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Ana Barbara

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Ana Bárbara is a beauty queen and ranchera music singer with a Latin Grammy Award under her belt.

Ana Bárbara (born as Altagracia Ugalde Motta January 10, 1971 in Rio Verde, San Luis Potosí), is a Mexican singer. Her maternal grandparents are of Italian origin.

Ana Barbara would become a beauty queen before she reached stardom as a singer: in 1988, she became “Miss San Luis Potosí”, going on to represent her state in the Miss Universe-sponsored Miss Mexico beauty contest. She lost in her bid to become Miss Mexico, however. 

In 1993, Ana Bárbara was proclaimed the “Ambassador of Ranchera Music”, and she also earned the Rostro Bonito de El Heraldo (“El Heraldo’s Beautiful Face”) award. In 1994, she signed with Televisa’s musical company, Fonovisa. Under the Fonovisa label, she launched her first CD, the self-titled “Ana Bárbara”. Her song, “Sacúdeme” (“Shake Me”), became a hit in Mexico.

Ana Bárbara reached international fame after the death of Mexican-American singer Selena in 1995. When Ana Bárbara’s self-titled CD was released to Hispanic listeners in the United States, it was advertised on television as a dedicatory to Selena. A song also named “Selena” was added to the CD prior to its American release.

On November 3 of 2005, Ana Bárbara was awarded a Latin Grammy Award.