The artist: “Being named Person of the Year at this time when I celebrate 30 years of career is something I still can’t describe”
Laura Pausini will be celebrated and awarded in Seville as part of the Latin Grammy Awards like Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year 2023one of the highest honors. Pausini is the only artist whose mother tongue is not Spanish and the third woman to have ever been awarded this recognitionor, adding a new record to a legendary career.
Latin Grammy Week 2023 has officially begun and this year it is exceptionally held in Seville. The Spanish city hosts the 24th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, usually home to Las Vegas. This special edition away on the European continent will have its culmination on the evening of Thursday 16 November, the night of the great Latin music awards, broadcast by TelevisaUnivision in collaboration with Radio Televisión Española (Rtve), live from the Conference and Exhibition Center (Fibes ). The city of Seville will also host all the events of the Latin Grammy Week.
The prestigious title of Person of the Year awarded to Laura Pausini is an award that the Latin Recording Academy awards annually to an artist for his or her artistic achievements in the Latin music industry, as well as his or her humanitarian efforts. In previous editions, among the winners have stood out names such as Juanes (2019), Marc Anthony (2016), Caetano Veloso (2012), Shakira (2011), Plácido Domingo (2010), Gloria Estefan (2008), Ricky Martin (2006), Carlos Santana (2004), Gilberto Gil (2003).
Laura Pausini, recognized as one of the most famous performers of Latin music, will be rewarded for her career as a multifaceted and multilingual performer and for her constant commitment to supporting the social justice causes that are close to her heart, including world hunger, violence against women and LGBTQIA+ rights.
During the gala evening on 15 November Laura Pausini will be celebrated with a tribute concert, with interpretations of her renowned repertoire, performed by a host of internationally renowned artists and friends. The most awarded and listened to Italian artist in the world will then receive the fifth prestigious recognition of her career from the Latin Recording Academy, this time as Person of the Year™ 2023, during the evening of November 16, during which she will perform an extraordinary performance , still top secret.
“Laura Pausini is one of the most talented and beloved artists of her generation, whose commitment to the defense and equal rights is exemplary”, comments Manuel Abud, CEO of the Latin Recording Academy. “Throughout her more than three-decade career, her extraordinary voice continually breaks down language and gender barriers, creating a special bond with audiences around the world.”
“I am very honored to receive this incredible recognition from the Latin Recording Academy. – declared Laura Pausini – Being named Person of the Year at this moment in which I celebrate 30 years of career is something I still can’t describe. I can only feel profound gratitude towards the Academy and its members, for my colleagues who have always welcomed me with open arms, but above all for my beloved audience who have made a dream, born in my small town in Italy, a beautiful reality and which took me to places I never dreamed of reaching with my music. The Spanish language opened doors for me from a very young age, it made me feel at home, it inspired me to move forward and explore and experience music without barriers or limits. Knowing that I will receive this important recognition fills me with pride, joy and strength to continue making strong strides and inspire the new generation of artists who carry music in their hearts. Thank you very much, I’m very excited.”
As the first stage of her Hispanic trip, last November 10th upon her arrival in Seville Laura joined the initiative of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Francisco Guerrero, which will guarantee a large number of students access to a prestigious educational program for new young creators of Latin music.
In the presence of the Minister of Culture of Andalucía and the major exponents of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, the students gave those present a tribute to the iconic repertoire of the Italian artist.
“I am honored to support the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation in its mission to create educational opportunities that promote the heritage of Latin music – commented Laura – I am grateful to be able to share my music and my experience in the music industry with the new generation, to ensure that everything my career has taught me helps pave the way for the future.”
‘Anime Parallele / Almas Paralelas’ was released on 27 October 2023, the long-awaited album of unreleased songs in Italian and Spanish by Warner Music, which celebrates the individuality of human beings who, like parallel souls, travel different paths respecting each other even without meeting.
The album contains the hits published in 2023, ‘A good start’, ‘The first step on the moon’, ‘Durare’ and the latest song in radio rotation, ‘Zero’, and anticipates the Laura Pausini World Tour 2023/2024 , which will kick off in Italy in December and will bring the artist to perform in the most prestigious arenas in Europe, Latin America and the United States.