The late singer will be receiving a Grammy lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy, according to Billboard. Cruz, who died in 2003, won three Grammys and four Latin Grammys during her amazing career. Some of the songs that we love are “Azucar,” “La Vida es un Carnaval,” “La Negra Tiene Tumbao,” and many more.
Cruz – who perhaps has one of the most recognizable versions of “Guantanamera”– got her start in the 1940s with La Sonora Matancera in a pre-Castro Cuba. She had 23 gold albums, brought salsa to the masses, and reigned as its Queen for decades, which means that coming in 13 years after her death, the Recording Academy is slipping. In comparison, her frequent collaborator Tito Puente was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 – three years after his death.
Other artists that will also receive a Grammy lifetime achievement award are Ruth Brown, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Run-D.M.C. A concert and ceremony will be held to honor these amazing talents but the date is still unknown.
Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso also known by her stage name Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban singer of latin music. The most popular latin artist of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. She was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa”, “La Guarachera de Cuba”, as well as The Queen of Latin Music.
She spent much of her career working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said “Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music“.