Juan Luis Guerra has been named “The Brightest Star of 2007” by the Latin American Association of Entertainment Journalists (ALPE), reports Notimex news agency. The organization chose the Dominican singer, 51, for his excellent rapport with the press.
The “Llave de mi corazón” singer’s reaction was humble when he heard the good news. “Really?” he said, adding that “it’s a huge privilege. This year has been one of the biggest blessings, and I’m so grateful to all the members of ALPE, whose work I respect and greatly appreciate.”
The organization voiced their praise for the artist – who consistently manages to be successful professionally, socially and within his family – in a press release on Thursday: “Even amidst his insatiable social work efforts, he always took time to maintain a cordial relationship with journalists.”
As for the bad news, ALPE named Alejandro Sanz the worst of the year for his aloof manner with the media. The Spanish singer, 39, was rude to the press a few months back while leaving a Miami court, where he was brought an extortion charge against a former employee.
In competition with the Dominican star were cordial artists like Chayanne, Enrique Iglesias and Laura Pausini. As for the unfriendly list, celebs like Niurka Marcos, Miguel Bosé and Marc Anthony nearly took the title from Sanz.
Radio stations, magazines, news agencies, papers and websites helped ALPE, an organization formed in 2002 in south Florida, make their decision.