It's All About the Music at 2018 Latin Grammys Person of the Year Maná Tribute

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The 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala, honoring Mexican band Maná, was an eclectic tribute to rock ‘n roll that includes sudden performances that paid homage to the iconoclastic spirit of Latin music’s hottest and enduring rock band. 

More importantly, it was a night of songs at a time of singles, of melodies in an period of beats. As Maná lead singer Fher Olvera put it: “There continues to be music at this time. There are nonetheless love songs.”

Held on the Mandalay Bay enviornment in Las Vegas on Wednesday night time (Nov. 14), the eve of the Latin Grammys, the sit-down dinner for over 1,000 marked the primary time that the Academy honored a gaggle with its fundraising gala. The night’s performances, produced by Grammy winner Rafa Sardina with impeccable sound, additionally marked a departure, that includes a bounty of teams -- not simply soloists -- that caught near Maná’s rock roots and spirit. The connecting thread of the night got here by references to Mana’s decades-long work for the atmosphere and human rights by the group’s Selva Negra basis, a message that tied with the Recording Academy’s fundraising work for music schooling.  

The tone was set with a really edgy opening efficiency of “Adicto a tu amor” by Draco Rosa and violinist Ari Milikian -- maybe the strongest of the night, setting a excessive bar. From that time on, the music of singer Fher Olvera, drummer Alex Gonzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros was handled to typically glowing re-dos, the place rock n’ roll took a entrance seat alongside the band’s Caribbean leanings. 

The success of tributes typically depends upon the repertoire, and Maná’s strongest swimsuit is theg roup's hits, constructed on robust, typically beautiful melodic traces and lyrics that run the gamut from romantic to socially aware. The melodies allowed Pablo Alborán to sing a gradual, pared-down model of “Rayando el sol” and Spanish rockers Vetusta Morla to carry out a haunting rendition of “Cuando los ángeles lloran," which served as a clarion name for environmental preservation.

“Thanks for such a crucial tune in these darkish instances that threaten the Amazon,” mentioned its lead singer. 

Other standouts included a rock model of “Hechicera” with flamenco tinges by Colombian band Piso 21 and Brazilian singer Iza, and the grand finale: Spanish singer Beatriz Luengo, Mexican American singer La Marisoul and Australian singer-guitarist Orianthi’s rousing model of “Corazon espinado.”

Iza (heart) and Piso 21 carry out onstage on the Person of the Year Gala honoring Mana throughout the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards on the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 14, 2018 in Las Vegas.Roger Kisby/Getty Images

It was a becoming feminist tribute to a band that's recognized for its protection of ladies’s rights. “Thank you for with the ability to be unhealthy boys and do rock, and on the identical time deal with girls as each stunning and vital,” provided Luengo. 

Then got here Maná. One of Latin music’s highest-grossing touring acts, the group is understood for its reside performances, and the relative intimacy of this setting was a uncommon deal with.  So had been Olvera’s phrases: “Wow, what variations you’ve performed for us. It reveals us there may be nonetheless music at this time. Not simply thumping music that places girls in such a sexualized place. Sexualization is ok, however maybe I don’t share that mentality. I imagine love nonetheless exists. There are nonetheless love songs.”