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November 13, 2008 AT 02:00 PM EST

Gloria Estefan got a chance to look back at her musical accomplishments Wednesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where she was honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. (One of the events leading up the ninth annual Latin Grammys ceremony Thursday).

Among those celebrating Estefan during the dinner and concert were Alejandra Guzman, Ednita Nazario, Patricia Manterola, Jose Feliciano, Patti LaBelle, Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada.

The Cuban singer is honored for her 30 years in music, in which she’s made a string of gorgeous Spanish-language albums: Mi Tierra (1993), Abriendo Puertas (1995), Alma Caribeña (2005) and last year’s 90 Millas (2007), which is up for three Latin Grammys this week.

There are no immediate plans for new music, but Estefan hopes to eventually complete a second Christmas album and a collection of old American standards.

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