Marc Anthony Named 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

via Press Release

Five-time Latin Grammy and two-time Grammy winner Marc Anthony will be honored as the 2016 Latin Recording Academy® Person of the Year on Wednesday, November 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The star-studded gala and tribute concert will feature renditions of the award-winning singer's renowned music catalog by an impressive array of notable artists and friends. A significant portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, which provides assistance through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs year-round to music students.

“Marc Anthony is synonymous with excellence and commitment to perfection," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “His impressive stage presence, astonishing vocal range and salsa-inspired rhythmic sound stems from his Caribbean roots. The world knows him as a music king; however, on November 16 the award-winning singer will not only be honored for his musical legacy but also applauded for his relentless humanitarian efforts, which speak to his generous spirit, passion, and commitment to making a positive impact on more than just the stage.”

“I was ecstatic when I received the news about this special recognition from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. It is an honor and I am humbled to be selected as The Person of Year recipient for my contributions as a music ambassador and my humanitarian efforts. I am looking forward to an unforgettable evening at this year’s gala benefiting the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and can’t wait to celebrate in the company of family, friends and our music industry peers,” said Marc Anthony.

A multifaceted tycoon, Anthony is one of the most influential vocal performers of our times and a passionate ambassador of Latin music and culture. The chart-topping singer has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and received numerous gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. He has also been recognized by New York magazine as one of the 10 most influential New Yorkers, inaugurated into the Billboard Hall of Fame in 2012, and given a Lifetime Chair's Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. in 2009.

Recently, Anthony co-created Maestro Cares, a non-profit that aims to help orphanages in Latin America. In April 2015, Anthony announced the formation of Magnus Media, whose operating units will include an artist management company, music publishing, digital content creation, film and television, music label, sports division, and an entertainment-centric marketing practice focused on leveraging the power of top Latino content creators worldwide.

The prestigious event precedes the 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards held at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tune in to Univision Network for the live broadcast on Thursday, November 17 at 8 PM ET/PT (7 PM CST.)

As the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, Anthony joins a distinguished list of past recipients that includes Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Santana, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, and Caetano Veloso, among others.

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