The original crossover queen, Cuban icon Gloria Estefan paved the way for every Latin pop star with mainstream appeal that came after her. In fact, you can divide pop music into two eras: B.C. (before “Conga”) and A.C. (after “Conga”). That 1985 song, released during Gloria’s time in Miami Sound Machine, revolutionized the American musical landscape: It wasn’t straight-up pop nor was it straight-up Cuban music. It was an irresistible hybrid that eclipsed all the cotton-candy pop tunes of the era (and it was in English). Over the years, Gloria, and her husband/producer/manager Emilio, have stayed true to their roots without selling out. The power couple continues to break barriers for Latinos in music, film, and television.