From career milestones to new music releases to major announcements and those little important moments, Billboard editors highlight uplifting moments in Latin music. Here’s what happened in the Latin music world this week.
The Charly García Street
The iconic Argentine rockstar and musician, Charly García, has been honored with his own street in New York City. The official naming ceremony took place Nov. 6 at the intersection of Walker Street and Cortlandt Alley, where the official “Charly García Corner” was inaugurated. The street name is in honor of García’s Clics Modernos album which was launched 40 years ago. “I feel honored by the invitation and that they have chosen me to have a corner bearing my name,” García, who did not attend the ceremony, said in a press statement. “I can’t wait to tell a taxi driver: ‘Leave me here, on Walker St… and ME.’” García’s sister, Josi García Moreno, actor Mariano Cabrera, and some of the artist’s musicians were part of the celebration.
“Tu y Yo Por Siempre”
Another heartfelt tribute took place early this week during RBD’s Soy Rebelde Tour stop in Colombia. This time, group member Anahí showed her love and appreciation to Karol G on stage at her hometown. Wearing a pink t-shirt dress that read “Team Bichota,” the Mexican singer shouted: “Carolina, love is paid with love, my queen, I love you. You and I forever!” Their friendship began in 2022 when the “Provenza” singer invited Anahí to join her onstage during her Bichota Reloaded Tour in Mexico for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of RBD’s hit “Salvame”—also marking Anahí’s first live performance in 11 years. On stage, the two artists even rocked pink cowboy hats resembling the one Anahi wore in the song’s official music video.
Karol G to Take Over the Billboard Music Awards
In other Karol G news, the Colombian singer was announced as a performer at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, set to take place Sunday, Nov. 19. In addition to taking the stage, the Colombian hitmaker is up for five awards, including top Latin artist, top Latin female artist, top Latin touring artist, top Latin album (Mañana Será Bonito) and top Latin song (“TQG” with Shakira). This year alone, Karol’s Mañana Será Bonito made history as the first all-Spanish-language album by a female artist to top the Billboard 200 and embarked on her first-ever U.S. stadium tour, which included stops in Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. News of Karol at the BBMAs came on the heels of Peso Pluma also being announced as a performer.
Antonio Banderas & The Latin Recording Academy
Earlier this week, the Latin Recording Academy announced that Banderas will receive the 2023 President’s Award for his “outstanding and numerous contributions to the artistic community.” The Spanish actor will be presented with the award during the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony taking place Thursday, Nov. 16 in Seville, Spain. “We are delighted to present Antonio Banderas with the President’s Award as we celebrate our first international edition of the Latin Grammys in Andalucía,” said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, in a press release. “Antonio’s outstanding and numerous contributions to the artistic community have made him a global ambassador of our cultural heritage.” The most recent President’s Award recipient was Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2017.