Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer who gained immense popularity as one of the leading Latin artists of the 20th century. Active from the 1940s, she was known as "La Guarachera de Cuba" for her mastery of the guaracha style. Cruz's career began with the renowned group Sonora Matancera and she showcased her versatility in Afro-Cuban genres such as rumba, afro, and bolero. After leaving Cuba in 1960, she settled in the United States where she collaborated with Tito Puente and excelled in the salsa genre. Her notable pieces include Bemba colorá and Quimbara. Cruz's musical legacy comprises 37 studio albums, and she received multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards. Her catchphrase "¡Azúcar!" has become an iconic symbol of salsa music.