Miami, FL – April 17, 2017 – Telemundo will present international Latin singer and songwriter, Ricardo Arjona, with the coveted Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding career at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. As previously announced, the beloved singer will also perform at the awards ceremony, which will broadcast live on Telemundo Thursday, April 27 at 8pm/7c. The event will also air simultaneously on Universo, the fastest growing Spanish-language entertainment cable network, and in 24 countries throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional, as well as on open broadcast in Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
Ricardo Arjona is one of the most respected Latin music artists, notably for his social conscience and integrity in writing and performing songs. Throughout a successful musical career that spans over 30 years, the award-winning singer and songwriter has sold over 20 million albums. He holds 20 entries on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart; the latest last year with “Apague La Luz y Escuche,” which arrived at No. 3. He’s had five No. 1s on the chart, and 14 have reached the top 10. He also boasts 36 total hits, including five No. 1s, on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. Arjona has released sixteen studio albums, one live album, nine compilation albums and forty-three singles.
Arjona was born in a small town called Jocotenango, Guatemala, where his father was a rural school teacher. After realizing that music was his vocation, he moved to Mexico City where he began his artistic career with PolyGram Records and launched his debut album “Dejame Decir Que Te Amo.” He later moved to Buenos Aires, and launched “Jesus Verbo No Sustantivo,” a controversial song about his life as a Catholic school student which earned him a recording contract with Sony, and the release of several of his most popular albums, including “Animal Nocturno,” “Historias,” “Si el Norte Fuera el Sur,” “Galería Caribe,” and “Adentro.” In 2011, the artist created his own record label called METAMORFOSIS through which he released the albums “Independiente,” “Viaje” and “Apague La Luz y Escuche.”
Since his early beginnings, Arjona was always faithful to his style. He traveled to the darkest depths of reality with his songs, touching social wounds that no one dared bring to light, while at the same time authoring some of the most painful stories of the heart. On January 16, 2014 he laid the first brick on what seemed like an impossible task to try to change the reality of his country through education and the creation of “Fundacion Adentro”. He built by his own means what could very well be the best rural school in his country. The artist is ready for the launch of his new project “Circo Soledad,” which debuts next Friday, which he considers perhaps the most solid of his entire career.
The complete list of finalists and announced performers, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s three-hour ceremony, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard – the official website of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation by using the official hashtag #Billboards2017.
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