Google Honors Salsa Icon Celia Cruz With Google Doodle On Her 88th Birthday

“La Reina de la Salsa,” the Queen of Salsa, had 23 gold albums and a plethora of hit songs that brought salsa to the world stage.

1. Google honored salsa icon Celia Cruz on Monday with a doodle marking what would have been her 88th birthday.

The singer, who died on July 16, 2003, was so beloved that she was allowed to lie in state at Freedom Tower in Miami after her death where more than 200,000 people paid their respects.

9. Needless to say, her career spanned decades. “Guantanamera” is a famous hit that has been sampled over and over again.

10. She even helped spring breakers, break it down. Here she is performing her beloved song “La Vida Es Un Carnaval

11. In an emotional tribute, salsa star Victor Manuelle sang the song at her funeral. Even the priest behind him couldn’t stop a smile from creeping across his face as he swayed to the music.

12. As for the doodle, she would have been a fan, says the executor of her estate.

“There have been many posthumous tributes to Celia in these last ten years, but this one by Google is certainly one of the most important and far-reaching,” Omer Pardillo-Cid, sole executor of the Celia Cruz Estate, said in a press release. “She would have loved it!”

13. Most everybody who sang her praises Monday invoked her famous phrase, “Azúcar!”

Azúcar, which means sugar, is what she would yell throughout her performances, as the crowd cheered and danced to her infectious energy.

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