Pitbull Receives BMI President’s Award

He’s made music that has seriously entertained the masses… And, now Pitbull is being recognized for his influence on the entertainment industry.

The 31-year-old Cuban American rap superstar—who recently partnered with Jennifer Lopez on “Dance Again,” their second hit single together—received the BMI President’s Award during the 19th edition of the BMI Awards.

Pitbull on Glee

Held Friday night at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, the gala also served to recognize the work of songwriters and recording studios for the success of their musical creations in 2011.

Pitbull, who performed at the ceremony, also received the BMI award for songwriter of the year, a recognition he shared with Juan Luis Morena LunaWisin,” Llandel Veguilla MalaveYandel” and Espinoza Paz.

Niña de mi corazon,” recorded by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, was selected as the BMI Latin song of the year with the award going to songwriter Horacio Palencia.

In the past, the BMI President’s Award has been presented to Juanes, Kike Santander and Gloria Estefan.

Boneta to Receive CinemaCon’s Rising Star Award

There’s no denying that Diego Boneta’s star is on the rise in Hollywood…

The 21-year-old Mexican actor—who will be starring in the highly anticipated Rock of Ages this summer—will receive CinemaCon’s Rising Star of 2012 Award at the upcoming convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Diego Boneta

Boneta, who rose to acclaim in Spanish-language television by playing Rocco in the hit Mexican telenovela Rebelde, has appeared on American shows like ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and the CW’s 90210.

The talented actor-singer will play the lead role of aspiring rocker Drew Boley in Rock of Ages from Hairspray director Adam Shankman.

“How exciting to think that Diego Boneta’s first film role will see him share the screen with the likes of Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin,” CinemaCon general managing director Mitch Neuhauser said while announcing Boneta’s award, which will be presented at the final night gala dinner.

Boneta has also been cast in MTV‘s upcoming new series Underemployed.

Anthony Receives ASCAP’s Founders Award

He’s the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time… And, now Marc Anthony is being celebrated for his songwriting talents…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, a two-time Grammy award winner, received ASCAP’s Founders Award at the 20th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Marc Anthony & David Beckham

Anthony received the award from ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams and soccer star David Beckham during a music-filled night that honored the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed Latin music songs in 2011.

“When I left home today I felt handsome, and then they stand me next to this,” Anthony said with a laugh when he picked up his award, pointing to Beckham, a good friend. “This award goes to my team,” he added on a more serious note. “I’m not an island. It’s all about the love of music and the fight for music.”

The evening included performances of Anthony’s songs by Victor Manuelle, Pia Toscano, La Mafia and Natalia Jimenez.

Past recipients of the Founders Award include Rod Stewart, Annie Lenox, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Ruben Blades.

Described as a “renaissance man,” Anthony also shared the best pop song award with Cuban American rap superstar Pitbull for their collaboration, “Rain Over Me.”

The Songwriter of the Year award was given jointly to Claudia Brant and Anthony “Romeo” Santos. Meanwhile, the Latin song of the year award went to “Di Que Regresarás,” written by Carlos M. Ferraresi Ferra“, and recorded by regional Mexican band La Original Banda El Limón.

Awards were also presented in the Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican, Urban and Television categories.

Louis C.K. Receives Five Comedy Award Noms

It appears Louis C.K. is the new King of Comedy…

The 44-year-old part-Mexican American actor/comedian has received five nominations at the 2012 Comedy Awards, tying Modern Family, 30 Rock, Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love for the most nods.

Louis CK

Louis C.K.’s five nominations include three for his hit FX series Louie, one for his straight-to-internet comedy special Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater and one for best stand-up tour.

In all, Louie received four nominations, including best directing.

Here’s a look at Louis C.K.’s individual nods and the people he’s up against:

Performance by an Actor – TV
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Comedy Special of the Year
“Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater”
“Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup”
“Patton Oswalt Finest Hour”
“Colin Quinn Long Story Short”
“Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts”

Stand-Up Tour
Dave Attell
Lewis Black
Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jerry Seinfeld

But Louis C.K. isn’t the only Hispanic star in the running for a Comedy Award.

Part-Cuban American actress Cameron Diaz has received a nod in the Performance by an Actress – Film category for her work in Bad Teacher.

Meanwhile, Colombian bombshell Sofia Vergara has received a Performance by an Actress – TV nomination for work on ABC’s Modern Family.

This year’s second annual Comedy Awards will take place on April 28 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom and air on Comedy Central on May 6.

Don Omar Leads the Pack of Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

Don Omar could very well be doing a celebration danza

The 34-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, rapper and actor is the lead finalist for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards. In all, Don Omar, the “Danza Kuduro” hitmaker, secured 16 finalist nods in 14 categories.

Don Omar

He was followed closely by another hitmaker, Pitbull, who is a 14-time finalist in 12 categories.

Newcomer Prince Royce, winner of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for best new artist, was a 12-time finalist while rockers Maná are finalists in 11 categories.

Romeo Santos, currently on his first solo arena tour, and Shakira, are tied as finalists in 10 categories each.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are given in 65 categories and honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts from the issue dated February 5, 2011 through this year’s January 28, 2012 issue.

For a full list of finalists, visit www.billboardlatinconference.com.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will air live April 26 on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center in Miami.

Bejo Named Best Actress at the Cesar Awards

Bérénice Bejo has one more coveted award in her trophy collection…

The 35-year-old Argentine actress—who received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress—picked up the best actress award at the 37th annual Cesar Awards on Friday night in Paris for her breakout role in award-winning film The Artist.

Berenice Bejo Cesar Awards

To claim the award, Bejo beat out Declaration of War’s Valerie Donzelli, Poliss stars Karin Viard and Marina Fois, Leila Bekhti for The Source, Marie Gillain for Toutes nos envies and Ariane Ascaride for her role in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

It’s the latest award for Bejo, who steals the show in the silent, black-and-white film. The Artist star picked up a Lumiere Award at France’s version of the Golden Globes earlier this year for her role as Peppy Miller, among other awards.

In all,  France’s Academy of Technical Arts and Sciences lavished six awards including French film of the year on The Artist at the awards show.

Bejo now heads to Los Angeles, where The Artist will vie for 10 Academy Awards at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Alonso Wins NAACP Image Award

Laz Alonso is jumping for joy after picking up his first NAACP Image Award

The 37-year-old Cuban-American actor picked up the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his starring role in Jumping the Broom at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Laz Alonso to star in b-boy film

Alonso beat out stiff competition for the award, including Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist), Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) and Vin Diesel (Fast Five).

Meanwhile, Tatyana Ali picked up the award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. The 32-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer—who was named one of BET’s Black Girls Rock last fall— picked up the award for her recurring role as Roxanne on CBSThe Young and the Restless.

The Image Awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the group’s members select the winners.

Click here for a complete look at the night’s winners.

Gomez Leads the Latino Pack of Kids’ Choice Award Nominees…

So what do Selena Gomez, Sofia Vergara and Victoria Justice have in common? They all run the risk of being slimed this spring!

Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards with some of today’s biggest Latino and Latina stars gettin’ some serious love from the tween set.

Selena Gomez

Gomez leads the Latino pack with two nods. The 19-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress is nominated for Favorite TV Actress for her work on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, as well as in the Favorite Female Singer category.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latino/a nominees:

Favorite TV Actress
Selena Gomez
Victoria Justice

Favorite Movie Actress
Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs)

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots)

Favorite Music Group
Big Time Rush (with Carlos Peña)
Black Eyed Peas (with Fergie)

Favorite Male Singer
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Buttkicker
Jessica Alba

Fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite stars beginning March 1 on Nick.com, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

The 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards will be handed out on March 31 in Los Angeles.

Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” Scores a BAFTA Upset

Pedro Almodóvar has claimed his fifth BAFTA award, and he scored an upset in the process…

The 62-year-old Spanish director won the British film industry’s BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language for his critically acclaimed film The Skin I Live In, which stars Antonio Banderas.

Pedro Almodovar

Almodóvar beat out the night’s favorite in the category, Iran’s The Separation.

This is Almodóvar’s third win for best film in a language other than English. He’d previousaly claimed the prize for All About My Mother in 2000 and Talk to Her in 2003.

The Skin I Live In Poster
Almodovar didn’t attend the ceremony on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Opera. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor accepted the prize on his behalf, reading a gracious thank-you and acceptance message from the director.

The favorite in the best foreign language film category had been The Separation, which one the Golden Bear award in Berlin and a Golden Globe.