Marc Anthony Named 2016 Latin Recording Academy® PERSON OF THE YEAR

by Ricardo Castillo

In keeping with Anthony’s passion for children’s causes, proceeds from the tribute gala and concert will benefit the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®

Marc Anthony was honored as the 2016 Latin Recording Academy® Person of the Year last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded gala and tribute concert featured 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 in announcing the award. “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, now 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 for-ward 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 at the time he was informed of this honor.

In April 2015, Anthony announced the formation of Magnus Media whose operating units 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.

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.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers.