Michel Teló (Brazilian Portuguese: [miˈʃɛw teˈlɔ]) (born January 21, 1981) is a Brazilian sertanejo singer-songwriter. Before his solo act, he was a lead singer in various bands, most notably Grupo Tradição. His biggest national and international hit is “Ai Se Eu Te Pego!”, a number one in most European countries, Latin America, and Quebec.
Teló’s artistic career began in 1987 when, as a six-year-old, he made his first solo performance in his school choir, singing a piece by Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos. At 10, his musical talent blossomed when his father gave him an accordion. At the age of 12, upon encouragement by neighbors, school friends, and his brothers, he formed a young band for playing traditional music, which was called “Guri” and served to strengthen Teló taste in music in a professional organized manner. He was the band’s lead singer and composer. Besides his love for the harmonica, Teló also took piano lessons for five years. He was also dancer and played the accordion, harmonica, and guitar.
Awards and nominations
At the beginning of his solo career, he released his first album titled Balada Sertaneja which was not a big commercial success, but was still nominated in the category for “Musical Revelation of the Year”.
His live album Michel Teló – Ao Vivo, however, was hugely successful and brought him nomination for a Latin Grammy “Best Sertanejo Album”.
In 2011, Michel was nominated at the 2011 “Melhores do Movimento Country” for four categories: “Best Singer Solo” “Hit of the Year” for “Ai se eu te pego!”, “Best CD” for album Michel Teló – Ao Vivo and “Best Show”.
Michel was also nominated for four categories in Premio Multishow de Música Brasileira for “Best Singer”, “Musical Revelation”, “Best Sertanejo Artist” and “Best Music” for “Ai se eu te pego!”.
In 2012, Telò won the award for “Best Tormentone” at the 2012 TRL Awards.
Michel Teló was nominated for seven categories on the prize “Billboard Latin Music Awards”. Teló is the only Brazilian artist among the nominees at the awards for Latin music, predominantly Hispanic singers. The Brazilian competes in categories New Artist, Artist in Social Networks and Pop Artist, and “Oh if I catch you” is indicated for Song of the Year, Pop Music, Music and Digital Music Radio. The awards will be held on April 25 in Miami. Shakira, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and the band Maná are other competitors. The singer Don Omar is the most suitable for this edition, with 18 mentions. The Mexican singer Jenni Rivera, who died in the December 2012 in a plane crash, is given in 11 categories.
In April 2012, Michel Teló sang “Oh if I catch you” at the award ceremony of the “Billboard Latin Music Awards”, but was not nominated for any awards.
In 2015, his compilation Bem Sertanejo was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Sertaneja Music Album category.
- 2009: Balada Sertaneja
- 2010: Michel Teló Ao Vivo
- 2011: Michel na Balada
- 2013: Sunset.