Then: This Colombian turned heads with his debut solo album in 2000, Fíjate Bien, a standout rock en español effort which revealed the soul of a socially conscious rocker who wasn’t afraid to talk about real issues, such as Colombia’s mine victims. In the years to follow, his fame would skyrocket, thanks to uplifting, party-oriented albums like 2002’s Un Día Normal and 2004’s Mi Sangre, which fused Colombian folk with mainstream pop/rock.
Now: Arguably the most successful best new artist alum, Juanes has 21 Latin Grammys under his belt and has sold millions of albums around the world. He continues to win over audiences by spreading his message of love and peace, as witnessed during his most recent tour run in support of his latest studio album, Loco de Amor. But Juanes’ influence far transcends music. Earlier this year, the rock-star activist was invited to perform at the United Nations for World Humanitarian Day, then performed for Pope Francis during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. All these years later, he’s still growing as a musician. In 2015, he collaborated with DJ Cedric Gervais on the pop/EDM duet “Este Amor.” This year, he’s also nominated for best long form music video for his “Loco de Amor: La Historia.”