Carlos Vives to Receive Hall of Fame Award at 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Carlos Vives
Ruven Afanador

Carlos Vives

Carlos Vives will be honored with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards set to take place Oct. 21.

Announced by Telemundo and Billboard on Wednesday (Sept. 30), the Colombian superstar behind Latin anthems including "La Gota Fría" and "Fruta Fresca" will not only be recognized for his career as a singer-songwriter, but also for his multifaceted career as a host, actor and philanthropist.

In 2015, he launched the "Tras la Perla" initiative, which aims to improve people’s quality of life in his native Santa Marta and its surroundings, with educational and environmental programs. He is also the founder of the Rio Grande music school in Bogotá, where children develop their artistic skills.

Vives, who is confirmed for a Q&A with Gustavo Dudamel during Latin Music Week, will also perform during the awards ceremony taking place live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is given to artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending musical genres and languages. Previous winners of the coveted award include José José, Vicente Fernández, Rocío Dúrcal, Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony and Alejandro Fernández.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will kick off at 7 p.m. ET with a red carpet pre-show followed by the three-hour awards show featuring live performances by today’s top Latin artists to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music.

The complete list of finalists was announced earlier this year, with Bad Bunny and Ozuna leading the list with 14 mentions each. Daddy Yankee and J Balvin both have 12 finalist mentions; Anuel AA has 11; and Farruko has 10. See the complete list of finalists here.

The awards will coincide with Billboard’s Latin Music Week, a three-day virtual experience dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the event will take place October 20-23 and will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, exclusive performances and more. or more information and to RSVP, visit

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