Late singer Ernestine Romero was posthumously named as one of the inductees for the 2021 class of the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame during an announcement dinner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday night (Sept. 3).
Romero was named as one of seven inductees during a sold-out ceremony at El Patron restaurant. Other inductees include singer and guitarist Bo Diddley, Country singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, jazz musician Arlen Asher, cellist Hillary Smith, the Cordova Family, and classical trombonist Dave Adams, whom will receive the Michael E. Sanchez Lifetime Achievement Award.
The New Mexico Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization established in 2003 to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of New Mexico music.
Romero was tragically murdered by her estranged husband on July 11, 2019. The singer celebrated her 20th year in the music industry that year with the release of her 10th album Mi Tesoro. She was a multiple New Mexico Hispano Music Awards winner and was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 and a posthumous Tejano Music Award for Best Collaboration in 2020 for “Estupida,” the duet with Tejano Hall of Famer Shelly Lares.
The inductions will take place at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 27, 2021.
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