Latin Recording Academy Honoring Luz Casal and Rita Moreno, Among Others

The Latin Recording Academy is honoring several artists from around the globe, including Spanish singer/songwriter Luz Casal, Argentinian crooner Leo Dan, Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno and Brazil’s Milton Nascimento during a November ceremony at Latin Grammy week in Las Vegas, Billboard reports.

Also being recognized for their work includes Mexican singer/actress/host Daniela Romo, Latin jazz bandleader/salsa singer Poncho Sanchez and Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Toquinho, known for his contributions to popular music in his native country.

The Academy this year will also present Trustees Awards to flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona “Habichuela” and Puerto Rican-born Yomo Toro (“The King of the Cuatro”), who has a career span of 60 years and has collaborated with artists like Hector Lavoe, Linda Ronstadt and Harry Belafonte.

“This year’s exceptional group of honorees not only beautifully represent our diverse music communities but exemplify the meaning of being a true pioneer of one’s craft as well as being internationally recognized within their respective musical genres,” Latin Recording Academy president/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement.

The Trustees Award is a special prize that trustees give to individuals who have made “significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording during their careers.” The Lifetime Achievement award is given to performers who have made “creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers.”

The awards will be presented at the Four Seasons Las Vegas on Nov. 14, a day prior to the Latin Grammys.

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