“It is with great pleasure that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to José Feliciano and Antonio Martorell for receiving the prestigious National Medal of Arts bestowed by the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden. This distinguished recognition is a testament to their outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of Puerto Rico and the United States.
As one of the most influential composers of our time, José Feliciano has captivated audiences worldwide. His immense talent and dedication to his craft have earned him countless honors, including multiple Grammy and Billboard Awards. Similarly, Antonio Martorell has made an indelible mark on the art world with his vibrant pieces reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest honor the United States government bestows upon artists and patrons of the arts; it recognizes individuals and organizations who have significantly advanced and supported the arts in America. José Feliciano and Antonio Martorell's recognition is a well-deserved tribute
and an example of the talent and diversity Puerto Rico contributes to our Nation.
On behalf of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, I extend my warmest congratulations to José Feliciano and Antonio Martorell for this incredible achievement and thank the Biden-Harris Administration
for recognizing the trajectory of these two impactful Puerto Rican artists.”