The First Latina Woman Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Composers
Gloria Estefan, the renowned singer, made history on Thursday, June 15, as she became the first Latina woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Composers in the United States. The prestigious event took place in New York, where Estefan expressed how music became her refuge when her family left Cuba to start a new life in a foreign country with a different language.
A Dream Come True
As the music of “Conga” filled the air, Estefan took the stage, captivating the audience who rose to their feet, moving to the rhythm of the iconic song. Overwhelmed with gratitude, the Latin star expressed her appreciation for being included in this exclusive group of composers, making her lifelong dream a reality.
Music as Therapy
Estefan shared, “Music saved my life when my family was forced to start anew. It became my therapy.” The singer-songwriter, who immigrated to the United States at the age of 16, emphasized the profound impact music had on her during challenging times.
A Memorable Evening
Accompanied by her husband Emilio and other family members, Estefan attended the event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. As she walked the red carpet, a group of devoted fans chanted her name, demonstrating their unwavering support. Even after the ceremony, they remained outside the hotel, celebrating their beloved artist.
Connecting Through Music
Throughout her career, Estefan has sold over 100 million records and received numerous accolades, including the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, bestowed upon her by President Barack Obama. She expressed how, over the years, she discovered composers whose music served as a catharsis for her pain and frustration. Furthermore, music has allowed her to connect with people worldwide.
A Grand Performance
During the event, Estefan performed a medley of songs in English. For the iconic “Conga,” she invited her 11-year-old grandson to join her on stage, creating a heartwarming moment. Her husband Emilio, reminiscent of the Miami Sound Machine era, played the congas alongside their daughter Emily.
A Reflection on a Remarkable Career
Reflecting on her journey, Estefan shared with EFE, “Time has flown by so quickly. I can’t believe I am at this point in my life. Each step has been spectacular, and I have been fortunate to share it with Emilio. Making music that touches people’s hearts and minds has been a blessing and a privilege.”
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Estefan also revealed that among her compositions, the most significant one is “Con los años que me quedan,” which she co-wrote with Emilio in the kitchen of their home. This song has become a wedding anthem worldwide and holds great sentimental value for both of them.
Desmond Child, a Cuban-origin composer known for his work on Ricky Martin’s hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” expressed his support for Estefan, referring to her as their muse. He attended the event to celebrate her achievements.
Other notable composers inducted into the Hall of Fame on this memorable evening were Glen Ballard, Jeff Lynne, Teddy Riley, and Liz Rose. Additionally, Tim Rice, known for his successful Broadway musicals alongside Lloyd Webber, and Post Malone received special recognition.
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