Placido Domingo to receive top Latin Grammy award

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Placido Domingo Domingo returned to the stage earlier this year after suffering from colon cancer

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Opera star Placido Domingo has been named person of the year at the Latin Grammys, the Latin Recording Academy have announced.

The Spanish tenor was chosen for his "professional and philanthropic achievements", the organisation said.

He will be honoured during a ceremony in November in Las Vegas, where friends and colleagues will lead musical tributes to the 69-year-old.

Past recipients of the award include Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias.

President of the Latin Recording Academy, Gabriel Abaroa, said the organisation takes "great pride" in Domingo.

He called the singer an "extraordinary musician, philanthropist and, above all, a great human being whose immense talent and generosity has had a profound global impact".

Domingo returned to stage earlier this year after suffering from colon cancer.

The musician debuted with The Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1968, where he has inaugurated 21 seasons.

As a philanthropist he founded Operalia, a contest for opera singing, and has helped to raise millions of dollars for victims of disasters such as Mexico's 1985 earthquake and Hurricane Katrina, performing at many benefit concerts.

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