Los Del Rio, Lucecita Benitez & More Honored With Latin Grammys Special Awards
On Wednesday morning (Nov. 15), the Latin Recording Academy presented the special awards event of Lifetime Achievement award and Trustees award at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas as part of the 18th Annual Latin Grammy week.
This year, the Lifetime Achievement award, which is presented to performers who have made unprecedented contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music and the Latin community, was given to Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río, Guadalupe Pineda and Cuco Valoy.
Benitez was the first artist to accept the honor given by her friend, Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañon. Benitez dedicated her recognition to Puerto Rico, emphasizing that she would never leave the island even now that people needs help.
Later, Los Del Rio accepted their award with a lot of emotion, saying it was the first time they have received this kind of recognition for their 53 years of music career. Mexican singer Pineda was presented her award from Pepe Aguilar and included a political tone in her speech saying: "Music is a universal language. Music not only builds bridges but also breaks down walls. And, the walls fall."
Jon Fausty and Lalo Schifrin received the Trustees Award, which is given to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to Latin music during their careers. All the honorees are chosen by vote by the members of The Latin Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees.
The 18th annual Latin Grammy awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CDT) on Univision.