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FELICIANO: A Name That is Synonymous with MUSIC. It is synonymous with an international presence that has inﬂuenced popular music for two generations. It is synonymous with a presence that has bridged musical styles in a way that has never been equaled. José Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to effectively cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry.
As importantly, Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as "The greatest living guitarist." Referred to as "The Picasso of his Realm," José Feliciano's accomplishments are highly celebrated. He's been awarded over forty-ﬁve Gold and Platinum records; he has won nineteen Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the "LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement."
José Feliciano's musical career has been immortalized with a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame while New York City honored him by re-naming Public School 155 in East Harlem, "The José Feliciano Performing Arts School." The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient and prestigious Papal Order of the Catholic Church knighted José in Saint Patrick's Cathedral and he received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairﬁeld, Connecticut, for his musical, as well as humanitarian, contributions to the world. Guitar Player Magazine awarded him "Best Pop Guitarist," placing him in their "Gallery of the Greats," and he was voted both "Best Jazz" and "Best Rock Guitarist" in the Playboy Magazine reader's poll, as well. In 1996, José was selected to receive Billboard Magazine's "Lifetime Achievement Award."