Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez known professionally as Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter.
He is known as the "King of Reggaetón" by music critics and fans alike.
Daddy Yankee is the artist who coined the word reggaeton in 1994 to describe the new music genre that was emerging from Puerto Rico that synthesized American hip-hop, Latin Caribbean music, and Jamaican reggae rhythms with Spanish rapping and singing.
He is often cited as an influence by other Latin urban performers.
Ayala was born in Río Piedras and was raised in the Villa Kennedy Housing Projects neighborhood.
As of March 2022, Daddy Yankee has won 184 awards from 484 nominations (see List of awards and nominations received by Daddy Yankee).
He has won five Latin Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards, two Latin American Music Awards, eight Lo Nuestro Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and six ASCAP Awards.
He also received a Puerto Rican Walk of Fame star, special awards by People en Español magazine, and the Presencia Latina at Harvard University.
He was named by CNN as the "Most Influential Hispanic Artist" of 2009, and included in Time 100 in 2006.