Juanes to Perform at 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Juanes will perform at the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11, joining a star-studded lineup including Sting, Halsey and Icona Pop. The event is set to take place at Oslo's Telenor Arena and will be hosted by Conan O'Brien.

"Advocating that all people have a right to live in peace has long been a cornerstone of my music and the work of our foundation, so I've been flattered to participate in past Nobel concerts recognizing global leaders pursuing peace across our world," the Colombian superstar said in a statement. "With this year's award recognizing the efforts of President Santos to bring a lasting peace to my own nation, I am beyond honored to be asked to perform at the ceremony in Oslo once again this year."


It's not the first time Juanes has performed at a Nobel Peace Prize concert: The "Fuego" singer performed in 2005 and 2007 for laureates Mohamed ElBaradei and Al Gore.

"Juanes is an old and dear friend to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and we are delighted that he will be back on stage this year," said Olav Njølstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. "Besides being a brilliant musician he is devoted to charitable work and a strong supporter of the peace process in his home country Colombia. Together with his fabulous band and dancers Juanes will certainly ignite the audience and inject a lot of positive energy into the concert." 

This year's honorees include Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos and Bob Dylan -- who became the first musician to earn the Nobel Prize in literature.