Recording Academy® and The Latin Recording Academy® statement re: Armando Manzanero

  • Armando Manzanero
  • Armando Manzanero
December 28, 2020 -- 1:00 pm PST

One of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Latin music composers, Armando Manzanero needs no introduction. He began his career at the age of 15 with the first of what would be more than 400 original works composed over a span of more than seven decades. Transcending languages, genres and generations, Manzanero’s songs have been performed by many artists, from Perry Como, Elis Regina and Elvis Presley to Tania Libertad, Gal Costa and Eugenia León.

Manzanero was a Latin GRAMMY® winner and the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both The Latin Recording Academy® and the Recording Academy®. Most importantly, he was a great friend and supporter of the Latin Academy. He will be greatly missed, but his melodies and larger-than-life personality will live on forever.

His passing is a great loss for the world of music. Our hearts go out to the Manzanero family, to the Mexican Society of Songwriters, to his fans and to all of Mexico during this difficult time.

Harvey Mason jr.
Chair & Interim President/CEO
Recording Academy
Gabriel Abaroa Jr. 
The Latin Recording Academy