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Portuguese president criticized for failing to congratulate prize-winning singer


LISBON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- President Anibal Cavaco Silva is receiving public backlash for not having congratulated Fado singer Carlos do Carmo for having won a grammy award.

Fado singer Carlos do Carmo was the first Portuguese artist to win a grammy last weekend.

According to Portuguese newspaper i published on Friday, it is tradition for the president to send a message congratulating Portuguese citizens who are awarded with a prize in a public note.

The newspaper also points out that Carlos de Carmo has been highly critical of the president, blaming him for the country's financial crisis.

The Latin Recording Company organizes the Spanish and Portuguese grammy awards for works in Spanish and Portuguese.

The grammy award is the world's most prestigious music award.

According to an official statement by the Latin Recording Academy, Carlos do Carmo is "one of the greatest fado singers of his time," pointing also to his "distinctive style of singing," which is "marked by the special timber of his voice along with his personal affinity for French pop balladry and Brazilian bossa nova, creating an unmistakable and definitive sound that distinguishes him as one of the most iconic voices of Portuguese music."

His most famous songs include "Lisboa menina e moca" and "Canoas do Tejo."

Carlos do Carmo, 74, will pick up his award in Las Vegas in November.