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Monday October 22, 2018

From NBC News

Chucho Valdés, Gloria Trevi among stars honored at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards
By: Erika Angulo

Legendary Latin singers and the lesser-known songwriters who have made them famous were honored at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards. Six-time Grammy winner and jazz pianist Chucho Valdés, acclaimed ballad singer Raphael and Argentine-American singer-songwriter Claudia Brant were among the award recipients at the 6th annual event, which took place Thursday night. In partnership with Spotify, it’s designed to recognize the accomplishments of performers and songwriters across the Latin music industry.

[…] Chucho Valdés added another award to his long list of prizes. Already the recipient of six Grammys and three Latin Grammys, the piano virtuoso described the new honor as “an incentive after 60 years of work and a lot of sacrifices.”

With his 12-year-old son Julián by his side, Valdés thanked his father, celebrated pianist Bebo Valdés, for inspiring him to make his dreams come true. Bebo Valdes fled Cuba in 1960 for Sweden and died there at the age of 94. The son stayed behind and did not see his dad for 40 years, but he holds no grudges. “I owe my father everything, my life, my career,” Valdés said.

One of the tracks of Valdés’ upcoming album, “100 Years of Bebo,” pays homage to his dad, who would have turned 100 this year. Valdés’s son Julian told reporters he wanted to follow in his dad’s musical footsteps. He is sharpening his skills in percussion instruments and songwriting. “I want to be a rapper,” he said.

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