Victor Manuelle To Receive Icon Award At 2018 La Musa Awards Hosted By Ektor Rivera
Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (LSHOF) Founders Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez on behalf of its esteemed Board of Directors proudly announce Victor Manuelle as the recipient of its prestigious Icon Award during the 2018 La Musa Awards presented by Spotify. This special award recognizes Victor’s trailblazing career & musical contribution, breaking chart records within the Latin & Tropical Music genre for over two decades. Only two other distinguished recipients have been previously honored with La Musa Icon Award, Alejandro Sanz (2014) and Carlos Vives (2017).
The 6th annual La Musa Awards, presented by Spotify and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, will be held on October 18th, 2018 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, and will be hosted by Puerto Rican actor/singer, Ektor Rivera. Ektor is known for his USA TV & Live Show Q’Viva The Chosen, and for his 2016 Broadway debut when he took over the role of “Emilio Estefan” in the musical On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre in New York City and as a finalist on last season’s Mira Quien Baila on Univision.
The ceremony will honor this year’s class of Inductees: Gloria Trevi (Mexico), Chucho Valdés (Cuba), Carlos Rubira Infante (Ecuador), Fernando Osorio (Venezuela) and special Honorees.
“I have received many awards through the years, but being the recipient of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Icon Award has a very special significance for me. This award not only recognizes the depth and length of my career as a performer and songwriter but also honors all of the creativity that went into writing and producing my music with the world’s most brilliant collaborators, musicians, and singers. I am truly humbled and grateful to LA MUSA AWARDS and even more grateful to my fans who have loved me, and my music for over 25 years. Thank you!” Victor Manuelle
In a joint statement by Desmond Child, Chairman/CEO and Rudy Pérez, President they expressed, “On behalf of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame it is a privilege for us to be able to present the prestigious Icon Award to the great Puerto Rican singer and composer Víctor Manuelle. His outstanding and impeccable career is a great inspiration for everyone in Latin music and that is why the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is pleased to deliver this well-deserved award to him. In addition, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome actor and singer Ektor Rivera as this year’s host for the 6th annual LA MUSA AWARDS. When we discovered how versatile his talents are we decided in that moment to utilize him in a very special way.”
Victor Manuelle is a Puerto Rican superstar singer-songwriter who has sold millions of albums worldwide since his debut in 1993. He’s had four RIAA certified multi-platinum albums, six platinum, eight gold and three Platinum Digital singles. He has received a combined 16 Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY Award nominations throughout his career. Victor Manuelle has charted an incredible forty-seven singles on Billboard Hot Latin Songs, and holds the record of most #1’s (28) on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart. He also holds the record most charting hits (70) and Top 10 hits (56) including his most recent, “Amarte Duro”. He’s notched twelve #1 Tropical albums and one #1 Latin Pop album (2009’s Muy Personal). Awards include five Billboard Latin Music Awards, including the 2016 Tropical Album of the Year for Que Suenen Los Tambores, four Premio Lo Nuestro, 14 Premios ASCAP including the Golden Note Award, two HTV Premios Heat, among many others. His 2016 single, “Imaginar” a duet with urban star Yandel was named the #1 Billboard Tropical Airplay song of 2016.
2018 is a milestone year for Victor as he celebrates his 25th Anniversary in music releasing his new studio album titled 25/7 featuring Bad Bunny, Farruko, Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Yandel & Glenn Monroig. The new album debuted at #1 on Billboard Latin Album Sales Chart, #1 on iTunes and became his record twelfth #1 on Tropical albums. His 2015 song, “Que Suenen Los Tambores” became a huge hit topping the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart for 8 weeks and the national Latin Airplay chart for 2 weeks. Follow up singles, “Agua Bendita” and “No Quería Engañarte” also topped the Tropical charts for three weeks each and Victor finished 2015 as the #1 Tropical Airplay Artist of the Year. The album received a GRAMMY Award nomination, 2 Latin GRAMMY Award nominations, won Tropical Album of the Year at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards, including 4 additional nominations, 4 Premio Lo Nuestro nominations, 2 Premios Tu Mundo nominations, a Heat Award (HTV) for FavoriteTropical Artist, a Premio ASCAP for “Agua Bendita”.
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About Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame
The Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by renowned songwriter/producers Desmond Child & Rudy Pérez in 2012 and modeled after the high standards set by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Our mission is to educate, preserve, honor and celebrate the lives and music of the world’s greatest Latin songwriters, composers and lyricists in every genre while developing and inspiring new generations of music creators through master classes, workshops, scholarships and digital initiatives.