Gloria and Emilio Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Award

Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m.

PASADENA, CA; FEBRUARY 1, 2019 — The Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced the talent and broadcast plans for Emilio & Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a PBS music special honoring Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The program will premiere Friday, May 3, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world. This will be the first time the Gershwin Prize will be awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.

The event is taping on March 13, 2019 at the
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, DC and
is being produced by WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s
capital; Bounce, a division of Concord
Music Group; and the Library of Congress; in association with Latino Public
Broadcasting. The event will feature performances by Gloria Estefan, as
well as Jose
Feliciano, Il Volo, Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Emily Estefan, and original
cast members of “On Your Feet!”, and a special presentation by Quincy Jones
— with Rita Moreno and Andy Garciaas
hosts (program subject to change). More talent will be announced in advance of
the tape date. Gregg Field will be music director; he most recently won an Emmy
Award for his music direction of last year’s special, Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song. During this year’s event, the Estefans
will be presented the Gershwin Prize by Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress,
and a delegation of Members of Congress.

The Library of Congress
Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary songwriting
team of George and Ira Gershwin. The prize is given annually to a composer or
performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence
associated with the Gershwins. The Gershwin Prize was first awarded to Paul
Simon in 2007, followed by Stevie Wonder in 2009, Sir Paul McCartney in 2010,
the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 2012, Carole King in
2013, Billy Joel in 2014, Willie Nelson in 2015, Smokey Robinson in 2016 and
Tony Bennett in 2017.

“WETA is thrilled to bring
this performance honoring Emilio and Gloria Estefan to the public,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO
of WETA. “The Estefans’ extraordinary music has immeasurably enriched our
nation’s cultural life, and we are proud to join the Library of Congress in
sharing this event with all Americans.”

“The Estefans’
extraordinary career has left an indelible mark on American music and culture,”
said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “PBS is excited to share this
very special evening with our viewers, and we’re delighted to celebrate the
important contributions of Latino and Latina artists to our country.”

“CPB is proud to support this program
celebrating and sharing the musical legacy of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The
Gershwin Prize is the most prestigious award given by the Library of Congress
to honor artists who have promoted cultural understanding through song, a
recognition of the Estefans’ unique contributions to American music,” said Pat
Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“The music
created by Emilio and Gloria Estefan makes you want to listen to the beat and
get on your feet,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “They are the
creative force behind the popularity of music steeped in the Latino culture.
This dynamic couple’s professional and personal journey truly mirrors the
American dream, and we are so pleased to honor their musical legacy.”

The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural
diversity of the American musical experience. They are musical auteurs,
creating a unique sound of Latin rhythms that transcends cultural boundaries,
parlaying their creative genius into entrepreneurship and community activism,
and propelling the careers of many of today’s Latino artists to stardom. During
their more than 30-year career, they have built a musical empire and made
listening to Cuban-infused music one of America’s favorite pastimes.

“From the moment I started singing, I was drawn to
the iconic songs of the immensely talented Gershwin brothers and have had the
privilege to record several of them,” said Gloria Estefan. “I am deeply
honored, along with Emilio Estefan, my beloved husband of 40 years, to be the
2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
This award celebrates lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of
musical expression and cultural understanding, and we feel privileged to have
been able to live our lives making and sharing music. We are profoundly humbled
to have been chosen for this singular accolade.”

“My life and career in music has been a
blessing, and I’m humbled by this amazing honor and to be sharing it with my
wife,” said Emilio Estefan. “I can only hope that our careers will influence a new generation of
songwriters and producers. Throughout
my career, my wish has always been to inspire minorities and to be an example
that with hard work and dedication, all your dreams can come true.”

Married since
1978, the Cuban-American Estefans started their extraordinary rise to global
fame in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine, creating a unique sound that blended
Latin and pop rhythms. Many of their iconic hits — including “Conga,” “Turn the
Beat Around,” “Get on Your Feet” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” — reflected the
perfect marriage of creative lyrics, high-octane rhythms and spirited vocals. In
March 2018, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” was named to the National Recording
Registry, an exclusive group of sound recordings selected for preservation
because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to the nation’s
audio heritage.

The Estefans have
both been named BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” and have garnered 26 Grammy
Awards between them. Their life story and music were showcased in the Tony
Award-nominated Broadway musical “On Your Feet!,” which they executive
produced. In addition to their musical talents, they are also successful
entrepreneurs, philanthropists and humanitarians. The Estefans have received
numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Gloria Estefan is one of the most successful crossover artists in Latin
music history. She is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter,
actress and author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books.
She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and achieved 38 #1 hits
across the Billboard charts. Her many achievements are a testament to her
popularity: an Academy Award-nominated recording, “Music of My Heart;” a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Spain’s Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts;
and a National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress, among others.
She is scheduled to release a new album the first quarter of 2019.

Emilio Estefan, a 19-time Grammy
Award winner, is a musician, songwriter, record and television producer,
best-selling author, filmmaker and cultural ambassador. He has shaped and
directed the careers of many musical talents, including Shakira, Ricky Martin,
Marc Anthony, Jon Secada and Jennifer López. He was one of the founding
leaders of the Latin Grammy Awards, inducted into the Latin Songwriters
Hall of Fame and named the first “Person of the Year” by the Latin Academy
of Recording Arts & Sciences.  Estefan was honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented him with its
lifetime achievement award. He was selected as the second vice chair to
the Commission for the National Museum of the American Latino by President
Barack Obama. President George W. Bush also appointed him as a member of
the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities.

The Estefans
and the other performing artists will be joined by a house band led by music
director Gregg Field.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
has been produced by WETA for PBS since
2007, with the support of PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. From June 2007 to the most recent broadcast in
January 2018, these events have honored the musical genius of Paul Simon,
Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King,
Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, and Tony Bennett. The talented
line-ups celebrating the honorees have included Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Wayne Brady, Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges,
Michael Bublé, Elvis Costello, Gloria
Estefan, Ana Gabriel, CeeLo Green, Josh
Groban, Faith Hill, Jamey Johnson, the Jonas Brothers, Diana Krall, Cyndi
Lauper, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride, John
Mellencamp, Micah Nelson and Lukas Nelson
& Promise of the Real, Corinne Bailey Rae,
LeAnn Rimes, Emeli Sandé, Jerry Seinfeld,
Esperanza Spalding, James Taylor, Jack White,, Vanessa
Williams, Bruce Willis, Stevie
Wonder, Neil Young, and Buckwheat Zydeco.

Emilio & Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress
Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
is a co-production of WETA Washington, DC; Bounce, a division of
Concord Music Group; and the Library of Congress; in association with Latino
Public Broadcasting. The executive producers are Dalton Delan, Carla
Hayden and Michael Strunsky.  The
producers are Bounce’s Tim Swift, Gregg Field, and, for the Library of
Congress, Susan H. Vita and Jarrod MacNeil.  Major
funding for the broadcast is provided by the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding is provided
by The Leonore S. Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the Library of Congress
Trust Fund Board; and Buffy Cafritz, Tom Girardi and Marjorie Fisher Furman.
Air transportation is provided by United Airlines.

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