José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, better known as J Balvin, is a Colombian reggaeton singer. He has been referred to as the "Prince of Reggaeton", and is one of the best-selling Latin music artists with sales of more than 35 million records worldwide. Balvin was born in Medellín, Colombia. At age 17, he moved to the United States to learn English, where he lived in both Oklahoma and New York. He then returned to Medellín and gained popularity performing at clubs in the city. Throughout his career, Balvin has won five Billboard Latin Music Awards, four Latin Grammy Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and four Latin American Music Awards and received two Grammy Award nominations. In 2017, the BMI Latin Awards named him the Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year for his contribution in Latin music industry, and has won the first Global Icon Award given by Lo Nuestro Awards, in recognition of his contribution to spread Latin music worldwide.
|Birth name||José Álvaro Osorio Balvín|
|Born||May 7, 1985, Medellín, Colombia|
|Genres||Reggaeton, Latin pop, urbano, hip hop|
|Labels||Capitol Latin, Universal, Infinity|
|Associated acts||Anitta, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Nicky Jam, DJ Khaled, Sean Paul, Pharrell Williams, Rosalía, Sofia Carson, Cardi B|
Worldwide reggaeton, urban music and Latin pop phenomenon who rose to fame with his multi-platinum sophomore album La Familia, which includes his mega-hits "Ay Vamos" and "6 AM" featuring Farruko. His chart-topping single "Mi Gente" featuring Willy William and Beyoncé went 68x-platinum in the US.
His interest in urban music began at the age of 14. He participated in freestyle competitions and won two consecutive championships. While in high school, he was part of various rock bands that performed covers of bands like Nirvana, Metallica and Enanitos Verdes. He studied International Business and Communication at the Universidad EAFIT.
In summer 2018, he surpassed Drake as the most-streamed artist on Spotify, hitting 48 million monthly listeners. In summer 2019, he was the most-viewed artist globally on YouTube for more than six weeks straight. He was featured in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
His full name is José Álvaro Osorio Balvín. His parents' names are José Álvaro and Alba Mery. He has a younger sister named Carolina who's a model. He and his girlfriend Valentina Ferrer announced that they were expecting their first child together. He was previously in a relationship with TV presenter María "Mona" Osorio from 2002 to 2012.
Colombian reggaeton artists. Capitol Latin artists. Colombian male singers. Latin pop musicians. Colombian artists. Universal Music Latin Entertainment artists. Latin music songwriters. Latin Grammy Award winners