The Latin Recording Academy

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The Latin Recording Academy
Spanish: Academia Latina de la Grabación
Portuguese: Academia Latina da Gravação
Formation1997 (1997)
TypeMusic organization
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, United States
Official language
Manuel Abud
AffiliationsThe Recording Academy

The Latin Recording Academy (Spanish: Academia Latina de la Grabación; Portuguese: Academia Latina da Gravação), formally known as the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is a multinational membership-based association composed of Latin music industry professionals, musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The Latin Academy of Recording is a group that places greater emphasis on aesthetic and technical accomplishments than it does on sales or chart positions. They want to provide a broader platform and raise the profile of Latino artist and creators, both domestically and internationally.

They are dedicated to promoting the genre and its makers, both inside and outside the United States.[1] The Academy is internationally known for its annual Latin Grammy Awards. It is headquartered in Miami and is led by president and CEO Manuel Abud.

Historical highlights[edit]

  • 1997: The Recording Academy establishes the Latin Recording Academy as a Latin counterpart to expand its operation in Latin America and Spain.[2]
  • 2002: Elected its first independent Board of Trustees.[1] Manolo Diaz (Chairman); Gabriel Abaroa (Vice-Chair), Raul Vazquez (Treasurer) and Tom Gomes (Secretary).
  • 2004: Internationally renowned recording artist Carlos Santana was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year. It honored his professional, cultural, and social accomplishments.[3]


Map of where voting members of the Latin Recording Academy live.

The Latin Recording Academy draws its membership from music professionals from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities worldwide, namely Latin America, Iberia, and the United States.[4][5] Through its efforts, the Latin Academy works to strengthen these communities through networking opportunities and educational outreach. The Latin Grammy Awards were the first prime-time English-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-language telecast on U.S. television.[1] Members of the Latin Recording Academy are also eligible to vote for the categories in the Latin field of the Grammy Awards.[6]

The Latin Recording Academy has produced educational outreach programs in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Bogotá, São Paulo and in the U.S. in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, New York and San Antonio. The Latin Academy has also produced the e-Latin GRAMMY Carreras Y Música events. These events provide educational outreach to more than 10,000 high school age participants from at least 11 countries.[1] The Latin Academy's programs provide interested students the opportunity, using interactive satellite technology, to discuss with musicians and members of the music industry what it is like to work in the business and what it takes to be successful in the field.

Latin Grammys[edit]

The Latin Recording Academy is best known for its role in putting on the annual Latin Grammy Awards. The Latin Grammy Awards typically takes place every November in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Latin Grammys have many awards to showcase artist that are involved in the music industry, some of the main awards that fans focus on are "Album of the Year", "Record of the Year, "Song of the Year" and "Best New Artist".

The Latin Grammy Awards were originally broadcast by CBS and after 2005 they switched to Univision, the largest U.S. Hispanic Network. They have earned respect and they are already executing the steps towards the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Ceremony. The Latin Grammy Week includes the Special Awards Tribute (Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Trustees Awards), the Person of the Year Gala, the Pre-Telecast simulcast event, the Latin Grammy Telecast ceremony, the Official After Party and several other concerts aiming to promote the different genres of music. The Latin Grammy Awards have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Miami. The Latin Grammy Week closes a cycle of music celebration formed basically by the Latin Grammy Street Parties (1.5 Million people have attended) and the Latin Grammy Intimate Concerts.


  1. ^ a b c d "About The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences®". Latin GRAMMYs. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Lannert, John (June 21, 1997). "LARAS Formed To Expand Latin Work of NARAS". Billboard. Vol. 109, no. 25. pp. 6, 92. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "About The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences". Latin Grammys 2022.
  4. ^ Garza, Augustin (May 18, 2002). "Latin Grammys Struggle With Loss of Momentum". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Fernandez, Enrique (March 5, 2000). "After Birthing Pains, Latin Grammys Should Grow Strong". Sun-Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Billboard". 110 (35). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 29, 1998: LMQ-4. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 15, 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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