Juanes is a Goodwill Ambassador for United for Colombia. He has also started the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of anti-personnel mines. he also love to writes songs about landmines.
He performed before the European Parliament in 2006 as part of a campaign to increase awareness of the use of land mines around the world. The Parliament donated €2.5 million ($3.15m) to demine Colombia and to rehabilitate victims of the landmines. he achived many honors for his humanitarian and charity work, like
- L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – the highest cultural honor given in France – declaring him “Knight in the order of Arts and Letters”.
- He was honored at an Adopt-A-Minefield annual benefit gala for his work raising awareness about the impact of land mines.
- An escopetarra (a decommissioned AK-47 converted into a guitar) by peace activist César López, which he later sold at a fundraiser for $17,000.
Juanes held a benefit concert in 2006 in conjunction with KLVE and Univision which raised roughly $350,000. The money went to care for injured children, provide prosthetics, wheelchairs, and land rehabilitation.
- Grammy Awards - Favorite Latin Artist 2008
- Grammy Awards - Best Latin Pop Album 2013
- Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year 2003, 2008
- Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year 2003, 2008
- Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video 2012
- Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album 2001, 2003, 2005
- Latin Grammy Awards - Best New Artist 2001
- Latin Grammy Awards - Best Rock Song 2002
- MTV Video Music Awards - International Viewer's Choice Awards Latin America(Pacific) 2002
Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez born on August 9, 1972 in Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia. He is of Basque descent on his father's side and Spanish on his mother's side. When he was seven years old, his father and brothers began to teach him how to play guitar. His passion for the instrument led him to discover diverse genres of music such as traditional Latin sounds such astango and bachata, as well as Colombian folk music.
As a teenager, Juanes was greatly influenced by metal acts such as Metallica. He started the metal band Ekhymosis in 1988, and it released its self-produced debut album, Niño Gigante, that same year.In 2000, Juanes released his solo debut Fíjate Bien (Take a Good Look). then in 2002 released first solo album Un Día Normal (A Normal Day). Mi Sangre (My Blood), was released in September 2004 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.
La Vida... Es Un Ratico was released on October 23, 2007 with the first single being "Me Enamora" (I fall in love). The second single was "Gotas de Agua Dulce" (drops of sweet water), and the third single became the vallenato fusion of "Tres" (three). On December 11, 2007, Juanes performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast live to over 100 countries.In 2010, Juanes performed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kickoff Concert, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. In addition, he released his albumP.A.R.C.E. which featured the #1 Billboard hit Yerbatero and the top-ten hit Y No Regresas. On April 2013, Juanes released an autobiography titled, Chasing The Sun, in which he tells his story through narratives and pictures. The book is an intimate account of his life, success, and all the obstacles he overcame.