Colombian artist Karol G released her debut album Unstoppable late last year and recently, the world has been taking notice of her rising profile. At 27-years-old, Karol has already accomplished a lot as one of the few women holding it down in the male-dominated reggaeton music genre. With awards, accolades and chart success rolling in, 2018 has been shaping up to be her breakthrough year. Here's five reason why Karol is living her best life and one reggaetonera to watch.
1. The world keeps spinning and she keeps on winning
Last month, the 31st annual Hispanic Heritage Awards kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C. Karol G was honored this year with the Inspira Award (Inspiration Award) that has gone to Becky G, America Ferrera and Prince Royce in the past. Along with accepting the honor, she also took a moment to show a different side to her artistry, performing the heartbreaking ballad "Lo Sabe Dios" (Only God Knows) with a full orchestra. Karol will also accept La Musa Elena Casals Award at the 2018 La Musa Awards this month for her contributions to Latin music as a performer and songwriter.
2. Latin Grammy nominee
The Latin Recording Academy spotlighted Karol G this year when the nominees for the 2018 ceremony were announced last month. For her first time, she is up for two awards: Best New Artist and Best Urban Song. The former is a full category with Karol G against nine other nominees and the latter sees her competing with fellow Colombian act J Balvin, who is nominated 3 times, and reggaeton legend Daddy Yankee. Her sexy and savage kiss-off track "Mi Cama" (My Bed) is one of two entries from a female artist.
3. Top 10's across the board
Karol G earned her fourth top 10 single on the Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart two weeks ago when her sleek banger "Culpables" (Guilty Ones) with Puerto Rican trap star Anuel AA hit No. 9 on the chart. Previously, the remix of "Mi Cama" with "X" hit-makers J Bavin and Nicky Jam topped out at No. 6 and she hit No. 1 with a new version of El Chombo's "Dame Tu Cosita" (Give Me Your Thing) alongside Pitbull. 2017 marked her first visit to No. 10 with "Ahora Me Llama" (Now He Calls Me) featuring Bad Bunny.
4. Collaboration queen
This year, Karol G has become a go-to artist for collaborations, getting tapped by musicians around the world. She teamed up with Argentinean pop star Tini for "Princesa" (Princess), Spanish singer-songwriter Antonio Orozco on "Dicen" (They Say) and Mexican rock group Moderatto for "Cabellero" (Gentleman). The reggaeton star is not afraid to get out of her element and try out different genres. Luis Fonsi, who had Karol as an opener on his tour last year, enlisted her for a remix of his song "Calypso."
5. On the road again
Earlier this year, Karol traveled the world to tour her Platinum-certified Unstoppable album. As a sort of victory lap for all her recent successes, she is going on the road again in the U.S. with the Road to Innovation Tour. Colombian artist Reykon will join her as a special guest on the countrywide trek. Karol hits up L.A. by way of Hollywood's Avalon nightclub on Nov. 6. The road leads to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Nov. 15.