Bad Bunny during a concert in Ecuador, 2018
|Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio|
|Born||March 10, 1994|
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Labels||Hear this Music|
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (born March 10, 1994), known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer. While working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio was born on March 10, 1994, in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He has two brothers. Martínez wanted to be a singer since he was five years old. He took courses in audiovisual communication at University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
While working at a supermarket as a bagger, Bad Bunny also released music as an independent artist. Bad Bunny's song "Diles", on SoundCloud, caught the attention of DJ Luian who signed him to his record label, Hear this Music. By DJ Luian signing him, he was able to work with more well-known Latino artists. Since then, he has earned multiple top-ten entries on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. His breakthrough single, "Soy Peor", established him as a forerunner in the Latin American trap scene and reached number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. "Soy Peor's" lyrics and mood simultaneously perform loss and sexual desire and have been described as embodying a "politically vital feeling of the here and now."
In the summer of 2017, Bad Bunny signed a booking deal with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) for several Latin American countries. He was featured in Becky G's single "Mayores", released in July 2017. Starting in November 2017, Bad Bunny hosted Beats 1's first Spanish-language show, Trap Kingz. Also in November 2017, Bad Bunny's track, "Tu No Metes Cabra" peaked at number 38 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. The re-mix also demanded the release from prison of Anuel AA. At around the same time, the song "Sensualidad," released as a collaboration between Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Prince Royce, peaked at number 8 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, while the remix of "Te Boté" with Ozuna and Nicky Jam reached number one on that chart. In 2018, Cardi B collaborated with Bad Bunny and J Balvin on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "I Like It". In Cardi B's single, Bad Bunny raps in Spanish, Spanglish, and English. The song's music video was filmed in March 2018 in Miami. It became Bad Bunny's first and only number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.
On July 21, 2018, Bad Bunny had a five-minute performance at the Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium as part of the set presented by DJ Alesso, who invited him to perform. He sang his lyrics to the Cardi B song "I Like It".
Bad Bunny is primarily a Latin trap performer. As described by a Rolling Stone article, Bad Bunny sings and raps with a "conversational tone", employing "a low, slurry tone, viscous melodies and a rapper's cadence." In an interview with Billboard, Bad Bunny stated that his biggest music inspirations growing up were Héctor Lavoe, Vico C, Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony.
|2017||Latin Grammy Awards||Best Urban Song||"Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola"||Nominated|||
|Best Urban Performance|
|Premios Juventud||Breakthrough Artist||Himself|||
|2018||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Latin Artist||Himself|||
|Billboard Latin Music Awards||New Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Latin Song||"Mayores"||Nominated|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||Song of Summer||"I Like It"
(with Cardi B and J Balvin)
|BET Hip Hop Awards||Best Hip-Hop Video||Nominated|||
|Best Collabo, Duo or Group||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Latin American Music Awards||Artist of the Year||Himself||Won|||
|New Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Mayores"||Nominated|
|Favorite Song - Pop||"El Baño"||Nominated|
|Favorite Song - Urban||"Mayores"||Won|
|Latin Grammy Awards||Best Urban Song||"Sensualidad"||Nominated|||
|Soul Train Music Awards||Rhythm & Bars Award||"I Like It" (with Cardi B and J Balvin)||Nominated|||
|2019||Grammy Awards||Record of the Year||"I Like It"
(with Cardi B and Bad Bunny)