Backbeat: Latin Icons the Late-Joe Arroyo, Alex Lora, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt Honored @ Pre Latin Grammys
Backbeat: Latin Icons the Late-Joe Arroyo, Alex Lora, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt Honored @ Pre Latin Grammys

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National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) President/CEO Neil Portnow was on hand to give Linda Ronstadt her Lifetime Achievement Award. "All my friends are jealous of me," he said afterward with a laugh. Portnow posed here with trustee Mary Black, who with Carlos Santana gave Jose Feliciano his award.

The Latin Academy Special Awards Presentation took place Nov. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Musicians, producers and executives were honored with the Trustees Award and with Lifetime Achievement awards at a ceremony that was both sober and joyful, marked by many standing ovations and a a moment of silence for Joe Arroyo, the Colombian singer/composer who died earlier this year just hours after learning he would be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Alex Lora from El Tri, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrated 43 years of rock 'n roll in Spanish and also thanked the Virgin of Guadalupe for giving him good health.

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Linda Ronstadt and Jose Feliciano pose with their awards. "I always wanted to sing in Spanish," said Ronstadt.

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Trustee Marcelo Castello Branco, left, flew in from Brazil for the ceremony. He poses here with fellow trustee and Christian recording artist Marcos Witt who hosted the award ceremony with an endless string of jokes.