Rubén Blades in rehearsals prior to his recognition at the 2021 Latin Grammys

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The Panamanian singer-songwriter Rubén Blades prepares for tonight to be honored as the “Person of the year“in the 22nd edition of the Latin Grammys 2021, to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Blades completed some rehearsals prior to the gala of his tribute.

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Rubén Blades will receive the honor for his continued commitment to the fight for social justice and to promoting positive and significant changes in the Latino communities, through songs such as “Forbidden to forget,” “Looking for America” ​​and “Disappearances.”

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The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award is given to musicians of Ibero-American heritage, both for their artistic achievements in the Latin music industry and for their humanitarian efforts.

Previous honorees include:

  • Juanes (2019)
  • Mana (2018)
  • Alejandro Sanz (2017)
  • Marc Anthony (2016)
  • Roberto Carlos (2015)
  • Joan Manuel Serrat (2014)
  • Miguel Bosé (2013)
  • Caetano Veloso (2012)
  • Shakira (2011)
  • Placido Domingo (2010)
  • Juan Gabriel (2009)
  • Gloria Estefan (2008)
  • Juan Luis Guerra (2007)
  • Ricky Martin (2006)
  • José José (2005)
  • Carlos Santana (2004)
  • Gilberto Gil (2003)
  • Vicente Fernández (2002)
  • Julio Iglesias (2001)
  • Emilio Estefan (2000)

Proceeds from the Person of the Year gala go to charities for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

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