She first gained attention as a member of the Noise in Puerto Rico. Queen went solo in , and released her debut studio album En Mi Imperio In My Empire which was quickly picked up by Sony Discos for distribution in However, Ivy Queen did not rise to fame until she moved to an independent record label to release her third studio album, Diva in It was followed by the Grammy Award-nominated Musa in Queen's recordings often include themes of female empowerment, infidelity, and relationships, and she is often referred to as the Queen of Reggaeton. Queen has also ventured into acting, has been involved with an anti-cancer charity, and has launched a doll modeled on her appearance. She did not finish high school, reaching eleventh grade in the United States,  and studied music at the New Jersey School of Performing Arts. The group became part of the emerging reggaeton scene. She became tired of the violent and sexual themes often used in reggaeton, and wished to write about a wider variety of subjects.
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I am blessed to be a part of that evolution. The eldest of her siblings, she says she spent more time caregiving at home than doing schoolwork; and even when there was time to hit the books, she preferred to pen her own rhymes. She became inspired to write her own music after watching a televised performance by the legendary Cuban salsera Celia Cruz , during a Fania All-Stars concert in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was surrounded by men, but she was calling the shots. That was like a shock to me, because they recorded her while she was walking through the hallway to get on stage — the guys all moved to the side. Ivy Queen made her first appearance at a rap battle in Puerto Rico, where she contended with Noise member Ranking Stone. Her historic face-off with the male MC would eventually crown her the one and only female member of The Noise. He behaves! They have always [done] shows, imitating me. They rub their wigs, better than I rub my own wig, when I have to!
Ivy Queen is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter who has received awards and nominations for her contributions to the music industry, specifically in Latin music and several of its subgenres. In , Ivy Queen received the first Premio Juventud "Diva Award", which honored the singer for her musical career and is her only Premio Juventud thus far. At the Broadcast Music, Inc.