Topics: Heavy metal music, Staples Center, Nobel Peace Prize Concert Pages: 2 (433 words) Published: October 11, 2010
Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vasquez who is better known as Juanes is a Colombian musician who was a member of band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. Juanes has sold more than fifteen million albums. He has won seventeen Latin Grammys, more than any other artist, and one Grammy Award. Juanes is also known for his humanitarian work. Juanes is one of the greatest musicians of Latin America.

Juanes was born August 9, 1972 in Carolina del Principe, Colombia. He is the youngest child of Alicia Vasquez and Javier Aristizábal. His father called him Juanes, a contraction of his Juan Esteban which he later uses as his stage name. At age seven, Juanes learned to play the acoustic guitar from his father and older brothers, playing traditional Latin styles such as bolero, tango, cumbia, vallenato, and guasca. When Juanes became a teenager, his music gained a darker sound influenced by heavy metal music, especially from legendary band Metallica.

During the 1980s and 1990s Juanes was a member/Founder of heavy metal band Ekhymosis but disbanded the group in 1998 to pursue a solo career. His 2000 solo debut album, Fíjate Bien, which was a success, he went on to win three Latin Grammy Awards. His second album, Un Día Normal was certified platinum throughout much of the Spanish speaking countries, and its lead single “A Dios le Pido” topped singles charts in twelve countries. His third album Mi Sangre, fared equally well with Juanes promoting it on a tour with over 200 performances. Juanes has done great humanitarian work and has been greatly awarded for what he has done. He has been awarded the designation of Knight of The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, recognized with Billboard’s “Spirit of Hope” award, named the 2008 “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Organization of American States and recently awarded Colombia’s prestigious National Peace Prize by joint vote of the United Nations Development Programmer and representatives of leading Colombian...
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