The Latin Recording Academy took home the Arts Award, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, at our 30th Anniversary Hispanic Heritage Awards last week on September 14th at the historic Warner Theatre, in Washington, DC!
Latin Grammy winners Concha Buika and Gaby Moreno performed at the awards, along with Latin Grammy and Grammy nominated ‘Miami’s Best Latin Band,’ Locos Por Juana and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner. Luis Fonsi performed ‘Despacito,’ and was awarded with the Trailblazer Award!
President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, Gabriel Abaora JR., accepted the award on behalf of the Academy. During his speech Gabriel said, “My gratitude goes out to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Thank you for presenting the Latin GRAMMY Awards to showcase the extraordinary work of Latin music makers in the United States and around the world. Today they are the premier showcase for the diversity, relevance, and excellence of Latin music. In addition to its worldwide cultural impact, Latin music is a source of enormous pride here in the U.S., especially now, as events threaten to affect the lives of all of us who believe in freedom, justice, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Music is good for humanity: we want to be good for music. Today more than ever, Latin music is a cultural force virtually everywhere. Awards like the one we are receiving today help us enormously as we seek to support and advance it.”
The Hispanic Heritage Awards include top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute from the stage, and will broadcast nationally on Friday, October 6th (10:00 p.m. ET) on PBS, tune in and share with us your favorite moments using the #HHA30! The Awards recognize the contributions and accomplishments of leading Latino individuals and organizations in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America.
“We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors for their support of Hispanic accomplishment, vision and cultural pride,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “We are also very excited about the amazing line-up of talent that joined us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month and the value proposition Latinos offer America.”
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organized comprised of Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. Special thanks to the Latin Recording Academy for being part of our 30th Anniversary Hispanic Heritage Awards!