Gardel Awards Honor Spinetta with Gold Award

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Luis Alberto Spinetta

Iconic Argentine rock star Luis Alberto Spinetta’s posthumous album prized; Abel Pintos, Ruben Rada also big winners

Iconic Argentine rock star Luis Alberto Spinetta’s posthumous album Los Amigo won the Gold Gardel for album of the year, as well as two other awards at the 2016 Gardel Awards in Buenos Aires Tuesday night (June 7). His son Dante Spinetta, known as half of the duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, and his siblings accepted the award for their father. Los Amigos was recorded less than a year before the death of the elder Spinetta, a legend throughout Latin America, in 2012.

Afro-Uruguayan percussionist and singer/songwriter Ruben Rada also won three awards. Abel Pinto was another big winner, taking home Gardels for male pop artist of the year and production of the year. "Antes y Después," by rock band Ciro y Los Persas, was named Argentina’s 2016 song of the year.

Litto Nebia, a living Argentine legend, won for best rock album for his release 25 Years of Argentine Rock.

Among the emerging talents recognized at the Gardels, Julieta Rada took home the prize for best new pop album, for Corazón Diamante. 

The Gardel Awards honor Argentine music across genres, including rock, urban and electronic music, and tango. Producers, musicians, journalists and other Argentine music industry professionals determine the winners by vote. As in other years, the Gardel Awards were presented during a televised show from Buenos Aires’ Gran Rex theater.

See the full list of winners here.