In her speech, the Cuban invited the public to follow their dreams because “it is never too late”, since at the age of 94 she released her first album and at 95 won its first award
Ángela assured that her nomination was an incredible surprise, she even scolded her grandson because she thought it was a joke (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
In the 23rd edition of the Latin Grammys , Ángela Álvarez became the longest-serving winner to be awarded in the Best New Artist category, as she is 95 years old.
This Thursday night the Ángela Álvarez's name resounded at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the Latin Grammy 2022 takes place, as she turned out to be the winner in the categoryBest New Artist, where she competed against singers up to the age of 17.
Together with Silvana Estrada, who was also announced as the winner of the same category, took the podium and surprised thousands by being the longest-serving person to receive this award.
“I would like to thank the Academy and everyone those who have helped me get to this moment”
Congratulations! Ángela Álvarez and @silvanaestradab Best New Artist 🎶👏👏👏 #LatinGRAMMY pic.twitter.com/SdbTRnFfW9
— The Latin Recording Academy/Latin GRAMMYs (@LatinGRAMMYs) November 18, 2022
Ángela took the stage with the help of her grandson and producer, Carlos José Álvarez, and gave a speech that sought to encourage the public to, like her, persist in achieving their dreams.
“I want to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved homeland, Cuba, which I will never be able to forget. Also to those who have not realized their dream; Although life is difficult, there is always a way out and with faith and love they can achieve it. I promise you it's never too late ”
Ángela Álvarez made it to the Grammys thanks to her album released in 2021, Angela Alvarez , which contains 15 songs that were produced by his grandson. This album was successful and reached thousands of people when he began to share details of his life and wowed the jury of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Álvarez was able to fulfill her dream of recording her songs until she was 89 years old (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
And since she was a child, Ángela's dream was to become a singer since her mother and aunts they taught her to play different instruments and, from this, she learned to compose.
In her adulthood, Álvarez started a family, had three children, but was forced to to leave Cuba and migrate to the United States, where she dedicated herself to taking care of children and also came to sing in a church choir.
When her grandson, Carlos José, grew up, he noticed the extensive catalog of songs that his grandmother had, since the singer had written almost 50 songs. Carlos José felt so interested in Ángela's music that he looked for a way not to let those songs be lost in oblivion.
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In 2016, when Ángela was 89 years old, her grandson suggested that she release an album with some of her songs. She, hesitant, did not want to accept at first, but accepted because she was not losing trying to fulfill the dream of her life.
Finally, in 2021 Angela Álvarez, her first album. With him she conquered the public and her music reached Andy García , whom she inspired so much that she asked her to make a documentary of her life, Miss Ángela.
All this led to the Cuban to be nominated for the 2022 Latin Grammys and, from the beginning, she felt sure that she would win the award, because while her competition was no more than 30 years old, she is close to 95.
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“The guys who are nominated with me are young, they can keep fighting. If they lose now, they can try again because they still have a long way to go. But I can't try again… I still have five years left to turn 100!”, he said in an interview with El Mundo.
Ángela Álvarez is the oldest woman to receive a Grammy.