Latin Grammy Person of the Year 2013: Miguel Bosé
In honoring the Person of the Year, The Latin Recording Academy® aims to recognize the full person: not only artistic achievement but philanthropic efforts and social commitment. Singer and composer Miguel Bosé, feted as the 2013 Person of the Year of the Latin Recording Academy at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, exemplifies those qualities.
Bosé has not only built a long career marked by innovation, but he also been involved in issues as noble, and disparate, as promoting peace as a human right with the foundation Peace Without Borders (which he leads with his colleague and friend Juanes); looking to improve the future of indigenous children in México; protecting the seas with the non-profit organization Oceana or supporting the fight to eradicate AIDS.
The initial song of the night , a versión of “Linda” by Gian Marco, Alex Cuba and Santiago Cruz, the music program moved with crisply and coherently, alternating nods to Bosé the romantic, the dance music artist and the explorer. Ricky Martin recreated “Bambú”, the song he interpreted in Papito. And the club energy and a background of red and yellows and images of flames, was followed by a night sky scene, romance and Laura Pausini who offered an elegant but sturdy version of “Te Amaré”. Pausini ended the song with an improvised line, “ … I´ll always love you Miguel Bosé”. Julieta Venegas y Juan Compodónico, of Bajofondo fame, performed “Amante Bandido”, while Alejandro Sanz added his special sense of drama to “Si Tú No Vuelves”. And from that, again, a wink and a nod to Bosé the provocateur as Ximena Sariñana and Draco Rosa played out an angular, muscular version of “Júrame”. Pablo Alborán y Jesse & Joy contributed the medley “Olvidame Tu/ El Hijo del Capitán Trueno/ Como un Lobo” while Juanes, his friend and partner in the foundation, chose “Nada Particular.” Natalia Lafourcade and Illya Kuryaki offered a spectacular counterpoint of quirky sensuality and streetwise urgency (with a touch of ska) en “Morena Mía”. But the evening moved up to a new level with the rockish Afro-Colombian version of “Amiga” by Carlos Vives and the incomparable Carlos Santana.
November 13, 2013