Santana jams in spotlight

Veteran rocker named man of the year

HOLLYWOOD — The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences kicked off a week of revelry with a music-filled Aug. 30 tribute for its man of the year, Carlos Santana.

The 57-year-old guitar legend encouraged the Century Plaza aud to pursue peace, harmony and universal brotherhood. He added, “I am the opposite of George Bush,” before thanking the crowd. Subsequent booing was loud, but applause was louder.

Tribute concert featured performances by Ozomatli, the Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, and, of course, Santana himself.

Santana also performed at the Latin Grammys Sept. 1, where Alejandro Sanz was the big winner. George Lopez hosted both events, assisted by Cheech Marin at the Santana tribute.

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