The 18th Latin Grammy Awards will take place Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Although the event is still several months away, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced that Alejandro Sanz's outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry will be recognized. Sanz will be distinguished as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

The Spanish singer-songwriter and musician will be honored by artists and industry members at a Nov. 15 gala dinner, the night before the 2017 Latin Grammys. According to the Academy, the Person of the Year award is handed out to musicians as a form of appreciation for their artistic achievement and commitment to philanthropy.

“Alejandro Sanz initially appeared on the music scene with a guitar hanging on his shoulder, a profound passion for music and amazing talent,” said Gabriel Abaroa, President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “After a few years and with the help of his infectious lyrics and harmonies, he enticed our senses for the next few decades and his work has become an essential part of our life’s soundtrack. His philanthropic work, his leadership, in addition to his inspiring music, speaks volumes about his many contributions to the Latin community over the years and we are thrilled to be honoring him.”

“I’m honored to receive this recognition from the Latin Recording Academy,” said Alejandro Sanz. “I’m happy and excited to be able to experience what is sure to be a thrilling evening in the company of friends and colleagues. I have participated in some of these galas as a guest and it is a very special event within the celebrations surrounding the Latin GRAMMY Awards. I’m very grateful and can’t wait for the moment to arrive to discover all the surprises in store.”

Past honorees include Marc Anthony, Roberto Carlos, Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Bosé, Caetano Veloso, Shakira, Plácido Domingo, Juan Gabriel, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricky Martin, José José, Carlos Santana, Gilberto Gil, Vicente Fernández, Julio Iglesias, and Emilio Estefan.

The tribute gala will feature a rendition concert of Sanz’ repertoire and the proceeds from the event will benefit the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. 

Sanz currently has the largest Twitter following (more than 16 million) among Spanish artists. In addition, he has more than 6 million followers on Facebook and 2 million followers on Instagram.