This year marks the 25th Hispanic Heritage Awards, and Colombian rocker Juanes will receive special recognition. The 39-year-old superstar, one of the most beloved and internationally known Latino recording artists in the world, will be recognized for his accomplishments both on and off the stage at the ceremony, which will be held on Sept. 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mexican actress Maite Perroni and Cuban actor William Levy will host the awards gala. The ceremony will take place as part of the United State’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15), which was established in 1987 by former President Ronald Reagan.
Juanes has had a tremendous career thus far. The singer, who was born in Carolina del Príncipe, Colombia, has 17 Latin Grammys and one Grammy under his belt and has sold over 13 million albums. There’s so much to love about Juanes, whose interest in philanthropy fueled him to establish his foundation Mi Sangre, which helps victims of land mines. Named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2005, Juanes made headlines a few years ago when he organized the controversial Peace Without Borders concert in Cuba. More than one million Cubans showed up for the momentous concert.