Fans and peers have lauded Juan Luis Guerra for decades. His work has bought many music forms to the broader audience. He has earned the respect of people from the world over. Though there are many awards and accolades the master composer has received, in here are discussed just the 2006 BMI Awards and 2007 Latin Grammy Awards.
2006 held BMI was entirely focused on Pepe Guerra. It was this year that the singer was given the BMI Icon recognition for “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Before the presentation of the award, a salute to the composer was given through the performance of some of the biggest names in the industry like:
- Jose “El Canario” Alberto
- Jandy Feliz
- Isidro Infante
- Huey Dunbar
- 440’s Adalgisa Pantaleón and Chocolate
The six-time Grammy winner was recognized for his contribution to merengue, tropical music, and lyrical romanticism. Also the winner of Latin Songwriter of the Year in 1995 BMI’s, his songs – Para Tí and Las Avispas – won during the 2006 award. By the year-end, Guerra had under his belt:
- 14 BMI Latin Awards
- 6 Billboard Latin Music Awards
- Innumerable Univision awards
Thanks to the blend of music Guerra produces and the reproductions by internationally renowned Latin stars, the next year saw an equivalent amount of awards being showered on him. In 2007 Latin Grammy Awards, the man won a total of five honors. These included the prestigious:
- album of the year
- record of the year
- song of the year
The songwriter’s album titled La Llave De Mi Corazón received the best merengue album award. The title track, sung by the Guerra and his band 440, took away the tropical song award. If this was not enough, even the production of the album got its due appreciation with the best-engineered album honor.
Some of the great names he bested during the night, for the stand of the album of the year, were:
- Miguel Bosé
- Ricky Martin
- Alejandro Sanz
- Calle 13, the reggaeton duo
The singer who is known to have brought the bachata dance rhythm to a wider platform won the record of the year over Bosé, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Beyoncé, and Shakira.
For his speech during the award show, Guerra recognized the problematic months they have had. He also appreciated the strength and courage people had shown during the trying time. The award of Latin Recording Academy’s person of the year he dedicated to the Dominican Republic. He was thankful to his homeland and its people for giving him the opportunity to make his career. While he was being recognized for the personal achievement, Guerra also spoke of The Tropical Storm Noel. The storm had affected the Caribbean nation in the recent past and taken dozens of human lives.
Over a dozen Grammy awards, over ten million albums sold worldwide and named as one of Time’s Influential People (2005, the work of Juan truly stands testament to his skill and genius. The singer, composer & songwriter is one of the few talents that God graces us with every few decades. Even Ricky Martin called the man the Father of Latin Music.
After all, it is Juan who has helped take some of the lesser known music to the world. Bachata would hardly be recognized by international fans and artists if it was not for Guerra. It was him, who began to fuse sound like Afro-Latin to merengue and packaging them in one song. The great artist has spent an entire career crafting music so that the whole globe could embrace it.