Gloria and Emilio Estefan Join the Board
Cuban-American music superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan have joined the Berklee Board of Trustees. The Estefans came to prominence during the 1980s with their group Miami Sound Machine. Gloria is a seven-time Grammy award-winner and other awards including stars on the Hollywood and Las Vegas walks of fame, the American Music Award for lifetime achievement, and induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Both Billboard and VH1 list her as one of the top 100 greatest artists of all time and Billboard also lists her as one of the Top 30 most influential Latin artists of all time. Her catalog boasts 22 BMI Latin and Pop Awards, along with 11 BMI Million-Air Awards.
As a music producer, Emilio Estefan is a 19-time Grammy Award winner who has helped guide the careers of Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Shakira, as well as his wife’s solo career. He has produced events at The White House and numerous television events, including the Latin Grammys, and the Hispanic Heritage Awards.
In 2013, the Estefans partnered with the Nederlander Organization to produce the hit Broadway musical On Your Feet!, with its storyline based on their lives, it showcases many of their hit songs. In November 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Gloria and Emilio the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.