonita (1999)
  • Lo Grande De Los Grandes (2000)
  • Exitos con Tambora (2001)
  • Lo Grande de los Grandes (2001)
  • Lo Mejor de Nosotros (2001)
  • Con Orgullo por Herencia (2002)
  • Y Tenerte Otra Vez (2003)
  • No Soy de Nadie (2004)
  • Historias de Mi Tierra (2005)
  • Enamorado (2006)
  • Puros Boleros (2006)
  • Pepe Aguilar Live (2007)
  • Enamorado (Fan Edition) (2007)
  • 100% Mexicano (2007)
  • 100% Mexicano Edición Mariachi (2007)
  • Homenaje (2008)
  • Bicentenario (2010)
  • Negociaré Con La Pena EP (2011)
  • Más de un Camino EP (2012)
  • Lastima que sean ajenas (2013)


  • MTV Unplugged (2014)

Compilations (unofficial releases)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Grammy Award Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Por Una Mujer Bonita Won [4]
2006 Historias de Mi Tierra Won [4]
Latin Grammy Award Best Ranchero Album Won [5]
2007 Grammy Award Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album 100% Mexicano Won [4]
2007 Latin Grammy Award Best Ranchero Album Enamorado Won [5]
2011 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Bicentenario Won [4]
2012 Latin Grammy Award Best Ranchero Album Más De Un Camino Won [5]
2014 Lastima Que Sean Ajenas Won [6]
2015 Grammy Award Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Nominated [7][8]


  1. ^ inc, Encyclopaedia Britannica, (2009-08-25). Encyclopædia Britannica Almanac 2009. Encyclopaedia Britannica. pp. 753–. ISBN 978-1-59339-228-4. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ragland, Cathy (2009-05-28). Música norteña: Mexican migrants creating a nation between nations. Temple University Press. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-1-59213-747-3. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pepe Aguilar to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame". The Lead Type. July 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Grammy Past Winners Search "Pepe Aguilar"". The Grammys. The Recording Academy. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Latin Grammy Past Winners Search "Pepe Aguilar"". The Latin Grammys (in Spanish). The Latin Recording Academy. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Latin Grammys 2014: Complete list of nominees and winners". LA Times (Tribune Publishing). November 20, 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Final Nominations List" (PDF). Grammy. National Academy of Recording Arts & Science, Inc. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Vulpo, Mike (February 8, 2015). "2015 Grammy Award Winners: The Complete List". E! Online. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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