Alejandro Sanz Named 2017 Latin Recording Academy® Person of the Year

Proceeds from the tribute gala and concert will benefit the
charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Latin Recording Academy® today announced Spanish
singer/songwriter and musician Alejandro Sanz will be honored as the 2017
Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year during a prestigious
gala held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center
in Las Vegas. An 18-time Latin GRAMMY® and three-time GRAMMY
winner, Sanz will be honored for his artistry and substantial
philanthropic contributions to organizations such as Doctors Without
Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace, among others.

The Person of the Year award is bestowed to musicians in recognition of
their artistic achievement in the Latin music industry and commitment to
philanthropy. Past honorees include Marc Anthony, Roberto Carlos, Joan
Manuel Serrat, Miguel Bosé, Caetano Veloso, Shakira, Plácido Domingo,
Juan Gabriel, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricky Martin, José José,
Carlos Santana, Gilberto Gil, Vicente Fernández, Julio Iglesias, and
Emilio Estefan.

“Alejandro Sanz initially appeared on the music scene with a guitar
hanging on his shoulder, a profound passion for music and amazing
talent,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin
Recording Academy. “After a few years and with the help of his
infectious lyrics and harmonies, he enticed our senses for the next few
decades and his work has become an essential part of our life’s
soundtrack. His philanthropic work, his leadership, in addition to his
inspiring music, speaks volumes about his many contributions to the
Latin community over the years and we are thrilled to be honoring him.”

“I’m honored to receive this recognition from the Latin Recording
Academy,” said Alejandro Sanz. “I’m happy and excited to be able
to experience what is sure to be a thrilling evening in the company of
friends and colleagues. I have participated in some of these galas as a
guest and it is a very special event within the celebrations surrounding
the Latin GRAMMY Awards. I’m very grateful and can’t wait for the moment
to arrive to discover all the surprises in store.”

This year’s star-studded gala will feature a concert tribute, including
renditions of Sanz’ renowned repertoire by an impressive array of
notable artists and friends. The event precedes the 18th Annual Latin
®, airing Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017,
8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) live on Univision from the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Three-time GRAMMY and nine-time Latin GRAMMY winner Rafa Sardina will be
the executive producer of the coveted Person of the Year event.

The net proceeds from the gala will go toward the charitable work of the Latin
GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
® whose mission is to further
international awareness and appreciation of the significant
contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture
through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs.

Since his debut in 1991 with Viviendo Deprisa through his most
recent studio album, 2015’s Sirope, Sanz has established
himself as one of the most renowned and influential artists worldwide
with more than 25 million records sold. All 16 of his albums have gone
multi-platinum in Spain, Latin America or the United States.

Throughout his career, Sanz has collaborated with several leading
performers from around the globe, including Alicia Keys, Shakira,
Destiny’s Child, Laura Pausini, the Corrs, Ivete Sangalo, Emeli Sandé,
Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernández, and Tony
Bennett. The first single, “Un Zombie a la Intemperie,” from Sirope
(produced by Sanz and acclaimed producer Sebastian Krys) made it to No.
1 on the iTunes charts in Spain, Latin America and the United States.

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music
in Boston in recognition of his contributions to music and international
culture. In 2017, Sanz received the Gold Medal of the Community of
Madrid for his talent, his support of humanitarian causes and his
ability to surmount obstacles. He has also received the Gold Medal for
Merit in the Fine Arts granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and
the Vision Award bestowed by the White House through the Hispanic
Heritage Foundation in recognition of his notable contributions to Latin

Following a year’s worth of preparations, Sanz kicked off 2017 by
revealing Más Es Más, a project that celebrates a very special year in
his career as an artist and the way in which he wishes to express
gratitude to his fans. The culmination of this celebration will be a
one-time-only concert taking place in Madrid on June 24, which will
offer concertgoers the chance to relive the songs from his album Más
as well as the greatest hits of his career. Sanz will be joined by many
friends on a magical night that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The concert will be live streamed at:

When Sanz announced Más Es Más, the news received more than 1 million
Facebook views in the first 24 hours and on Feb. 3, presales crashed the
sales site. He became the only artist to sell out the Vicente Calderón
Stadium within 30 minutes.

Sanz currently has the largest Twitter following (more than 16 million)
among Spanish artists. In addition, he has more than 6 million followers
on Facebook and 2 million followers on Instagram.

For information on purchasing tickets to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY
Awardsor tables at this year’s Latin Recording Academy
Person of the Year gala, please contact The Latin Recording Academy
ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or


The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based
organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording
artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and
technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to
improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and
its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor
excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording
Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music
community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.
For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit


The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® was established
by The Latin Recording Academy to promote international awareness and
appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its
makers to the world’s culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy
and heritage. The Foundation’s primary charitable focus is to provide
scholarships to students of Latin music with financial needs, as well as
grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and
preservation of diverse Latin music genres. For more information about
the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, please visit


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