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Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, is still making headlines 11 years after her death. The Cuban salsa singer became the first Latin artist to receive an honor on the Walk of Legends at New York’s Apollo Theater. The honor was celebrated during a concert that marked the 50th anniversary of her first appearance at the Apollo.

Cuban singer Lucrecia and Dominican salsa musician Jose Alberto, known as “El canario,” performed some of Cruz’s most famous songs

Cruz left Cuba in 1960 and launched a successful career with Tito Puente, as well as performing with the Fania All Stars in the 1970s.

Cruz died of cancer on July 16, 2003, in her Fort Lee, New Jersey, home at the age of 77.

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  • Me

    AZUCA! love it

  • ALM

    Congrats. It’s bittersweet. I wish she could have received the accolade while she was living.

  • cocoabaker

    I’m so happy La Reina finally received this honor, it’s well deserved and long overdue.

  • Judy

    Esa negrita tiene su tunbao. Will always be “la reina de la salsa”.