This Thursday, Armando Manzanero, one of Mexico's most emblematic singer-songwriters, was honored at the Premios Lo Nuestro ceremony, which was broadcast by Univision. Unlike previous years, the awards ceremony was performed with use of masks by participants and the corresponding health measures due to the pandemic COVID-19.
Alejandra Guzman, Yuri and Lila Downs, who were accompanied by pianist Arthur Hanlon, were in charge of paying a tribute to Manzanero, as they performed a medley of the artist's best-known songs such as “I'm going to turn off the light”, “I miss you” and “Adoro” .
In the 33rd edition of these awards , a total of 147 artists were nominated in 34 categories and four musical genres: pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican music.
In addition to the previous ones, this year four new items were included: album of the year in pop, album of the year in urban music, album of the year in regional Mexican music and cumbia song of the year in regional Mexican music.
Other celebrities who performed at this ceremony were CNCO, Ivy Queen; El Alfa with Zion & Lennox; Joss Favela with Jessi Uribe; Luis Fonsi; Víctor Manuelle with La India; and Justin Quiles.
Likewise, premieres of songs, exclusive collaborations, performances by artists and various tributes to the characters were presented, such as the Yucatecan singer-songwriter or Pacheco, who was the co-founder of Fania Records.
It should be mentioned that Manzanero died in a hospital in Mexico City, on December 28, due to complications from the disease derived from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
With more than 400 musical themes recorded throughout his life, the recognition of his artistic career with a Latin Billboard and the opening of his museum in Mérida, Yucatán, the singer-songwriter reached the age of 85 feeling in the best moment and considered that in this 2020 he was "awarded for life".
With the pandemic sweeping the country, Armando Manzanero's family reinforced security measures to prevent a COVID-19 infection. However, the singer fell ill after opening his museum in Mérida, Yacatán, and his health deteriorated in a matter of days.
Following the protocol, the singer-songwriter took shelter in his home where he was given all the necessary care as a concentrator of oxygen, but days later he decided to move to a hospital due to the lack of oxygen in his body.
One of the musician's daughters, María Elena Manzanero, highlighted at that time for Venga la Alegría : “It was sudden since we found out that he had COVID and he was very well, he was oxygenated very well, he was perfect and suddenly his oxygenation began to drop and oxygen was brought home, but suddenly it was not enough for optimal oxygenation and we had to come to the hospital, where he is very attended and isolated ”.
Already in the hospital and because his health continued to deteriorate rapidly, the doctors in charge recommended to the singer-songwriter that he should be intubated, for which Manzanero agreed.
Later it became known that the interpreter of "we are boyfriends" had presented improvements, however, around 03:00 in the morning of December 28, Manzanero suffered a cardiac arrest and died
* With information from Efe
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