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Gloria Estefan was born in Cuba, however her family fled to Miami, Florida at a young age to escape the harsh Cuban Revolution. During her enrollment at the University of Miami, Estefan and her cousin Mercedes Navarro performed as two guests at a wedding when they were noticed by the band Miami Latin Boys and were invited to join the band. The band was then renamed to become the notorious Miami Sound Machine. From that point on, her career skyrocketed after signing a record deal, recording several albums, touring the world, and even marrying her bandmate. In 1989, the band split up on good terms making Estefan a solo artist. That same year, she released her first solo album, Cuts Both Ways, which also became her best-selling album to date. Ever since, Estefan has been incredibly successful in every path of her career, continuing to sell millions of records, hosting extremely successful charity events, and even making appearances in several films. During her career, Estefan received eight Grammy awards, sold over 75 million records, became recognized as one of the top 100 greatest artists of all time by VH1 and Billboard, and was the first Latina to ever be inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame.