Guitarist Carlos Santana will be awarded the Medallion of Excellence
on Wednesday (Sept. 15) by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute,
the guitarist announced in a press release. The veteran musician, whose
band, Santana, climbed to #4 on the Billboard 200 this week
with Supernatural, is being honored for years of service to the
Hispanic community. On Friday (Sept. 10) the band will perform its latest
single, "Smooth," on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." The nonprofit
CHCI runs educational programs for Hispanic college students and post-graduates.