Latin Grammys 2012: Person of the Year celebration honors Caetano Veloso!

It was a magical evening tonight at the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute which was sponsored by L'Oreal Paris and held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The celebration was in honor of legendary Brazilian composer/singer/musician/filmmaker and political activist, Cateano Veloso. And I have to say, I was completely blown away by some of the world's best Latin talent!

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The L'Oréal Paris sponsored event began with a fancy cocktail hour followed by a delicious three course gala meal which included everything from a tasty chile serrano jumbo lump crab salad to a mouth watering roasted filet and a smoked chicken stuffed ancho as the main course. With the best being left for last-- a to die for dark chocolate cake that included a passion mango and vanilla center. Yum!

Mexican singer, Julieta Venegas hosted the show alongside Gabriel Abaroa, president and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy. The night began with a short, inspiring video of Veloso's intensive career as an artist, followed by an array of astonishing performances from profound artists like Nelly Furtado, Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra (whose holding 6 Latin Grammy nominations this year), Lila Downs, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz and even an unexpected number by legendary jazz artist Nat King Cole's daughter, Natalie Cole. Could you believe it? Talk about a diverse night full of fantastic Brazilian inspired performances. You really couldn't have come up with a better line up no matter how hard you tried.

Veloso was certainly pleased as he thanked every artist tonight for their performance shortly after Brazilian actress, Sonia Braga presented him with his award. I also have to mention that I was beyond excited to see Veloso himself grace us with an amazing performance of his own to end an utterly perfect night.

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