Angela Alvarez, 95, just won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist

Angela Alvarez, 95, just won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist
Angela Alvarez, 95, just won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist
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Angela Alvarez has been singing for over nine decades, hoping to one day become a professional musician.

Today, at 95, she has surpassed all her dreams: Alvarez has just won a Latin Grammy for best new artist. She made history Thursday night as the oldest person to win a Latin Grammy.

“To those who have yet to realize their dreams, know that even though life is hard there is always a way out and with faith and love anything can be achieved,” the original singer said. Cuban in her

. She shared the prize with Silvana Estrada, 25, a Mexican musician.

For Alvarez, the path to becoming the best new artist was far from easy. Her journey was strewn with pitfalls, starting with her father’s early disapproval of her plan to become a professional singer.

“You sing for the family, but not for the world,” she recalled telling him.

He recorded the songs of his Nana. Now, at 95, she’s nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Alvarez was also separated from her four young children for two years during a period of political turmoil in Cuba in the 1960s, and she later lost her husband and only daughter to cancer. Through it all, she never gave up on her dream of sharing her music with the world.

Her grandson, Los Angeles-based composer Carlos José Alvarez, decided to produce an album of his grandmother’s music, which was released in June 2021. He did it primarily for his family, and didn’t never anticipated what was to come next for his grandmother, who he calls ‘Nana’: a documentary film and a role in the recent ‘Father of the Bride’ reboot starring Andy Garcia.

Winning a Latin Grammy is the latest addition to Alvarez’s list of end-of-life triumphs.

“There were so many amazing surprises about it,” Carlos Alvarez, 42, told The Post. “This project is the gift that keeps on giving.”

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His grandmother’s story, he said, highlights “the need to fulfill that dream that lives in all of us.”

In her acceptance speech, Alvarez thanked her grandson, who accompanied her to the awards show in Las Vegas, and stood beside her on stage.

“He was the one who helped me get here,” she said.

Praises for Alvarez poured in on social media, as fans called him an inspiration.

“A reminder to never stop dreaming”

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“Dreams don’t get old”

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Indeed, Alvarez said in his speech, “I promise you, it’s never too late.”

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