Gloria Estefan Inducted Into Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame: "I Am So Honored and Blessed"

It was a night of glitz at the Ritz for the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's La Musa Awards Gala. The swanky hotel was filled with big names from the Latin music world, including producers and songwriters (and LSHOF cofounders) Desmond Child and Rudy Perez, as well as David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, and Jon Secada.

Miami's own Gloria Estefan was among the four new inductees, and the tribute to her was certainly one of the highlights of the evening.

Also receiving the honor of induction into the LSHOF were Panama's Omar Alfanno, Spain's Rafael Pérez-Botija, and Mexico's Lolita de la Colina.

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Hosted by Eglantina Zingg, the evening began promptly at 8 p.m., and Omar Alfanno was the first honoree to be inducted. Then after de la Colina and Perez-Botija received their induction awards and the other 2014 honorees received theirs, it was time for the most famous singer-songwriter of the night to get her own Musa.

"After 61 years, to do something for the first time is very difficult," Gloria's husband and longtime bandmate, Emilio, began as the couple took the stage. He described the evening as a "family reunion" for all the Latin songwriters and performers in attendance.

"For me, more than anything, I want to celebrate all these musicians, because without them we wouldn't be here... Tonight is a celebration of our Hispanic heritage, and tonight, all of us Latinos, no matter where we come from, are united."

Turning to Gloria, he sweetly said, "Babe, apart from you being a great wife, a great mother, and a great daughter, you are a great Latina. Congratulations!"

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.

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