The Latin Recording Academy® to Honor Lucecita Benítez, João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Víctor Heredia, Los Del Río, Guadalupe Pineda, and Cuco Valoy with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Jon Fausty and Lalo Schifrin to Receive the Trustees Award

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Latin Recording Academy® announced today Lucecita
Benítez,
João Bosco, Ilan Chester, Victor Heredia, Los
Del Río (Antonio Romero Monge
and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones),
Guadalupe Pineda,
and Cuco Valoy will receive the this year’s Lifetime
Achievement Award
. Jon Fausty and Lalo Schifrin will
receive the Trustees Award. The Lifetime Achievement and Trustees
Award honorees will be celebrated during a private ceremony held at the
Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on Nov. 15 as part of the 18th Annual
Latin GRAMMY® Week.

“We are proud to honor such a diverse group of internationally acclaimed
artists with this year's Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” said
Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. “Our 2017
class represents a wide-range of artists that together have contributed
to shape Latin music’s iconic rhythms and lyrics throughout history.
Each honoree is an inspiration to our culture and community as well as a
muse for new and contemporary work.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to performers who
have made unprecedented contributions of outstanding artistic
significance to Latin music and the Latin community. The Trustees
Award
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.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:

Lucecita Benítez began her career as a young Puerto Rican star, a
protagonist of the Nueva Ola pop phenomenon. But her
subsequent discovery of the socially conscious nueva trova movement and
her elegant interpretation of classic boleros place Lucecita at the very
heart of everything that is soulful in Latin music. International fame
arrived in 1969 when Lucecita won the first prize in Mexico’s Festival
de la Canción Latina with the song “Génesis.” The next year, she
appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and toured the United States
extensively.

“I feel deeply honored by The Latin Recording Academy’s
recognition of my career of more than five decades in this wonderful
industry. Receiving such an important prize brings me unequalled pride
in the work that I have enjoyed and loved all my life. But above all, it
gives me the satisfaction of having faced it with the dignity and poise
that the times required of me. Many thanks to The Latin Academy of
Recording Arts & Sciences
®
for allowing me to experience this great moment in my life.”— Lucecita
Benítez

Lush, soulful, and sophisticated, the songs of singer/songwriter and
guitarist João Bosco are an essential part of the música popular
brasileira (MPB) movement — the fusion of traditional formats with jazz,
rock and funk that blossomed in Brazil in the ’60s and ’70s. An artist
of seemingly unlimited imagination, Bosco is a Latin GRAMMY winner and
has received eight Latin GRAMMY nominations. He continues touring
internationally and recording to this day.

“It's good to know the way in which we have traversed these many
years — and many times we did it in obscurity — is illuminated by the
ray of light that reveals us and fills us with pride and gratitude.
Thank you for this distinction and honor." — João Bosco

Ilan Chester has transformed a deep mystical devotion and his
fascination with many different sounds into a long-lasting career of
staggering variety and depth. A multitalented singer/songwriter and
musician, Chester grew up listening to Venezuelan folk, Afro-Caribbean
dance formats, British progressive rock, and American R&B, all of which
would play a part in his own music. He received a Latin GRAMMY for Best
Folk Album for 2010’s Tesoros De La Música Venezolana.

“I must admit that the phone call I received from The Latin
Recording Academy informing me of the decision to award me special
recognition for my musical career was quite a surprise. I am deeply
grateful.”— Ilan Chester

Born in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Monserrat in 1947, Víctor
Heredia
enjoyed success early in his career when his composition
“Para Cobrar Altura” was celebrated at the annual Cosquín Folk Festival
in 1967. In 1986, he released his most ambitious work to date: Taki
Ongoy
, a concept album about the conquest of the Americas from the
point of view of the vanquished indigenous people. Now an established
master of Latin song, Heredia is celebrated as a living legend.

“I feel great joy because of this incredibly kind gesture toward
my career as an artist of the people. Thank you to The Latin Recording
Academy! You fill me with excitement and give me the strength to
continue.” —
Víctor Heredia

Los Del Río’s Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones
were teenagers when they joined forces to appear on a radio show in
their native Sevilla, Spain. The year was 1962, and the two friends
decided to perform under the name Los Del Río, launching a career of
flamenco pop music in Spain during the ’70s and ’80s, they boasted the
same infectious sense of joy and warm sonics that would later define
their 1993 global hit “Macarena.” “Macarena” went on to sell millions of
copies worldwide, staying on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 14
consecutive weeks and igniting a dance craze that is still fondly
remembered in dance clubs around the globe. Far from being one-hit
wonders, Los Del Río have spent decades honing a distinctive sound —
life affirming, irrepressibly melodic — forever in touch with their
Spanish roots.

“For us it is a great honor to be recognized by the most universal
of music awards. Thank you.” — Los Del
o

Few artists in the vast landscape of Mexican music have managed the
seemingly impossible task of switching effortlessly between genres,
formats, and languages, and selling millions of records while
maintaining a distinct identity. Guadalupe Pineda is one of them, and
her dazzling voice is at the heart of her one-of-a-kind success story.
Pineda recorded 30 albums devoted to mariachi, bolero, operatic arias — Mi
Corazón Se Abre A Tu Voz/Arias de Ópera,
2002, and French pop
classics — Francia Con Sabor Latino, 2008. During her career she
has shared the stage with a diverse group of singers such as Plácido
Domingo, Natalia Lafourcade, and Mercedes Sosa. Pineda teamed up with
fellow Latin singers Eugenia León and Tania Libertad for a series of
sold-out shows in 2016, a collaboration that led to a Best Long Form
Music Video Latin GRAMMY nomination. Pineda continues to record, with a
new album release scheduled for 2018.

“I am deeply grateful to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,
after 43 years of singing and working in music, proudly representing the
art and culture of Mexico and of our Latin American nations. I am
touched and inspired to continue along this wonderful path. I
congratulate my colleagues who are sharing in this great honor.”—
Guadalupe Pineda

One listen to “Juliana” — the transcendental hit by Cuco Valoy
is enough to illustrate the place of honor that this Dominican
singer/songwriter occupies within the history of Afro-Caribbean music.
“Juliana” is a prime example of classic salsa at its best, complete with
electrifying brass riffs, clave-infused percussion and a swinging piano
line. Most notably, Valoy can easily switch from authentic salsa grooves
to merengue beats and rootsy “cha cha chá” — making him one of the most
versatile performers in tropical music. A true master of Afro-Caribbean
rhythms, Valoy continues to tour and receive recognition and awards
around the world.

“To me, the Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest award that
can be given to a musician over the course of a career. It is an honor
to be recognized by colleagues and peers in the industry. The years have
been long, but well spent. Thank you to The Latin Recording Academy and
to the fans who find pleasure in my songs.”— Cuco Valoy

2017 Trustees Award Honorees:

Decades ago, Latin music was forever changed in New York when a young
generation of musicians fused the raucous grooves of Cuban music with a
dash of R&B, jazz, rock, and psychedelia. Known as the salsa explosion
of the ’70s, this movement found legends such as Ray Barretto, Ruben
Blades, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, and Héctor Lavoe recording some of the
best albums of their careers. The man who sat behind the controls for
most of these sessions — the quintessential recording engineer of the
salsa experience — was Jon Fausty. Following the salsa explosion,
he continued working with the genre’s most innovative artists, producing
albums for Los Van Van and Eddie Palmieri, and collaborating with Steve
Lillywhite on David Byrne’s Rei Momo. With six GRAMMY Awards®,
five Latin GRAMMY Awards and seven Latin GRAMMY nominations, Fausty
continues to produce and engineer and is sought out by Latin music’s
best.

“I feel extremely grateful and humbled that The Latin Recording
Academy’s Board of Trustees has elected me in 2017 to receive this
recognition for the contributions I have made to the music recording
industry over the course of my career.”— Jon Fausty

If the ’60s and ’70s were a time of absolute creative splendor for the
art of the movie soundtrack, Argentinian born Lalo Schifrin is
one of its all-time masters. Seeped in gorgeous melodies and melancholy
moods, informed by jazz and the avant-garde, his compositions for cinema
and television remain today a paragon of sophistication. A true
Renaissance man of 20th century music, Schifrin is also a jazz pianist,
skillful arranger, orchestra conductor, and composer of virtuoso taste
and eclecticism. Releasing a variety of new music through his own label,
Aleph Records, Schifrin continues actively composing and recording and
has received one Latin GRAMMY as well as four GRAMMY Awards.

“Your generosity in granting me the Trustees Award is an honor
that touches me profoundly. Thank you very much for this distinction,
which emphasizes my heritage as a Latin composer and performer from
Argentina.” — Lalo Schifrin

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. Central) on Univision.

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ABOUT THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY:

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based
organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording
artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and
technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to
improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and
its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor
excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording
Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music
community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.


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