The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are quickly approaching and top honors are about to be given out to those in the industry who have made an impact through music. More performers have just been added to this year’s lineup. Nominees Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga, Bronco, CNCO, Lila Downs, Nicky Jam, Carlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra are all set to make appearances, as is Mexican duo Ha*Ash.
The unstoppable Lin-Manuel Miranda will also be honored with The Latin Recording Academy President's Merit Award. Miranda now becomes part of the small number of individuals who have received this very special recognition. Proceeds from the artist’s recent bilingual single, “Almost Like Praying” (which debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100), have gone to The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.
"Lin-Manuel's urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead. He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis," Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy said in a press release.
In advance of the big night, on Nov. 14, the inaugural Leading Ladies of Entertainment event will take place, honoring women in the arts and sciences who have had a major influence on the Latin entertainment industry. The ceremony will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist and Univision co-anchor Pamela Silva-Conde. Net proceeds will go toward the charitable work of The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, whose focus is on raising international awareness about the significant contributions of Latin music through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs. Among those being honored are: Marcella Araica, Leila Cobo, Erika Ender, Rebeca Leon, Gabriela Martinez and Jessica Rodriguez.
On Nov. 15, the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gala, honoring Alejandro Sanz, will be held. The 18-time Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY winner will be celebrated for the tremendous work he does not only as an artist but for his philanthropic contributions to organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace, among others.
The Latin Person of the Year Gala will be executive produced by Rafa Sardina and will showcase performances from David Bisbal, Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Alejandro Fernández, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Manuel Fernández Montoya "El Carpeta", Niña Pastori, Residente, Rosalía, Jimmy Zambrano and more. Profits from the star-studded tribute gala and concert will also go to benefit The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards airs live on the Univision Network, Nov. 16, from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) and will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. You can pick up tickets to attend, right here at AXS.