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World Music Awards: Happy Birthday Luis Miguel
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04/19/2015

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, born April 19, 1970, is a Mexican singer and icon in Latin America. He is often referred to as El Sol de México, and he's one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Luis Miguel's accolades include five Grammy Awards, four Latin Grammy Awards, three World Music Awards and is currently considered one of the world's best male pop vocalists. His contributions to Latin pop music, along with his showmanship on stage, has made him an icon for nearly his entire career, which started in Mexico in 1981. Having won his first Grammy Award at the age of fourteen for his duet "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" with Sheena Easton, he is the third youngest act in music history to receive this accolade. In 1991, the RIAA recognized the high sales for his 1991 album 'Romance', one of the best-selling Spanish language albums of all time. Luis Miguel is the only Latin artist to have been awarded two Platinum certified Spanish-language albums in the United States ('Romance' and 'Segundo Romance'). His most recent album, 'Luis Miguel', was released in 2010 and achieved gold and platinum certifications in four countries within three days of its release.

Luis Miguel is also known for his high-grossing live performances. He is an annual headliner in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and he has sold-out the National Auditorium in Mexico City over 230 times in twenty years. With the Luis Miguel Tour, his most recent concert tour, he visited 22 countries in North America, South America and Europe. Having performed in a three-and-a-half-year span a total of 223 shows all over the world, this tour is the longest and highest-grossing tour ever made by a Latin American artist.

Luis Miguel is the father of three children: Michelle Salas, born on June 13, 1989, from his relationship with Stephanie Salas; Miguel, born on January 1, 2007 and Daniel, born on December 18, 2008, both from his relationship with actress Aracely Arámbula. His numerous relationships are widely covered by the Latin media and in 1998 he entered into a relationship with Mariah Carey. Luis Miguel rarely grants interviews or attends award ceremonies. His wide vocal range and performance has been praised by critics and other artists all over the world. Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to participate on a duet in the album Duets II. Luis Miguel has been dubbed several times by the press and the media as the "Latin Frank Sinatra". His music has reached non-Spanish speaking continents such as Asia and Africa. Luis Miguel is the only Latin artist to have two Spanish-language albums (Romance and Segundo Romance) go platinum in the USA. Prince Felipe of Spain presented him with a special award for being the best-selling foreign artist in his country's history. In 2008, Luis Miguel's album Navidades became the first Christmas album ever being nominated to the Grammy in the category of Pop.

Luis Miguel is also known for his high-grossing tours in Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain between 1999 and 2000. His Luis Miguel Tour is ranked at number five of the highest-grossing tours of 2011 in North America.

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