Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award
International Superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful Latin crossover artist in music history.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Gloria is a successful entrepreneur alongside her husband Emilio. The couple own and operate several businesses, including a globally recognized music publishing company and a hospitality division that includes seven restaurants and two hotels (the Cardozo Hotel on South Beach and Costa d ’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach). The Estefans are also the first Cuban-American couple to own a minority share in a major NFL franchise, the Miami Dolphins.
She’s been awarded seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for an Oscar for the song “Music Of My Heart.” Gloria has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a National Artistic Achievement Award from the US Congress, and has been inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. President Obama honored Emilio and Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and to cultural endeavors.
Most recently, Gloria was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors which spotlights the extraordinary careers of artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America.
She is the founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose mission is to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children, and empower young people through education and opportunity. The Foundation also supports spinal cord research through the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.