Ana Belen Honored at Goya Awards in Spain

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Ana Belen at the 31st edition of the Goya Cinema Awards at Madrid Marriott Auditorium on Feb. 4, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Pain’s Oscars” pay tribute to the singer and actress’ lifelong career.

Spain’s socially-conscious sweetheart Ana Belen has recorded more than 35 albums and appeared in more than 40 films and 30 theatrical productions.

Belen was presented with the Goya of Honor Award on Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Premios Goya, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The Spanish film academy honored Belen’s lifelong career: She began was recording professionally by the time she was 13, and soon after became a teen movie star, appearing in a string of on-screen musicals. As an adult, her film roles have been diverse; as a singer, she was awarded the Latin Grammy’s special prize for musical excellence in 2015.

A pop star known for her social conscience, Belen has periodically and publicly spoken out for political causes.

“It’s hard for me to understand why it’s still so difficult for women to be recognized on the same level that men are even in such a liberal and open profession as ours,” the ever-elegant Belen said in an at times hard-hitting acceptance speech that looked back on her career.

The Goya’s salute to Belen included a montage of her film roles, with live accompaniment by the popular Film Symphony Orchestra, known for performing the music of well-known movie soundtracks in concert.