Saturday, December 2, 2017
On December 3, 2017, the Kennedy Center will hold its 40th annual national celebration of the arts – The Kennedy Center Honors. The 2017 recipients include singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, whose family brought her to the United States from Cub when she was a young child.
As Karen Heller for the Washington Post writes in a profile on Estefan:
"Estefan stayed in the United States and went on to sell 100 million albums and amass seven Grammys. Her band, the Miami Sound Machine, became the exporter of a propulsive Cuban-infused rhythmic pop, a 1980s hit factory, many of the songs co-written by Estefan: “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” and “Conga.” She became a titan of Latin music, a godmother to younger performers, an emissary of the Cuban American dream, beloved.