The first Induction and Award ceremony was held on April 7, 1999. It honored the following inductees and recipients of the Special Recognition Awards:
1999 posthumous inductees
Miguel Faílde, Ignacio Piñeiro, Rafael Hernández, Ernesto Lecuona, Arsenio Rodríguez, Chano Pozo, Beny Moré, Perez Prado, Mario Bauza, Machito, Tito Rodríguez, Miguelito Valdés, Enrique Jorrín, Agustín Lara.
1999 Special Recognition Awards
- record promoter Ralph Mercado
- former Fania president Jerry Masucci
- musical director of the East Harlem School of Music Johnny Colon
- pianist-composer-conductor for the I Love Lucy show, Marco Rizo.
The second Induction and Award ceremony was held on April 5, 2000. It honored the following inductees and recipients of the Special Recognition Awards:
José Feliciano, Willie Colón, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Cheo Feliciano, Hector Lavoe, Charlie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, La Lupe, Yomo Toro, Johnny Albino, Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Oscar D'León, Armando Manzanero, Myrta Silva, Bobby Capó, Daniel Santos, Luis Kalaff, Vicentico Valdés, Rafael Ithier and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Miguel Matamoros, Rafael Cepeda, Julio Gutiérrez, Felipe Rodríguez, Rafael Cortijo, Ismael Rivera, Maria Teresa Vera, Chalía Herrera, Antonio Arcaño, Joseíto Mateo, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Orestes Lopez, Carlos Gardel, and Pedro Flores.
2000 Special Recognition Awards
- Performer Harry Belafonte
- Ry Cooder
- Latin music historian Max Salazar
- TV producer Willie Sanchez
- Latin music radio host Joe Gaines
- Journalist Miguel Perez
- Artist and publisher Izzy Sanabria
2000 Lifetime Achievement Award winners
- Rubén Blades, Buena Vista Social Club, Andy Montañez, Olga Guillot, Lucho Gatica, João Gilberto, Astor Piazolla, Hector Casanova, Ruth Fernandez, Candido Camero, Patato Valdes, Wilfrido Vargas, Armando Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Tata Guines, Tite Curet Alonso, Vitín Avilés, Ray Romero, Maso Rivera and Rafael Solano
2001 posthumous inductees
- Antônio Carlos Jobim, Xavier Cugat, Pedro Infante, Yayo "El Indio", Libertad Lamarque, Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Rita Montaner, Juan Morel Campos, Julio Jaramillo, Alfredo Valdés Sr., Sylvia Rexach, Felipe Pirela, Jose Mangual Sr., Toña la Negra, Pedro Vargas, Javier Solis, Antonio Mesa, Don Azpiazu, and Luis Carlos Meyer
2001 Special Recognition Awards
Rita Moreno, Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala, Rudy Mangual, Chata Gutiérrez, Chico Álvarez, Vicki Sola, Martin Cohen, and Ernie Ensley
2001 Lifetime Achievement Award winners
The fourth Induction and Award ceremony was held on April 10, 2002. It honored the following inductees and recipients of the Special Recognition Awards:
Julio Iglesias, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera, Danny Rivera, José José, Sandro, Vicente Fernández, Astrud Gilberto, Richie Ray, Willie Rosario, Cuco Valoy, Roberto Torres, Milly Quezada, Bobby Cruz, José Curbelo, Trio Vegabajeño, Bobby Rodríguez, La Sonora Ponceña, Leo Marini, Matilde Díaz, Aldemaro Romero, Mario Clavell, Elena Burke, Carmen Miranda, Gilberto Monroig, Alberto Socarrás, Félix Chappottín, Miguelito Cuní, Noro Morales, Joe Loco, Santos Colón, Louie Ramírez, Carmen Delia Dipini, Juan Tizol, René Hernández, and Lola Flores
2002 Special Recognition Awards
- Miriam Colón
- Pablo Guzmán
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award winners
The fifth Induction and Award ceremony was held on April 2, 2003. It honored the following inductees and recipients of the Special Recognition Awards:
Arturo Sandoval, Trini López, Juan Luis Guerra, Roberto Roena, Ismael Quintana, Raphael, Flaco Jimenez, Alberto Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Nelson Ned, Ray Santos, Manny Oquendo, Justi Barretto, Pucho Brown, and Jose Luis Monero
2003 posthumous induction
2003 Special Recognition Awards
Former Palladium Dancers Cuban Pete, Augie and Margo; Millie Donay; artist Erich Padilla, and filmmaker Avenol Franco
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Beny Moré Memorial Award
The Beny Moré Memorial Award was an annual award, from 1999 to 2003, presented by the International Latin Music Hall of Fame to an individual who has helped to popularize Latin music throughout the world, in honor of the late Cuban artist Benny Moré. The International Latin Music Hall of Fame struggled in relation to the more established Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame, and ceased operation before it was time for the 2004 Beny Moré Memorial Award.
- 1999: Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan
- 2000: Johnny Pacheco
- 2001: Joe Cuba
- 2002: Larry Harlow
- 2003: José Alberto "El Canario"
- Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame
- Latin Grammy Hall of Fame
- Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame
- List of halls and walks of fame
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- A Contacto Magazine article