Carlos Vives triple task: Legend Award recipient, performer and USAID ambassador

Winner of numerous Grammy awards, born in Colombia, multi-talented, seeker of a better future for his Colombia in all aspects, Carlos Vives deserved the Legend Award presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Notably Vives not only performed but also met with political dignitaries while in Washington, D.C.

Vives brings to the Latin music industry inclusive in his homeland Colombia, a lengthy and successful music career. He proved he was still remembered and loved even after a lapse from music for a few years. For the love of his music, he even performed during the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Awards singing a few of his hits including an exceptional performance of his Latin Grammy hit "Volví a Nacer".

As a Colombian ambassador for the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID), Vives also met with leading political figures in the nation's capital advocating on behalf of USAID whose efforts are producing real and measurable results in Colombia. He voiced strongly that the efforts are necessary to overcome decades of conflict and move toward peace in his country.

"It's important to recognize that indigenous and Afro-Colombia communities have contributed immeasurably to our culture. We must first understand the underlying dynamics and then develop a consciousness about the hardships of our most forgotten people. We need to leave behind the complexities and prejudices of the past which has resulted in the lack of harmony in our society, and move toward a totally inclusive society," stated Vives.

Thankful of his recognition award, Vives thanked the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, its sponsors, and his people of Colombia for the opportunity to represent and serve their future.

Special mention to other performers: Mexican artist Pepr Aguilar recipient of the Master of Arts Awards and Kat De Luna who performed a tribute to the Latin music legends Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.

Others recognized were artist Pepe Aguilar with the Master of Arts Award who also performed, Zoe Saldaña, the Hayden High School Robotics Team, Bernie William, Henry R. Munoz III, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, and 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army “The Borinqueneers”.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Awards will be broadcast September 29 on PBS.