Alejandro Sanz has been named the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. The 18-time Latin Grammy and three-time Grammy winner will be honored by artists and industry members at a Nov. 15 gala dinner, the night before the 2017 Latin Grammys. Sanz will be recognized for his nonconformist and highly successful career in Latin pop, and his social activism with Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, Greenpeace and other organizations.
Proceeds from the dinner and concert will benefit the charitable work of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.
“Alejandro Sanz initially appeared on the music scene with a guitar hanging on his shoulder, a profound passion for music and amazing talent,” Gabriel Abaroa, president/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy said in a statement. “After a few years and with the help of his infectious lyrics and harmonies, he enticed our senses for the next few decades and his work has become an essential part of our life’s soundtrack. His philanthropic work, his leadership, in addition to his inspiring music, speaks volumes about his many contributions to the Latin community over the years and we are thrilled to be honoring him.”