The typical meaning of crossover is reversed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where at this year's April 24 show Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Christina Aguilera will compete for Crossover Artist of the Year. Those artists follow many others who have gained cred with Spanish-speaking fans by recording their songs in Spanish, or collaborating with Latin music stars. Here we're taking a look at the 10 top artists who have crossed over to the Billboard Latin charts.
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"Spanish girls love me like I'm Aventura," Drake rapped on "The Motto." Then he proved it by collaborating with former Aventura frontman Romeo Santos. The bachata star's "Odio," featuring Drake singing in Spanish, has held the No. 1 spot on Hot Latin Songs for the last nine consecutive weeks (as of 4/12/14).
Beyoncé is "Irreplaceable" in any language, including Spanish. On Hot Latin Songs, she reached No. 4 with "Irremplazable" in February of 2007, and peaked at No. 10 with "Beautiful Liar" alongside Shakira. "Amor Gitano," a duet with Latin lover Alejandro Fernandez, peaked at No. 23 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart in June of 2007.
Chris Brown's Latino following is major and he knows it. He joined urban duo Wisin & Yandel on "Algo Me Gusta de Ti" (also featuring T-Pain), which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2012.
Christina Aguilera's vocal power on ballads en Español has resulted in six Spanish-language songs chart on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Four reached the top 10, including "Por Siempre Tu," which peaked at No. 6 in 2000. "Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tu)" spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2000, "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" reached No. 8 in 2001, and most recently her duet with Alejandro Fernandez, "Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti" peaked at No. 5 in 2013.
Shakira made Wyclef "want to speak Spanish" on "Hips Don't Lie." The song spent spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in 2006. Previously, in 1997, Wyclef went Cuban with a hip hop take on the anthem "Guantanamera." Featuring Celia Cruz and Jeni Fujita, it peaked at the No. 33 spot.