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Stars honor Veloso as Latin Grammys person of year

Caetano Veloso, center, accepts his award at the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute to Caetano Veloso at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Las Vegas. Presenting the award from left are Julieta Venegas and Sonia Braga. Photo by Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)Caetano Veloso, center, accepts his award at the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute to Caetano Veloso at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Las Vegas. Presenting the award from left are Julieta Venegas and Sonia Braga. Photo by Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Nelly Furtado and Natalie Cole are among the artists who celebrated Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso at a ceremony honoring him as the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year.

Caetano Veloso sube al escenario durante su homenaje como Persona del Año de la Academia Latina de la Grabación, el miércoles 14 de noviembre del 2012 en Las Vegas. (Foto por Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)Caetano Veloso sube al escenario durante su homenaje como Persona del Año de la Academia Latina de la Grabación, el miércoles 14 de noviembre del 2012 en Las Vegas. (Foto por Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Veloso's influence as a composer and activist also was the subject of a video featuring Sting and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar that was shown at the tribute Wednesday at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Sonia Braga besa a Caetano Veloso en los labios al hacerle entrega del premio a la Persona del Año 2012 de la Academia Latina de la Grabación, el miércoles 14 de noviembre del 2012 en Las Vegas. (Foto por Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)Sonia Braga besa a Caetano Veloso en los labios al hacerle entrega del premio a la Persona del Año 2012 de la Academia Latina de la Grabación, el miércoles 14 de noviembre del 2012 en Las Vegas. (Foto por Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Veloso said in the video that he never decided to become a musician, but fate and the circumstances of life in Brazil moved him in that direction.

Considered among the most influential Brazilian artists of modern times, the 70-year-old entertainer has recorded more than 40 albums, and won eight Latin Grammys and two Grammy Awards. With his eponymous 1968 album, Veloso launched a new style of music, tropicalia, that saw his Brazilian musical roots mixed with other contemporary styles, including blues, psychedelic rock and the sounds of the Beatles.

Gabriel Abaroa, left, president and CEO of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is seen on stage with Caetano Veloso after the presentation of the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)Gabriel Abaroa, left, president and CEO of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is seen on stage with Caetano Veloso after the presentation of the 2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

The movement comprised a new generation of artists, including Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Maria Bethania, who openly expressed political opinion in their music.

In accepting the honor, Veloso said, "It's too much."

The Latin Grammy Awards are scheduled to be presented Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live on Univision.

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