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Becoming an Icon chronicles the lives of Latinx artists who have left an indelible mark through the sustained brilliance of their careers. This podcast brings you an exploration of various genre-defining stars, like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and more, whose talent is so memorable that they surpass mere performers and ascend to the iconic level. Here, we chart the paths and trails these unique artists have blazed on their way to global fame.
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Come with us as we continue exploring the incredible journey of Los Tigres del Norte. In today’s episode, we start with their first-ever hit, the iconic “Camelia La Tejana”. It’s only the beginning. Soon, the Tigres will be exploding in popularity, only to be met with scrutiny and heartbreak. Join us to discover how they overcame these challenges and became the iconic band we know and love today. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra, Evelyn Uribe and Edgar Esteban of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of Becoming an Icon, we delve into the story of a band whose journey has it all. From a childhood in a small town in Sinaloa to a tragic accident that pushed them into the world of music, their story is nothing short of extraordinary. Yes, we’re talking about the Jefes de Jefes themselves, Los Tigres del Norte. Follow their path as they cross the border, working tirelessly until a chance encounter with a British man changes everything. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra, Evelyn Uribe and Edgar Esteban of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode, we’re looking forward. Join us as we peer into the future and chat about the next generation of icons. And darling, we have a legendary selection! We’ll be talking about Becky G, Camila Cabello, and Karol G—uh-huh! Even better, we’re not doing this alone. Joining us today is the talented Tomás Mier from Rolling Stone. Don't miss this exciting discussion about these shining stars and what it takes to become an icon in the ever-evolving world of musicLilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to the grand finale of our Daddy Yankee journey! We cannot talk about the king of reggaeton without mentioning the song that changed the scene forever: Despacito. Its success cemented Daddy Yankee’s spot in the pantheon of musical legends. Finally, come with us as we explore his more recent years, including his early retirement. Whatever the future holds, Daddy Yankee has consistently spread the light of reggaeton far and wide—allowing generations of Latin artists to stand in that light. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of Becoming an Icon… a feud that’s up there with Drake and Kendrick’s! We delve into Daddy Yankee’s friendship and eventual fallout with Nicky Jam. The king of reggaeton was relentless, hustling and grinding in the underground while paving the way for the groundbreaking album Barrio Fino. Yup, you guessed it! This is the episode where we finally explore the number one reggaeton anthem, Gasolina. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Santiago Sierra, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
At last, on Becoming an Icon, we’re exploring Daddy Yankee's journey to earn his rightful throne as the King of Reggaeton! In this episode, we'll delve into a brief history of reggaeton, Daddy Yankee’s childhood in San Juan, his short stint as a baseball player, and his musical beginnings. Discover how Daddy Yankee helped establish the genre's credibility, setting the stage for world domination. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Santiago Sierra, Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In our thrilling finale exploring the epic journey of the legendary Carlos Santana, we dive into a moment in life when his heroes faded away, leaving Carlos to seek inspiration within… and beyond. Santana's remarkable late-in-life resurgence in the '90s not only introduced him to a new generation but also solidified his status as an enduring icon. Join us as we unravel Santana's extraordinary legacy!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Daniel Padilla, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show.Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In today’s episode of Becoming an Icon, we kick off with Santana’s decisive performance at a generation-defining music festival, propelling him to the mountaintop of success. However soon after, Santana would find himself wandering the desert. ​​Join us as we ride the tidal wave of his triumphs, only to be met with rough waters and sinking tides.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Alex de Winter, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show.Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get ready to groove as we take a deep dive into the extraordinary journey of Carlos Santana! His life and career embody the very essence of a '60s and '70s rock star, and today, we're diving headfirst into the legend's beginnings. Coming of age amidst the vibrant streets of San Francisco during the heyday of counterculture, Santana played legendary venues and witnessed legendary performances that would shape his destiny. Carlos was on the brink of becoming a household name.  Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on Becoming an Icon… Get ready to relive Selena’s meteoric rise and untimely fall. During the early '90s, Selena was at the peak of her career: "Amor Prohibido" was her biggest hit yet, and fans were captivated by her powerful performances. But then, as you know, tragedy struck. Instead of dwelling on how Selena was taken from us, join us in this episode as we celebrate all that she gave us and the torchbearers who continue to keep her legacy alive. Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Santiago Sierra, Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Step into the world of Selena as we uncover the moments that shaped her legendary career. On today’s episode, we begin with her very first record deal, leading up to her legendary concert at the Astrodome in Houston. Join us as we deep dive into her romance with Chris Perez and the electrifying performances that solidified her status as a Tejano sensation. These were the years that cemented Selena as the star we all love and remember!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get ready to dive into the legacy of a brand new icon! Today, we shine the spotlight on none other than the queen of Tejano music... Selena! Join us as we embark on a journey through the early years of her career: from her upbringing in an artistic family to the challenges faced during the early days of the iconic Selena y los Dinos. Finally, witness the pivotal moment when Selena secured her first major record deal. This was just the beginning of Selena's iconic rise to stardom!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Step into the spotlight with us for the grand finale of our Celia Cruz journey, where we delve into her twilight years: overflowing with awards, accolades, a fistful of Cuban soil, and even a poignant tribute. We'll uncover the profound impact of Celia's music, reflecting on how her voice transcended borders and touched souls worldwide. Whether she had even a glimmer of an idea of where her voice would lead her, Celia Cruz would leave this world having changed it forever.  Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Santiago Sierra, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on Becoming an Icon: When Celia thrived, an entire groundbreaking musical scene thrived alongside her. Join us as we revisit Celia's stratospheric rise to fame, her journey as an immigrant in New York City, the global expansion of Salsa, and her unwavering advocacy for Black unity and Latino solidarity. We'll uncover how her invincible spirit and infectious energy continue to inspire generations, leaving an everlasting mark on the world of music. ¡Azúcar! Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us as we delve into the captivating legacy of a brand new icon! In this episode, we embark on a journey into the life of Celia Cruz. Starting from her humble beginnings in Cuba, we offer a glimpse of the island through Celia's unique perspective. And witness how pivotal moments of change in her homeland transformed Celia's life forever. This was merely the beginning of a remarkable journey for the singer who would introduce the world to the vibrant rhythms of Salsa!Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Santiago Sierra, Rodrigo Crespo and Ameyalli Negrete of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us for the emotional finale of our Juan Gabriel journey as we pay tribute to the beloved icon's life and legacy. In this episode, as we mourn his passing, we revisit the touching moments of his funeral, where millions gathered to honor his memory and celebrate his extraordinary contributions to music and culture in that same place where he played and charmed thousands: Bellas Artes. As Juanga himself used to say: “As long as someone keeps singing my songs, Juan Gabriel will live forever.”Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra, Ameyalli Negrete and Bettina López of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome to today's episode where we dive into Juan Gabriel's extensive influence! From crafting iconic tunes for telenovelas to reminiscing about some of the most celebrated covers of his classics. Juanga's impact transcends music. Join us as we explore his profound influence on queer culture, including that unforgettable "Don't question what you can see, mijo" moment from his Primer Impacto interview. And let's not forget his iconic fashion sense, for which is world renowned—let's discover how his style still shapes the style of actors and musicians today.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Yvonne Marquez of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re back with an all new season of Becoming an Icon! To kick things off with a bang, our spotlight falls on none other than El Divo de Juárez, Juan Gabriel! Today, we delve into his humble beginnings, tracing his journey from growing up in an orphanage to performing at one of the most prestigious venues in all of Mexico, Bellas Artes! Come with us to uncover how Juan Gabriel went from a small town boy to the music legend and fashion icon we all came to love.Lilliana Vazquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming An Icon with production support by Nick Milanes, Rodrigo Crespo, Santiago Sierra and Yvonne Marquez of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network.  If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vazquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
¡Hey, Familia! We still can't believe the final episode for our season is here, so we made sure it's extra special. Join Lilliana and Joseph as they spill all the tea of our Icons alongside accomplished music and celebrity journalist, Tomás Mier. This episode is all about the past, the present and a lot of what the future holds for our favourite stars as well as latinx musicians who are up and coming, ones that you might not have heard but that will be all over your playlists after today.  Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrillo  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Before we say goodbye to the Estefans we have a special treat for you. Joining us today is the remarkable musician hailing from Barranquilla and now a fellow Miamian, JK Jurado. Together, we'll delve into the enchanting universe of Gloria Estefan, the Miami Sound Machine, and, of course, indulge in an unplugged musical session you won’t want to miss! Lilliana Vázquez and Joseph Carrillo are the hosts of Becoming an Icon with production support by Josie Meléndez, Daniela Sarquis, and Santiago Sierra of Sonoro Media in partnership with iHeart Radio's My Cultura Podcast network. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review our show. Follow Lilliana Vázquez on Instagram and Twitter @lillianavazquez  Follow Joseph Carrillo on Instagram @josephcarrilloSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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