Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ˈfonsi]), is a Puerto Rican singer, musician and songwriter. He is known for multiple songs, one of them being "Despacito" featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.
Fonsi received his first Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Record of the Year category and won Song of the Year thanks to the song "Aquí Estoy Yo". The song also won three Billboard Latin Music Awards. "Despacito" became Fonsi's biggest success winning four Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards and received three Grammy Awards nominations. He also won one Latin American Music Award for "Échame la Culpa" with Demi Lovato.
As of 2018, Fonsi has broken six Guinness World Records and sold more than 11 million records with "Despacito". "Despacito" was the most-watched YouTube video of all time until November 2020, with over 7 billion views
Fonsi was born on April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the oldest child of Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia López-Cepero. He has two younger siblings: Jean Rodríguez, who also is a singer, and Tatiana Rodríguez.
Growing up, Fonsi idolized the stars of the popular group Menudo, and the San Juan Children's Choir.
He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, and participated in a group called "Big Guys". They sang at school parties and local festivals. One of the members of the group, Joey Fatone, later joined *NSYNC.
In 1995, Fonsi enrolled at Florida State University School of Music on a full scholarship, He also joined the school's choir, the Florida State University Singers, and sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Eventually, he dropped out in order to pursue a career in music. Soon after, he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin.
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