It is the
first time a Portuguese artist is awarded this prize that distinguishes
legendary figures of world music whose legacy magnifies the universal cultural
The Lifetime Achievement Awards is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy's Board of Trustees to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers.
"Hailing from Portugal, singer Carlos do Carmo is one of the greatest fado singers of his time. His mother, legendary singer Lucilia do Carmo, played a great influence in her son's career, which has lasted more than 50 years. While fado has been the core of his music, do Carmo's distinctive manner of singing due to the special timber of his voice along with his personal affinity for French pop balladry and Brazilian bossa nova mixed to create an unmistakable and definitive style distinguishing him as one of the most iconic voices of Portuguese music.
Among his vast repertoire of songs, he is most recognized for “Lágrimas De Orvalho" "Lisboa Menina E Moça" and "Canoas Do Tejo." Carmo has received international acclaim and has performed to sold out crowds in landmark venues such as the Olympia in Paris, Alte Oper Frankfurt or the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He played a key role in making Fado part of UNESCO's World Heritage Cultural Patrimony via his countless concerts, recordings and participation in director Carlos Saura's 2007 film Fados. He continues touring actively.” as described by the Academy.