José Cid Awarded Latin Grammy Award for “Musical Excellence”

The distinction to the Portuguese musician was announced this Thursday and the prize will be awarded in Las Vegas on November 13.

José Cid will receive a Latin Grammy for “musical excellence”. This award is “awarded to artists who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to Latin music,” read on the Academy page.

The award will be presented in Las Vegas, United States, on November 13.

“José Cid effortlessly adapted the influence of Anglo folk music to the original style of Portuguese pop-rock. In 1956, the emergence of his cover band Os Babies marked a” before and after “moment for pop-rock in Portugal. his next group, Quartet 1111, created the foundations of Portuguese rock, with a strong psychedelic tone and innovative releases, such as the huge 1967 hit “The Legend of El-King D. Sebastião.” Continuing as a solo artist, in 1978 launched 10000 Years Later Between Venus and Mars, considered a masterpiece of progressive rock, reaching a new stage of musical maturity in the 1980s, Cid transformed his songbook from the roots of Portugal into the wonderful Fado de Semper. he continues to be a major concert attraction in Portugal, releasing new songs and live concert albums, “adds the Academy.

In a message on the social network Facebook, José Cid has already reacted to the award, considering it the most important “of just over 50 years of career as a musician and poet”.

“I am also happy that Portuguese pop-rock, always so unable to cross borders, is recognized at this level. Congratulations to all my colleagues who write and sing in Portuguese,” he says, praising the recognition he has always received from the Portuguese public.

Fado singer Carlos do Carmo was the first Portuguese to receive a Latin Grammy in 2014.

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