Caetano Veloso to be Celebrate as the 2012 LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY® Person of the Year

An eight-time Latin GRAMMY® winner and two-time GRAMMY® winner, Brazil’s Caetano Veloso will be celebrated as the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, it was announced today by Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy® (www.latingrammy.com). Songs from Veloso’s catalog will be performed by an impressive array of notable artists and friends of the honoree. A portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit Veloso’s chosen charity, Fundación Viva Cazuza in Brazil — a not-for-profit HIV prevention and treatment organization for children and young people —  as well as The Latin Recording Academy’s outreach and education programs. The celebration will precede the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov.15at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. For breaking news and exclusive content, join The Latin Academy’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/latingrammys, and a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/latingrammys.
 
“Caetano Veloso has become the preeminent ambassador of Brazilian music and culture,” said Abaroa. “It is difficult to find a man with such immense talent, passion and dedication to his creative projects — whether in music, writing or activism — and it is The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees’ great pleasure to celebrate a man of limitless talent and commitment. By celebrating Caetano, we celebrate Brazil, and we look forward to honoring his amazing career and music. “