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  • Writer's pictureConny Chavez

Top 5 Female Reggaeton Artists You Should Know

Updated: May 18, 2021

Before we begin, keep in mind that this is a list based on my own opinion. I appreciate the women who have contributed to reggaeton by putting their own spin to it and knocking down walls for other females. For many years reggaeton has been a male-dominated genre, yet because of these female artists and others, the genre is evolving.

No. 5 Becky G

Becky G is a Mexican American singer who reached stardom in her music career at only 17 years old, becoming an idol for the Latinx youth. The now 24-year-old is extremely active in social media, using her platform to raise awarenesson a variety of social issues such as mental health, gender equality and cyberbullying. She’s most recognized for the satire music video for the hit song “Sin Pijama,” which comments on the hypersexuality of Latinx women and stereotypes.

No. 4 Rosalia

Though Rosalia tends to lean more towards pop and flamenco, she is still a major figure in reggaeton. She is known as a beam of positivityand diversity, mostly expressed with her support for the LGBT community, discussions of feminist issues and human rights. She’s openly criticized the music industry for the lack of female representation. Her music focuses on tearing down gender roles, beauty standards and stereotypes. 

No. 3 Karol G

Karol G is a Colombian singer-songwriter most recognized for her hit “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj, feminist lyrics and her openness to discuss anything in her life. Karol G continues to make a name for herself, with recent successes such as becoming the most nominated female artist, with nine nominations, for the Latin American Music Awards of 2021.

No. 2 Lisa M

Lisa M, “The Queen of Spanish Rap,” is credited as being the first female rapperto debut in Latin America. Alongside Vico C, Lisa M created an underground rap community in Puerto Rico which later became known as reggaeton. Her lyrics exposed the harsh realities of the streets in Puerto Rico. In 2010, Lisa M came out as a lesbianthrough social media, empowering the LGBT community.

No. 1 Ivy Queen

Ivy Queen, “La Caballota,” was the first Latina artist to rise to the top in the reggaeton music genre. Queen wrote and created her own songs as she was sick and tired of the explicit sexual and violent lyrics within the genre. With her unapologetic lyrics and empowering persona, Queen of Reggaeton set the path for other female artists in the music industry.

(Originally published in Reggaeton Ambiente.)

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