Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.
The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a day before the live telecast of the Latin Grammys on Univision. Also receiving career honors include Mexican actor/rock ‘n roll singer César Costa, Portuguese fado crooner Carlos do Carmo, Spanish entertainers Dúo Dinámico and Brazilian artist Ney Matogrosso.
This year’s Trustees Awards will be given to music executive and author André Midani and singer/composer/musician Juan Vicente Torrealba.
"As we prepare to celebrate our first 15 years, the Latin Grammy Awards not only continue the tradition of recognizing outstanding artists for their career achievements but honor their exemplary contributions to the world of Latin music," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "It is with great pride that we pay homage to this diverse and exceptional group of honorees along with commemorating the indelible musical heritage they have bestowed upon us and the roads they have paved for the advantage of new generations.”
The lifetime achievement awards are presented through a vote from the Board of Trustees to those who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
Chirino’s career spans more than four decades in addition to being recognized as the creator of the “Miami sound,” a fusion of Cuban music, rock, jazz, Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms. With more than 30 albums to his name, Chirino's music has been recorded by many artists including Celia Cruz, Gypsy Kings and Raphael.
Costa started his career in 1958 as the lead singer of the group Los Camisas Negras before he went solo. His first starring movie role paired him to work with the late Libertad Lamarque in “El Cielo Y La Tierra,” released in 1962. His albums, more than 35, have been popular in Mexico, Europe and Central and South America.
Do Carmo, whose mother is the late singer Lucilia do Carmo, has made a career by performing in his one-of-a-kind musical style known for French pop balladry and Brazilian bossa nova, making him one of the most prominent voices in Portuguese music. His repertoire includes "Lágrimas De Orvalho," "Lisboa Menina E Moça" and "Canoas Do Tejo."
Dúo Dinámico, also known as Ramón Arcusa and Manuel de la Calva, began their careers in Barcelona, Spain in 1958. Their hits, including “Quisiera Ser,” Perdóname,” and “Mari Carmen,” influenced a generation of fans and catapulted the two in popularity beyond their home country. Their song “La, La, La” won the 1968 Eurovision Song contest in London and a first for Spain at the festival.
East L.A. band Los Lobos includes Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez and Steve Berlin. Together the three-time Grammy winners have found fans around the world with their signature style of Chicano rock -- incorporating everything from rock ‘n roll to country and norteño music, among others. Los Lobos have recorded more than 20 albums.
Argentina’s Lynch, considered a cultural treasure in her country, began her career in commercial jingles while performing in underground clubs in Buenos Aires. The ‘80s brought Lynch new acclaim when she starred in “Evita” in Mexico. She also hosted television shows and collaborated with artists such as José José, Barry Manilow and Jeffrey Osborne. The founder and director of Escuela de Comedia Musical Valeria Lynch and Congreso Internacional de Musicales y Óperas Rock, Lynch also continues to perform in Latin America.
Matogrosso, who was influenced by glam-rock of the ‘70s, was a member of the band Secos & Molhados. His countertenor voice, eccentric costumes and unique style widened his reach. Once a solo artist, he continued his musical path with sings such as “Homem Com H,” and “Bandido Corazón.”
Trustee Award honoree Midani has influenced and established successful trend that record labels have attempted to adopt through the years. He started his career in sales at the French division of Decca Records in Paris in 1952. His passion for music took him to a career in Brazil as the new music scene took off. During his time at EMI-Odeon (Brazil), Midani launched bossa nova, which conquered the music market around the world. He’s also developed the artistic careers of Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Luis Miguel and Maná, among others.
Venezuela’s Torrealba, learned to play the guitar, cuatro and harp early in life. In 1947 he founded the group Los Torrealberos with his brother and son. They played in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Some of his best known compositions include “Madrugada Llanera,” “La Paraulata” and “Concierto En La Llanura.” He has recorded 130 albums and has written more than 300 compositions.
This year’s awards will be held Nov. 19 at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino as part of Latin Grammy week.