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Angela Alvarez, 95, wins Best New Artist Latin Grammy in history-making tie

Angela Alvarez, 95, wins Best New Artist Latin Grammy in history-making tie



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Angela Alvarez At the age of 95 on Thursday, the Latin made Grammy history by winning the award for best new artist.

The singer is tied for the category with musician and songwriter Silvana Estrada, but she already held the record going into the event with her nomination as the oldest musician nominated in the category.

“I want to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved country, Cuba, which I will never forget,” Alvarez said while accepting his award on stage at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.

The Cuban-native’s passion for music began in his youth. He was discouraged by his father from pursuing a career in music but enjoyed performing for his family. The mother of four, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 15 immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. According to Billboard.

Over the years, he sang about his life to his family and built a collection of songs he composed. With the encouragement and support of his grandson, he finally recorded and released his collection of songs in 2021.

A Latin Grammy nomination comes as a surprise to him, Alvarez CNN en Español said last month.

“I felt very, very proud to be able to tell my story, to be able to touch people who have probably been through more or similar to what I’ve been through. There are people who give up, but I didn’t give up. I’ve always fought,” she said.

Alvarez ended his speech Thursday with words of inspiration.

“For those who have not been able to achieve their dreams, even though life is hard, there is always a way and with faith and love you can achieve it, I promise you,” Alvarez said. “It’s never too late.”


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