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Andrea Bocelli to Receive Achievement Award @ Billboard Latin Music Awards

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Andrea Bocelli to Receive Achievement Award @ Billboard Latin Music Awards

Considered one of the most unique and distinguishable voices in the world, Italian tenor, singer and songwriter Andrea Bocelli will be bestowed the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. The longest-running and most prestigious Latin music awards show will be produced and broadcast live by Telemundo Thursday, April 24 at 7pm/6c from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year's event, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard. Fans can follow the excitement and be part of the Social TV star-studded event via: Facebook.com/LatinBillboards,Twitter.com/LatinBillboards and Instagram.com/LatinBillboards, using #Billboards2014.

Andrea Bocelli is an iconic figure in music with a myriad of unparalleled career achievements to his name. The Italian tenor is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling artists in music history, having recorded fourteen solo studio albums, three greatest hits albums, nine complete operas, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. Bocelli is credited with enabling the core classical repertoire to cross-over and find a home atop the international pop charts. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes, and the British royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He has been praised by such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli (his beloved teacher and guide), Zubin Mehta, José Carreras, Lorin Maazel, Renée Fleming, and Celine Dion, among countless others.

Andrea Bocelli is a two-time Billboard Latin Music Award finalist for Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo, and Latin Pop Album of the Year with his album Pasion, which featured duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Bocelli, who will be touring in the U.S. in December of this year, previously garnered two top 10 songs on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart: "Vivo Por Ella" featuring Marta Sanchez which reached No. 9 in 1998, and "Vive Ya" featuring Laura Pausini, which peaked at No. 6 in 2008. Possessing a prolific career that spans 22 years, Andrea Bocelli will rightfully be acknowledged with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Billboard Lifetime Achievement award is given to an artist in recognition of an exceptional musical career, credited for taking Latin music to a new level worldwide, and continuing to be relevant for their artistic and personal contributions. In short, the award is given to an artist whose influence has made a mark in Latin music around the world. Previous recipients of the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award include Los Temerarios, Vicente Fernandez, Celia Cruz, Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera, Carlos Santana, Emmanuel, Intocable and Jose Jose.

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