Rosalía (singer)

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Rosalía in 2019
Rosalía Vila Tobella

(1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 25)
Alma materEscola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Esmuc)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2013–present
Musical career

Rosalía Vila Tobella (born 25 September 1993), known mononymously as Rosalía, is a Spanish singer, songwriter and record producer.[1][2] Initially known for her modern interpretations of flamenco music, Rosalía crossed language boundaries after receiving praise from international influencers and after several collaborations with artists such as J Balvin, Pharrell Williams, and James Blake.


Rosalía first became interested in music through her father, beginning to sing with him at 7 years old. By the age of 10 she began to dedicate herself to music, deciding to study it at 13. She enrolled at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia where she received classes from Chiqui de La Línea, a flamenco teacher who only accepted one student per year. At 15 years old she competed on the television show Tú sí que vales, although she wasn't selected.

Rosalía worked as a duo with Juan "Chicuelo" Gómez at the 2013 Panama International Film Festival and at the Festival Grec de Barcelona for the contemporary dance work De Carmen. In 2013 she participated in the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference in New York, and was the lead voice in the culmination of the Año Espriu 2014 at the Palau de la Música. In 2015 she collaborated with La Fura dels Baus on a show premiered in Singapore. She was the opening act for Miguel Poveda, accompanied by Alfredo Lagos, at the International Music Festival of Cadaqués, and also at the 2016 Jerez Festival. She worked with Rocío Márquez on the presentation of her album El Niño, produced by Raül Refree, at Primavera Sound 2015.

In 2017, Rosalía released her debut album Los ángeles on February 10, 2017. The album is a joint project with the producer and musician Raül Refree,[3][4][5][6] which presents reworks of flamenco classics,[7] receiving several accolades.[8][9][10] She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

On 30 May 2018 she released “Malamente”. It had an international impact thanks to its intense promotion and its novel sound. Personalities such as Kourtney Kardashian and Dua Lipa showed their satisfaction with Rosalía's new theme, sharing it in their respective social networks. The second single, "Pienso en tu mirá", was released on 24 July 2018. Their respective videos acquired a certain level of social media virality, praising the aesthetics and the poetic symbolism in both of them.[11]

On November 2018, Rosalía released her second album El mal querer, written by her and co-produced with El Guincho. The album is presented as experimental and conceptual, revolving around a toxic relationship, inspired by the anonymous 13th century Occitan novel Flamenca.[12] It became a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Spanish Album Chart and the US Billboard Latin Pop Albums. Four of her songs, “Di mi nombre”, “Malamente”, “Pienso en tu mirá” and “Bagdad”, were in the top ten of the Spanish Singles Chart simultaneosly, with “Di mi nombre” becoming her first number-one single in the country. At the 19th Latin Grammy Awards, she received five nominations for “Malamente”, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video, Best Urban Fusion Performance, and Best Alternative Song, winning the latter two.

She also went on El Mal Querer Tour across Latin America, Europe, and the United States in support of the album, performing at various music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Coachella. In March, she announced a collaboration with Billie Eilish.[13]She also released “Con altura”, a collaboration with J Balvin and featured vocals from El Guincho. The song was an international success, becoming her second number-one song in Spain and its accompanying music video becoming the most watched female video of the year. She made her acting debut in the film Pain and Glory directed by Pedro Almodóvar.[14]

For the anniversary of “Malamente”, she released “Aute Cuture”, with its music video, with continued success, debuting at number one in Spain, becoming her third number-one single. On July 3, she released her EP Fucking Money Man, which includes the song “Milionària”, her first release with lyrics in Catalan. The song was another success, becoming her fourth number-one song in Spain.

At the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards she earned four MTV Video Music Award nominations, including Best New Artist, winning two, Best Latin, and Best Choreography for “Con altura”, making her the first Spanish female to win an award and also performed at the ceremony. She released “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” with Ozuna, becoming her fifth number-one song in Spain.






  • El Mal Querer Live (2018)

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Rosalía Best New Artist[15] Nominated
2018 "Malamente" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Urban Fusion/Performance Won
Best Alternative Song Won
Best Short Form Music Video Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Herself Best Spanish Act Nominated

BreakTudo Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Con Altura Boom Video Of The Year Pending [16]
2019 Con Altura International Hit Pending
2019 Herself Artist On The Rise Pending

LOS40 Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 Herself Artist of the Year Pending [17]
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 El mal querer Album of the Year Pending
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 Rosalía, J Balvin & El Guincho - Con altura Video of the Year Pending
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 Rosalía, J Balvin & El Guincho - Con altura LOS40 Global Show Award Pending

MTV Millennial Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Herself MIAW Artist Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
"Pienso en tu mirá" Video of the Year Nominated
"Con altura" Ship of the Year Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Herself Best New Artist Nominated
"Con altura" Best Latin Video Won
Best Choreography Won
Song of Summer Nominated

UK Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 "De Plata" Best Styling in a Video Nominated
2018 "Pienso en tu mirá" Best Pop Video – International Nominated
"Malamente" Won
Best Production Design in a Video Nominated
Best Styling in a Video Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Herself Choice Breakout Artist Nominated
"Con altura" Choice Latin Song Nominated

Premis Alicia de l'Academia de Música Catalana[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "El Mal Querer" Composition of the Year Pending
Album of the Year Pending
Herself Internationalization Pending
Best Live Pending

Other awards[edit]

  • 2017 RNE Critical Eye Award for Modern Music[10]
  • Ruido de la Prensa Award for Best Spanish Disc of 2017 for Los Ángeles[8]
  • 2017 Glamour Award for Artist of the Year[18]
  • Rockdelux #1 Video, #1 Album, #1 Artist of 2017
  • Time Out Award for Best Album of 2017[19]
  • ABC, #1 National Record of 2017[9]
  • Ciutat de Barcelona Award, 2018. [20]
  • BBC Sound of 2019[21]
  • 2019 Premio Antonio Banderas a las Artes Escénicas[22]


  1. ^ Villanueva, Marc (30 October 2018). "Rosalía, la estrella catalana del flamenco, preguntada tres veces por el procés". En Blau. Retrieved 10 April 2019. ... justo ha cumplido 25 años ...
  2. ^ Cervantes, Xavier (13 February 2017). "Rosalía, una veu per al passat i el futur del flamenc" [Rosalía, a Voice for the Past and the Future of Flamenco]. Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ Ortega, Henar (19 October 2016). "Rosalía, la cantaora millenial que revoluciona el flamenco (y agota entradas)" [Rosalía, the Millennial Singer Who Revolutionizes Flamenco (and Sells Out Shows)]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ Torresi, Guillermina (8 February 2017). "Rosalía, la joven cantaora catalana que ha revolucionado el flamenco" [Rosalía, the Young Catalan Singer Who Has Revolutionized Flamenco]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. ^ Torras, Ester (11 February 2017). "Rosalía, flamenc sense 'tablaos'" [Rosalía, Flamenco Without 'Tablaos']. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Catalan). Barcelona. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ del Corral, Pedro (15 February 2017). "Rosalía, la cantaora que triunfa en el Primavera Sound e Instagram" [Rosalía, the Singer Who Triumphs at Primavera Sound and Instagram]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  7. ^ Puni, Michael. "Rosalia, one of modern flamenco's forefront leaders". The Cane Tassel. Retrieved 17 July 2019. [...] Los Angeles was the singer's own rework of flamenco classics from traditional artists in this genre, including Manuel Vallejo's "The Catalina" and Juan Talega's "Malaguena."
  8. ^ a b "'Los Ángeles' de Rosalía, Premio Ruido de la prensa al mejor disco de 2017" ['Los Ángeles' by Rosalía, Premio Ruido de la Prensa for Best Disc of 2017] (in Spanish). EFE. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Los diez mejores discos nacionales de 2017, según ABC" [The Ten Best National Discs of 2017, According to ABC]. ABC (in Spanish). Madrid. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Rosalía, Premio El Ojo Crítico de RNE de Música Moderna" [Rosalía, RNE Critical Eye Award for Modern Music] (in Spanish). RTVE. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  11. ^ Alonso, Sebas E. Rosalía, número 1 en Youtube España con 'Malamente' y en los virales de Spotify con 'Brillo' (In Spanish). Jenesaispop. Retrieved 31 October 2018
  12. ^ Linés, Esteban. Rosalía: "Ni yo ni mi música hemos cambiado" (In Spanish). La Vanguardia. Retrieved 31 October 2018
  13. ^ Fernández, Noemí (13 March 2019). "De la admiración a la colaboración: Billie Eilish anuncia nuevo trabajo con Rosalía". Hola! (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Así es la sorprendente participación de Rosalía en 'Dolor y Gloria', lo nuevo de Pedro Almodóvar". El Español (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  15. ^ Bardají, Jordi (26 September 2017). "Rosalía, nominada a un Grammy Latino" [Rosalía, Nominated for a Latin Grammy]. Jenesaispop (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  16. ^ Allkpop (31 August 2019). "Boa madrugada >>> BreakTudo Awards 2019: BlackPink, BTS and Red Velvet received multiple nominations". Allkpop. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  17. ^ LOS40 (31 August 2019). "JONAS BROTHERS, ROSALÍA, AITANA, LEIVA Y MANUEL CARRASCO, MÁXIMOS NOMINADOS DE LOS40 MUSIC AWARDS 2019". LOS40 (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  18. ^ Fraile Seco, David (15 December 2017). "Rosalía, Premio Glamour a las artes 2017, 15 aniversario Glamour" [Rosalía, 2017 Glamour Award for the Arts, Glamour 15th Anniversary] (in Spanish). Lacajademúsica. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  19. ^ "Premios Time Out Barcelona 2017" [2017 Time Out Barcelona Awards]. Time Out (in Spanish). 13 December 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  20. ^ Bassas, Antoni (31 January 2019). "Rosalía, Josep Pedrals i Jordi Prat i Coll, premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2018". (in Catalan). Ara.
  21. ^ "Rosalía, primera española nominada a los premios 'BBC Sound of 2019'". La Vanguardia. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Rosalía recibe el Premio Artes Escénicas «Antonio Banderas» de la mano del actor". sevilla (in Spanish). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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