Marc Anthony Is Latin Grammys 'Person Of The Year': 12 Highlights Of Emotional Night [PHOTOS]

Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony was named “Person of The Year” by the Latin Recording Academy for his musical legacy and his relentless humanitarian efforts, and received his award after a gala in which the top Latin performers of this time honored him by singing some of his most famous songs. Getty

As the biggest night in Latin music approaches, there’s one artist that was named “Person of The Year” by the Latin Recording Academy for his musical legacy and his relentless humanitarian efforts, which speak to his generous spirit, passion, and commitment to making a positive impact on more than just the stage. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the biggest names of Latin music got together to honor five-time Latin Grammy and two-time Grammy winner Marc Anthony, one of the most influential vocal performers of our times and a passionate ambassador of Latin music and culture at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Anthony has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and received numerous gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. He has also been recognized by New York magazine as one of the 10 most influential New Yorkers, inaugurated into the Billboard Hall of Fame in 2012, and given a Lifetime Chair's Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington 2009.

Most recently, he co-created Maestro Cares, a non-profit that aims to help orphanages in Latin America. In April 2015, Anthony announced the formation of Magnus Media, whose operating units will 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.

“Marc Anthony is synonymous with excellence and commitment to perfection," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. Meanwhile, Anthony had a few words of excitement. “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,” the crooner said.

He 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.

During the star-studded gala and tribute concert, artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gente de Zona, Carlos Vives, Kany García, Draco Rosa, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, Sin Bandera, Prince Royce, Johnny Ventura, Milly Quezada, Tommy Torres, Diego Torres, Gianmarco and more performed renditions of Marc Anthony’s songs, hyping the crown, and making the honoree very emotional, even shedding a few tears of joy, before he was introduced by Ricky Martin and received his award. Anthony closed the night with his hit song “Vivir Mi Vida” accompanied by Sergio George. Below are some of the best highlights of a great night.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.