Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano is one of the recipients of the The Latin Recording Academy’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, World Music Central reports.
Seven-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner José Feliciano has recorded nearly 70 albums, earned more than 45 gold and platinum records, toured all around the world, and is the recipient of countless prestigious awards the world over.
Feliciano, one of the huge crossover acts who paved the road for Hispanics to follow, was born in Puerto Rico and began his musical career in the streets of New York where he taught himself how to play the accordion and guitar.
Throughout his 50-year career he has given the world such compositions as “Feliz Navidad,” “Rain,” “Chico And The Man,” “Destiny,” “Ay Cariño,” “Cuando El Amor Se Acaba,” and “Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar.”
A consummate philanthropist, Feliciano established the Jose M. and Susan L. Feliciano Charitable Foundation for Children and the Arts to help give back to the community.
The Lifetime Achievement Awards is a special award presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers.