– Karol G is achieving great success in her career, with a history-making album and sold-out stadium tours.
– She has made significant contributions to the Latin music industry, becoming the first woman in reggaeton to win a Latin Grammy Award and solidifying her place in global pop culture.
– Karol G is recognized for her philanthropic work through her Con Cora Foundation, which provides opportunities for underprivileged women in Colombia. She will receive the Spirit of Hope Award at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Karol G, the Colombian superstar, is currently experiencing the peak of her career. With the release of her groundbreaking album “Mañana Será Bonito” and sold-out stadiums across the United States, she is being recognized for her philanthropic efforts at the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Karol G will receive the prestigious Spirit of Hope Award, which acknowledges an artist’s humanitarian work.
Before she became known as Karol G, she was Carolina Giraldo Navarro from Medellín, Colombia. Her journey to becoming one of the most prominent Latina pop stars of today was not without its challenges. Karol G emerged alongside two male artists from her city, J Balvin and Maluma, although her success didn’t come as quickly as theirs. However, her persistence and determination allowed her to break into the reggaetón scene dominated by men, leading to the release of her debut album “Unstoppable” in 2017.
As a gay, Mexican-American man, I personally felt a strong connection to Karol G and her empowering anthems such as “Ahora Me Llama” and “Casi Nada.” Her music resonated with the LGBTQ+ community, providing a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. I no longer felt the need to hide my true self.
Following Karol G’s journey from the beginning, I had the opportunity to attend one of her concerts during her “Unstoppable” Tour the following year. Initially, her shows were held in bars and clubs, but with each new album, she gradually moved on to bigger venues. Despite the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Karol G made a triumphant comeback with the Bichota Tour, filling theaters. She later performed in arenas during the Strip Love Tour, and in 2021, she achieved the highest-grossing US tour by a Latina artist in history. Currently, Karol G is elevating her status as a certified stadium act with her “Mañana Será Bonito” Tour.
Karol G has worked tirelessly to gain recognition not only within the reggaetón genre but in the wider Latin music industry. In 2018, she became the first and only woman in reggaetón to win the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Despite the potential challenges that past winners have faced, Karol G has exceeded expectations, solidifying her position in global pop culture with her album “KG0516” in 2021. The song “Bichota” truly exemplifies the power of a confident Latina, turning the Puerto Rican slang term for “drug lord” into a bold statement.
Through her music and public persona, Karol G has become a source of inspiration for marginalized communities. After a highly publicized breakup with Anuel AA in 2021, she demonstrated vulnerability in her Latin Grammy-nominated album, “Mañana Será Bonito.” Songs like “Mientras Me Curo Del Cora” revealed a healing side of her, and she fulfilled a dream by collaborating with Colombian pop icon Shakira on the empowering track “TQG.” As a result, in March, Karol G made history by becoming the first woman to achieve a No. 1 all-Spanish LP on the Billboard 200 chart. Karol G’s versatility and talent make her a true Latina pop queen.
Receiving the Spirit of Hope award at the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Awards will be a full-circle moment for Karol G. Established in memory of the late Selena, this award recognizes the philanthropic work of artists. Previous recipients of this prestigious honor include Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Daddy Yankee, and Christina Aguilera. Karol G’s Con Cora Foundation, dedicated to providing opportunities for underprivileged women in Colombia, will be highlighted. The foundation has partnered with the Internal Action Foundation to give scholarships to women inmates in Bogotá, as well as their families. Furthermore, through a collaboration with the She Is Foundation, Karol G has helped a young girl, Salomé Valencia Lopez, receive STEM training at the NASA Space Center in Houston. Lopez was also given the opportunity to witness Karol G’s “Mañana Será Bonito” Tour in that city. With her immense success and platform, Karol G continues to inspire hope and drive significant change for a brighter future.
Don’t miss the live broadcast of the 2023 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo on Thursday, Oct. 5, to witness Karol G’s well-deserved recognition and celebrate the incredible achievements of Latin music’s brightest stars.