From “close enemies” to happy and reconciled friends, Fito Páez and Joaquín Sabina received this Wednesday in Las Vegas (United States) the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence as a tribute to his exceptional artistic career.
Sabina and Páez shared this honor from the Latin Recording Academy along with other names in capital letters of Hispanic and Latin music such as the Brazilian Martinho da Vila, the Mexican Emmanuel, the Americans Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo, the Dominican Milly Quezada and the Puerto Rican Gilberto Santa Rosa.
This emotional event, which It was held one day before the Latin Grammy gala, had a special flavor for Sabina and Páez because of their turbulent – and then cordially resolved – history in common.
Martinho da Vila, Emmanuel, Sheila E. and their father, Pete Escovedo, Fito Páez, Millie Quezada, Joaquín Sabina and Gilberto Santa Rosa. AP Photo
The tribute to these legends was attended by numerous music stars such as Carlos Vives, Paty Cantú, Jorge Drexler, Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Capó or Leiva. The event also recognized the careers of the Mexican producer and composer Guillermo “Memo” Acosta and the Colombian accordionist Egidio Cuadrado, who received the Board of Directors Award.
Fought and reconciled
In 1998 they edited Intimate enemies, a four-handed record that, from its title, left the clear the climate of confrontation, anger and tension in which the album was produced.
The friendship and collaboration between the Spaniard and the Argentine exploded into a thousand pieces and both met with harsh attacks in the public sphere until in 2007 they finally made peace.
Joaquín Sabina and Fito Páez, in 1998, when some disagreements put her in a freezer.
Away from those years of arguments, the two praised their friendship but did not renounce their particular sense of humor. “Now I will throw some darts at him,” an amused Páez told the EFE agency, assuring that he and Sabina do not know “how to live otherwise.”
However, it was Sabina who struck with irony in her thank you speech. “I swear by my holy mother, and that Fito breaks his leg if I lie, that I had never been in an auditorium with such amount of talent together, “he said.
Laughter and tears
In a less humorous tone, Sabina pointed out on the red carpet that she was “especially” happy to obtain this honorary distinction with Páez. “I haven’t seen him for a long time. I met him on the plane coming from Miami and it was a great joy.”
Both Páez and Sabina underlined the pride that comes with winning an award for a lifetime and delivered by colleagues in the music industry in the framework of the Latin Grammy.
“It’s as if they almost sent you to the cemetery …”, joked the author of Tecknicolor butterfly in the prelude to the event. “No, it is received with joy and gratitude. It is beautiful to be in this situation and a great privilege. I hope they don’t regret it before they give it to me, “he added with a smile.
For her part, Sabina pulled her usual sarcasm and rogue attitude and maintained on stage that she was delighted that this tribute was in Las Vegas.
Fito Páez receives the Latin Grammy. AP Photo
“For a reason they call it the city of sin and I have been a bit addicted to sin. It is the city that never sleeps and I am still wide awake. The only thing that I am not going to fulfill about the wonderful slogans of this city is the ‘What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas’, since I am going to show this award to everyone, “he said with a laugh.
Sabina remembered the music professionals who were left “speechless” and without work because of the pandemic. “This award is also dedicated to those behind the scenes and their families,” he said.
King Fito’s speech
“Oh God! I come from the city of Rosario, I am a very lucky man, I do not like false modesty, so what I am going to say is real. I have been fortunate to be part of the great Argentine artistic music laboratory“, began in his thanks Fito.
“By letting me into their rehearsal rooms, Litto Nebbia, Luis Alberto Spinetta and Charly García, who were three mentors of the invention of modern Argentine and American music, I feel part of a link in the entire American treasure that was created and invented throughout the continent and somehow I have nothing but gratitude, gratitude and joy, “he continued.
Tribute to Charly Garcia by Fito Paez at the Teatro Colón. Photos Emmanuel Fernández
“I feel like I kind of hit it off on the rebound, because of course, when you’re there in the room and Charly García is holding up your fingers and it tells you that the eleventh can be played or the F fourth can be played with far fewer notes than I was playing… “, he said.
And he added: “O Luis Alberto Spinetta tells you that you have to do a string arrangement for such an orchestra, or such a thing, well … all that obviously puts you in a situation of privilege and great responsibility “.
“I didn’t know that at the time, because I was very young when I was with them, but somehow, the musical language is so strong, and it marks both the lives of people, both in the makers and in the listeners.”
And he concluded: “Receive this award for me it’s really a responsibility on the one handOn the other hand, when they called me from the academy, I clearly thought, well, they are calling me to return all the awards they gave me, obviously I was wrong. So, with great gratitude, love and joy, I receive this precious award and I dedicate it to my son Martin and my daughter Margarita. “
Reference from clarin