The classy Spanish-Italian-Panamanian-Colombian pop singer Miguel Bosé never has gained much of a foothold with Anglophone audiences in North America. That's a pity, because Bosé, a Latin Grammy Award winner, has a talent for cranking out well-polished singles such as "Anna," "Te Amaré" and "Sevilla," as well as an experimental streak that has led to collaborations with Michael Stipe and Julieta Venegas, among many others, in the course of turning out some 30 albums.
But even if his music remains obscure to most English speakers, at least Bosé will get some love for his extensive philanthropic record this fall, when he'll be honored by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year at a Nov. 20 tribute at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
"We look forward to paying tribute to one of today's most respected and avant-garde artists as well as a man whose selflessness has benefited many around the world," Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president and chief executive of the Latin Recording Academy, said in a statement.
Pop & Hiss can testify to Bosé's humility, which isn't exactly standard practice for international celebrities. We remember seeing Bosé at a press conference in Mexico City in 2008, when he was on hand to help promote his colleague Shakira's ALAS Foundation (that's alas, the Spanish word for "wings").
The two singers were joined onstage by the likes of Los Tigres del Norte, billionaire Warren Buffet's son Howard, and Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecommunications magnate who's reportedly the world's richest man. Although Bosé had helped organize the gathering, he yielded the spotlight to his colleagues, and kept his own remarks brief and self-effacing.
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