2019 American Music Awards

Fito & Los Fitipaldis Honored At Premios De La Musica

Singer-guitarist Fito Cabrales took awards at the Premios de la Musica gala in Madrid for best song and best rock album for "Antes De Que Cuentes Diez" (Warner/DRO) by his band, Fito & Los Fitipaldis. Carlos Raya was named best producer for that album.

Another triple-winning album was "Coplas Del Querer" (Universal/Discmedi) for best album, best Spanish song album, and best arranger (Joan Albert Amargos), by flamenco-copla singer Miguel Poveda, who also began the gala by singing the album's title song.

The 14th Premios gala on March 4 was organized by the Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, formed by collecting society SGAE and artists association AiE. The all-Spanish language event with 28 categories was held in Madrid for the first time in four years because of the economic crisis, but SGAE says it will become itinerant again once the situation improves. The last three galas were staged far from the capital in Cordoba, Valladolid and Badajoz.

Ninety-two year-old Bebo Valdes won the Latin music award, which was presented to him by Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba. Film director and Latin jazz expert Trueba helped in the rediscovery of Valdes when he made the movie "Calle 54" in 1999, starring Valdes, his son Chucho Valdes, and many other Latin jazz musicians. Bebo Valdes and his son have won more than 10 Grammy awards between them.

Bebo Valdes had been living in Stockholm, Sweden, for nearly 40 years occasionally playing in hotel piano bars as a virtual unknown since quitting Cuba after the 1959 Revolution, when a fellow Cuban musician persuaded him to record again in the late 1990s.

As well as Poveda, performers included Tony Zenet, Zahara, SFDK, La Bien Querida, Aviador Dro, and Mastretta. The gala will be televised March 5 on La 2.

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