Quick facts
Birth date 30 Jan, 1972
Age 48 yrs
Occupations Singer
Citizenship Mexico
Birth place La Barca
Gender Male
Description Mexican musician

Lupillo Rivera is an American-Mexican Singer cum Songwriter. He is known internationally for his Billboard Top Latin Album #1 named Despreciado. He has also won a Grammy Award in the year 2010 for Tu Esclavo y Amo.

Personal Life

Lupillo Rivera was born as Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra. He was born on January 30,1972 in Jalisco, in the beautiful country of Mexico. His parents were Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra. When Lupillo was four years old, he along with his entire family migrated to California. The entire family moved there illegally and had no documents whatsoever.

He had five siblings, three brothers and two sisters of which his older sister was Jenni Rivera, who herself was a well known actress and singer. She passed away on December 9, 2012 when she was travelling in a small business jet which crashed in Mexico. In 1990, Lupillo managed to graduate from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. There aren’t many details about his personal life but the fact that he has eight children, out of which he is the father biologically to seven children and one of them is adopted.


In his biography he says that through his teens and as a young adult, Lupillo was passionate of becoming a restaurateur. Pedro Rivera, Lupilla’s father owned a recording label and a studio called Cintas Acuario and in a bid to ease Lupillo into the business, Pedro hired Lupillo to work for him at the studio when the singer who was under contract failed to turn up for the scheduled session to record. Additionally Lupillo was also given the job to look for certain local talent at places such as bars, talent which could have great potential and be signed by Cintas Acuario, the company that his father owned.

When he initially started off, Lupillo was known as “El Torito” Lupillo Rivera. However, as the time went by and he became famous, he was referred to as "El Toro del Corrido”, a name which was taken from his semi-professional boxer uncle , “El Toro Rivera” to his boxing fans from Mexico. It was by the year 1999 that his career had taken off and Lupillo began to make use of his name to sing. He soon signed a contract with Sony Discos and by the year 2001, Rivera was a recipient of the Premios lo Nuestro for his album Despreciado and as the Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year and the Banda Artist of the Year.

By 2005, he was nominated twice for the Latin Grammy Awards, both the times he was nominated under the Best Banda Album. However, Lupillo didn’t win either of the times. It was in the year 2008 that Lupillo was nominated for the Grammy Awards for the very first time, He was nominated for his album Entry Copas y Botellas and subsequently he was nominated for El Tiro de Gracia, in the year 2009. However, Lupillo didn’t win until 2010, when he was nominated and won the Best Banda Album for Tu Esclavo y Amo.

Last Modified: Feb 25, 2020

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