Roberto Car­los to be hon­ored with Grammy

The China Post - - ARTS -

Brazil­ian singer Roberto Car­los, whose 55-year ca­reer has won him the nick­name of the King of Latin mu­sic, will be hon­ored at this year’s Latin Gram­mys, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Tues­day.

The 74-year-old artist has sold more than 120 mil­lion records in Latin Amer­ica, top­ping The Bea­tles and Elvis Pres­ley in the re­gion.

“To speak of Brazil is to speak of Roberto Car­los,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., pres­i­dent of the Latin Record­ing Academy.

“His im­mense tal­ent, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to his art has made him one of the great­est voices and song­writ­ers in Latin mu­sic,” he said in a state­ment. Car­los will be cel­e­brated as Per­son of the Year on Novem­ber 18 in Las Ve­gas, a day be­fore the Latin Grammy Awards, which are con­sid­ered the Latin Amer­i­can mu­sic in­dus­try’s big­gest night of the year.

Car­los — who sings in Span­ish, English, Ital­ian and French, along with his na­tive Por­tuguese — is known for hits in­clud­ing “Un Mil­lon de Ami­gos” (“One Mil­lion Friends”) and ro­man­tic bal­lads such as “Prop­uesta” (“Pro­posal”), “Lady Laura” and “Mu­jer Pe­quena” (“Lit­tle Woman”).

Pre­vi­ous artists named Per­son of the Year at the Latin Gram­mys have in­cluded Placido Domingo, Glo­ria Estefan, Car­los San­tana and Shakira. Singer Joan Manuel Serrat, a ma­jor force in Spain’s pop scene, was hon­ored last year.

Born in the Espir­ito Santo state north of Sao Paulo, Car­los emerged in the 1960s as one of the lead­ing am­bas­sadors of Brazil­ian pop mu­sic, of­ten known as MPB.

In 1968, he be­came the first Latin Amer­i­can to win Italy’s San­remo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val singing con­test, with the song “Can­zone Per Te” (“Song For You”) per­formed with Ser­gio En­drigo.

Car­los re-emerged in 2000 af­ter leav­ing the public eye due to his wife’s death. He has since been pro­lific, with a new al­bum, “Roberto Car­los — First Row,” due out this year.

He made the al­bum at Lon­don’s leg­endary Abbey Road Stu­dios, best known for the record­ings there by The Bea­tles.

AFP

In this Feb. 21, 2011 file photo, Brazil­ian singer Roberto Car­los per­forms dur­ing the 52nd Vina del Mar In­ter­na­tional Song Fes­ti­val in Vina del Mar, Chile.

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