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Celia Cruz to Be Remembered with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

by Brian Latimer /
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If you are a Celia Cruz fan - and there are many of us - be sure to tune in to the 58th annual Grammys on February 15, when the the late Queen of Salsa will be named as a lifetime achievement award recipient. A separate ceremony for special award recipients will take place in the spring.

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Cruz is no stranger to the GRAMMYs. Before she passed away in 2003, Cruz won three Grammy awards and four Latin Grammys. She even won for Best Salsa Album after her death.

In 2005 Cruz received a Guinness World Record for the Longest Working Career as a Salsa Artist. Throughout her time on stage and in the recording studio, she created 23 gold records. Some of her most notable tracks are "La Vida es un Carnaval," "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" and, her catch phrase, "Azucar!"

 Modesto Lacen, from left, Maluma, Jeimy Osorio, La India, Yuri, and Aymee Nuviola perform a tribute to Celia Cruz at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theater on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello / AP

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Cruz's international career began when she left Cuba in July of 1960 to record in the U.S. Alongside legends like Tito Puente and Johnny Pacheco, Cruz created the "Salsa of the 70s" that made her so famous. In 1989 her "Ritmo En El Corazón" won a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance. She won her first Latin Grammy in 2000 for Best Tropical Record.

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