"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 a charity dedicated to raising funds for underprivileged students wishing to study music.

Celia Cruz

"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 a charity dedicated to raising funds for underprivileged students wishing to study music.

GRAMMY Award Results for Celia Cruz

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Nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
 
Wins
Best Salsa/Merengue Album
Regalo Del Alma
 
Wins
Best Salsa Album
La Negra Tiene Tumbao
 
Nominations
Best Salsa Album
Celia Cruz And Friends: A Night Of Salsa (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Mi Vida Es Cantar (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Guantanamera (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Irrepetible (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Album
Azucar Negra (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Album
Tributo A Ismael Rivera (Album)
 
Wins
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Ritmo En El Corazon
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
The Winners (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Homenaje A Beny More - Vol. III (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
De Nuevo (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Tremendo Trio (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Latin Recording
Eternos (Album)