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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive President's Merit Award at Latin Grammys

Just weeks after the successful release of “Almost Like Praying,” his single to benefit Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with the Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his “outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.”

Miranda will receive his award, which is not a yearly honor and has been given only to a very limited group of individuals, during the Latin Grammy telecast, airing Nov. 16 on the Univision Network.

“Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead,” said Latin Recording Academy president/CEO Gabriel Abaroa. “He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Receive President’s Merit Award at Latin Grammys: Exclusive [Billboard]

Just weeks after the successful release of “Almost Like Praying,” his single to benefit Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with the Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his “outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.”

Miranda will receive his award, which is not a yearly honor and has been given only to a very limited group of individuals, during the Latin Grammy telecast, airing Nov. 16 on the Univision Network.

“Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead,” said Latin Recording Academy president/CEO Gabriel Abaroa. “He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Colonel Eduardo Abaroa Hidalgo, picture Tony Montana from Scarface dressed like a Johnny Depp character. Abaroa was a Bolivian superhero during the War of the Pacific between Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. After a standoff with Chile at the Battle of Topater…he was out of ammo and nearly dead, but still refused to give up the fight. Abaroa [told the Chileans], “Surrender? Your grandmother should surrender, you bastard!” And no, that phrase isn’t gaining something in translation. Even in Spanish, it means exactly what you think. Abaroa was surrounded and facing certain death, and with his last words he screamed, “Your mother!”

THE AFTERMATH: He died a martyr to his country and was commemorated with federal buildings, a national holiday and some seriously inappropriate stamps to put on your letters to grandma.

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