Before the Grammy Awards ceremony this evening, Colombian singer-songwriter and philanthropist Juanes was celebrated last night. A concert last night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas honored his accomplishments in music and philanthropy.
Past honors include Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and Shakira. First Person of the Year recipient Emilio Estefan was in attendance. Several major Latin performers have performed Juanes' hits, including Rosalia, Fito Paes, Juan Luis Guera, Ozuna. Finally, the man himself, Juanes, performed No creo en el jamás .
Learn about the Latin megastar, its music history and what it considers to be its greatest achievement.
19-year (and counting) career
Juanes (short for Juan Esteban) has won a total of 24 Latin Grammys in his 19-year career. In 2000, the 47-year-old debuted with Fíjati bien ("Look Good"), which won the singer three Latin grams, including Best New Artist.
His big moment came two years later when he released his second album, the pop heavy Un día normal ( A Normal Day ). The album includes what has become one of his signature songs A Dios le pido ( I As God God ) and Fotografia ( Photograph ), duet with Canadian star Nelly Furtado.
The album has won five Latin American Grammy 2003 awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. He produced in 2004 the album Mi sangre ("My Blood"), another multiple Latin Grammy winner.
Latin Academy of Recording Face of the Year 2019
Juanes seems truly called to be named "Personality of the Year" by the Latin Recording Academy. In fact, this could probably have happened much earlier. His influence on the genre and the Latin community have been well known and celebrated for years.
The award recognizes his generous support for emerging artists and the singer's humanitarian efforts. His work through his organization Fundación Mi Sangre (My Blood Foundation) and co-founder of Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) has brought visibility to these global efforts.
However, La camisa negra the singer marvels at his success in Latin music and in the career in which he has flourished. As he said on ET yesterday, he feels a sort of end after winning the best new artist on the awards show 18 years ago in 2001.  Juanes, appearing with singer Alesia Kara on "Tonight's Show" by Jimmy Fallon "
" I think it means a lot to me and … I feel very grateful to the Academy. I was nominated for a new artist (almost) 20 years ago, so now I'm just getting this incredible award, the year … I'm so happy to be here … just celebrating my career and sharing this with everyone your fans and your family. "
What do you think Juanes considers to be his greatest achievement
?" I think the best thing that happened to me was just being a father to these kids, "he said he told ET about his children, Luna, Paloma and Dante with his wife Karen Martinez.
"I mean, they have taught me so much about love, about life. They never see me as an artist, and I really like that because I never wanted to do it. ”
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