The Latin singing sensation arrived in Miami from her native Cuba at the age of 2. Estefan's life story is tied closely to Miami. Her singing career began when she was the lead singer of the group Miami Latin Boys, which evolved into the Miami Sound Machine. Her first hit song was "Conga" in 1985.
You can visit Gloria and Emilio Estefan's restaurant, Larios on the Beach, on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive. The Estefans have owned and operated the award-winning Cuban restaurant for nearly 30 years.
The son of legendary Latin music artist Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias charted his own path in the music industry. He grew up mostly in Miami and fittingly adds an American flair to his songs. He hit super-stardom hit in 1999 with the song "Bailamos," which means "we dance" in Spanish. He lives in a 20,000-square-foot home on the so-called "Millionaire's Row" of Miami Beach with his longtime partner, the retired Russian American tennis star Anna Kournikova, and their twins.
Singer, songwriter, and producer Lenny Kravitz has been a pop music star since his 1989 debut album, "Let Love Rule." Kravitz won four consecutive Grammy awards for best male artist and has notable movie roles to his credit as well, including the revolutionary designer Cinna in the 2012 hit film The Hunger Games. Though he no longer maintains a home in Miami, he still visits frequently, often enjoying a meal at reported favorite Zuma, a minimalist Japanese restaurant downtown.
Shakira, the international pop superstar who hails from Colombia, grew up listening to bands such The Police and Nirvana. Her best-known song is probably the provocative 2006 dance hit "Hips Don't Lie." Shakira's Lebanese father gave her an appreciation for Arabic sounds, which inform her unique Latin-Arabic fusion style. She moved to Miami with her family in 1997 to try and achieve success on the U.S. pop charts, a goal she accomplished with the 2001 release of her first English-language album, Laundry Service.
Other Celebrities With Miami Ties
Although Los Angeles still leads other cities for the most celebrity residents, many Hollywood dwellers spend their time off in the south of Florida. Actor Matt Damon, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, singer Ricky Martin, retired basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, boxer Floyd Mayweather, and singer/actress Cher all maintain second homes in Miami or on Miami Beach.