Ricky Martin can easily be considered one of the world's largest superstars. In addition to selling an astronomical 60 million albums worldwide, he is also an accomplished actor in television, film and stage, and most recently became a best-selling author and activist. Through all his success, he is frequently credited with paving the way for other Latino artists.
Martin began his career at just 6 years old when he starred in several television commercials. When he was 13, he landed a spot in the boy band Menudo. For the next five years, he performed around the world, before leaving the group at 18.
Following his time with Menudo, Martin dove into acting. He first took a role as a musician in a Spanish-language telenovela -- which was so popular, it was adapted into a film in which he starred. He followed it up with a few roles in U.S. shows, including "General Hospital," before taking a role in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables."
While acting, Martin was also starting on his path as a solo artist. From 1991 to 1998, he released four Spanish-language albums. All were successful and sold millions, with the fourth, "Vuelve," doing the best at 9 million copies and a platinum certification. He then set his eyes on the U.S. music scene.
Though he had made a name for himself already, in 1999, the combination of his Grammy performance of "La Copa de Vida" along with his Grammy win, put him in the center of pop culture. He followed that performance with his first English-language album, "Ricky Martin." The single, "Living La Vida Loca" became an international hit and brought him to a height of fame few have reached.
Martin continued to release both English-language and Spanish-language albums throughout the following years -- each one selling millions. After taking some time to himself, he reentered the spotlight in 2007 with his incredible performance of "The Cup of Life" at the Grammys.
In 2008, Martin announced that he was the father of twin boys, and in 2010 confirmed that he is gay. The same year, he wrote about his experiences in a best-selling memoir, "Me."
He will soon be releasing his 10th studio album, and he stopped by to perform his new hit single, "Come with Me."