Jenni Rivera was an American singer best known for her contributions to Mexican music and entertainment.
Raised in Southern California by undocumented immigrant parents, Rivera made waves in the male dominated Mexican regional genre when she released her first album Chacalosa in 1995. Four years later, the brunette beauty released her first commercial album titled Que Me Entierren Con la Banda featuring breakout song "Las Malandrinas," which she said was a tribute to her female fans.
Rivera also became the first American-born artist to receive a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Banda Album in 2001 and went on to release 13 studio albums and seven live albums throughout her career. She is one of the best selling Mexican regional artists of all time with 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 11 Billboard Mexican Music Awards, 18 Lo Nuestro Awards and four Latin Grammy nominations.
From 2011-2013, Rivera also starred on reality TV series I Love Jenni.
On Dec. 9, 2012, River along with six others tragically perished in a plane crash after taking off from Monterrey, Mexico. She was 43.
Even after death, Rivera's legacy is very much alive in the Latin music world. At the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, she was nominated for 18 awards and won six of them—more than any other artist that night.
Jenni Rivera's Reality Show Helps Family Grieve
Sister Rosie and daughters Jacqui and Chiquis say that "I Love Jenni" have helped them cope with the late Latin music star's tragic death. Listen in.