Emmanuel was discovered 35 years ago as "La voz del Heraldo," or "The voice of the Herald." Since then, the singer-songwriter has become internationally renowned for a career that will be honored with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award. The crooner was mentored early in his career by tenor Pedro Vargas. Emmanuel went on to record music that for more than three decades has continued to make new fans. His success also opened the doors for other Latin music acts, as he was the first international Latino music artist to have his own concerts in the United States at such places as New York's Radio City Music Hall, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Over the years, Emmanuel has received recognition for his work in music including La Voz del Heraldo in 1976, best singer and new artist at Festival OTI, 1979; one Silver trophy (Antorcha de Plata) at Viña del Mar, Chile in 1983 and two in 1989; and seven gold and two platinum albums. He has also lent support and provided awareness and fundraising projects that benefit the environment and other causes.
Winners of the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award and the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award are decided by an editorial committee, which bases its decisions on virtues related to that specific award. Previous Billboard Spirit of Hope Award honorees include Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Shakira, Juan Luis Guerra, Mana, El General, Ricky Martin, Olga Tañon, Soraya, Ricardo Montaner and Juanes. Previous Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Los Temerarios, Vicente Fernandez, Celia Cruz, Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera and Carlos Santana.
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