Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and Trustees Award were announced September 17th by The Latin Recording Academy. Alberto Cortez, Lucho Gatica, Olga Guillot, Los Tigres del Norte, Os Paralamas do Sucesso and Chavela Vargas will receive The Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. João Araújo, Leopoldo Federico, and Fernando Hernández will be honored with the Trustees Award. Recipients of these awards will be acknowledged at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7 2007, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Under the overall production of Mary Black and the musical direction of Maestro Oscar Stagnaro, a special Berklee School of Music Latin Ensemble will perform a musical tribute to the honorees.
Representing many genres from countries across the globe — from the Americas to Europe — these recipients have reached the status of living legends of Latin music," said Gabriel Abaroa, President of The Latin Recording Academy. "Through their inspiring passion, craft and vision, they have made significant contributions and improvements to the overall condition of Latin culture. The Board of Trustees of The Latin Recording Academy is extremely proud and honored to pay tribute to these creative forces as true pioneers of their time."
Lifetime Achievement Awards: This Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy's Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
Argentine singer/songwriter Alberto Cortez was only 12 years old when he wrote "Un Cigarillo, La Lluvia Y Tú," a composition that showcased his maturity and wisdom at a young age. Fifty-five years later, he has established himself as one of the most poetic songwriters in the Spanish language. His debut album came in 1960 and from then on, he produced dozens of hits including "Mi Arbol Y Yo," "En Un Rincón Del Alma," and "Cuando Un Amigo Se Va." Cortez has lived in Madrid since 1964 and today, he continues to tour and perform for thousands of fans around the world.
Born in Chile, Luis "Lucho" Gatica has enjoyed international success and earned recognition as the bolero king after relocating to Mexico in the late '50s. He has released more than 50 albums and has performed in many concerts all over the world. His versions of standards such as "El Reloj," "Contigo En La Distancia," "La Barca," and "No Me Platiques Mas" are renowned among bolero connoisseurs. Gatica is currently recording a celebration album and continues to act as a judge on the Chilean version of the hit television show "American Idol."
Olga Guillot the bolero queen (a title earned over the course of 52 best-selling albums) debuted the now renowned classic "La Gloria Eres Tú" in 1946. A few years later she went on to record "Miénteme" and "Tú Me Acostumbraste," which became hits across Latin America and earned her three consecutive awards in Cuba. In the early '60s, she settled in Mexico where she has appeared in a dozen films. In 1964, she became the first Latin artist to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall and throughout her illustrious and still active career, she has received numerous accolades from around the world.
Born in Rosa Morada, and later relocated to San Jose, Los Tigres del Norte began a career that has spanned more than three decades. The group adopted a modern approach to songwriting, emphasizing contemporary social themes common to Mexican-Americans following the tradition of the popular "Corridos." Since being signed to Fonovisa Records in the '80s, Los Tigres del Norte have released more than 50 albums, recorded more than 500 songs, appeared in more than 12 films and performed to thousands of fans throughout the United Sta