Jenni Rivera has been entertaining audiences for more than 15 years. Here are a few facts about the "Diva de la Banda."
- Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., the Los Angeles suburb where rapper Snoop Dogg came from.
- Before Rivera began a career in music and television, the Long Beach, Calif. native majored in business administration and worked as a real estate agent and helped her father with his record company.
- Rivera is the daughter of the actor, singer and composer Pedro Rivera.
- Her brothers Juan and Lupillo Rivera are also singers.
- Her mother is from Sonora, Mexico and her father is from Jalisco, Mexico.
- In 2003, Rivera paid tribute to several Latin singers on her album, “Homenaje a las Grandes,” but she also paid homage to Diana Ross with a remake of the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go."
- Rivera sold more than 15 million records. She won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas prestadas: Banda."
- Rivera was also nominated for Latin Grammys in 2002, 2008 and 2011.
- Some of Rivera's songs talk about drug trafficking, but she was not considered a singer of "narco corridos," or ballads glorifying drug lords like other recording artists.
Television and film
- River she produced the reality TV shows, “I love Jenni,” “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C” and “Chiquis ‘n Control.”
- Rivera appeared in the independent film “Filly Brown,” which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, as the incarcerated mother of Filly Brown.
- Rivera recorded the song “Hurts So Bad” with her co-star Edward James Olmos for the film “Filly Brown.”
SOURCE: Allmusic.com, the Internet Movie Database and the Associated Press