via press release:
ANDREA BOCELLI TO PERFORM AND RECEIVE HONORS AT THE BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS PRESENTED BY STATE FARM® BROADCAST ON TELEMUNDO APRIL 24 AT 7PM/6c
Miami – March 20, 2014 – Considered one of the most unique and distinguishable voices in the world, Italian tenor, singer and songwriter Andrea Bocelli will be bestowed the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. The longest-running and most prestigious Latin music awards show will be produced and broadcast live by Telemundo Thursday, April 24 at 7pm/6c from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s event, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard. Fans can follow the excitement and be part of the Social TV star-studded event via: Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, Twitter.com/LatinBillboards and Instagram.com/LatinBillboards, using #Billboards2014.
Andrea Bocelli is an iconic figure in music with a myriad of unparalleled career achievements to his name. The Italian tenor is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling artists in music history, having recorded fourteen solo studio albums, three greatest hits albums, nine complete operas, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. Bocelli is credited with enabling the core classical repertoire to cross-over and find a home atop the international pop charts. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes, and the British royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He has been praised by such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli (his beloved teacher and guide), Zubin Mehta, José Carreras, Lorin Maazel, Renée Fleming, and Celine Dion, among countless others.
Andrea Bocelli is a two-time Billboard Latin Music Award finalist for Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo, and Latin Pop Album of the Year with his album Pasion, which featured duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Bocelli, who will be touring in the U.S. in December of this year, previously garnered two top 10 songs on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart: “Vivo Por Ella” featuring Marta Sanchez which reached No. 9 in 1998, and “Vive Ya” featuring Laura Pausini, which peaked at No. 6 in 2008. Possessing a prolific career that spans 22 years, Andrea Bocelli will rightfully be acknowledged with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Billboard Lifetime Achievement award is given to an artist in recognition of an exceptional musical career, credited for taking Latin music to a new level worldwide, and continuing to be relevant for their artistic and personal contributions. In short, the award is given to an artist whose influence has made a mark in Latin music around the world. Previous recipients of the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award include Los Temerarios, Vicente Fernandez, Celia Cruz, Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera, Carlos Santana, Emmanuel, Intocable and Jose Jose.
The live performance by Andrea Bocelli joins an already impressive line-up of previously announced performers at the upcoming 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards that include Global Pop music superstar Laura Pausini, Spanish Pop singer David Bisbal, Colombian singer and songwriter Juanes, and legendary Mexican music band La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho.
The awards show culminates the Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm®, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. This conference, taking place on April 21 - 24 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida, unites today’s top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for four days of provocative presentations, panel discussions, exclusive Q&A’s with the hottest artists, compelling case studies, cutting-edge artist showcases, and exclusive networking events. Attendees will also have access to new panels, the new Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards, Powered by CLIO and hosted by Telemundo and mun2, the Billboard En Concierto series and the popular Billboard BASH, featuring a new format and venue. For details on The Billboard Latin Music Conference, visit: www.BillboardLatinConference.com.
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