Angela Álvarez, 95, wins greatest new artist Latin Grammy in a history-making tie


Angela Álvarez made Latin Grammy historical past on Thursday by successful the award for greatest new artist at age 95.

The singer tied within the class with musician and songwriter Silvana Estrada, however she had already set a report going into the occasion together with her nomination because the oldest musician ever nominated within the class.

“I need to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved nation, Cuba, which I’ll by no means have the ability to neglect,” Álvarez stated accepting her award on stage on the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.

The Cuban-native’s ardour for music started in her youth. She was discouraged from pursuing a profession in music by her father however discovered pleasure performing for her household. The mom of 4, grandmother of 9 and the great-grandmother of 15 immigrated to america within the Nineteen Sixties, according to Billboard.

Over time, she sang for her household about her life and developed a group of songs she composed. On the encouragement and help of her grandson, she finally recorded and launched assortment of her songs in 2021.

The Latin Grammy nomination got here as a shock to her, Álvarez told CNN en Español last month.

“I felt very, very proud to have the ability to inform my story, to the touch individuals who have in all probability gone via the identical or greater than what I’ve gone via. There are individuals who surrender, however I didn’t surrender. I all the time fought,” she stated.

Álvarez concluded her speech on Thursday with phrases of inspiration.

“To those that haven’t fulfilled their dream, though life is tough, there may be all the time a method out and with religion and love you may obtain it, I promise you,” Álvarez stated. “It’s by no means too late.”

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