José Cid has been honored with a Latin Grammy Award "for musical excellence," the Academy announced Thursday, August 22. The Musical Excellence Award is "awarded to artists who have made contributions of exceptional artistic significance to Latin music" and is voted by the Latin Recording Academy Board of Directors.
The Portuguese musician will host the Latin Grammy Awards at the ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas on November 13. This year, the award will also be awarded to Eva Ayllón, Joan Baez, Lupita D'Alessio, Hugo Fattoruso, Pimpinela, Omara Portuondo and Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma".
"Undoubtedly, this is the prize among others the most important prize, of just over 50 years of career as a musician and poet, a recognition that the Portuguese public has never denied me. Before the contrary. I am also happy because Pop rock Portuguese, always so unable to cross borders, is recognized at this level, "said José Cid in his Facebook account.
In a statement, Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, said he is "delighted to honor a remarkable and homogeneous group of people with the Musical Excellence and the Board of Directors Awards." "Each of these legends continues to make their mark on the Latin music world through their talent, grace and passion for creating sounds that vibrate throughout our communities and have helped build our music for decades. We look forward to highlighting the their achievements during our historic 20th week of anniversary, "he added.
On the official website, the Academy notes that "José Cid effortlessly adapted the influence of popular music to the original style of Portuguese pop-rock. In 1956, the emergence of his band of versions, The Babies, marked a moment of 'before and after. 'for pop rock in Portugal ".
"With dozens of hits, José Cid remains a major concert attraction in Portugal, releasing new songs and live concert albums," the statement said.
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