Latin Academy Honors Diverse Artists With Lifetime Achievement Awards

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The Latin Recording Academy will honor a diverse group of Latin music icons with special career honors in a celebration coinciding with the Latin Grammys in November.

Argentine jazz saxophone player Gato Barbieri, Spanish singers Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel, Dominican performer Angela Carrasco, Brazilian pop artist Djavan, Puerto Rican salsa legends El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, and Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés will receive the Lifetime Achievement awards. Violinist Federico Britos, producer Humberto Gatica and composer Chelique Sarabia will, respectively, receive the Academy’s Trustees Award.

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"It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art," said The Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. "Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy. By honoring them we honor our music. They surely will continue to have an influence in both our culture and the Latin music industry."

The Latin Academy’s special awards honorees will be celebrated during an invitation-only ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, as part of the weeklong 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards festivities.