Gloriawas part of the select group of entertainers recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors for their contribution to the development of the arts in the United States.
The ceremony was held on Saturday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
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The list of award recipients included singer Lionel Richie, hip hop artist LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de .
is the first Cuban-American artist to receive the high distinction.
“This award is the best example of what immigrants can do to contribute to the richness of this country,” Fajardo, 1933-1980] who thanked President Kennedy shortly before he was assassinated, for having taken him out of prison in Cuba [after participating in the Bay of Pigs invasion].”told the Herald on Monday. “And in the personal sphere, it represents a way of honoring my father [
The 60-year-old singer emotionally added that the award also goes to her mother, Gloria, who died in June.
On the decision of President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, not to attend the Kennedy Center event, the singer said: “I thought it was very sensible that President Donald Trump and his wife did not attend the ceremony. Otherwise, it would have become a political event and not an opportunity to pay homage to the artists.”
This is the first time in more than 20 years that a president has missed the annual celebration of artistic excellence. In August, the White House said that the presidential couple would decline the invitation so that the honorees could celebrate “without any political distraction.”
did not spend any more time talking about Trump. Instead, she is looking ahead to January when her musical “On Your Feet,” about her career beginnings with husband Emilio , “which is already being presented in the Netherlands,” will begin a run in Washington, D.C. And in 2018 she will record an album of Brazilian music.
“Christmas will be spent in Miami,” she concluded.
The ceremony will air on Tuesday, Dec. 26 on CBS, at 9 p.m.
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