A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Friday honoring Alejandro Sanz, one week before the four-time Grammy-winning Spanish singer begins a 12-city U.S. tour.
“I never even imagined that one day I would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Sanz said. “I dreamt of so many things. I dreamt of one day I would be on a stage. I dreamt of making music with people I love. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this moment.”
Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio and Jody Gerson, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, preceded Sanz in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Capitol Records building.
The star is the 2,703rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.
Sanz won best Latin pop album Grammys in 2020 for “#Eldisco,” in 2011 for “Paraiso Express,” in 2008 for “El Tren De Los Momentos,” and in 2004 for “No Es Lo Mismo.” He also was nominated in the category for the 2016 ceremony for “Sirope” and the 2001 ceremony for “El Alma Al Aire.”
Sanz is a 21-time Latin Grammy winner, including three for album of the year.
Born Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro in Madrid, Spain, Sanz began playing the guitar when he was 7 years old. As a teenager, he performed in various venues in his native Madrid. He released his debut album, “Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos” in 1989 for the Spanish label Hispavox.
Sanz began his rise to fame in 1991, when he released his first album for Warner Music Latina, “Viviendo Deprisa.”
Of Sanz’s 11 studio albums, all but “Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos” have been certified as platinum by the Spanish music trade association known as Promusicae.
Sanz has collaborated with such artists as Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Destiny’s Child, Camila Cabello, Laura Pausini, The Corrs, Ivete Sangalo, Emeli Sandé, Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernández, Joaquin Sabina, Joan Manuel Serrat, Pablo Alborán, Niña Pastori, Judit Neddermann and Nicky Jam.
Sanz sang “Imagine” at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Sanz’s “La Gira” tour includes an Oct. 29 stop at the YouTube Theater at the Sofi Stadium complex in Inglewood, where he will sing his greatest hits and songs from “#Eldisco.”