He receives the Ondas award as a Latin artist, in Barcelona, at the National Palace. Ondas are conferred on media professionals for the rigor of their information and on artists and programs for their creativity.
FestiSon1999He is given the FestiSon Award for his long career as a son performer. Beaux Arts Palace – Dominican Republic. On occasion of the Cristo-99 Festivities in O’Porriño (Vigo, Spain) he is given a stone reproduction of an hórreo and a commemorative plaque.
Replica of Máximo Gómez’ machete2000
He is given a replica of Máximo Gómez’ machete by Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque, during a ceremony at the Council of State.
He receives the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album for his participation in Buena Vista Social Club, produced by Ry Cooder for the British label World Circuit.
“La médaille de la ville”1998
He is awarded La médaille de la ville on occasion of the Fiesta Latina Festival, held in France.
The government of the city of Havana awards him with La Giraldilla, which is a symbol of the city
He is granted the Amigo award for best male artist. It is given to the best records of the year. It is organized by the Spanish Phonographic and Videographic Association (AFYNE).