Emilio and Gloria Estefan will obtain this 12 months’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The energy couple, who can be celebrated at a gala live performance in March, usher in two firsts for the prize: This 12 months marks the primary time it has been awarded to a married couple and the primary time it's awarded to musicians/songwriters of Hispanic descent.
“Emilio and Gloria Estefan… are the inventive power behind the recognition of music steeped within the Latino tradition,” mentioned Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “This dynamic couple’s skilled and private journey really mirrors the American dream and we’re so happy to honor their musical legacy."
Married since 1978, the Cuban-American Estefans catapulted to international fame in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine, creating a singular sound that blended Latin and pop rhythms that pulsed via hits together with “Conga,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Get on Your Feet” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.”
The Estefans had been every named BMI’s songwriter of the 12 months and between them have garnered 26 Grammys. Their life story and music had been showcased within the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical On Your Feet!, which they govt produced. In addition to their musical abilities, they’re additionally profitable entrepreneurs, philanthropists and humanitarians.
Gloria Estefan is having a banner 12 months of acknowledgment by the vaunted cultural establishments of the nation’s capital. This previous December, Gloria was inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors. She additionally was a part of the ensemble who final 12 months feted 2017's Gershwin Prize tribute to Tony Bennett.
The Estefans will obtain the prize at an all-star tribute live performance in March in Washington, D.C., that can later be aired on PBS.