Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2014 Nominees Include Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra: See Who Else Made The List!

Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Press Conference
Alex Matos, Luis Enrique, Desmond Child, Julio Iglesias Jr., Isa Souza and Rudy Perez attend the Press Conference to announce nominees for 2014 Induction to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in Miami on January 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Wireimage

The Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame is an organization founded by Desmond Child and Rudy Perez under the auspices of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York. Their mission is to educate, preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the greatest Latin songwriters from all over the world and their music in every genre while developing and inspiring new songwriters through workshops, showcases, scholarships and digital initiatives.  

Perez and Child wanted to create an organization exclusively devoted to recognizing and spotlighting the artistic achievements of Latin music makers. This year marks the second induction to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the nominees were announced yesterday, Jan. 28 at a press conference held in Miami. Five nominees will be selected and inducted to the Hall of Fame, and will receive a La Musa Award.

Luis Enrique, Julio Iglesias Jr., Alex Matos, Rene Lavan, and Isa Souza, among others, were some of the celebrities who attended the press conference at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. Although, the location for this year’s induction was Miami Beach, this year’s location hasn’t been disclosed yet, but it was announced that it will take place in the fall. The public will be able to vote for their favorite composers by becoming members of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, free of charge. Just enter the website and register at LatinSongHall.com. The voting period already began and will end at midnight on April 27, 2014.

And the nominees are:

SINGER/SONGWRITERS

Alberto Cortez (Argentina)

Roberto Carlos (Brazil)

Gloria Estefan (Cuba)

Álvaro Torres (El Salvador)

Joan Manuel Serrat (Spain)

Ricardo Arjona (Guatemala)

Juan Gabriel (México)

Rubén Blades (Panamá)

Gian Marco (Perú)

Willie Colón (Puerto Rico)

Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican Republic)

Franco De Vita (Venezuela)

COMPOSERS

Robert Livi (Argentina)

Lalo Schifrin (Argentina)

Héctor Ochoa Cárdenas (Colombia)

Jorge Luis Piloto (Cuba)

Alejandro Jaén (Spain)

Rafael Pérez Botija (Spain)

Rubén Fuentes (México)

Lolita De La Colina (México)

Omar Alfanno (Panamá)

Johnny Ortiz (Puerto Rico)

Rafael Solano (Dominican Republic)

José Enrique "Chelique" Sarabia (Venezuela)

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.