Maná Named 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™

Proceeds from the annual tribute gala will benefit the charitable
work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
®

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Latin Recording Academy® today announced six-time Latin
GRAMMY® and four-time GRAMMY® winning rock-pop
band Maná will be honored as the 2018 Latin Recording Academy
Person of the Year™
for their extraordinary creative accomplishments
and philanthropic contributions to the Latin community, as well as for
their steadfast and dedicated support of environmental preservation and
protection, as well as human rights. This award carries additional
prestige and significance as it will be the first time a band receives
the Person of the Year recognition.

The Person of the Year award is bestowed upon musicians of
Ibero-American heritage in recognition of their artistic achievement in
the Latin music industry and their profound humanitarian efforts. Past
honorees include Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Roberto
Carlos
, Plácido Domingo, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan,
Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Gilberto Gil,
Juan Luis Guerra
, Julio Iglesias, José José, Ricky
Martin
, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Sanz, Joan Manuel
Serrat
, Shakira and Caetano Veloso.

“Maná (Fher, Alex, Sergio and Juan) is an iconic band with a profound
social and environmental consciousness that has created captivating and
vibrant music for over three decades,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr.,
President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Fusing mainly funk,
reggae, ska, bolero, and a spectrum of Latin rhythms mixed with pure
rock; Maná has created true musical anthems. In addition to becoming
worldwide Latin music icons, their members have championed for social
justice, global equality, and encouraged environmental protection using
the force of their melodies and lyrics, which repeatedly remind our
communities of our strength, resilience, and our inherent cultural
value.”

“It is a grand and unexpected recognition to an extensive career, a
beautiful and passionate one that we continue to enjoy as if it were the
first day. We are flattered that the most prestigious Latin music
organization is recognizing us. Undoubtedly, it will be moving to hear
our songs performed by talented colleagues and friends. We hope to
continue using our voices and this honor to raise awareness about
environmental concerns and human rights issues around the world,” said Fher
on behalf of the band.

Maná will be honored and celebrated at a star-studded gala featuring a
glamorous tribute concert, including renditions of their renowned
repertoire performed by an impressive array of notable artists and
friends on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas.

One of the world’s most influential Latin rock-pop bands, Maná—currently
comprised of Fher Olvera, Alex González, Sergio
Vallín
, and Juan Calleros—have 133 gold records, 256 platinum
records, and more than 48 No. 1 hits worldwide. Classics such as “No Ha
Parado De Llover,” “Rayando el Sol”, “De Pies A Cabeza,” “Labios
Compartidos,” “Bendita Tu Luz,” and “Mi Verdad,” among many others, have
become essential songs of the Latin American soundtrack. With their
latest tour in the United States, the “Latino Power Tour”— they traveled
to various cities promoting the importance of the Latin vote in the past
presidential elections

Throughout the last three decades, they have used their voice and
international recognition to raise awareness about environmental,
social, political and human rights issues worldwide. In 1996, Maná
created the Fundación Ecológica Selva Negra,
the band’s philanthropic entity, which preserves endangered species,
provides educational programs on the environment, and contributes and
organizes community development projects.

Their success has crossed borders, they have surmounted every obstacle,
and achieved a global presence where people from all over the world,
whether in Israel or New York, sing their songs in Spanish, generating
an emotional connection despite language barriers.

The net proceeds from the gala will go toward the charitable work of the Latin
GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
® whose mission is to further
international awareness and appreciation of the significant
contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture
through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs. The
Foundation’s primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to
students interested in Latin music with financial need, as well as
grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and
preservation of diverse Latin music genres.

Nine-time Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY winner Rafa Sardina
will be the executive producer of the prestigious event. Greg Fera
will serve as the producer, and Gustavo Borner, who has received
eleven Latin GRAMMYs™ and five GRAMMYs will be in charge of the sound
for the night. The musical production and coordination of the event will
be managed by Moon Moosic, Inc.

For information on purchasing tickets to the Person of the Year gala
please contact The Latin Recording Academy’s ticketing office at (310)
314-8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.

ABOUT THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY:

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based
organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording
artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and
technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to
improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and
its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor
excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording
Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music
community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural
Foundation. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy,
please visit LatinGRAMMY.com.

ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was established by The
Latin Recording Academy to promote international awareness and
appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its
makers to the world’s culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy
and heritage. The Foundation’s primary charitable focus is to provide
scholarships to students interested in Latin music with financial needs,
as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research
and preservation of diverse Latin music genres. For additional
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Contacts

MEDIA:
The Latin Recording
Academy:

Iveliesse Malavé: ive@grammy.com
(305)
576-0036
or
The Lippin Group on behalf of The Latin
Recording Academy:

Elina Adut: EAdut@lippingroup.com
Jennifer
Price:
JPrice@lippingroup.com
(323)
965-1990