Recognized for her music as well as her spellbinding sex appeal, Ana Bárbara skyrocketed to celebrity in Mexico in the mid-'90s and was quickly crowned "La Reina Grupera," for she not only dominated the grupero movement, but she was one of the driving forces behind the style's realization. Bárbara's music is often categorized as ranchera, which is indeed a key component of her style, but grupero is a more apt description, because it accounts for the many other aspects of her music, including elements of norteño as well as Latin pop. In particular, it's common for Bárbara's music to be awash in synthesizers, with the drums and keyboards accented electronically, and while accordion is a staple of her songs, so are guitars, strings, and horns. As is characteristic of grupero, Bárbara's songs are almost always romantic and are intended to be catchy, sometimes to the point of being written off as "ear candy" (and she herself as "eye candy") by some critics. Regardless of such criticisms, her music is popular, without question, as Bárbara has proved herself to be one of the few regional Mexican acts to garner an international following that extends beyond Mexico and the United States. Her popularity peaked in the mid- to late '90s, particularly with the albums La Trampa (1995) and Ay, Amor (1996) and hits like "No Se Que Voy a Hacer," "Me Asusta Pero Me Gusta," and "Ya No Te Creo Nada." Bárbara then experienced a resurgence of popularity in 2004-2005 with Loca de Amar, an especially successful album for which she won a Latin Grammy (Best Grupero Album). In addition to her success as a grupero figurehead, Bárbara remained a fixture of celebrity gossip because of her sometimes scandalous personal life. Tabloids documented seemingly every sighting of her with a man, not least of all because of her tall, slim, salacious, and simply striking looks as well as her lack of a husband. In particular, she caused a huge stir in 2005 with José María Fernández, with whom she began a romantic relationship only three months after the tragic (and bizarre) death of his wife, Mariana Levy, a beloved Mexican telenovela actress, singer, and television show host. Much of the Mexican public felt the ordeal was terribly insensitive to Levy's family as well as her memory.