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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.
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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Everything You Need To Know About The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs: How To Watch, Performers, Hosts, Nominees & More
Get ready for the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs! Here, find out how to watch, who is performing, and all the info you need to tune in when the Biggest Night in Latin Music happens live on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The Biggest Night in Latin Music is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 17, and you won't want to miss it.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs, officially known as the 23rd Latin GRAMMY Awards, will celebrate Latin music and its creators with electrifying performances, emotional acceptance speeches and more. Performers include nominees Gente de Zona, Rosalía, Carlos Vives, Silvana Estrada, Aymée Nuviola, and Nicole Zignago, among many more — including former Latin GRAMMY winners such as Christina Aguilera and Goyo.
Below, here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs. Read on to find out where you can watch the show, who's nominated and who's performing, and what else is in store for the thrilling evening.
Where & How Can I Watch The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs?
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs will air on Univision Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). It will also air on cable channel TNT at 19.00 (MEX) / 20.00 (PAN-COL) / 21.00 (VEN) / 22.00 (ARG/CHI/BRAZIL), and on Televisa Channel 5. The show will also be available on HBO Max in Spanish only.
When And Where Are The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs Taking Place?
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs are returning to Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Who Is Nominated At The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs?
Read the complete 2022 Latin GRAMMY nominations list here.
Who Is Hosting The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs?
Who Is Performing At The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs?
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs will be a star-studded night of celebration. The event will feature performances from current nominees as well as former winners, including Gente de Zona, Silvana Estrada, Rosalía, Christina Aguilera, Camilo, Christian Nodal, and Jorge Drexler.
The first roster of performers announced in October included past winners Rauw Alejandro, Chiquis, Jesse & Joy, Marco Antonio Solís and Sebastián Yatra, followed by a second group including Ángela Aguilar, Marc Anthony, Banda Los Recoditos, Carin León, Nicky Jam and Sin Bandera.
👏🎶 Con emoción queremos anunciar a los artistas y conductores de La Premiere del Latin GRAMMY, que se realizará este 17 de noviembre, evento donde conoceremos a los ganadores en 44 de las 53 categorías de los #LatinGRAMMY.https://t.co/xMyk8CVR3J pic.twitter.com/obANJ0GaLS— The Latin Recording Academy / Latin GRAMMYs (@LatinGRAMMYs) November 9, 2022
When Is The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs Awards Premiere Ceremony?
Ahead of the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs, the Latin Recording Academy will host its annual Latin GRAMMY Premiere, during which 44 of 53 Latin GRAMMY categories — the majority of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, in fact — will be awarded.
The Latin GRAMMY Premiere will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the Mandalay Bay North Convention Center and broadcast live across all of the Latin Academy's platforms beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
Hosted by Latin GRAMMY- and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Debi Nova and actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz, the Latin GRAMMY Premiere will feature performances from Bruses (Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Song) with Elsa y Elmar (Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop/Rock Song), Luis Figueroa (Best Tropical Song and Best Salsa Album), Fonseca (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Song and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), Jão (Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album and Best Portuguese Language Song), Carin León with Matisse (Best Regional Song), and Carla Morrison (Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album).
When Are The 2022 Latin GRAMMY Week Events?
The celebration isn't just one night — it continues all week long, with Latin GRAMMY Week taking over Las Vegas.
2022 Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year
Marco Antonio Solís, one of Mexico's most successful artists of all time, will be honored as the 2022 Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year at the annual tribute gala.
2022 Leading Ladies of Entertainment
The Leading Ladies of Entertainment event finally returns in-person on Tuesday, Nov. 15, celebrating this year's honorees: Kany García, Rocío Guerrero, Rosa Lagarrigue and Janina Rosado. The private presentation and luncheon honors women in Latin entertainment fields who have significantly contributed to the arts and inspired women leaders.
2022 Special Awards Presentation
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the honorees for the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award and Trustee Award will be celebrated at a private event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Rosario Flores, Myriam Hernández, Rita Lee, Amanda Miguel and Yordano will all receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Manolo Díaz, Paquito D'Rivera and Abraham Laboriel will receive a Trustees Award.
2022 Best New Artist Showcase
This year, the Latin Recording Academy, in partnership with Mastercard, is launching the 2022 Best New Artist Showcase, a brand-new Latin GRAMMY Week event supporting emerging artists and providing exposure for the new generation of music creators. Taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the private event will showcase the diverse group of Best New Artist nominees for the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs: Angela Álvarez, Sofía Campos, Cande y Paulo, Clarissa, Silvana Estrada, Pol Granch, Nabález, Tiare, Vale, Yahritza y Su Esencia, and Nicole Zignago. Each nominee will be invited to perform in front of industry leaders, VIPs and special guests.
Official 2022 Latin GRAMMYs Artwork — And NFTs!
Mexican muralist Quetzal Fuerte serves as the official artist of the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs. Taking inspiration from this year's official Latin GRAMMY artwork, Fuerte created a mural for the Latin Recording Academy, which is on display in Morelia, Mexico, with a sister piece hosted at the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.
Quetzal's work will be featured prominently on collateral materials and as an exclusive NFT before and during the 2022 Latin GRAMMY Awards.
As well, the Latin Recording Academy and leading Web3 platform OneOf proudly announced that Latin GRAMMY- and GRAMMY-winning artist Carlos Vives will serve as the Creative Director for the 2022 Latin GRAMMY Awards NFT Collection. As part of an exclusive three-year partnership between the Latin Recording Academy and OneOf, the NFT collection is designed to celebrate Latin music and its talented visual arts creators in the weeks leading up to the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs.
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It Goes To 11: Laura Pausini Explains How Her Dad & Jethro Tull Helped Her Find Her Musical Voice
Four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Laura Pausini gushes over her beloved flute, the same one she used to write her first songs — that has now become part of her life and family.
When Laura Pausini was around 10 years old, she received a very special gift from her father: her beloved flute.
"It represents the moment in which music became something fundamental for me," the Italian singer recalls in this episode of It Goes to 11, holding her flute lovingly. "It is not just an instrument. It's a part of my life...a part of my family as well."
Pausini isn't exaggerating her flute's significance. It was a gift from her father when she was around 10 years old, and even today, she still uses that same flute to write music and perform.
As the four-time Latin GRAMMY winner explains, she was initially inspired to play the flute after discovering progressive rock pioneers Jethro Tull. Now, her flute actually inspires her own style of singing. "I try to imitate with my voice the sound of the medium-pitched notes," she adds.
But beyond helping her find her sound, the flute has helped Pausini find herself — and helped her realize that music was "truly a part of my soul." Today, her mastery of the instrument has evolved into a long-standing pride and love. It has also led her to several accolades, including some GRAMMY history: In 2006, she became the first Italian female artist to win a GRAMMY.
Press play on the video above to watch Pausini share her love for her flute, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of It Goes to 11.
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2022 Latin GRAMMYs Hosts Announced: Luis Fonsi, Laura Pausini, Thalía & More
Held Thursday, Nov. 17, the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs will be hosted by four superstar artists, each of whom have a special history with the Latin GRAMMYs.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs are less than a month away, and we now know who will be hosting the Biggest Night in Latin Music.
The Latin Recording Academy announced today that Latin GRAMMY nominee Anitta, Latin GRAMMY winner and GRAMMY-nominated artist Luis Fonsi, Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Laura Pausini, and Latin GRAMMY nominee and recipient of the Latin Recording Academy’s President’s Award Thalía will together host the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The 2022 Latin GRAMMYs promise to honor the legacy, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of Latin music — all with a deliberate consciousness about the future generations of music creators. With their array of styles, successes and histories, this year’s hosts embody that promise.
Anitta | Courtesy of Marco Ovando
With a total of eight career Latin GRAMMY nominations, Brazilian pop star Anitta is currently nominated for Record of the Year and Best Reggaeton Performance. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, she has helped Brazilian culture reach a global audience. She made history earlier this year when her Spanish-language single, "Envolver," topped the Global Top 50 chart on Spotify — making her the first Brazilian singer and the first solo Latin artist to do so.
Luis Fonsi | Photo Courtesy of Mario Alzate
Over his two decade-plus career, Luis Fonsi has won five Latin GRAMMY Awards and received five GRAMMY nominations. The Puerto Rican singer/songwriter has broken multiple records, topped the charts, and collaborated with everyone from Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Ozuna. His latest album, Ley de Gravedad, debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and registered 975 million combined streams on various digital platforms.
Laura Pausini | Photo Courtesy of PRC GenteMusic
Over nearly 30 years, Italian singer Laura Pausini has sold more than 70 million albums, earned four Latin GRAMMY Awards, and won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. Pausini performs in six languages and has made a significant impact in the Latin music market since releasing her first Spanish-language album in 1994. Recent years have seen Pausini soar to greater heights, earning a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and an Oscar nomination. Pausini has collaborated with renowned artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Shakira, and Mariah Carey.
Thalía | Photo by James Macari
Latin pop icon Thalía can add businesswoman, author, fashion designer, and social media star to her list of accomplishments. She has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her impact in globalizing Latin music and culture, has topped Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with four consecutive releases, and honored by the Latin Recording Academy with the President’s Award in 2019.
The Latin Recording Academy will host the 2022 Latin GRAMMYs on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The telecast will air live on Univision beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT), and the Latin GRAMMY Premiere, where the majority of the categories are awarded, will precede the telecast. Additional international broadcasting partners will be announced at a later date.
For more information and the latest news, visit the official Latin Recording Academy website.
Diane Warren performs at the "Oscars: Into the Spotlight" special at the 2021 Oscars
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Laura Pausini & Diane Warren Perform An Ascendant Version Of "Io Si/Seen" From 'The Life Ahead' At 2021 Oscars
At the "Oscars: Into the Spotlight" 2021 Oscars pre-show special, Laura Pausini and Diane Warren performed a rapturous version of "Io Si/Seen" from 'The Life Ahead'
At the "Oscars: Into the Spotlight" 2021 Oscars pre-show special, Laura Pausini and Diane Warren performed "Io Si/Seen" from The Life Ahead.
The song was up for Best Original Song. H.E.R. ultimately won the Oscar for "Fight For You” from the five-time-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah.
Keep watching this space at GRAMMY.com for more news about performers and winners at the 2021 Oscars.