ILMHFInternational Latin Music Hall of Fame (New York, NY)
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Hernandez announced the ILMHF 2004 inductees as Edmundo Ros, Ismael Miranda, Eddy Zervigon, Gato Barbieri, Adalberto Santiago, Julito Rodriguez, Bebo Valdes and Lydia Mendoza.
Joe Hernandez, president and founder of the nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax exempt ILMHF, is dedicated to honoring those who have contributed to and supported the global growth of Latin music.
The audience, which included a virtual "who's who" of Latin music, was treated to performances by the ILMHF Ensemble, and all-star line-up including Alfredito Valdes, Jr.
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco were awarded ILMHF Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The ILMHF Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco, and Larry Harlow will receive the Benny More Memorial Award.
The ILMHF is partly sponsored by White Rose Foods, Kraft/Nabisco, Nestle's USA, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Hennessy, and Pioneer and Met Supermarkets.
For more information, visit the ILMHF website at www.
The ILMHF Ensemble, which accompanied ballad singer Paloma and the other performers during the evening, was comprised of Alfredito Valdes, Jr.
A stunning and spectacular display was that of Graciela, a recipient of the ILMHF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Also receiving ILMHF Induction Awards will be Libertad Lamarque, Lucho Gatica, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Hector Casanova, Maso Rivera, Ruth Fernandez, Tite Curet Alonso, Ruben Blades, Wilfredo Vargas, Rafael Solano, Tata Guines, Candido, Patato Valdes, Armando Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Olga Guillot, Buena Vista Social Club, Little Ray Romero, Yayo "El Indio", Vitin Aviles, and Andy Montanez.
The ILMHF will be naming a special award in Tito Puente's name at next year's ceremony.
It was an incredible evening of music and history as the ILMHF inducted 34 musical legends.