Caetano Veloso, one of Brazil's most iconic recording artists, will be feted as the Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy. Veloso will be honored during a dinner Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, on the eve of the 2012 annual Latin Grammy awards which will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Songs from Veloso's catalog will be performed by guest artists and friends, with a portion of net proceeds from the gala benefitting Fundacion Viva Cazuza in Brazil, a non-profit HIV prevention and treatment organization for young people.
An eight-time Latin Grammy winner and two-time Grammy winner, Veloso is one of Brazil's most influential artists and one of the most prominent members of the Tropicalia movement in the 1960s, which included a new generation of politically outspoken artists involved in Brazilian popular music.
Forced into exile in London from 1968-1972 during an early portion of the Brazil's military rule, Veloso developed a signature sound that incorporated influences from around the world. A major global star, Veloso has recorded over 40 albums and published five books. In 2003 he performed during the annual Academy Awards and this year, released Live at Carnegie Hall, an album documenting a 2004 concert with friend David Byrne. His most recent album, "Especial Ivete, Gil e Caetano," a collaboration with Gilberto Gil and Ivete Sangalo, was released earlier this year.
Veloso is only the second Brazilian artist-Gil was the first-to be honored as a Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Past recipients of the award include Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias.