46th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Best Salsa/Merengue Album
Regalo Del Alma
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"Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life."
- Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso on Oct. 21, 1925, in Havana, Cuba. Died July 16, 2003, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
- Cruz reached international fame in 1974 with Celia Y Johnny, a collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer/bandleader Johnny Pacheco that spawned "Quimbara," one of her signature hits.
- Cruz's 1986 album, Ritmo En El Corazon, brought home her first career GRAMMY for Best Tropical Latin Performance at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards.
- She won Salsa Performance for Celia Cruz And Friends: A Night Of Salsa at the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000.
- The Queen of Salsa was posthumously presented with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
- She also founded the Celia Cruz Foundation, a nonprofit charity dedicated to raising funds for underprivileged students wishing to study music.