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Joan Manuel Serrat Named 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year
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Joan Manuel Serrat Named 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

Singer/songwriter to be honored at star-studded concert and tribute gala on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

Singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has been named the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Chosen for his artistic and social accomplishments, as well as his contributions to Latin culture, Serrat will be honored with a star-studded tribute concert on Nov. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The celebration will feature songs from Serrat’s catalog performed by an impressive array of notable artists and friends. A portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which provides scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs. The prestigious event will precede the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.

"As a profound and brilliant songwriter, a true poet in Spanish and Catalan and a sensational performer, Joan Manuel Serrat's lyrical style and magnificent talent make him a treasured and timeless musical figure," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "Through his talent, artistry, passion, and dedication to his craft, his work has spoken to music fans all over. It is a privilege to recognize a man with such an illustrious and socially conscious career, and we look forward to celebrating his creativity and legacy."

Serrat has impacted not only fans, but fellow artists in the music community.

"Joan Manuel Serrat took Miguel Hernández's beautiful little poem 'Llego Con Tres Heridas (I Come With Three Wounds)' and turned it into an even more beautiful song, haunting in its simplicity." said GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Joan Baez. "I fell in love with the song and recorded it in 1974. I still sing it today."

"Joan Manuel has become a true symbol for freedom, coherence, quality, and perfect use of our language, and a reference that we all have in reaching our goals," said Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Shakira, a previous Person Of The Year honoree. 

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Serrat began playing music as a teenager and quickly developed a desire to write and perform. In 1965, while singing on Spanish radio program "Radioscope," Serrat secured his first record deal. Within two years he released two EPs, a full-length debut album and gave his first live stage performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana — a concert that established him as one of the pioneers of the Nova Cançó movement in Spain's Catalonian region. As part of a generation of politically outspoken artists, Serrat is known for his strong political stances. He once refused to follow dictator Francisco Franco's orders to perform a song in Spanish, instead of his native Catalan, at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968. This led to Serrat being banned from appearing in Spanish media for five years.

In the mid '70s, after speaking out against the Franco dictatorship, Serrat went into self-imposed exile in Mexico and did not return to his homeland until after Franco's death in 1975. In 1969 Serrat released Dedicado A Antonio Machado, Poeta in honor of the Spanish poet. The album garnered both critical acclaim and massive popular success throughout Spain and Latin America. His 1971 single "Mediterráneo" established him as a widely popular artist in Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In 2006 Serrat released , his first album recorded completely in Catalan in 17 years. It was followed by 2008's Dos Pájaros De Un Tiro — a collaboration with fellow Spanish singer/songwriter Joaquín Sabina — and 2012's La Orquesta Del Titanic. The 2013 documentary, El Símbolo Y El Cuate, captured Serrat and Sabina's acclaimed tour throughout Spain and Latin America.

As the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree, Serrat joins a distinguished list of past recipients that includes Miguel Bosé, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Santana, Shakira, and Caetano Veloso, among others.

For information on purchasing tickets or tables to this year's Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala for Joan Manuel Serrat, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.

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Latin GRAMMYs To E-nnounce Nominees Sept. 24

Nominees to be revealed online and announcement to feature celebrity and fan participation

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

For the first time in Latin GRAMMY history, The Latin Recording Academy will announce nominees for the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards online featuring various celebrities, incorporating music fans on a global scale on Sept. 24 via social networking platform Twitter.

The nominations will be revealed at 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET with the launch of a video, which will allow Latin music fans around the world an opportunity to participate in the announcement, followed by a daylong promotion of social interaction during which the public is welcome to tweet exclusive congratulatory messages to nominated artists by using the official Latin GRAMMY hashtag #LatinGRAMMY. The video, press release and full list of nominations will be available simultaneously at www.latingrammy.com.

"In this era, news is immediate and everyone wants to be the first to share it," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "By engaging nominees and fans at the same time, not only will the artists be notified of their good news directly, but music fans will also be a part of this special announcement and have the ability to participate through social platforms." 

Since the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards debuted entirely in Spanish on Univision in 2005, the telecast has consistently earned significant ratings each year in the United States and is now seen in more than 100 countries around the world.  The Latin GRAMMYs have become Univision's most watched and highest-rated show while delivering outstanding social media results and engagement. With nearly 2 million followers on Twitter, @LatinGRAMMYs has more followers than any other awards show.

Additionally, the Road To The Latin GRAMMYs — a monthlong series of cultural events culminating with The Biggest Night in Latin Music — begins with the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions and Latin GRAMMY Street Parties (taking place in several cities across the United States), as well as the Special Awards Presentation and The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute gala. 

The 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 20, and will air in the United States on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). This year marks the seventh time Latin music's most prestigious awards telecast will take place in Las Vegas and the first time from MGM Grand. For breaking news and updates, please visit The Latin Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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15th Latin GRAMMY Nominations Announced

Calle 13's Eduardo Cabra leads the field with 11 nods; other artists receiving nods include Marc Anthony, Lila Downs, Enrique Iglesias, Jesse & Joy, and Carlos Vives

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The Latin Recording Academy today announced nominations for the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards digitally via LatinGRAMMY.com and Twitter. Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 leads the field with 11 nominations; Calle 13 garner nine nods; Andrés Castro earns eight; Tom Coyne receives seven; Julio Reyes Copello and Carlos Vives each receive six nominations; and Descemer Bueno and Enrique Iglesias net five nominations each. 

"In this, our 15th anniversary year, we received more than 10,000 entries and the nominations continue to reflect a dynamic and vibrant worldwide Latin music community of artists, producers, engineers, songwriters and everyone involved in the recording process," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "With the roster of multitalented nominees, it is reassuring that this peer-recognized award is truly focused on acknowledging the quality of material and excellence in recorded music and reflects the evolution of not only our awards process but the growth of the organization in recognizing the best and most current representation of music. And once again, we are excited to partner with Univision and the MGM Grand Garden Arena to present what is sure to be one of the most memorable telecasts in Latin GRAMMY history." 

Following is a sampling of 15th Latin GRAMMY Awards nominations:

The nominees for Album Of The Year are Marc Anthony, 3.0Rubén Blades, Tangos; Calle 13, MultiviralCamila, ElypsePaco de Lucía, Canción AndaluzaLila Downs, Niña Pastori y Soledad, Raíz; Jorge Drexler, Bailar En La CuevaFonseca, Fonseca SinfónicoJarabe De Palo, Somos; and Carlos Vives, Más + Corazón Profundo.

For Record Of The Year, the nominees are Pablo Alborán Featuring Jesse & Joy, "Donde Está El Amor"; Marc Anthony, "Cambio De Piel"; Calle 13, "Respira El Momento"; Camila, "Decidiste Dejarme"; Jorge Drexler Featuring Ana Tijoux, "Universos Paralelos"; Luis Fonsi Featuring Juan Luis Guerra, "Llegaste Tú"; Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, "Bailando"; Prince Royce, "Darte Un Beso"; Carlos Vives Featuring Marc Anthony, "Cuando Nos Volvamos A Encontrar"; and Carlos Vives Featuring ChocQuibTown, "El Mar De Sus Ojos."

Artists vying for Best New Artist are Aneeka, Linda Briceño, Caloncho, Julio César, Pablo López, Miranda, Periko & Jessi León, Daniela Spalla, Juan Pablo Vega, and Mariana Vega.

For Best Urban Performance, the nominees are J Balvin Featuring Farruko, "6AM"; Calle 13, "Adentro"; Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, "Bailando"; Don Omar, "Pura Vida"; and Wisin, "Que Viva La Vida."

The nominees for Best Salsa Album are Marc Anthony, 3.0; Maite Hontelé, Déjame Así; Tito Nieves, Mis Mejores RecuerdosAymee Nuviola, First Class To Havana; and Mario Ortiz All Star Band, 50 Aniversario.

The 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, Nov. 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). A limited number of tickets go on sale today and may be purchased through Ticketmaster.

For a complete list of nominees, media credentialing instructions and more information, visit LatinGRAMMY.com and The Latin Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

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Juanes, Prince Royce Set For Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions

Exclusive concert series kicks off Sept. 24 and will also feature David Bisbal, Franco De Vita and Roberto Tapia

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The Latin Recording Academy and Eventus have announced the cross-country lineup for the 2014 Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions, which will feature performances by David Bisbal, Franco De Vita, Juanes, Prince Royce, and Roberto Tapia. Now in its fourth year, this exclusive invitation-only music series will take place in New York, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago beginning Sept. 24 through Nov. 5.

"We are proud to continue this successful celebration and bring the excitement of the Latin GRAMMYs to music enthusiasts across the country," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the talented artists who join us this year and an enormous thank you to our sponsors for their continued support. We look forward to another exciting year filled with amazing music."

The set of acoustic performances will kick off with Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Prince Royce in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, the same day nominations for the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are announced. Regional Mexican singer and television personality Tapia will perform in Chicago on Oct. 1, followed by multi-Latin GRAMMY-winning Colombian artist Juanes in Dallas on Oct. 9, and Latin GRAMMY winner Bisbal in New York on Oct. 23. Closing the series on Nov. 5 in Miami will be Latin GRAMMY-winning Venezuelan singer/composer De Vita.

The Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions series is designed to offer intimate performances to an exclusive audience, and will kick off the Biggest Night in Latin Music, the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.

"This year, our stellar lineup speaks for itself and we're very excited to take this exclusive national series on tour again," said Nelson Albareda, president of Eventus. "During the past three years the series has offered truly memorable evenings of great music, energy and entertainment and we are more committed than ever to maintain this standard with the support of The Latin Recording Academy and our sponsors."

The 15th  Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) on Univision. In addition to its U.S. broadcast, the Latin GRAMMY Awards will be aired in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Latin Recording Academy Announces 2014 Special Awards Honorees

Music luminaries to receive Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards at Nov. 19 ceremony

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The Latin Recording Academy today announced its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award and Trustees Award recipients. Willy Chirino, César Costa, Carlos Do Carmo, Dúo Dinámico, Los Lobos, Valeria Lynch, and Ney Matogrosso will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and André Midani and Juan Vicente Torrealba are the recipients of the Trustees Award. The Special Awards honorees will be acknowledged at an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 19 at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as part of the weeklong 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards celebration.

More information on the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Special Awards honorees

"As we prepare to celebrate our first 15 years, the Latin GRAMMY Awards not only continue the tradition of recognizing outstanding artists for their career achievements but honor their exemplary contributions to the world of Latin music," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "It is with great pride that we pay homage to this diverse and exceptional group of honorees along with commemorating the indelible musical heritage they have bestowed upon us and the roads they have paved for the advantage of new generations. They are each truly masters of their genres and we look forward to welcoming them to the roster of iconic artists we have honored before them."

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy's Board of Trustees to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers. The Trustees Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy's Board of Trustees to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording during their careers.

The 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. For breaking news and exclusive content, join The Latin Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.