Miss Universe Performances - 2014


Bebel Gilberto

Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto was born in New York on May 12, 1966, to father Joao Gilberto, the iconic voice of bossa nova, and singer Miúcha.  Her father's influence would always color her musical path, and with the addition of elements of electronic music, Bebel took the legacy of the musician from Bahia to the dance floor, earning worldwide success.

Bebel's debut song was, as expected, precocious. At the tender age of nine, Bebel had already performed at Carnegie Hall with her mother and Stan Getz, and had previously participated in musicals and Pirlimpimpim Saltimbancos with her mother and uncle Chico Buarque.

Her professional solo debut came in 1986 with a self-titled EP released by WEA which included "Eu preciso dizer que te amo," a partnership with Cazuza Dé, both still in the Barão Vermelho band. In 1991, the daughter of Gilberto and Miúcha traded Ipanema, where she grew up, for Manhattan, where she was born. Bebel continues to live in New York City, but divides her time between the U.S. and Brazil.

Bebel was a great friend of Cazuza and she composed several songs with him in addition to "Eu preciso dizer que te amo," including "Amigos de Bar," "Mais Feliz" and "Mulher sem Razão."

Bebel next participated in the project Red, Hot + AIDS, joining major music stars such as Everything but the Girl, Maxwell, George Michael and others for the benefit CD recording. She also collaborated on the CD of Japanese producer Towa Tei Future Listening, singing on the hits "Technova" and "Batucada" and also participated in the project Peeping Tom Mike Patton (former lead singer of Faith No More), singing "Caipirinha."

With the release of 'Tanto Tempo' in 2000, Bebel concocted her trademark electronic bossa nova, which took over clubs around the world and positioned Bebel as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S. since the '60s. With her second album, 'Bebel Gilberto' (2004), she refined her sound to create an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a Brazilian composer.

With Momento (2007), her third album in seven years, she wanted to do a fusion of both. Mixing the taste of Rio 'Orchestra Imperial' with the melting pot of New York's Brazilian Girls, and following the direction of English producer Guy Sigsworth (Madonna's partner in "What It Feels Like for a Girl"), Moment reaffirms the international character of Bebel.

All in One, which was released worldwide on September 29, 2009 on the famous American jazz label Verve, was released in Brazil by Universal Music.  It is the least electronic-infused of her albums, it also brings to the forefront more of Bebel's personality and love for organic styles.

To forge a mature serenity on 'All in One,' Bebel had a super team of producers including Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen), John King (Dust Brothers, Beck), Daniel Jobim, Charlie Brown, Didi Gutman (Brazilian Girls) and Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie Boys, Bjork, Jack Johnson).

Since the launch of 'Tanto Tempo' in 2000, it has sold over 2.5 million records and has been featured on seven film soundtracks (including "Next Stop Wonderland," "Bubble," "Closer" and most recently 2010's "Eat Pray Love") and seven TV series (Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Nip / Tuck ...).

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Claudia Leitte

Claudia Leitte is a Brazilian singer that brings her unmistakable swagger to the stage. Each year she performs for over 3 million fans while touring Brazil. One performance on a single night in 2008 at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro reached a record crowd of more than one million people!

The Brazilian singer-songwriter has a strong stage performance with a range that includes songs in Spanish and English. Her music is now universal and delves into a mixture of pop, reggae, hip hop and rock.

Claudia Leitte emerges to the international music scene on Ricky Martin’s newest album “Music + Soul + Sex.” Their hit single “Samba” is one of the most played hits in Miami and Mexico. It was also next to Ricky Martin that Claudia attended The Latin Grammys for the nomination of for Best Contemporary Pop Album for her latest album “The Masks.”

Her hit song “Trilhos Fortes” is one of the most played on radio stations throughout Brazil. Claudia’s debut album has five tracks on the charts including the song “Famo$a,” a version of the successful “Billionaire” track from the American rapper Travie McCoy.

Later this month, Claudia Leitte will perform alongside Elton John, Rihanna and Katy Perry in Rio de Janeiro at “The Rock in Rio,” the famous musical festival which will be broadcast to more than 100 countries.