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Get on your feet — Gloria Estefan, is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient!

Miami Herald Editorial Board

Instagram photo of Gloria Estefan and her mother released when she announced her mother’s death in June.
Instagram photo of Gloria Estefan and her mother released when she announced her mother’s death in June. Gloria Estefan Instagram

Miami singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan has been tapped to receive a prestigious and uniquely American honor — she will be a Kennedy Center Honors recepient, the first Cuban-American tapped.

What an honor for Gloria — and Miami.

Whether you enjoy her music or not, our community owes Gloria and her husband, Emilio, plenty.

Not only did they pioneer the “Miami Sound” that resonated around the world, but as they became international stars, in the 1990s, they always carried Miami, their adopted home, in their hearts. They could have gone Hollywood, they didn’t. Gloria’s road to success is a purely Miami story.

It must be a bittersweet year for Gloria, who is receiving one of the highest honors given to an artist two months after her mother, Gloria Fajardo — the person that forced her to get up and sing at parties and church events when she was too shy to do so — passed away at 88. She’s the person who knew Gloria had a special talent, a special voice.

In December, when Gloria is praised at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honor for “her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts,” her mother will have been proved right — as mothers usually are.

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