Rene Perez , Calle 13
The vocalist of the Puerto Rican group Calle13 Rene Perez (Residente) performs on stage at the 2014 Presidente Festival at Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo on October 3, 2014. ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images

It was a historic event at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates that took place from November 13 to 15 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Ever since 1999, the committee presents a Peace Summit Award to cultural and entertainment personalities from around the world who actively stand up for peace and raise awareness on social issues. This year, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates committee has honored Calle 13's frontman, Rene Perez a.k.a "Residente," becoming the first-ever Latino to receive the title.

Residente was recognized for the wise and impactful lyrics found in his songs and also for supporting social causes. The Puerto Rican singer made history by becoming the first Latin American recipient of the honor. He joins past public figures, athletes and celebrity recipients, including Bono from U2, George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Cat Sevens, Bob Geldof and more.

The singer, who announced earlier this year that Calle 13 is taking a temporary break to work on solo projects, expressed his excitement on social media. "It has been a great honor receiving the #NobelPeaceSummit by the hands of Nobel Peace Tawakkul Karman," he said of his merit and of Karman, a Yemeni journalist who became the first Yemeni and Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Congrats to Rene and check out some of the photos below.

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