Hayek Honored with Germany’s Prestigious Bambi Award

Salma Hayek is getting the Bambi treatment for her contributions in the entertainment industry…

The 46-year-old Mexican actress claimed one of Germany’s prestigious Bambi Awards this year, which honor local and international celebrities for their respective contributions in the media industry.

Salma Hayek Bambi Award

Hayek earned the jury’s nod in the international film star category for being one of the first Latina actresses to break into Hollywood’s A-list.

Hayek is best known for her role in Frida, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She most recently appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savages and the comedy Here Comes the Boom.

Other recipients of the prestigious Bambi award include Celine Dion, boyband One Direction and Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner.

Banegas Earns International Emmy Award…

Cristina Banegas has picked up her first International Emmy

The 66-year-old Argentine actress won the Best Performance by an Actress award at the 40th International Emmy Awards from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Cristina Banegas

Banegas earned the award for her role as the mother a girl with Down Syndrome in the episode entitled “Sin Cobertura” of the Argentine series Televisión x la inclusión. Banegas’ character Paula is the mother of Fernanda, who is in urgent need of heart surgery. The health insurance company that covered the procedure has now merged with Argenlife, and the authorization for treatment has been denied. Paula fights to save her daughter’s life, aided only by her own perseverance.

Meanwhile, Darío Grandinetti picked up the Best Performance by an Actor award for his work in a different episode of the same series.

The 53-year-old Argentine actor won the International Emmy for his portray of a taxi driver to whom life has not been kind. He’s divorced and lives in a humble house. When he finds out that his new neighbors are from Peru, his hatred towards Peruvians triggers a war against the neighbors which doesn’t stop until they move out of their home.

Shakira Wins Favorite Latin Artist at the American Music Awards

Shakira is the country’s reigning reina of Latin music…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer and soon-to-be The Voice coach picked up the Favorite Latin Artist award at Sunday night’s American Music Awards.


Shakira, who was the first female to win the award in the category back in 2005, beat out Pitbull and Don Omar for the prize.

It’s the fourth win in the category for the expectant mom, who stands just one win shy of category-leader Enrique Iglesias.

Meanwhile, Shakira’s “Get It Started” collaboration partner, Pitbull, came away empty-handed after leading the Latino pack of nominees with two nods.

Here’s a look at the full list of winners:

Artist of the year: Justin Bieber
New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry
Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber
Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5
Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, Believe
Country female artist: Taylor Swift
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum
Country album: Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce
Soul/R&B male artist: Usher
Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, Talk That Talk
Alternative rock artist: Linkin Park
Adult contemporary artist: Adele
Latin artist: Shakira
Contemporary inspirational artist: tobyMac
Electronic dance music artist: David Guetta

Lovato Leads the Pack of Latino People’s Choice Award Nominees

Multi-hyphenate Demi Lovato is the people’s Latina pop princess…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer, actress and The X Factor judge has picked up three People’s Choice Awards nominations, the most of any Hispanic artist.

Demi Lovato

Lovato, who picked up her first MTV Video Music Award earlier this year, is nominated for Favorite Pop Artist. She’ll face off against Adele, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and P!nk.

The former Disney Channel star has also been nominated for Favorite Celebrity Judge for her new role on Fox’s singing competition, along with The Voice’s Christina Aguilera and American Idol’s Jennifer Lopez, as well as The X Factor’s Britney Spears and The Voice’s Adam Levine.

In addition, Lovato will face off against her former Disney Channel co-star Selena Gomez in the Favorite Music Fan Following category. Lovato’s Lovatics and Gomez’s Selenators will compete against Bieber’s Beliebers, One Direction’s Directioners and Katy Perry’s KatyCats.

Other Hispanic nominees include Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Lea Michele, Today’s Natalie Morales, Pitbull and Bruno Mars.

Voting is currently underway in all 48 categories and will end on December 13.

The show, hosted by The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco for the second year in a row, will be broadcast live by CBS on January 9, 2013.

Here’s a look at the Latinos in the running for this year’s People’s Choice Awards:


  • Cameron Diaz
  • Emily Blunt
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Mila Kunis
  • Reese Witherspoon


  • Jane Lynch
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Lea Michele
  • Sofia Vergara
  • Zooey Deschanel


  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen DeGeneres
  • Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion
  • Live with Kelly & Michael, Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
  • The Today Show, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales,
  • The View, Barbara Walters, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg


  • Adam Levine
  • Britney Spears
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Demi Lovato
  • Jennifer Lopez


  • Adele
  • Demi Lovato
  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry
  • P!nk


  • Drake
  • Flo Rida
  • Jay-Z
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Pitbull


  • Alicia Keys
  • Beyoncé
  • Bruno Mars
  • Rihanna
  • Usher


  • Beliebers, Justin Bieber
  • Directioners, One Direction
  • KatyCats, Katy Perry
  • Lovatics, Demi Lovato
  • Selenators, Selena Gomez

Click here for the complete list of nominees and to vote for your favorites.

Jesse & Joy Win Big at the Latin Grammys…

There’s plenty of joy in Jesse & Joy’s world this week…

The Mexican pop/rock duo proved to be the ultimate victor at Thursday night’s Latin Grammy Awards show.

Jesse & Joy

The 29-year-old Jesse Huerta and his 26-year-old hermanita Joy Huerta picked up four awards during the show, including best record, song and contemporary pop vocal album.

“Thanks to the best fans in the world,” said Jesse, who with his sister picked up the Best New Artist award at the 2007 Latin Grammys. “It feels incredible. We’ve not been at the Latin Grammys since 2007, so this feels like a great comeback.”

Jesse & Joy, who recently released the music video for the duo’s latest single “¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?, also won the award for best short form music video for their single “Me Voy.”

Meanwhile, Colombian pop-rock singer Juanes, who will launch a tour next May, took home two awards for his MTV Unplugged set, including album of the year and best short form music video. When asked if he gets nervous before an awards show, he said that he definitely thinks about the entire process.

“I don’t suffer,” said Juanes. “You think maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not. These wins are much more than I imaged.”

Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval won two trophies for best Latin jazz album (“Dear Diz – Every Day I Think of You“) and best tango album (“Tango – Como Yo Te Siento“).

“I’d like to dedicate this award to my father who turned me on to the tango,” said Sandoval as he received his award. “He was a mechanic, but when he spoke about the tango he knew all of the melodies.”

Mexico’s Carla Morrison, one of the year’s most celebrated indie pop acts, took the prize for best alternative song for her emotionally-driven “Déjenme Llorar,” a song about breaking up, which has helped the singer/songwriter become a YouTube sensation. Later she also won for best alternative music album.

“This is also for all the kids who have broken hearts,” Morrison said.

Mexico’s DJ collective 3BallMTY won the best new artist trophy in an acceptance speech that left the teen act in tears.

“We’re very happy and we really wanted this,” said a tearful Albert Presenda, aka DJ Otto. “We especially want to thank our families who have put up with so much of our traveling.”

Other winners included Pepe Aguilar for best ranchero album, Milly Quezada for best contemporary tropical album for “Aqui Estoy Yo,” Fonseca‘s Ilusion+ for best tropical fusion album — beating out Prince Royce — and Tucanes de Tijuana‘s 365 Dias for best norteño album.

Hosted by actress/singer Lucero and actor Cristian de la Fuente, the first round of awards included a prize for Spanish pop singer David Bisbal, who won for best pop traditional vocal album.

Earlier in the day during the Latin Grammy pre-telecast, more than 30 awards were given in a ceremony at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, including producer of the year to Juan Luis Guerra.

For a complete list of winners, go to latingrammy.com.

Restart Nominated for MTV EMA Best Worldwide Act Award

Restart is representin’ Latin America in a big way…

The Brazilian happy rock band, one of the best-known bands in the country, has been named one of the finalists for an MTV European Music Award in the best Worldwide Act category


Restart – whose members include Pedro Gabriel Lanza Reis, Pedro Lucas Munhoz Convá, Lucas Henrique de Olivera Kobayashi and Thomas Alexander Machado D’Avilla – will represent Latin America. 

The other nominees vying for the honor at the upcoming MTV EMAs are Rihanna, who will represent North America, Dima Bilan, representing Europe, Han Geng from Asia and Ahmed Soultan who reps Africa/India/Middle East.

For the past six weeks, MTV has given fans around the world a chance to vote for their favorite artists from their region. More than 160 artists from every corner of the world have been in the MTV EMA spotlight as part of the Worldwide Act voting competition.

The five final artists will go head to head in one last round of voting in the Worldwide Act category, which celebrates the range and breadth of all the music that MTV has to offer across the globe.

Winners will be announced at the awards show, which will be hosted by Heidi Klum and air live from Frankfurt’s Festhalle on November 11 on MTV channels around the world.

The show will include a performance by Pitbull, a two-time nominee this year.

Moneo Receives Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award

Rafael Moneo is reaping the rewards for his work enriching urban spaces…

The 75-year-old Spanish architect received the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category during a special presentation on Friday at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo.

Rafael Moneo

According to the awards jury, Moneo’s work “enriches urban spaces with an architecture that is serene and meticulous. An acknowledged master in both the academic and professional field, Moneo leaves his own mark on each of his creations, at the same time as combining aesthetics with functionality, especially in the airy interiors that act as impeccable settings for great works of culture and the spirit.”

In Spain, Moneo has designed the Bankinter Building in Madrid (1976), the Museum of Roman Art in Mérida (1986), the San Pablo Airport in Seville (1992), the Barcelona Auditorium (1999), the expansion of the Prado Museum in Madrid (2006) and the New Museum of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena (2008).

His international projects include the Museum of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm (1998), the Cathedral of Our Lady in Los Angeles (USA, 1996), the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2000) and the official residence of the Spanish Ambassador in Washington (2004).

Moneo has won the most prestigious international awards in architecture, including the Pritzker Prize in 1996.

Moneo’s Asturias prize comes with a $64,000 cash prize and a reproduction of a sculpture by Joan Miro.

The awards are considered the Ibero-American world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Prince Felipe of Asturias and his wife Princess Letizia presided over the ceremony.

Vasquez Named Best Young Filmmaker at Austin Film Festival

Nicco Vasquez may be the next coming of Robert Rodriguez

The 18-year-old Latino filmmaker, a San Antonio native, picked up the Best Young Filmmaker award at the Austin Film Festival for his short film Crumbs.

Nicco Vasquez

It was one of 16 finalists in the festival’s Young Filmmakers Program Competition, which received entries from filmmakers ages 13 to 18 around the world.

In the five-minute film, written by Keith Limon, a little girl buries her pet bird after it dies, but an apparently homeless boy digs it up and eats it for dinner.


“It’s a very unexpected ending,” says the Vasquez of the short film, which he made as a student at San Antonio’s Harlandale High School. “A lot of people freak out. I like darkness and grittiness in storytelling and filmmaking.”

Vasquez is currently attending Northwest Vista College and plans to major in digital video and cinema production.

Meanwhile, Latina filmmaker Chelsea Hernandez’s See The Dirt was the winner in the festival’s Documentary Short category. The Austin-native and University of Texas graduate directed the film with Erik Mauck.

Iglesias Named Film Composer of the Year at World Soundtrack Awards

Alberto Iglesias is still reaping the rewards for his composing work on three of last year’s highly acclaimed films.

The 57-year-old Spanish composer was named film composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards.

Alberto Iglesias

Iglesias, who received an invitation this summer to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was heralded for his work on the soundtracks for Le Moine (The Monk), The Skin I Live In and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy.

In addition, the academy also awarded Iglesias with the award for best original film score of the year for Tinker, Tailor.

Iglesias defeated fellow Latino nominee Cliff Martinez, who served as the composer on the films Contagion and Drive, in both categories.

Iglesias previously received the Hollywood Film Composer Award at the 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his work on Pedro Almodóvar’s haunting The Skin I Live In and Tomas Alfredson’s Cold War thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy.

The World Soundtrack Awards took place on Sunday, October 21, as the closing event of the 39th Ghent Film Festival.


3BallMTY: This Year’s Billboard Mexican Music Awards MVP

The members of 3BallMTY proved to be the beaus of the ball at this year’s Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

The Mexican tribal music troupe – comprised of Erick Rincon, Sergio Zavala (Dj Sheeqo Beat) and Alberto Presenda (Dj Otto) – earned the most awards of any artist/act during Thursday night’s nationally televised awards show, which honors regional Mexican music.


This year’s 12-time nominee 3BallMTY picked up nine awards, including New Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Song Artist of the Year and Digital Download Artist of the Year.

The awards show was broadcast live on Telemundo from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and featured genre-breaking performances from 3BallMTY together with reggaetón duo J King & Maximán, as well as more traditional fare from Conjunto Primavera and Los Huracanes del Norte.

3BallMTY’s wins helped to shine a spotlight on the dynamic nature of regional Mexican music, the top-selling Latin sub-genre in the United States. The trio of DJs, who only released their debut album last year – and who had their network performance premiere on the first Billboard Mexican Music Awards – also won Songs Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for the single “Inténtalo,” featuring El Bebeto and América Sierra.

“In Mexico there have always been new waves,” said 3Ball MTY’s Zavala on the red carpet outside of Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “We brought something fresh with the electronic sound [and] tribal is really growing.”


Meanwhile, last year’s big winner, norteño star Gerardo Ortiz, picked up seven awards, including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year, Male. Ortiz’s album Entre Dios y el Diablo also won the Album of the Year Award.

A special award for the evening was given to ranchera singer/songwriter Pepe Aguilar, who received Billboard‘s Legacy Award in recognition of his lengthy and rich musical trajectory that has influenced the genre and its artists.

Legendary ranchera singer Vicente Fernández, currently on a farewell tour, swept the ranchero/mariachi category, winning Ranchero/Mariachi Album of the Year for Otra Vez, Song of the Year with “El Vestido Blanco” and overall Ranchero/Mariachi Artist of the Year.

Jenni Rivera won Artist of the Year, Female and Banda Album of the Year for her album Joyas Prestadas.

Billboard Mexican Music Awards finalists and winners are determined by chart performance as chronicled in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of August 27, 2011 through August 18, 2012. Award categories are based on album and digital track sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS.

For a full list of winners, click here.