manna It became the first group honored as The person of the year by the Latin Recording Academy on Wednesday, when its four members honored a galaxy obsessed with stars for their creative achievements and philanthropic efforts.
Vocalist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros got a crystal trophy in front of artists, music industry leaders and others at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on the threshold of Latin Grammy.
“ Mana is a band that has always given everything, whole heart, whole soul, & # 39; Olvera told the scene before recalling the humble beginnings of the band and the years they spent in a car.
“ We worked a lot, very much, until we reached what we planted and harvested. We never thought we would play in Israel or that we would play two years ago in the White House. "
More than a dozen Latin artists entertained Maná who made his biggest hits. Gilberto Santa Rosa sang a version of “ Bendita tu luz & # 39; & # 39; To salsa, Pablo Alborán performed a pop version of “ Rayando el Sol & # 39; & # 39; and Pepe Aguilar together with Mariachi Sol de México by José Hernández for “ Mariposa Traicionera '.
The Academy awarded Maná honor for its extraordinary creative achievements and philanthropic contributions to the Latino community, as well as for its ongoing and dedicated support for the conservation and protection of environment and human rights.
Over the last three decades, the band has used its voice to pay attention to environmental, social, political and humanitarian issues around the world through its songs, its concerts and recent social networks.
He has also promoted Latin America in the US and Latin America and condemned what he considers social injustice in countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua or Bolivia.
On Monday, Olvera visited a temporary shelter in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where members of a caravan of Central Americans who tried to reach the US rested. He offered some encouraging words and sang them "Striking Sun" and "San Blas.
“ I went to see them. We have supported immigrants here in the United States for more than 20 years, "said Olvera on the red carpet. "By the end of the day we are brothers, we are people … We should not be afraid of them … I told them to take care of themselves, I saw children, I saw children, it was sad, but they have a lot of hope. "
González added that these people would not have emigrated "if there was not much corruption in the countries from which they come from."
“ Nobody wants to leave his country, 'said the drummer on the red carpet & # 39; `These people fly from many very drastic situations. This is a humanitarian crisis, but we must help these people in one way or another.
Yes, it is illegal to enter a country, but as Fher says, brothers and sisters, humanitarian crisis, we must help them. "
The band created the 1996 Selva Negra Ecological Foundation, which aims to conserve endangered species, offers education programs on the environment and contributes to and organizes community development projects.
Laureate with six Latin Grammy and four Grammy, Maná is one of the most influential bands in Latin America. It has more than 133 gold discs, 256 platinum discs and more than 48 No. 1 hits worldwide. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The group closed the evening with their songs “ Shared Lips & # 39; & # 39; and “ Nailed in a bar.
"People like you are the ones who keep this industry moving," & # 39; said Aguilar Quartet. “ Thanks for your professionalism. & # 39;
Among the artists who have been named this year's person at the Latin Recording Academy are 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.
The ticket promotion ticket promotion will be awarded to the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, whose mission is to promote the contribution of Latin music and its creators to world culture and to protect its rich heritage and musical heritage.