The Billboard Latin Music Awards are right around the corner, and with it, one of the most awaited nights in music. The show, which will be hosted in Miami and will air on Telemundo this September 29th, will be handing out its first Billboard Legend Award. This year, they’ll honor Puerto Rican and Christmas icon José Feliciano.
The Billboard Legend Award honors artists with a “career and personality that are larger than life,” per the awards official statement. “A person whose contribution to music makes them a household name and who maintains a career that has withstood the test of time.”
José Feliciano is an icon of music. He is one of the first Latin artists to make the crossover to the United States, with his cover of “Feliz Navidad” remaining a classic since its release in the ‘70s. Born in Puerto Rico and grown in New York, Feliciano is one of the world’s most famous bilingual figures and has been a recipient of all sorts of awards throughout his lengthy career. He’s performed alongside Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, Paul Simon and more.
The same evening where he’ll receive his Billboard Award will also be the premiere of his documentary, “Jose Feliciano: Behind this Guitar,” which wil air on Peacock.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular records, songs and artists in Latin music per the Billboard charts. This year, the show is jampacked with amazing talent, with the lists of nominees including Bad Bunny, Marc Anthony, Rosalía, Karol G, and more.