Yuri, Chucho Valdes and Wilfrido Vargas Among Latin Grammys 2018 Special Award Honorees


The Latin Recording Academy has revealed the list artists who will receive the special awards at the 2018 Latin Grammys.

Presented to performers who have made unprecedented contributions outstanding artistic significance to Latin music, this year’s lifetime achievement award goes to seven artists with reputable music careers: Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas, and Yuri.

Record label executives Horacio Malvicino from Argentina and Tomás Muñoz from Spain will receive the trustees award, which is voted on by The Latin Recording Academy’s Board Trustees and merited to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than in performance, to music during their careers.

"Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefiting Ibero-American music, providing innovation, and a unique vision in favor all music lovers,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy president/CEO in a press statement on Wednesday (Aug. 29).

The honorees will be celebrated during a private ceremony on Nov. 13 in Las Vegas. The 19th Annual Latin Grammys will be broadcast live from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Univision.

Meet the lifetime achievement award honorees below.

Erasmo Carlos

Erasmo is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, who besides his remarkable solo career in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s is also known for collaborating with Roberto Carlos.


Born Jose Gomez Romero, Dyango is a Spanish musician and singer known as “The Voice Love” for his romantic ballads released in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Andy Montañez

Andy Montañez kicked f his solo career in the ‘80s after gaining international success as part El Gran Combo. Known as “El Godfather de la Salsa,” the Puerto Rican singer is one the most soulful and creative vocalists in the Afro-Caribbean genre.

José María Napoleón

Known as “El Poeta de la Cancion,” the Mexican singer-songwriter is a gem from the influential romantic ballad movement in the ‘70s. In additional to his solo career, he’s composed songs for Vicente Fernandez, Jose Jose, Pepe Aguilar, and more.

Chucho Valdés

As a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer, and arranger, Chucho Valdes’ music career spans more than five decades. In the '70s he founded the group Irakere, which became known as one the best-known Latin Jazz bands in Cuba.

Wilfrido Vargas

Dominican singer Wilfrido Vargas kicked f his music career in the ‘70s and has since blessed us with timeless merengue songs such as “El Africano,” “El Jardinero,” and “El Baile del Perrito.”


The Mexican singer and actress gained fame across Latin America in the ‘80s. Throughout Yuri's successful music career, she has sung heartfelt songs in many genres including Latin pop, tropical, rancheras, and Christian.