Before the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2019, the Colombian singer, songwriter and philanthropist Juanes was celebrated last night. A concert that took place last night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas honored his achievements in music and philanthropy.
Award winners include Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and Shakira. The winner of the first person of the year, Emilio Estefan, was present. Several Latin American headliners performed the hits of Juanes, including Rosalía, Fito Páez, Juan Luis Guerra and Ozuna. Finally, the man himself, Juanes, played No creo en el jamás .
Learn more about the Latin American megastar, its music history and what he considers to be his greatest achievement.
Juanes' 19-year (and counting) career
Juanes (short for Juan Estebán) has won a total of 24 Latin Grammys in his 19-year career. In 2000, the 47-year-old debuted Fíjate bien ("Take a Good Look"), which earned the singer three Latin Grammys, 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 contained what became one of his favorite songs . a duet with the Canadian star Nelly Furtado.
The album won five awards at the 2003 Latin Grammys, including "Album of the Year", "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year". He produced the album Mi sangre ("My Blood") in 2004, another multiple Latin Grammy winner.
Latin Recording Academy "Person of the Year" 2019
Juanes seems to be down-to-earth the "Person of the Year" of the Latin Recording Academy. In fact, it could probably have happened much sooner. His influence on the genre and the Latin American community has been known and loved for years.
The award recognizes his generous support of aspiring artists and the singer's humanitarian efforts. His work through his organization Fundación Mi Sangre and as co-founder of Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace without Borders) has made these global efforts visible.
Nevertheless, the La camisa negra singer wonders about his success in Latin American music and about the career in which he was successful. As he told ET yesterday, after being awarded the Best New Artist at the awards ceremony 18 years ago in 2001, he feels like a sort of graduation.  Juanes plays with singer Alessia Cara in & # 39; The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon & # 39;
"I think that means a lot to me and … I am very grateful to the Academy. I was nominated as a new artist (almost) 20 years ago, and now I'm just receiving this unbelievable award, Person of the Year. I am so happy to be here. I just celebrate my career and share it with all my fans and family.
What Juanes considers his greatest achievement
In his opinion, his greatest achievement? "I think the best thing that ever happened to me was just to be a father of these kids," he told ET to his children Luna, Paloma and Dante with his wife Karen Martinez.
"I mean, they taught me so much about love and about life. You never see me like the artist, and I really like that because I never wanted to do that.
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