Mexican pop star Belinda released her breakthrough single "Bella Traición" (English: "Beautiful Betrayal") 10 years ago on Jan. 26, 2007. She channeled teenage angst into an anthem of the time that later garnered a Latin Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.
At a young age, Belinda started working the telenovela circuit and recorded music for the show soundtracks. Eventually those opportunities led to her self-titled debut album in 2003. At 13, Belinda was already becoming a voice for her generation with pop-rock cuts like "Vivir." In late 2006, she was getting noticed on a global level with a starring role in Disney Channel's hit movie "The Cheetah Girls 2." With a higher profile, Belinda released her second album, Utopía, a few months later.
Utopía still stands as a solid pop album years later. Belinda worked with talent like Greg Wells, who later produced Katy Perry, Greg Kurstin (Sia) and Jimmy Harry (P!nk). Her rock-infused sound was blended with elements of electronica way before the synth-pop boom of the late 2000s. "Bella Traición" remains the centerpiece of the record. Belinda penned the song with pop golden gal Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson) and producer Mitch Allan. Waves of synth and guitar backed Belinda's emotional performance over a boy who left her in disarray. She amplified the darkly deep lyrics to the youth at the time with pure grit. "Bella Traición" beautifully translated Belinda's despair into a rush of dreamy pop.
"Bella Traición" was surprisingly nominated at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, one of the Big Four categories usually filled with music veterans. The then 18-year-old was up against Latin legends like Maná, Franco De Vita and Juan Luis Guerra, who won for "La Llave de Mi Corazón." Though Belinda didn't take home the Grammy, it was an inspirational moment for fans who saw this teenage girl close to their age shake up the status quo with the well-deserved "Bella Traición" nomination.
Since "Bella Traición," Belinda has been one to watch in the Latin music scene with hits that followed like 2010's "Egoísta" featuring Pitbull and 2013's "En La Obscuridad." Following a lengthy break from the recording studio, she will return later this year with the Steve Aoki-produced "Báilalo."