Julio Iglesias receives this Sunday in Los Angeles the Honorary Grammy to his entire career. This Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award has been decided by professionals and academics of music spread around the world.
In this way, the 75-year-old Spanish singer incorporates his name into a select list in which legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Queen, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles or Michael Jackson.
After more than fifty years of musical career, Julio Iglesias is the most selling Latin artist in history. "Never has any Spanish artist achieved so much." Never has music in Spanish had such an international impact for so long. No one can boast of such a discography", remarks the statement sent to Europa Press.
His career is marked by that known car accident that he suffered in 1962 when he was 20 years old, which left him prostrate and with very little hope of walking again. His youthful dream of becoming a footballer vanished, but Julio discovered a new passion: music.
He started playing a guitar that his father's assistant gave him, the first songs appeared during the hard rehabilitation plan, he traveled to London to learn English while he sang some nights at the Air Port Pub and on July 17, 1968 he won the Festival International of the Song of Benidorm with the song La vida sigue igual, which he had composed during convalescence. Another story began.
Barely eight years after that appearance in Benidorm, Julio not only performed for the first time at the Madison Square Garden in New York, but beat the box office records by running out the tickets in less time than any other artist. In 1982, he also broke brands in Japan by selling 1.2 million copies of the disc De niña a mujer in six months; in 1987 with his album Julio Iglesias, he is the first artist to sell more than two million copies in the United States with a disc in a non-English language; In 1988, he was the first to have a special live program on Chinese television that saw 400 million people.
During this prolific musical journey, Julio has sung with hundreds of artists around the world and in different languages. Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Sting, Dolly Parton, Placido Domingo, Charles Aznavour or Johnny Hallyday are just some of them.
Julio Iglesias has won the Grammy awards, Latin Grammy, Billboard Latin Music, World Music, ASCAP … It has been decorated by many governments around the world, including: the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts and the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica in Spain, as well as the Legion of Honor of France; a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Nagoya (Japan) or in Rotterdam (Holland); and is the only foreign artist to have the China's Golden Record Award (the highest musical distinction) for being the foreign artist who has sold the most records in China.