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Celia Cruz
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Background information
Birth name Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Also known as La Reina de la Salsa, La Guarachera de Cuba
Born (1925-10-21)October 21, 1925
Havana, Cuba
Died July 16, 2003(2003-07-16) (aged 77)
Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Salsa, bolero
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1948–2003
Labels Fania Records, RMM Records & Video, Sony Discos
Associated acts Sonora Matancera, Fania All-Stars

Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban-American salsa performer. She earned twenty-three gold albums. She was called the "Queen of Salsa" as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba."

She spent most of her career living in New Jersey. She worked in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said "Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban music."


Grammy awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1989 "Ritmo En El Corazon" Best Tropical Latin Performance Won
2000 Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa Best Salsa Performance Won
2001 "Siempre Viviré" Best Tropical Traditional Album Won
2002 La Negra Tiene Tumbao Best Salsa Album Won
2003 La Negra Tiene Tumbao Best Salsa Album Won
2003 Regalo del Alma Best Salsa/Merengue Album Won
2004 Regalo del Alma Best Salsa Album Won

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