Rivera, who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, perished in a crash near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, Mexico that left no survivors.
Her web site calls her “the leading female artist in contemporary Regional Mexican Music, a prominent female figure in a genre that throughout the years has had been dominated by men.”
Born in Long Beach, California, Rivera was nominated for Grammys in 2003, 2008 and 2010. She has recorded more than a dozen albums: 15 Gold Records, 15 Platinum and 5 Double Platinum Records, certified by the RIAA. She was also a judge on the second season of the television show, “La Voce,” Mexico’s version of “The Voice.”
Her latest album, Joyas Prestadas (Borrowed Jewels), was released on November 21, 2011.