KFIX Rock News: Carlos Santana To Get Kennedy Center Honor After Protest By Hispanic Group

santanainWASHINGTON (AP) – Last year, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts complained that the Kennedy Center had long excluded Latinos from its annual honors.

This year, Carlos Santana is one of the five people named to get the award.

Coincidence? Depends on how you look at it. The criticism of the group led the Center to change its selection process this year – and brought in a new committee of artists and officials to narrow the choices.

Show producer George Stevens Junior says Santana has been a contender in recent years because of his strong credentials as an artist.

Santana swept the 2000 Grammy Awards in nine categories with his album “Supernatural.”

He has also said that mainstream institutions should give more recognition to Latino artists.

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