Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known professionally as Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer and occasional professional wrestler. His musical style is defined as Latin trap and reggaeton. He rose to prominence in 2016 with his song “Diles”, which led to a deal with Hear This Music. He continued gaining traction with songs such as “Soy Peor” and collaborations with Farruko, Karol G, Ozuna, J Balvin and more during the next few years.
His major breakthrough came in 2018 with his feature on Cardi B’s number-one song “I Like It” alongside J Balvin and his top-ten song “Mia” featuring Drake. His debut album X 100pre was released in December 2018 by Rimas Entertainment, which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200. He then released his collaborative album Oasis with J Balvin in June 2019, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200. Bad Bunny’s second album YHLQMDLG was released on February 29, 2020, and became the highest charting all-Spanish album, reaching number two on the Billboard 200. It was followed up with the compilation album Las que no iban a salir in May, which reached number seven on the chart.
In November 2020, Bad Bunny released his fourth album El Último Tour Del Mundo, combining his reggaeton and Latin trap sound with rock music. The album became the first all-Spanish-language album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 and its lead single “Dákiti” debuted in the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100. In May 2022, his fifth album Un Verano Sin Ti released, which became his second number-one album and topped the Billboard 200 Year-End chart, while four of the album’s singles peaked in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Un Verano Sin Ti was the first Spanish-language album to earn a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
Bad Bunny is credited with helping Spanish-language music achieve mainstream popularity in the worldwide market. In 2020, he became the first non-English language act to be Spotify’s most streamed artist of the year and achieved the same record again in 2021. He then had the biggest streaming year for any artist on Spotify in 2022. Bad Bunny has earned two Grammy Awards, four Latin Grammy Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, and thirteen Premios lo Nuestro awards. He was crowned Artist of the Year at the Apple Music Awards 2022.