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|Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame|
|Awarded for||establishing "the artistic foundation for the sounds that eventually became essential ingredients of the audio/visual vernacular of contemporary Latin-rooted music".|
|Currently held by||Alejandro Fernández (2016)|
The Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame is a rarely presented honor presented by American magazine Billboard at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The accolade was established in 1994 to recognize musical personalities who have commercially and critically impacted the Latin music industry. This includes artists who laid the "artistic foundation" for contemporary Latin music. Potential recipients are nominated by Billboard's editorial committee, which decides the merit of each nominee with regards to their contribution to Latin music. Artists chosen to be inducted into the Latin Music Hall of Fame include individuals who exemplify Latin music, are pivotal or iconic pioneers, and whose works are a developmental milestone in the Latin music industry.
Cuban musicians Celia Cruz and Cachao were the first artists to be inducted into the Latin Music Hall of Fame at the inaugural Billboard Latin Music Awards in 1994. Selena and Raúl Alarcón, Sr. are the only recipients to have been inducted posthumously in 1995 and 2009, respectively. Selena was named "Hot Latin Track Artist of the Year" in the same year she was inducted. Alarcón, Sr. is the first non-recording artist to have been inducted into the Latin Music Hall of Fame. José José and Marco Antonio Solís have also been recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. José José received the Lifetime Achievement in 2013 while Solís was given the award twice, in 2005 and 2016.
|Indicates posthumous induction|
|1994||Celia Cruz||Cuba||For their contributions to Afro-Cuban music in the 20th-century.|||
|1995||—||Selena||United States||For her "numerous achievements" as a Tejano artist within three years before her death.|||
|1996||Juan Gabriel||Mexico||For composing "irresistibly catchy songs of common, everyday affairs which anyone can identify" for other artists and to himself.|||
|1997||José José||Mexico||For his 30 years of "caressing a multitude of unforgettable love songs with an earnest, yet seeminly vulnerable delivery".|||
|1998||Vicente Fernández||Mexico||For his ability to "connect emotionally with his listeners and fans, whether on CD or onstage" with his ranchera music.|||
|1999||—||Rocío Dúrcal||Spain||For her versatile performances of pop, Spanish, and Mexican music.|||
|2000||Marco Antonio Solís||Mexico||For his "quivering tenor, not to mention his writing and producing skills, has had a profound effect on Latin music" as well as influential in creating the grupera genre.|||
|2001||Mongo Santamaría||Cuba||For bridging "Afro-Cuban grooves, jazz and R&B" with his conga performances.|||
|2003||Armando Manzanero||Mexico||For his contribution to the Latin music genre by composing "romantic" songs.|||
|2004||Banda el Recodo||Mexico||"For their extraordinary 65 year-long career and successful bid to take Mexico's Banda music to virtually every corner of the world".|||
|2006||Joan Sebastian||Mexico||For his "stellar career that spans 30 years and more than 30 albums".|||
|2009||—||Raúl Alarcón, Sr.||Cuba||"For his extraordinary contributions to the Latin radio and music business in the United States".|||
|2012||Marc Anthony||United States||"For his global influence as a performer in both the English and Spanish language markets".|||
|2014||Franco De Vita||Venezuela||For his "perceptive pop/rock ballads" that "have brought him international fame over his three-decade career".|||
|2016||Alejandro Fernández||Mexico||For launching his career "as a champion of ranchera music before crossing over to the Latin pop mainstream".|||