Maluma was honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Juan Luis Londoño Arias was recognized for his incredible humanitarian work with his foundation, 'El Arte de los Sueños' (The Art of Dreams).
"I hope that this award serves as inspiration for the new generation that we can create better things for the future," the Colombian singer said in Spanish. "To the dreamers around the world, to my family, my mom, my sister and my dad."
According to Maluma's website, in the month of October of 2016 the Londoño Arias family decided it was the moment to turn their gratitude towards life into concrete actions that would allow others to have opportunities in art in order to build a life project based on respect, happiness, creativity and overcoming adversity.
The Spirit of Hope Award was created by Billboard in honor of Selena, and throughout the past 20 years has been given to an artist in recognition of their extraordinary philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond their musical work.
Previous recipients include Emmanuel, Willy Chirino, Olga Tañón, Maná, Los Tigres del Norte, Ricky Martin, El General, Soraya, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Ricardo Montaner, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives, Carlos Santana, and Luis Fonsi.