Billboard Latin Music Awards: Mexican Rock Legends Mana to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

Omar Cruz


The iconic band is scheduled to perform April 26 live on Telemundo from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Their names -- Fher, Alex, Sergio and Juan -- are forever etched in the hearts of Latin rock fans everywhere. More than 30 years after forming, Maná's career achievements and philanthropic contributions are being honored at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 26.

The fête for Mana's Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award broadcasts live from Las Vegas on Telemundo and that same night the band’s Fher Olvera, drummer Alex Gonzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallin and bassist Juan Diego Calleros will take the stage for a special performance (7 p.m./6 p.m. Central).

“Maná have defined Latin rock for three decades, in and out of our charts,” said Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming. “They’ve also been an example of social conscience and action. It’s an honor to give them our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

The group has charted a total of 32 songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. Of those, 10 have topped the list including such hits as “Labios Compartidos” and “Lluvia Al Corazón,” which spent eight consecutive weeks at No. 1. 

The Mexican band scored 15 entries on the Top Latin Albums chart, eight of which went to No.1, including “Drama y Luz,” which debuted at the top in 2011 and reigned for nine non-consecutive weeks. Maná's latest single, “De Pies a Cabeza” which launched in 2016, gave the band an 11th No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart, a record among bands.

Their Latino Power Tour was one of the most successful of 2016 due to huge attendance, which positioned them as finalists for a 2017 Billboard Latin Music Award. To date, Maná has been recognized with 24 Billboard Latin Music Awards and is a finalist this year for Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.

Beyond music, Maná's reach includes philanthropic work that includes their Selva Negra Foundation ("Black Jungle Foundation"), formed in 1995 to support projects to protect the environment. One of those projects included Mexico's government's efforts to save sea turtles by raising 140,000 turtle eggs for release on the country's Pacific Coast. In 2008, the foundation was named "Champions of Health" by the Pan American Health Organization during an observance of World Health Day. In 2016, Maná was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band members will speak at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conference in an exclusive “Rock Star Q&A” taking place April 25, a talk centered around their philanthropy and social causes (see for more). 

Every year Billboard and Telemundo honor a recording act with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, which highlights artists' enduring and exceptional careers, those who have expanded the reach of Latin music and beyond as they have influenced and had major impact in Latin music globally. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Carlos Santana, Jose Jose and Marco Antonio Solis.

Exclusive content for this year's ceremony, as well as the complete list of finalists, can be found at, the official website of the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Fans can follow along with their favorite music and entertainers by following @LatinBillboards across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat as TeamTelemundo, and join the conversation using #Billboards2018

Billboard Latin Music Awards and Conference 2018