The Miami-based Latin Recording Academy announced Thursday that Eva Aylln, Joan Baez, Jose Cid, Lupita D’Alessio, Hugo Fattoruso, Pimpinela, Omara Portuondo, and Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma,” will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Additionally, Mario Kaminsky of Argentina will receive the Trustees Award.
The honorees will be celebrated during a private luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas on Nov. 13, 2019, as part of the milestone 20th anniversary Latin Grammy week. Singer, composer and Latin Grammy winner Johnny Ventura and renowned Mexican journalist Paola Rojas will be the hosts of the event.
“I’m delighted to recognize a remarkable and well-rounded group of individuals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. “Each of these legends continues leaving their mark in the Latin music world through their talent, grace, and passion for creating sounds that have vibrated throughout our communities while helping to build our music for decades. We are looking forward to spotlighting their accomplishments during our landmark 20th anniversary Latin GRAMMY week.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music. The Trustees Award is bestowed to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to music during their careers. The Latin Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees is the body that votes on both distinctions.
A statement provided background on the artists who will be honored.
It said singer-songwriter Baez “bravely embraced her Latin roots in times where being Latino in the U.S. would backfire in most cases. By recording luminous versions of classic Latin anthems in the ’60s, she helped pioneer the American roots revival, paving the way for like-minded artists such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
“In 1974, she released her Latin magnum opus, Gracias A La Vida, that framed her never-ending context of fighting for the socially abandoned, civic causes and cultural values.” It said she “has continued exploring an eclectic array of genres and styles across more than 30 albums.”
Latin Grammy Week will culminate with the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Univision.
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