Juanes, Natalie Cole help honour Caetano Veloso as Latin Grammys Person of the Year

Gisela Solomon, The Associated Press
Associated Press

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

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 in Las Vegas.

The 70-year-old Veloso is considered one of the most influential Brazilian artists of modern times. He 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 and psychedelic rock.