The Colombian star earned a Latin Grammy last November which he dedicated to his family, his country and President Obama. Getty

Last November 20, Carlos Vives won a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album for “Más + Corazón Profundo” (for which he also won a Grammy). During his acceptance speech, the singer mentioned he’d received praise from three of his great idols, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Julio Iglesias, 15 years ago on the night he’d earned the most nominations, but didn’t win. “Now, I receive this 15 years later in a most special way and share this with my family. This is for Colombia,” said Vives as the crowd cheered. Next he went on to dedicate the award “especially to President Obama.” (To watch the full acceptance speech, click here.)

A few months later, Carlos Vives received a personalized letter from Obama, thanking him for dedicating his award to him. The Colombian star took to his Twitter page to announce the honor by saying, “We received this letter from Barack Obama which honors and brings us enthusiasm to keep working for inclusion.” The letter from the President thanked the singer for his “thoughtful gesture” as well as his services as the first USAID Inclusion Ambassador. Obama then went on to explain how he plans to fix the nation’s “broken immigration system.”

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