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Laura Pausini Named 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

The annual tribute gala, which benefits the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, will honor Laura Pausini — a multifaceted, multi-lingual performer and champion of social justice.

GRAMMYs/May 31, 2023 - 01:02 pm

The Person Of The Year gala is precious to both the Recording Academy and its sister academy, the Latin Recording Academy — and the latter has just chosen that person.

The Latin Recording Academy has announced that Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Laura Pausini will be the 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

Pausini will be honored for her career as a multifaceted, multi-lingual performer as well as for her continued commitment to supporting social justice causes that are close to her heart including equality for women and LGBTQ+ people and world hunger.

"Laura Pausini is one of the most talented and beloved artists of her generation whose commitment to advocacy and equal rights is exemplary," said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "Throughout her more than three-decade career her extraordinary voice continually breaks down barriers across languages and genres, creating a special bond with audiences around the world."

"I am extremely honored to receive this incredible recognition from the Latin Recording Academy," Pausini stated. "To be named Person Of The Year at this moment, when I am celebrating 30 years of my career, is something that I still cannot describe."

"I can only feel a deep gratitude for The Latin Academy and its members, for my colleagues who have always welcomed me with open arms," she continued. "But, above all, for my beloved audiences who have made a dream born in my hometown in Italy a beautiful reality, and who have taken me to places I never dreamed I would reach with my music. 

The Spanish language has opened doors for me from a young age, it has made me feel at home, it has inspired me to move forward and to explore and live music without barriers or limits," Pausini went on to say. "To say today that I will receive this important recognition fills me with great pride, joy, strength to continue taking strong steps and to inspire the new generation of artists who lift the music they carry in their hearts on high. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am very excited. See you soon in Sevilla."

One of the most celebrated performers in Latin music today, Laura Pausini has seamlessly translated the emotion behind her songs into global success in six different languages, including in the Spanish-language market, where she launched her first album in 1994. 

Pausini has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and is celebrating 30 years in the music industry in 2023. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she has also used her platform to support philanthropic and humanitarian efforts concerning equality for women and LGBTQ+ people, hunger, poverty, climate change, as well as supporting entities that fight violence against women.

Pausini has been honored with the Starlite Humanitarian Award, the Global Gift Humanitarian Award, and was named Person of the Year by the Diversity Media Awards for her support of the LGBTQ+ community. 

In 1995, she wrote and released "Il Mondo che Vorrei/El Mundo Que Soñé" for UNICEF and was named a spokesperson for LILA, Italian League for the fight against AIDS, in 2004. In 2014 she was also named Goodwill Ambassador of the World Food Programme and has organized and participated in concerts that brought relief to areas affected by natural disasters in Chile, Peru, Beirut, and Italy.

In 2021, she won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Io sì (Seen)" which she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the film La Vita Davanti a Sé. The song also earned her an Oscar nomination. Last year, she released the Amazon Original film Laura Pausini: Pleasure to Meet You. She is writing her upcoming 11th studio album in Spanish and will kick off an extensive world tour this summer.

Pausini will be celebrated at a special star-studded gala featuring a heartfelt tribute concert, including renditions of her renowned repertoire performed by an array of notable artists and friends. Details of the coveted event to be celebrated during the 2023 Latin GRAMMY Week in Sevilla, Spain, will be announced at a later date. 

The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honors musicians and their artistic achievements in the Latin music industry as well as their humanitarian efforts. Net proceeds from the Latin Academy Person of the Year Gala will go toward the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

Congratulations to Pausini for this distinct, once-in-a-lifetime honor — and keep watching this space for more information about the Latin Recording Academy's Person Of The Year gala!

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Leon Leiden, Natascha Falcão and Paola Guanche perform onstage during The 24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 16, 2023 in Seville, Spain.

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10 Incredible Moments From The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs: Rosalía, Shakira, Peso Pluma & More

The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs were truly international, embracing sounds of flamenco, norteño, reggaetón, and everything in between. Read on for 10 of the most exciting moments from the Biggest Night In Latin Music.

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It is not a coincidence that the 24th annual edition of the Latin GRAMMYs took place in Sevilla, Spain — far away from the traditional epicenters of Latin music production. More than ever before, the sound of the Latin GRAMMYs are truly international, embraced by fans all over the world.

At a time of unprecedented global turmoil and collective anxiety, the songs of Bad Bunny, Shakira, Peso Pluma and Rosalía — to name a few of many reigning stars — have enough zest, honesty and passion in them to provide comfort. Both Spain and Latin America boast a long standing tradition of healing through rhythm and melody. Not surprisingly, this year's ceremony felt like a casual gathering of friends for an evening of dancing and celebrating.

From the strains of flamenco to the boom of Mexican music and the ongoing permutations of reggaetón, these are the takeaway points from the unforgettable 2023 Latin GRAMMYs.

The Genius Of Rosalía Transcends Her Own Songbook

It was only fitting that Rosalía — one of the most visionary singer/songwriters in global pop — should open up the first Latin GRAMMY ceremony in Spanish territory.

She could have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to drop a new single or perform one of her many hits. Instead, Rosalía sang an achingly beautiful version of the 1985 classic "Se Nos Rompió El Amor" by the late singer Rocío Jurado. It was a lovely way to deflect the spotlight and focus on celebrating her Spanish roots.

Spain And Latin America Make Beautiful Music Together

From beginning to end, the telecast underscored the organic kinship that unites the music of Spain and Latin America. It took place during the International Day of Flamenco, and the transcendent genre was present in Alejandro Sanz's moving performance of "Corazón Partío." The award for Best Flamenco Album, won by Niña Pastori for Camino, was presented during the main ceremony — a GRAMMY first.

Later in the telecast, Spanish pop singer Manuel Carrasco and Colombian artist Camilo performed an acoustic duet of "Salitre." They were soon joined by Brazilian singer IZA Texas-born producer/songwriter Edgar Barrera, transforming the Sevilla stage with Carnivalesque energy.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Pop Star Scorned

Since its release in January, “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” the collaboration between Shakira and Argentine producer Bizarrap, has become a global cultural phenomenon. Not only is it a grand pop song with slick EDM accents, but the Colombian diva's lyrics struck a chord with its message of empowerment and fortitude in the face of adversity.

The duo's brisk performance — preceded by a brief intro with Shaki showcasing her tango dancing skills — was an iconic pop culture moment. The track itself won awards in the Best Pop Song and Song Of The Year categories.

Emerging Talent Is The Lifeline That Keeps Latin Music Alive

Watching young artists performing together with the legends that inspired them is a Latin GRAMMY staple. This year was particularly poignant, as Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes performed a moving rendition of the atmospheric rocker "Gris" — about overcoming a relationship crisis — with majestic background vocals provided by six of the 10 Best New Artist nominees: Borja, Natascha Falcão, GALE, Paola Guanche, León Leiden and Joaquina — who ended up winning the award.

For Mexico, The Time Is Now

The moment was ripe for the richness and depth of música Mexicana to shine on an international scale. 2023 was the year when the entire world fell in love with the strains of banda, norteño and corridos tumbados.

The infectious collaboration between Peso Pluma and Eslabón Armado, "Ella Baila Sola" became the emblem of this revolución mexicana. A buoyant rendition of the track was a telecast highlight, as well as the performance by Carín León, who won the award for Best Norteño Album.

Laura Pausini's Artistry Evokes The Elegance Of Decades Past

Introducing herself as "the most [expletive] Latina Italian woman in the world," Laura Pausini seemed overjoyed with her Person Of The Year award. Her medley of career highlights — full of drama and gorgeous melodies — included nods to her first mega-hit, the nostalgic "La Solitudine," and the cinematic "Víveme."

"I thank my father because he chose not to go to the movies with my mom, and instead stayed at home, made love to her and had me, the Person Of The Year," Pausini quipped. Her songbook evokes the golden era of Latin pop, a time of elegance and style.

Radical Genre Bending Never Fails To Intrigue

Latin music is currently experiencing a moment of grace, and this creative apex is frequently expressed through intriguing fusions of seemingly disparate styles. The adrenaline-fueled performance by Puerto Rican neo-reggaetón star Rauw Alejandro gained in electricity when he was joined by Juanes on a rocked-up rendition of "BABY HELLO." 

Elsewhere, Carín León's duet with Maluma and Bizarrap's foray into electro-tango were fueled by a similar spirit of playful experimentation.

Exquisite Singing & Songwriting Will Never Go Out Of Style

There's something to be said about an album that was recorded live on tape with analog equipment — the singer surrounded by her band, as they perform together in the same space, with no outside guests allowed.

Natalia Lafourcade's "De Todas Las Flores" is all about feeling and warmth, her vulnerable vocals framed by delicate piano notes and supple percussion. A worthy Record Of The Year winner, this exquisitely layered track proposes that some traditional methods of music making are definitely worth preserving. At the Premiere Ceremony, Lafourcade also took home golden gramophones for Best Singer-Songwriter Song and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.

Hip-Hop Is A Natural Component Of The Latin Music DNA

At the tail end of the ceremony, the performance by Colombian vocalist Feid — aided by the stellar skills of producer DJ Premier — included a moody reading of "Le Pido a DIOS" with nods to '90s rap and jazzy keyboard flourishes. Just like EDM, hip-hop has been fully incorporated into the Latin music lexicon, assuming an identity of its own.

KAROL G Is Much, Much More Than Just A Global Pop Star

Just like Rosalía's Motomami, KAROL G's fourth studio LP – winner of the coveted Album Of The Year award — will be remembered for the dazzling quality of its songs and the kind of indelible magic that can only be experienced, not described. The Colombian singer's artistic partnership with producer Ovy On The Drums has resulted in a futuristic sound that leaves ample space for the warmth of her vocals — and it grooves like crazy.

Most importantly, MAÑANA SERÁ BONITO celebrates the small pleasures, the brief glimpses of inner peace, and the decision to embrace self-acceptance even in the wake of emotional storms. In KAROL G's world, optimism is the only pathway out to a better tomorrow.

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6 Things To Know About Laura Pausini: From Regaining Her Voice To Person Of The Year
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6 Things To Know About Laura Pausini: From Regaining Her Voice To Person Of The Year

"There have been moments of great insecurity," Laura Pausini says of her musical journey. At the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, she will be honored as Person Of The Year — a recognition of the myriad ways Pausini has achieved her dreams via her unique voice.

GRAMMYs/Nov 14, 2023 - 02:30 pm

At times, Laura Pausini has used music as a shield. On stage, she has felt powerful, untouchable. But when the music stops, her insecurity has managed to silence the creative corners of her mind.

Five years ago, Pausini released Fatti Sentire / Hazte Sentir, which won a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Despite this victory, comments from people around her regarding the future of women over 40 in the music industry had a demoralizing impact on her spirit.

"At that time, they told me that it was no longer possible for me to win an award as an older woman, with a musical style that no longer worked much on the radio," Pausini tells GRAMMY.com via Zoom from Milan.

The Italian singer admits that she felt confused and blocked for a while. Her inspiration was absent for three years, and she could not find a song that made her feel strong again.

"There have been moments of great insecurity, fear, doubts, thinking about the future in general as a woman, mother, and, of course, as a singer," says Pausini. "I have felt baffled. I was blocked. I felt safe only when I was at home, not when I went outside." 

In 2021, she won a Golden Globe for the song "Ìo Si / Seen," composed by Diane Warren, Pausini, and Niccolò Agliardi. The song also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (which ultimately went to H.E.R.  for "Fight For You").

Pausini's path after the Oscar loss was transformative, and at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, she will be honored as Person Of The Year on Nov. 15.  Read on for six takeaways from Laura Pausini's journey to finding purpose, new dreams to conquer, and her unique voice.

Even With Dozens Of Awards Under Her Belt, Pausini Still Feels Pressure

Pausini's career began in 1993 after winning the famous Sanremo Music Festival in her native Italy. She did it with the song "La Solitudine," quickly leading her to internationalization. She soon became a household name in Spain and throughout Latin America.

In her three-decade career, Pausini has been recognized with prestigious awards. In addition to multiple GRAMMY nominations and a golden gramophone at the 48th GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Pop Album, Pausini had won an ASCAP Latin Music Award, multiple awards in Italy, a Billboard Latin Music Award, and four Latin GRAMMYs.

"When I won the Golden Globe, I questioned how I could deserve this new award and what new responsibility I had. "In these 30 years, I have luckily won many awards, and with each one, I have said to myself: Okay, now I have won, so I must do better the next one because if I have an award, the responsibility is to improve myself," Pausini tells GRAMMY.com.

Despite making headlines worldwide after her Golden Globe win, Pausini says she needed to be stronger and ready to manage the internal pressure. "I even wondered if I was capable of accepting a daily challenge with what was happening at that time."

One Song Changed Everything — And Renewed Pausini's Confidence 

All this sea of doubts was appeased two years ago with a song, "Durare / Durar." Translated as "to last" in English, the ballad talks about the evolution of love over time and a couple's commitment to making the relationship last. With a theme that bets on love and relationships, the song illuminated the dark corners of her art.

"This song has opened all the doors that, inside my mind, my heart, my soul, were closed and afraid to open," says Pausini.

The topic triggered a personal process where Pausini analyzed herself as an artist. That internal reckoning resulted in the creation of 2023's Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas, her fifteenth studio album.

Pausini Observed Herself To Create Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas

The idea of Pausini's latest album arose after a creative exercise, where the GRAMMY winner was able to "get out" of her body and observe herself from above. She saw herself walking through the streets of the world; she saw the zebra crossings that are now the cover of her album, and she met people whose faces we do not see but whose stories we do hear.

"I have begun to criticize myself, also to say that I have done something brave," Pausini reflects. "And then I started seeing other people in those streets. All the people I saw were not walking in my direction; they were going everywhere."

Inevitably, this inner work made her rediscover her power. Pausini found "the nerve to put my voice and my face before everyone's judgments."

After Looking Inward, Pausini Looked Outward To Tell New Stories

Translating to "parallel souls," Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas is unique in Pausini's discography. It's the first album that tells stories not exclusively from Pausini's experience, but also reflects on parts of her life.

"It's the first album that doesn't talk about something just mine, what I've experienced, what I want. [It is] dedicated to 16 stories from 16 different people," she says. "It is an album that celebrates diversity, the right to individuality…because we are all citizens of the same streets in the world, but we do not have the same souls, with different dreams, desires, and ideals." 

Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas is committed to inclusion, on the record and in life. Its dialogue is a hopeful exploration of how people who do not share the same point of view can still show respect and empathy.

Pausini took the theme further, describing "the world I would like to have" as one in which she wakes up "every morning and hear no talk about war, bullying, violence. The one where I observe from above people living their lives in peace on the streets of the world."

"For the first time, I realized that perhaps all that news, which scared me incredibly, exists because people cannot respect each other for being different. I've wanted to dedicate an album to that. It is an album celebrating diversity and the right to individuality,” she explains. 

The Passage Of Time Inspires Pausini

Reflecting on the passage of time — and the links between the past, present, and future — is so present in Pausini's life that it echoes throughout her latest album. Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas even begins with a ticking clock. 

Not only does it musically give us clues about this process, but also, in the physical format, among the photographs in the booklet, there is a phrase from the artist that encompasses the production.

"'I have passed to be present in your future.' This phrase contains three of my favorite words, which give me the strength to believe in myself today," Pausini reflects. " I don't want to reject anything from my past. I want to feel strong in this present, and I want to dream of my future." 

Pausini Will Be Honored As The Latin Recording Academy's Person Of The Year 

All the experiences that Pausini has lived have led her to be the most awarded artist in Italy, to be adopted by Latin America and Spain as another citizen, and, among other triumphs, to be the third woman in the history of the Latin GRAMMY to be named Person Of The Year.

She is also the first European woman to receive the recognition. She is joined on this list by Gloria Estefan and Shakira, who were honored in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

Still, Pausini doesn't quite know how she arrived at this point. It could be the deep bond she shares with her global fanbase.

"From day one, I have always felt adopted by all of you, and I have felt like all the people who are adopted in life. I don't have the same blood, but I have grown up with my family, which is you. That is undoubtedly a very moving thing for me," she says.

Pausini's life and career will be celebrated on Nov. 15 in Sevilla, Spain, one night before the 24th  Latin GRAMMYs. 

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2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Laura Pausini Joins Latin GRAMMY in The Schools Program

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2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Laura Pausini Joins Latin GRAMMY in The Schools Program

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation is proud to bring the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools experience to students in Sevilla, ahead of the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs on Thurs. Nov. 16.

GRAMMYs/Nov 13, 2023 - 10:57 pm

Both the Latin GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMY In The Schools are indispensable parts of the Recording Academy extended universe — and when they braid together, magic transpires

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and Laura Pausini — Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner and 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year — came together to celebrate music education with future generations of Latin music creators at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Francisco Guerrero in Sevilla, Spain.

Read More: Laura Pausini Named 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

Plus. for the first time, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Regional Government of Andalucía — with co-financing from European Funds — joins as the official sponsor. 

The event was attended by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Arturo Bernal, and the Minister of Educational Development and Professional Development, Patricia del Pozo Fernández, among other authorities.

As a global champion of music education that empowers communities all over the world through Latin music and culture, the Foundation is proud to bring the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools experience to students in Sevilla.

The program featured a Q&A session with students moderated by Spanish RTVE reporter Marc Calderó, and featuring Pausini, along with a performance from the students who paid tribute to popular music from the Italian artist. As part of the educational process, the Foundation provided a donation of musical instruments valued at $20,000 (€18,905) to the conservatory’s music program.

"I am honored to support the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in its mission to provide educational opportunities that advance Latin music and its heritage," said Pausini. "Being able to talk about my experiences in this industry with the next generation of creators is fulfilling and I’m grateful to share my music and all my career has taught me, to pave the way forward." 

The Conservatorio Profesional de Música Francisco Guerrero was established more than 35 years ago to elevate the cultural and musical level of Sevilla through quality musical education that enables students to reach their maximum artistic potential. To date, the school has more than 120 teachers and 1,100 students with 17 different instrumental specialties.

"We at the conservatory are very grateful because this donation will help us expand the musical training of our talented youth, of whom we are so proud and who have been represented in this unforgettable encounter today," said Carmen González González, director of the conservatory. "Thank you to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the Junta de Andalucía for putting the spotlight on this great group of musicians, and for giving us a wonderful experience with the renowned Laura Pausini, which we will never forget."

"We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Junta de Andalucía for their invaluable partnership," added Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. 

"And we also thank Laura Pausini for her unwavering support and generosity," continued Egusquiza. "Together, we continue to advance our mission of expanding access and opportunities for the next generation of Latin music creators worldwide."

"Sevilla and Andalucía have become the world capital of Latin music, with all of its nuances, approaches and diversity of styles, among which flamenco, the hallmark of our land, will be very present," said Moreno Bonilla.

Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. The Foundation invites artists and professional musicians to visit middle and high schools, or music education institutions to share their personal stories and experiences with students that highlight the effort it takes to overcome career obstacles. The goal is for students to learn to optimize the educational opportunities presented to them, giving them an advantage and strong academic preparation to be able to compete in the music industry.

The Foundation has donated more than $790,000 in musical instruments to schools throughout the United States and Ibero-America in support of their music education programs. Since 2014, Latin GRAMMY In The Schools has benefited schools in U.S. cities such as Aransas Pass, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Arecibo, Humacao, Yauco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Previous artists who have participated in the program include: Ángela Aguilar, David Bisbal, Marilina Bertoldi, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Pedro Capó, Camilo, Chino & Nacho, Chiquis, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, El Fantasma, Becky G, Karol G, Kany García, Gente de Zona, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Poncho Lizárraga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mau y Ricky, Claudia Montero, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Thalía, Christian Serratos, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, Wisin, and Sebastián Yatra.

The Recording Academy continues to follow all developments with its sister academy — keep checking both GRAMMY.com and LatinGRAMMY.com for updates!

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A Guide To Latin GRAMMY Week 2023: Best New Artist Showcase, Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Gala, Lifetime Achievement And Trustees Special Awards Presentation & More

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A Guide To Latin GRAMMY Week 2023: Best New Artist Showcase, Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Gala, Lifetime Achievement And Trustees Special Awards Presentation & More

Beginning Friday, Nov. 10, the 2023 Latin GRAMMY Week will take over Sevilla, Spain, with a variety of official events and performances before culminating at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs.

GRAMMYs/Oct 31, 2023 - 08:56 pm

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the official calendar of events for Latin GRAMMY Week 2023, which culminates at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs. Taking place across six days of performances and events throughout Sevilla (Seville) in Andalucía (Andalusia), Spain, where the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs are taking place, Latin GRAMMY Week 2023 will honor the music industry professionals and artists dedicated to the internationalization of Latin music and will celebrate the Biggest Night in Latin Music.

Held in Spain for the first time ever, both the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs and the coinciding Latin GRAMMY Week 2023 mark a watershed moment in the global expansion of the annual awards ceremony and the Latin Recording Academy.

Here’s a full breakdown of Latin GRAMMY Week 2023:

Latin GRAMMY In The Schools

Fri. Nov. 10

Conservatorio Profesional de Música Francisco Guerrero

This vital educational component of Latin GRAMMY Week will take place at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Francisco Guerrero. Presented by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. More details about this event will be announced soon.

Lifetime Achievement & Trustees Special Awards Presentation

Sunday, Nov. 12

Teatro Lope de Vega

As announced in July, the Latin Recording Academy will honor several Latin music icons during its annual Special Awards Presentation. Carmen Linares, Mijares, Arturo Sandoval, Simone, Soda Stereo, and Ana Torroja will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. As well, Alex Acuña, Gustavo Santaolalla and Wisón Torres will receive the Trustees Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to performers who have made works of excellence within the Latin musical sphere. The Trustees Award is presented to those who have made tremendous contributions to Latin music outside of performance. Both distinctions are voted on by the Latin Recording Academy's Board of Trustees.

The honorees will be celebrated during a private event on Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Teatro Lope de Vega in Sevilla, Spain.

Learn More: The Latin Recording Academy Announces Its 2023 Special Merit Award Honorees: Alex Acuña, Arturo Sandoval, Soda Stereo, Simone & More

Leading Ladies Of Entertainment

Monday, Nov. 13

Casa de Pilatos

Taking place at Casa de Pilatos on Monday, Nov. 13, this special event recognizes the work of professional women in the arts and entertainment fields. The 2023 Leading Ladies Of Entertainment event is honoring living legends who have each made significant contributions to their industries and inspired the next generation of female leaders. 

 This year's honorees are:

  • Róndine Alcalá: Founder of RondenePR, a music and entertainment public relations firm

  • Mon Laferte: Singer/songwriter, multiple Latin GRAMMY winner and GRAMMY  nominee

  • Simone Torres: GRAMMY-nominated engineer and vocal producer

  • Ana Villacorta López: SVP Marketing and Promotion at Sony Music Entertainment Mexico

Learn More: The Latin Recording Academy Announces 2023 Leading Ladies Of Entertainment Honorees: Mon Laferte, Róndine Alcalá, Simone Torres & Ana Villacorta López

Nominees Reception

Tuesday, Nov. 14

El Real Alcázar

Taking place Tuesday, Nov. 14, at El Real Alcázar, this private event will celebrate all the artists, producers, songwriters, and creators who are currently nominated at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs. This special gathering will provide an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime setting where current Latin GRAMMY nominees can meet, collaborate and celebrate together. 

Best New Artist Showcase

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Centro Cultural Magallanes

Presented by the Latin Recording Academy, in partnership with Mastercard, the annual Best New Artist Showcase provides exposure for the new generation of music creators during Latin GRAMMY Week. Taking place Tuesday, November 14, at Centro Magallanes in the evening, this private event will feature performances from each of this year’s Best New Artist nominees at the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs: BORJA, Conexión Divina, Ana Del Castillo, Natascha Falcão, Gale, Paola Guanche, Joaquina, León Leiden, Maréh and Timø. Two-time Latin GRAMMY winner David Bisbal will host the event. 

Debuted last November during Latin GRAMMY Week 2022 in Las Vegas, the Best New Artist Showcase initiative has also hosted events in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Brazil

2023 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones (FIBES)

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones (FIBES), the Latin Recording Academy will host the 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala in honor of Laura Pausini, a multifaceted, multilingual performer and champion of social justice. One of the most celebrated performers in Latin music today, Laura Pausini has seamlessly translated the emotion behind her songs into global success in six different languages, including in the Spanish-language market, where she launched her first album in 1994.

Pausini has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and is celebrating 30 years in the music industry in 2023. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she has also used her platform to support philanthropic and humanitarian efforts concerning equality for women and LGBTQIA+ people, hunger, poverty, and climate change; she has also supported entities that fight violence against women.

Learn More: Laura Pausini Named 2023 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

2023 Latin GRAMMYs

Thursday, Nov. 16

Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES)

Of course, Latin GRAMMY Week will culminate with the Biggest Night in Latin Music. Taking place at Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES) on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs, officially known as the 24th Latin GRAMMY Awards, will feature a wide array of presenters and exciting performances from today’s leading artist in Latin music, including current nominees Maria Becerra, Bizarrap, Feid, Kany García, Carin León, Christian Nodal, Rauw Alejandro, and Alejandro Sanz. Newly announced performers include current nominees Pablo Alborán, Edgar Barrera, Camilo, Manuel Carrasco, Iza, Juanes, and Ozuna. Current Best New Artist nominees BORJA, Natascha Falcão, GALE, Paola Guanche, Joaquina, and León Leiden will also perform on the Latin GRAMMY stage. Additionally, Eslabón Armado and Peso Pluma will join forces to perform "Ella Baila Sola" for the first time together on television.

The 2023 Latin GRAMMYs will also include the Official Red Carpet; the Premiere, where the majority of the Latin GRAMMY Awards will be awarded; and the Official Party. 

Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com for more news and updates about the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs. 

Only the events mentioned in this article are part of the official Latin GRAMMY Week calendar and may be called Latin GRAMMY events. No other event held by third parties is organized by or financed by or has any links with the Latin Recording Academy.

2023 Latin GRAMMYs: See The Complete Nominations List