Franco de Vita, the Venezuelan singer/songwriter whose perceptive pop/rock ballads have brought him international fame over his three-decade career, will be honored with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm on April 24.
The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is reserved for those artists who have achieved global recognition for a career that transcends genre and language.
De Vita has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, achieving 11 top 10s and one No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. One of Latin pop’s most beloved artists, he became known as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter of the trio Icaro before launching his solo career. After a string of hits in the 1980s including “Solo Importas Tu,” “Te Amo,” and “Louis,” his song “No Basta” spent six weeks atop the Hot Latin Songs chart in 1991. Most recently, “Te Pienso Sin Querer,” featuring Gloria Trevi, peaked at No. 17 on Latin Pop Airplay. De Vita has also composed hit songs for other artists including pop star Chayanne (“Contra vientos y mareas,” “Y Tú Te Vas” and “Un Siglo Sin Ti”); and Ricky Martin (“A Medio Vivir,” “Vuelve,” and “Tal Vez”). Those collaborative works alone have sold more than 30 million albums around the world.
Born to parents from Italy, where he also lived for part of his childhood, De Vita has recorded in Italian and Portuguese as well as Spanish. He is known for his frequent collaborations with a broad spectrum of artists. He performed “ The Good Life” with Tony Bennett on the American crooner’s 2012 “Duets” album. De Vita’s latest production, “Vuelve en Primera Fila” (Sony Music Latin) features urban artist Wisin, salsero Victor Manuelle and rising Spanish pop singer India Martinez, among others.
De Vita’s “Vuelve en Primera Fila” tour will take him to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina this spring. The Venezuelan leg of the tour, planned for March, was cancelled. “With the hope that my country achieves peace and harmony I hold the firm conviction that we will see each other soon,” The artist announced on his Website.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious Latin music awards show, will be broadcast live on Telemundo, Thursday, April 24 at 7pm/6c from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.
The awards show will feature performances by 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Andrea Boccelli, Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho, and Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga. Others will be announced in due course.
The awards show culminates the 25th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm. This conference, taking place on April 21 – 24 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida, unites today’s top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for four days of provocative presentations, panel discussions, exclusive superstar Q&As, compelling case studies, cutting-edge artist showcases, and exclusive networking events. Attendees will also have access to the new Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards, Powered by CLIO and hosted by Telemundo and mun2, the Billboard En Concierto series and the popular Billboard BASH, featuring a new format and venue. For details on The Billboard Latin Music Conference, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.