Miss Universe 2014 - Judge - Emilio Estefan
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Emilio Estefan

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It has been said that extraordinary leaders are ordinary human beings who possess an extraordinary vision and put all of their passion, drive and ambition to bring it into fruition. This is what has made Emilio Estefan one of the most successful producers the music industry has experienced. His passion, unquestionable faith, and ability to keep alive his Latin roots in everything he does, have made Emilio's vision a trademark, a unique sound and a symbol of credibility and prestige.

Emilio has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Carlos Vives, and Jennifer López, among many others. His ability to connect with their talent, expression and creativity has been vital in establishing a musical presence second to none. His resume includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards.

Emilio is one of the few producers that produce events for both General Market and Hispanic Market. He has produced the Latin Grammy’s on CBS, The Hispanic Heritage Awards on NBC, Nuestra Navidad on Univision and Festival People en Español as well as high profile musical productions on HBO and Showtime. His credibility and professionalism are some of the powerful reasons why he is viewed as an Ambassador in the world of cross-over business. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Emilio as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and he has produced over 50 historical musical events at the White House. He was tapped by President Barack Obama to the committee that will create the first National Museum of the American Latino; he sits as the second Vice Chair to the Commission. "It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed by President Obama and to have produced events for the White House. It gives me the opportunity to showcase our Latin roots to very distinguished and important politicians and dignitaries from all over the world.”

Among the many awards and honors that Emilio has received are his Honorary Doctorate degrees from Barry University, University of Miami, Florida International University and Berkley School of Music. He also received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009. In 2005, Emilio received the BMI Songwriter of the Year award and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Emilio was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of trustees of The Kennedy Center in 2007.

With the same passion and drive that has helped Emilio achieve success in the music industry, he conquered the hospitality industry as well. The hospitality division within Estefan Enterprises, Inc. encompasses restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. The world-famous Larios on the Beach, on Miami’s Ocean Drive, led the way for the successful chain of Bongos Cuban Café restaurants in Downtown Miami, Hollywood and Orlando, Florida. The Estefans also own the Cardozo Hotel, on Miami Beach, and Costa d’Este, the crown jewel on Florida’s Treasure Coast in Vero Beach.