Google's spicy Celia Cruz doodle

The Queen of Salsa would have been 88 years old today. Google celebrates with a colorful homage.

Google honors the 88th birthday of "La Guarachera de Cuba," Celia Cruz. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET
Google.com has a bit of a salsa flavor this morning, as a doodle of "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz takes over the home page of the search-olith.

Her full name was Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad, and she was considered the best known and most influential woman in the history of Cuban music by Billboard Magazine and many others. However, she spent much of her career living in New Jersey and touring around the world following the rise of Fidel Castro in her homeland.

She released dozens of albums and won seven grammys during a career that spanned half a century and right up until her death from brain cancer in 2003. She also appeared in a handful of films, including 1992's "Mambo Kings."

The doodle shows Cruz in her trademark colorful style that perhaps hints at where Nicki Minaj and other ostentatious performers from today got their looks. It also seems to be generating more attention than Cruz' official website is used to -- the first search result for Cruz' name is currently temporarily unavailable.

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