By Victor A. Rodriguez
Camila Cabello makes a return to the list in 2018. Miss Cabello was busy in 2017 to say the least. She collaborated with heavy hitters such as Pitbull, JBalvin, Major Lazer and Quavo; she opened for Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour; provided hosting duties at the 2017 Latin Grammy’s and dropped the ubiquitous single “Havana.” As impressive as 2017 was, 2018 saw Camila reach an entirely new stratosphere. No longer was she a former group member with respectable solo success. In 2018 she became a household name.
"Cabello started the year with the release of her first solo album simply titled Camila."
Cabello started the year with the release of her first solo album simply titled "Camila". The album debuted at number one in the United States with over 100,000 in album sales. It immediately spawned two top 10 singles, the aforementioned "Havana" and "Never Be the Same." By the end of the year the album was certified platinum. "Havana" would become Spotify's most-streamed song ever by a female artist with over a BILLION streams. And in October Cabello would release the video for the third single, "Consequences." However, chart positions wouldn't be the only thing Camila excelled at.
Camila has said that being in the studio making music is her favorite place to be. However, an artist of Cabello's caliber can't be hemmed in by four walls. In April of 2018, Cabello hit the road and embarked on the "Never Be the Same Tour", her first as a solo artist. If one world tour weren't enough, in May of 2018 she was the opening act for Taylor Swift's "Reputation Stadium Tour." The self-proclaimed Swiftie found time to open for Swift between the European leg of her own show.
Performances at the 2018 Latin Billboard Awards, a powerful collab with Kesha at the 2018 Grammys, and some great live duets with Annita would be sprinkled in between to captivate audiences and the Internet alike.
Camila punctuated the year by scoring two Grammy nominations in December. One for Best Pop Solo Performance for a live version of "Havana" as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for "Camila."
Yet, if you ask this granddaughter of a Mexican Revolutionary what her most defining moment of 2018 was, she won't tell you it's the sales, hits or accolades. Camila shared with Billboard that, "Moment number one was singing with my dad," the 21-year-old said. "It was my first solo show in Mexico City. I grew up with my dad singing all the time and he and my grandma who most, kind of planted that seed of loving music. It was his first time singing in front of people. It was 12,000 people and his entire family, his best friends, and we sang a love song to Mexico."
Ahhhh, nothing like a woman that knows where she comes from and loves her family. One of our favorite reasons why Camila was one of our Latinas of 2018.