The Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

Mandalay Bay Convention Center
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
United States
Nov 15, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or

The Latin Recording Academy today announced Spanish singer/songwriter and musician Alejandro Sanz will be honored as the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year during a prestigious gala held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. An 18-time Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY winner, Sanz will be honored for his artistry and substantial philanthropic contributions to organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace, among others.

The Person of the Year award is bestowed to musicians in recognition of their artistic achievement in the Latin music industry and commitment to philanthropy. Past honorees include Marc Anthony, Roberto Carlos, Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Bosé, Caetano Veloso, Shakira, Plácido Domingo, Juan Gabriel, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricky Martin, José José, Carlos Santana, Gilberto Gil, Vicente Fernández, Julio Iglesias, and Emilio Estefan.

“Alejandro Sanz initially appeared on the music scene with a guitar hanging on his shoulder, a profound passion for music and amazing talent,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “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.”

“I’m honored to receive this recognition from the Latin Recording Academy,” said Sanz. “I’m happy and excited to be able to experience what is sure to be a thrilling evening in the company of friends and colleagues. I have participated in some of these galas as a guest and it is a very special event within the celebrations surrounding the Latin GRAMMY Awards. I’m very grateful and can’t wait for the moment to arrive to discover all the surprises in store.”

This year’s star-studded gala will feature a concert tribute, including renditions of Sanz’ renowned repertoire by an impressive array of notable artists and friends. 

Three-time GRAMMY and nine-time Latin GRAMMY winner Rafa Sardina will be the executive producer of the coveted Person of the Year event.

The net proceeds from the gala will go toward the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation whose mission is to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs.

Since his debut in 1991 with Viviendo Deprisa through his most recent studio album, 2015’s Sirope, Sanz has established himself as one of the most renowned and influential artists worldwide with more than 25 million records sold. All 16 of his albums have gone multi-platinum in Spain, Latin America or the United States.

Throughout his career, Sanz has collaborated with several leading performers from around the globe, including Alicia Keys, Shakira, Destiny’s Child, Laura Pausini, the Corrs, Ivete Sangalo, Emeli Sandé, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernández, and Tony Bennett. The first single, “Un Zombie a la Intemperie,” from Sirope (produced by Sanz and acclaimed producer Sebastian Krys) made it to No. 1 on the iTunes charts in Spain, Latin America and the United States.

In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston in recognition of his contributions to music and international culture. In 2017, Sanz received the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid for his talent, his support of humanitarian causes and his ability to surmount obstacles. He has also received the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the Vision Award bestowed by the White House through the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in recognition of his notable contributions to Latin music.

Following a year’s worth of preparations, Sanz kicked off 2017 by revealing Más Es Más, a project that celebrates a very special year in his career as an artist and the way in which he wishes to express gratitude to his fans. The culmination of this celebration will be a one-time-only concert taking place in Madrid on June 24, which will offer concertgoers the chance to relive the songs from his album Más as well as the greatest hits of his career. Sanz will be joined by many friends on a magical night that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The concert will be live streamed at:

When Sanz announced Más Es Más, the news received more than 1 million Facebook views in the first 24 hours and on Feb. 3, presales crashed the sales site. He became the only artist to sell out the Vicente Calderón Stadium within 30 minutes.

Sanz currently has the largest Twitter following (more than 16 million) among Spanish artists. In addition, he has more than 6 million followers on Facebook and 2 million followers on Instagram.

For information on purchasing tickets to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards or tables at this year’s Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or

MGM Grand Garden Arena
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
United States
Nov 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central); Pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
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The Latin Recording Academy and Univision Network today announced the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will air Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a three-hour star-studded telecast from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central), and a one-hour pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Nominees for the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced worldwide Sept. 20, 2017.  On Nov. 15, The Latin Recording Academy will honor The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Special Awards (Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards) recipients during special presentations.

“The Latin GRAMMY have become the premier U.S. and international musical showcase for Latin talent, diversity, relevance, and excellence and this year we are planning to bring our audience an even more spectacular evening celebrating the hard work, perseverance and achievements of those in our artistic communities,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “We are also delighted to continue a great collaboration process with Univision and look forward to working with them to create the most memorable experience for our viewers.”

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Reel To Reel: Jeff Lynne's ELO 'Wembley Or Bust'
GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live
800 W OIympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
United States
Nov 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m.
Tickets available

On the eve of the release of Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s live CD/DVD of their legendary concert at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 17, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to the Clive Davis Theater for a special screening of the live concert, followed by a Q&A with Jeff Lynne, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. In Wembley or Bust viewers will see Lynne and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000-capacity crowd. As Lynne says himself, “It’s the best time I ever had in music… It is beyond anything I could have imagined.” The film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs his career, including ELO vintage classics like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Livin' Thing" and "Evil Woman." Having always been known for their epic live performances distinct style that blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had more than 20 Top 40 hits across the United States and the UK, making Lynne's sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last 40 years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

Widely recognized as one of the greatest artists and producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and Tom Petty, and a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music, including the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.