Prolific singer/songwriter and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is receiving a lifetime achievement honor at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Presented by State Farm, the awards show will also feature a special performance by the Bocelli during the live Telemundo broadcast on April 24, 7 p.m. ET from Miami.
Bocelli, one of the most popular classical solo recording artists, is also one of the best-selling singers in music history with a total of 14 studio albums, three greatest hits recordings, nine complete operas and more than 80 million albums sold worldwide.
Credited with helping the core classical repertoire crossover to international pop charts, Bocelli has also had an impressive reach with audiences. He's performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes, the British royal family, the Olympics and the World Cup.
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Bocelli is a two-time Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist for Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo, and Latin Pop Album of the Year with his album Pasion, which featured collaborations with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. He has previously garnered two top 10 songs on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart including “Vivo Por Ella,” featuring Marta Sanchez, which reached No. 9 in 1998, and “Vive Ya” featuring Laura Pausini, which peaked at No. 6 in 2008.
Bocelli, who has been performing for 22 years, is receiving the Billboard Lifetime Achievement award which is given to an artist in recognition of an exceptional musical career that has taken Latin music to new heights around the world while staying relevant through artistic and personal contributions.
Previous recipients of the honor include Los Temerarios, Vicente Fernandez, Celia Cruz, Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera, Carlos Santana, Emmanuel, Intocable and Jose Jose.
Other previously announced artists performing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards include Pausini, Spanish pop singer David Bisbal, Colombian crooner Juanes and Mexican group La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho.
The awards show culminates the Billboard Latin Music Conference taking place on April 21-24 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Fla. featuring top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers. For details on the Billboard Latin Music Conference, go to BillboardLatinConference.com.