Congratulations to Angela Alvarez, a Cuban abuela who on Thursday night won her first Latin Grammy for Best New Artist at the young age of 95.
Angela Álvarez made Latin Grammy history on Thursday by winning the award for best new artist at age 95.
The singer tied in the category with musician and songwriter Silvana Estrada, but she had already set a record going into the event with her nomination as the oldest musician ever nominated in the category.
“I want to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved country, Cuba, which I will never be able to forget,” Álvarez said accepting her award on stage at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas.
The Cuban-native’s passion for music began in her youth. She was discouraged from pursuing a career in music by her father but found joy performing for her family. The mother of four, grandmother of nine and the great-grandmother of 15 immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, according to Billboard.
Angela’s story is quite amazing, but only a sample of the countless stories of Cuban refugees who never gave up on their dreams. Like so many other exiles, Angela never gave up on her dream of singing or her dreams of seeing her home of Cuba free once again.
The Cuban community all over the world is proud of you, Angela! ¡Felicidades!