The prolific Mexican bolero singer Armando Manzanero received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th annual Grammy Awards presentation Sunday evening.
The 78-year-old entertainer has recorded more than 30 records and written nearly 400 songs in his fifty-year career. The Merida born entertainer is best known for his romantic ballads and Mexican boleros. Manzanero’s first hit was in 1959 with the Spanish-language song “Voy a Apagar la Luz,” (I’m Going to Turn Off the Lights).
Manzanero is multi-talented. He is a singer, songwriter and pianist whose music has been performed by stars such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Alejandro Fernandez, Christina Aguilera, amongst others.
The Record Academy noted that Manzanero gave the world five decades of incredible Latin music. He was also honored in 2010 by the Latin Recording Academy with a lifetime achievement award and was one of the first artists to be inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Manzanero was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award along with The Beatles, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell.
Other Hispanic artists that have been awarded the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement award include Tito Puentes and Pablo Casals.