For the first time, two Latin artists have been added to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center Honors recipient list as announced yesterday. Opera star Martina Arroyo and rock musician Carlos Santana join formerly announced recipients.
Martina Arroyo a native from New York has Puerto Rican roots from her father. A successful soprano opera singer - who during her career span from 1960 through 1980 - has sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Paris Opera and La Scala in Milan. She has recorded more than 50 opera and classical music albums and has taught music at the University of California and Louisiana State University.
Carlos Santana is one of the most popular Mexican born rock icons there is today. With more than 100 million records sold, Santana has received numerous awards including ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy awards. He is also a successful entrepreneur with his own guitar products line and clothes and shoe line.
The last time Latins were honored was in 2002 Chita Rivera and in the year 2000 Placido Domingo.
Arroyo and Santana join already named honorees jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Billy Joel and comedian Shirley MacLaine. All five will receive the award in December at Kennedy Center Honors 36th annual ceremony.
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