Marco Antonio Solis to Celebrate 40 Years in Music With Special Concert

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Marco Antonio Solis performs at American Airlines Arena on Nov. 7, 2015 in Miami.

In celebration of 40 years in the music industry, legendary music icon Marco Antonio Solis announced a special concert to take place at the Los Angeles Staples Center in October as a thank you to his fans. 

In a span of four decades, the chart-topping artist -- this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner -- has had 12 albums reach No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, five Latin Grammys, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many other accomplishments.  

"Only with such a loyal and special fan base, could a 40 year artistic career be possible. I'm eternally grateful," said Solís. He also talked to Billboard about his long trajectory, his biggest satisfactions and why he chose L.A. to host his special anniversary celebration. 

What has been a key in your career to be able to reach such an important milestone?

Discipline and the love with which I do what I do have been key. The love that I have for everything that I do has gotten me this far. It's all about discipline and love. 

Looking back at all you have accomplished, what would you say is one of your biggest satisfactions? 

The biggest satisfaction is to be here. To be able to celebrate 40 years in music and still wishing and wanting to continue this journey. I want to keep on creating, making music and songs for my audience. 

Why did you choose Los Angeles for this special anniversary concert?

I picked Los Angeles because it was the first city to open many doors for me since the early stages of my career, even when I was with Los Bukis. The support of the fans has always been very strong in that city and it was the perfect platform when I began. Since then, I've had very loyal fans in LA from Los Bukis until now. I would say that it's one of the most important cities throughout my career. 

How do you describe these 40 years in the industry. 

Many beautiful moments, many lessons, growing and learning. I've had many satisfactions, much success and also failures, but at the end of the day it's been a wonderful adventure that I've enjoyed. Most importantly, being able to get to someone's heart is the most beautiful. It's hard to someone's heart but it's even more difficult to stay in their hearts and that is a privilege to me.