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01/21/2014 03:30 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Armando Manzanero To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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The romantic ballads and boleros of Mexican musician and composer Armando Manzanero will add that extra spice to the 56th annual GRAMMY awards.

Manzanero, along with seven other renowned artists, will be honored the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy at the 2014 ceremony.

During his musical trajectory, active since 1950, Manzanero has recorded 30 albums and composed over 400 songs.
Armando Manzanero is the man behind the songs that our abuelitos and even parents, have fallen in love to.

His outstanding repertoire includes “Somos Novios,” “Contigo Aprendi,” and “Esta Tarde Vi LLover.” His music has been interpreted by many big names in the industry, such as Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel and Elvis Presley.

His music has also inspired and touched many Hispanic artists, such as Lucero.

The Mexican songstress paid tribute to the singer/songwriter in GRAMMY.com, stating:

“He makes me proud to be Mexican like him. It was a delight to have performed a duet with him on his song “No Existen Limites,” and it is a joy to hear him tell his stories.”

With more than six decades in the industry, el bolerista is one of the seven artists merited this award for excellence.

“It is a great privilege to highlight such an exceptional group of winners and celebrate their achievements and contributions to the recording industry,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, which delivers the GRAMMY awards, according to CNN Mexico.

“This amazing group, talented and unique, created some of the most influential and distinguished musical history topics. Their legacy is timeless and legendary and creativity continue to influence and inspire future generations,” he added.

The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell will also be acknowledged the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, January 25 during the GRAMMY gala.

Armando Manzanero joins other Hispanic artists in category

This won’t be the first time that the Mexican composer gets a merit by The Recording Academy or The Latin Recording Academy.

His album “Duetos” won the 2011 Latin GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop Album in solo, duo or group. Alejandro Sanz, Lucero and Miguel Bose participated in this production.

Armando Manzanero, 78, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2010 Latin GRAMMY awards.

With this special GRAMMY merit, Manzanero joins the list of past Hispanic artists with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

They include Spanish classical guitarist, Andres Segovia (awarded 1986), Catalan cellist and conductor, Pablo Casals (awarded 1989) and Latin jazz and salsa musician, Tito Puentes (awarded 2003).

Originally published on VOXXI as GRAMMY awards honor Armando Manzanero’s six decades of trajetory

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