Placido Domingo Is The Person Of The Year

Placido Domingo has been named the Latin Grammys Person of the Year.

The Latin Recording Academy said Tuesday that the Spanish tenor, chosen for his professional and philanthropic achievements, will be honored in an all-star ceremony Nov. 10 in Las Vegas, the eve of the Latin Grammys.

Domingo moved at the age of 8 from Spain to Mexico City, where he studied at the National Conservatory of Music. In 1968, he debuted with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he has inaugurated 21 seasons.

As a philanthropist he founded Operalia, a contest for opera singing, and through many benefit concerts he has collected millions of dollars for victims of disasters such as Mexico’s 1985 earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.

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Angel Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico

Other recipients of the honor have included Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana.