At Latin Grammy Event for Roberto Carlos, Stars Reaffirm the Healing Power of Music

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 Jesse and Joy Huerta of music group Jesse y Joy arrive at the 2015 Person of the Year honoring Roberto Carlos held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

It’s hard to feel safe in today’s world, but music has always had the power to unite people on a universal scale, even in the face of unimaginable tragedy. It is, in many ways, the most powerful weapon, and at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Brazilian icon Roberto Carlos, the artists in attendance seemed to embrace the power of music for a greater cause.

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The honoree’s music has always had a healing, uplifting effect. In classic songs like “Jesus Cristo” and “La Montaña,” Carlos thanks a higher power for the gift of being alive, and embraces life with open arms.

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On the red carpet, stars -- including Jesse & Joy, Carlos Vives, Leslie Grace and Dionne Warwick, all of whom sang at the tribute concert in honor or Roberto Carlos -- talked about what they listen to restore their faith in humanity:

Joy Huerta of Jesse & Joy

“This song that we’re singing tonight ['La Montaña'] is one that’s very close to our hearts. It’s all about being grateful and we are so grateful at this moment in our lives, so it’s perfect. We’re happy to be a part of something that leaves such a positive vibe.”

Jesse Huerta of Jesse & Joy

“Music in general is something that uplifts, and in times of violence in the history of humanity, music has always been there as a weapon of love and peace.”

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Carlos Vives

“I’ve listened to Roberto Carlos since I was a little boy. He’s been with me from those first loves, those first kisses. He’s one of those artists that’s just with you your whole life, but I’ve actually never met him. I’m honored to be singing 'El Progreso' for him tonight with Julieta Venegas.”

Leslie Grace

“I love to listen to a Christian band called Hillsong United, they have a new album out right now. And tonight I’m singing ‘Jesus Cristo’ by Roberto Carlos with Maluma. It’s a huge responsibility to be singing to someone so great and at the same time it’s almost like worshipping onstage. It’s a great time to be singing that song, considering everything that’s going on in the world.”

Dionne Warwick

“The thing that captivates me about Roberto Carlos is that he’s singing about love, it’s the most important thing in the world. I love listening to songs of sweet, sweet love songs -- songs about hope and faith.”

Francisca Valenzuela

“I think gratitude is a big part of my happiness, so in those moments I think about how blessed I am, and I try to spend time with family. I always think of songs like Silvio Rodriguez, or Sui Generis, folk music from artists like Charly Garcia, Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa.”

Raquel Sofia

“Jack Johnson gets me happy every time.”

Gustavo Santaolalla

“Family is an incredible refuge, it’s a way to see how beautiful life can be. There are people who spread death in this world and it can feel very apocalyptic, but I think they are the exception. There are always going to be stories of violence and tragedy, but there are also stories of love and hope that reaffirm the beautiful beings that we can be. So I always have those thoughts. I choose life and I think it’s more powerful that any of those other things.”

ChocQuibTown

“Our message has always been one of survival. This life can be tough but you make it through.”

Genesis Rodriguez

“I love good old Gospel, something reaches to me. I believe in a higher being, I believe in God, and I believe that there’s still good in the world.”