Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso has been named the Latin Recording Academy’s 2012 Person of the Year.
The musician will be feted at a benefit concert in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, one day prior to the Latin Grammy Awards. Proceeds from the event will go to Veloso’s charity of choice — the HIV treatment org Fundacion Viva Cazuza — as well as the Latin Recording Acad’s various educational programs.
A founding force in the Tropicalia movement of the 1960s, Veloso has won two Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, most recently in 2009 for his album “Zii e Zie.” A political exile from his native Brazil for several years into the 1970s, Veloso has long been a prominent voice in support of progressive causes.
“Caetano Veloso has become the preeminent ambassador of Brazilian music and culture,” said Latin Recording Acad topper Gabriel Abaroa Jr. in a statement. “By celebrating Caetano, we celebrate Brazil, and we look forward to honoring his amazing career and music.”
Previous recipients of the Person of the Year honor include Carlos Santana, Shakira and Placido Domingo.