Spanish singer Raphael to receive Platino Honor Award


Photograph with no date showing Spanish singer Raphael posing for EFE. EPA-EFE/Javier Laño

MADRID.- Spanish singer Raphael will receive the Honor Award at the 6th Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema on May 12 in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya in recognition of his work promoting and disseminating Ibero-American culture, organizers said Tuesday.

The 75-year-old Raphael is being honored for his contributions as “a unique, unequaled and extraordinary artist,” Platino organizers said in a statement.

With this honor, the Platino Awards Selection Committee recognizes the value of Raphael’s career and his “lifetime devotion to the arts.”

The Spanish singer has dedicated his entire career to music, film and television, becoming a music “superstar” who has appeared in more than a dozen films, including “Digan lo que Digan,” “Mi Gran Noche,” “Sin un Adios,” “Volvere a Nacer,” “El Angel” and “El Golfo.”

Raphael, who is a “bridge between the cultures of Spain and the Americas,” has performed in several Latin American countries and US cities, including Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Miami.

He has released more than 60 albums and received 335 Gold Records, 50 Platinum Records and a Uranium Record for his sales of more than 50 million units worldwide.

Ever since he made his first appearance on stage at Spain’s Benidorm Festival in 1962, the singer has toured around the world – singing his songs and selling out every single concert – starting with New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Mexico’s National Auditorium, Paris’s Olympia, Moscow’s Bolshoi and the Sydney Opera House, Platino Awards organizers said.

Raphael is currently on his “Loco por Cantar” international tour, which has taken him to Paris, St. Petersburg and Moscow, among other cities.

In May, he will kick off his “Tour Resinphonico” in Spain, where he will perform songs from his latest album.
The 6th Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema will take place on May 12 in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

The awards gala will be held at the Gran Tlachco Theater at Xcaret Park for the second year in a row.

This year will be the first time the Platino Awards have been held in a previous location after being hosted by Panama in 2014, Marbella in 2015, Punta del Este in 2016 and Madrid in 2017.

The Platino Awards are promoted by the Spain-based Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Entity (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA), with support from the Latin American Artists’ Federation (Latin Artis) and the AISGE (Performers’ Management Company) Foundation.

The goal of the Platino Awards has been to promote and disseminate Ibero-American cinema and help ensure that the films’ success at the most prestigious festivals is translated into outstanding results in commercial theaters.

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