Julio Vaqueiro Named Telemundo’s New Evening News Anchor

Julio Vaqueiro is heading to primetime at Telemundo

The Mexican Emmy-winning journalist has been named the next anchor of the Spanish-language network’s signature evening newscast Noticias Telemundo, filling a role that had previously been held by Jose Diaz-Balart.

Julio Vaqueiro

Vaqueiro had been anchoring the NBCUniversal-backed network’s late-night newscast, which airs at 11:35 p.m. eastern. His new assignment will have him leading a 6:30 p.m. news show.

“Julio embodies the passion for news and rigorous reporting that are at the core of what we stand for at Noticias Telemundo,” said Luis Fernandez, president of Noticias Telemundo, in a prepared statement. “Julio has consistently delivered impactful and rigorous journalism across multiple anchoring roles, and we’re thrilled he will be bringing his integrity, unique voice and commitment to our audience to our flagship newscast.” Vaqueiro will also contribute reporting across all of Noticias Telemundo’s news programs and breaking news and special events coverage.

Diaz-Balart is moving to MSNBC, where he will host a late-morning hour program, while also anchoring monthly specials and breaking-news events on Telemundo.

Vaqueiro joined Telemundo’s national news network in 2017 as co-anchor of the weekend newscast, Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana. Before that, he was a co-anchor at Telemundo 52, an affiliate in Los Angeles.

He has also worked as a Mexico City correspondent for the newsmagazine Al Rojo Vivo and collaborated with MSNBC as a contributor. Vaqueiro has also contributed to NBC News X Noticias Telemundo Reports, a news initiative between the two networks where bilingual reporters collaborate on stories which air in Spanish on Noticias Telemundo and in English. He has appeared on NBC News, NBC News Now, Today and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

“It’s an honor to be able to continue serving the Latino community now as the anchor of our main newscast where we chronicle the most important issues impacting Hispanics through insightful reporting and great storytelling,” said Vaqueiro, in a statement.  “I’m very excited to build on that commitment and further elevate the voices of Latinos to provide them with the most objective and complete information they need to make decisions every day.”

Before moving to the United States, Vaqueiro was a reporter and anchor at Efekto TV in Mexico City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Universidad Anáhuac del Norte in Mexico City. He is a native of Mexico.

Mike Bahia & Greeicy to Take Part in Tech-Themed Panel Discussion During Billboard Latin Music Week

Mike Bahia is opening up about love and tech…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer and enterprise administrator and Greeicy have been confirmed for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week, which returns to Miami from September 20 to 25 with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers, and executives, and features live performances and conversations with superstars.

Mike Bahia & Greeicy

In the “Tech and the Vanguard Music Couple” panel, moderated by Billboard Latin’s assistant editor Jessica Roiz, Bahia and the 28-year-old Colombian singer/actress, but multi-faceted stars and a real-life couple, will talk about how they’ve advanced their individually successful careers using distinctive approaches to music, tech, entrepreneurship, and, of course, love.

The star-studded 2021 Latin Music Week lineup — headlined by Daddy Yankee, Karol G, and Nicky Jam — also includes participation by Anitta, Lunay, Myke Towers, Natti Natasha, Rauw Alejandro, Tainy, and others.

Previously announced panels include “Coming Out Latin” with Raymix, Esteman, Erika Vidrio and Grupo Firme’s Jhonny Caz; “My Cause, My Music: A Conversation on Social Justice” with Yotuel Romero, Kany García and ChocQuibTown members Goyo and Tostao; “Regional No More – Mexican Music Goes Global” with Natanael Cano, Los Dos Carnales and Carin Leon, and moderated by Rancho Humilde’s Jimmy Humilde, and many more.

Under the slogan “The Beat of Latin Music,” making its mark as the longest running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world, this year’s event will continue through the end of the week as Billboard launches its En Vivo concert series.

Latin Music Week coincides with the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will be broadcast live via Telemundo on September 23.

For more information, visit BillboardLatinMusicWeek.com.

Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” Added to Spotlight Section at This Year’s Hamptons Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar is headed to the Hamptons…

The Hamptons Film Festival has finalized its 2021 slate, with the 71-year-old Spanish Oscar-winning director’s latest film making the list.

Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar, Madres Paralelas

Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers, starring Penelope Cruz, has been added to the festival’s Spotlight section, alongside Cyrano, The Lost Daughter, The Power of the Dog, joining C’mon C’mon and Jockey.

Parallel Mothers received a 5-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival as the fest’s opening night film. It earned Cruz the Volpi Cup for Best Actress during the festival’s closing ceremony.

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, starring Tony Revolori, will be the closing-night film on October 13, while Pablo Larraín’s Spencer will be the Centerpiece Film in its East Coast premiere.

The festival is opening on October 7 with the world premiere of Matthew Heineman’s COVID-19 documentary The First Wave. The 29th edition of the fest will feature a lineup of films that are 53% female-directed and rep 34 countries.

The festival will run as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. Find more info here.

William Morrow Acquires North American Publishing Rights to Luis Elizondo’s Memoir About His Government Work, Including Heading the U.S.’ UFO Program

Luis Elizondo’s out of this world memoir is headed to the printer…

HarperCollins imprint William Morrow has signed on for the North American publishing rights to a new memoir from the Cuban American former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and former employee of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Luis Elizondo

Elizondo is the former head of the U.S. Government’s UFO program, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). He was recently featured in a CBS 60 Minutes story about the potential existence of UFOs.

Following the Pentagon’s recent report to the U.S. Congress regarding UFOs, Elizondo was quoted saying, “The American people now know a small portion of what I and my colleagues in the Pentagon have been privy to: That these UAP (unidentified aerial phenomenon) are not secret U.S. technology, that they do not seem to belong to any known allies or adversaries, and that our intelligence services have yet to identify a terrestrial explanation for these extraordinary vehicles. This conversation is only just beginning.”

Elizondo spent the majority of his military career as a senior Intelligence Officer, hunting drug traffickers, terrorists, and spies around the world on behalf of the U.S. government and various branches of the military. In 2008, he was asked to be part of the Pentagon’s secretive UFO program. In 2010 he became its Director and led the effort to study UFOs around the world. In 2017, he resigned from his position in protest of excessive government secrecy regarding UFOs. Since then, he has led the global disclosure effort.

Nicky Jam to Bring “Rockstar Show” to Billboard Latin Music Week, with Jhay Cortez as Special Guest

Nicky Jam is bringing his (Rockstar) Show on the road…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American will bring his talk show Rockstar Show live to Billboard Latin Music Week, and he’s booked Jhay Cortez as his special guest.

Nicky Jam

The intimate experience is set to take place on September 22 exclusively for Billboard Latin Music Week registrants, with capacity limited.

Nicky Jam’s talk show, his passion project, launched in January with Maluma as his first guest.

Daddy YankeeKarol G and Nicky Jam are also confirmed for Billboard’s 2021 Latin Music Week, returning to Miami in September with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and industry leaders, and features live performances and conversations with superstars.

Latin Music Week will feature one-of-a-kind performances, panels, conversations and more with the aforementioned artists. Karol G will take center stage in The Superstar Q&A on September 21 for an in-depth conversation about her career, music, love and upcoming projects.

On September 22, fans will get up close and personal with Yankee as he discusses his 25-year career that launched reggaetón around the world in the second installment of The Superstar Q&A. The Puerto Rican hitmaker is also set to perform for a Billboard En Vivo concert that night at the Faena Forum exclusive to Billboard Latin Music Week registrants.

Other recently announced panels include “My Cause, My Music: A Conversation on Social Justice” with Cuban artist/activist Yotuel Romero, Puerto Rican star Kany García and ChocQuibTown members (and husband and wife) Goyo and Tostao; “Making the Hit, Live” masterclass with Lunay and his longtime producers Chris Jedi and Gaby Music; and “Regional No More– Mexican Music Goes Global” with Eslabon Armado, Los Dos Carnales and Carin Leon, which is moderated by Rancho Humilde‘s Jimmy Humilde.

For the first time, Billboard will launch a virtual streaming experience in partnership with LIVENow, offering viewing opportunities to international audiences. Passes for the livestream can now be purchased here. The star-studded 2021 Latin Music Week lineup also includes participation by García, Anitta, Elena RoseMyke TowersRauw Alejandro, EstemanRaymix, and Tainy, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the slogan “The Beat of Latin Music,” making its mark as the longest running and biggest Latin music industry gathering in the world, this year’s event will continue through the end of the week as Billboard launches its En Vivo concert series.

Carin León Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with Grupo Firme-Collab “El Tóxico”

It’s a special first for Carin León

The 32-year-old Mexican artist’s collaboration with Grupo Firme, “El Tóxico,” has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated September 11.

Carin León & Grupo Firme

It’s Leon’s first leader on any Billboard airplay chart. León had previously secured a first top 10 with chart entry in 2019 with “Me La Aventé” (No. 6 peak).

Grupo Firme adds its second top 10 on the chart.

“El Tóxico” leads with a 7% increase in audience impressions, to 5.3 million, in the week ending September 5, according to MRC Data., clocks a first No. 1.

Grupo Firme previously led Regional Mexican Airplay through its featured role in Lenin Ramirez’s “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo” (June 2020). In between, the Eduin Cazares-fronted band from Tijuana, Baja California, reached a No. 4 high with “No Estoy Perdiendo Nada,” with Enigma Norteño (October 2020).

 

“El Tóxico” concurrently picks up on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 16-13 jump (previously a No. 7 peak).

Joss Favela to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Joss Favela is ready to take the stage…

The 30-year-old Mexican award-winning songwriter and recording artist has been added to the lineup for the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will take place on Thursday, September 23.

Joss Favela

Favela is among the new additions to the performers roster that includes Guadalupe Pineda, Lucy Vives, Mau y Ricky and Yuri.

They join previously announced performers Banda MSCarlos VivesKarol GMarc AnthonyNicky Jam and Jhay Cortez.

The chart-topping artists will take the stage at the annual awards show that will broadcast live on Telemundo beginning at 7:00 pm ET with the traditional red carpet special followed by the awards show at 8:00 pm ET.

Banda MS, Vives, Karol G, Anthony, Cortez and Mau y Ricky are all finalists vying for awards in categories such as tropical artist of the year, solo, hot Latin song of the year and airplay song of the year. Bad Bunny leads the list with 22 nods. Maluma follows with 11, J Balvin with nine, and Karol, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards will also be simulcast on the Hispanic entertainment cable channel, Universo, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional.

Cardi B Earns Nine BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations

Cardi B is on Cloud Nine

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar leads the nominees for the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, alongside Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion, with nine nods each.

Cardi B

Cardi B is up for Hip Hop Artist of the Year, alongside Drake, J. Cole, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion and Tyler, the Creator.

Cardi B, nominated for Best Live Performer, Hustler of the Year and Beast Featured Verse for her appearance on Migos’ “Type Shit,” is also up for Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Best Hip Hop Video for “WAP,” her chart-topping single with Megan Thee Stallion.

Meanwhile, her history-making chart-topping single “Up,” is nominated for Best Hip Hop Video and Song of the Year.

BIA, whose full name is Bianca Miquela Landrau, has earned two nominations this year.

The 30-year-old half-Afro Puerto Rican rapper/singer is up for Best Collaboration and Song of the Year alongside Nicki Minaj for “Whole Lotta Money (Remix).”

Xamã, the 31-year-old Brazilian musical artist who released the single “Câncer” with Luisa Sonza, is nominated for Best International Flow.

“Our 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards nominees span generations and are a representation of the talented individuals who elevate hip hop culture in creative and diverse ways,” said Connie Orlando, EVP specials, music programming & music strategy for BET, in a statement.

Nominees across 17 categories were selected by a voting body of music industry insiders.

The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards will be taped at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Friday, October 1 and will premiere on BET on Tuesday, October 5, at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The show will simulcast internationally on BET Africa on Wednesday, October 6 AT 3:00 am CAT.

Voting for DJ of the year and best hip hop platform is now open at VoteHipHopAwards.com.

Here’s the complete list of 2021 BET Hip Hop Award nominees:

Hip hop album of the year
A Gangsta’s Pain, Moneybagg Yo
Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, The Creator
Culture III, Migos
Good News, Megan Thee Stallion
Khaled Khaled, DJ Khaled
Savage Mode II, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
The Off-Season, J. Cole

Song of the year
“Back in Blood,” Produced by YC (Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk)
“Late At Night,” Produced by Mustard (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now Cry Later,” Produced by G. Ry, Cardogotwings, Roget Chahayed & Yung Exclusive (Drake feat. Lil Durk)
“Up,” Produced by Yung DZA, Sean Island, DJ Swanqo (Cardi B)
“WAP,” Produced by Ayo & Keyz (Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
“Whole Lotta Money (Remix),” Produced By London Jae, Beatgodz, Tee Romano (Bia feat. Nicki Minaj)

Hip hop artist of the year
Cardi B
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Tyler, the Creator

Best hip hop video
Cardi B, “Up”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Saweetie feat. Doja Cat, “Best Friend”

Best new hip hop artist
Blxst
Coi Leray
Don Toliver
Morray
Pooh Shiesty
Yung Bleu

Best collaboration
21 Savage & Metro Boomin Feat. Drake, “Mr. Right Now”
Bia feat. Nicki Minaj, “Whole Lotta Money (Remix)”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DJ Khaled feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk, “Every Chance I Get”
Drake feat. Lil Durk, “Laugh Now Cry Later”
Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk, “Back in Blood”

Best duo or group
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Chris Brown & Young Thug
City Girls
Future & Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
Migos

Best live performer
Busta Rhymes
Cardi B
DaBaby
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion
Tyler, the Creator

Lyricist of the year
Benny the Butcher
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Nas

Best international flow
Ladipoe (Nigeria)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Xamã (Brazil)
Laylow (France)
Gazo (France)
Little Simz (UK)
Dave (UK)

Video director of the year
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Director X
Hype Williams
Missy Elliott

DJ of the year
Chase B
D Nice
DJ Cassidy
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Scheme
Kaytranada

Producer of the year
DJ Khaled
Hit-Boy
Metro Boomin
Mustard
The Alchemist
Tyler, the Creator

Hustler of the year
Cardi B
Drake
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion
Saweetie
Yung Bleu

Best hip hop platform
Complex
Genius
Hip Hop DX
Hot New Hiphop
The Breakfast Club
The Shade Room
Worldstar Hiphop
XXL

Sweet 16: best featured verse
Cardi B, “Type Shit” (Migos feat. Cardi B)
Drake, “Havin’ Our Way” (Migos feat. Drake)
Jay-Z, “What It Feels Like” (Nipsey Hussle feat. Jay-Z)
Lil Durk, “Back in Blood” (Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk)
Megan The Stallion, “On Me (Remix)” (Lil Baby feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
Roddy Ricch, “Lemonade (Remix)” (Internet Money feat. Don Toliver & Roddy Ricch)

Impact track
Black Thought , “Thought Vs Everybody”
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin, “We Win”
Meek Mill Feat. Lil Durk, “Pain Away”
Nipsey Hussle feat. Jay-Z, “What It Feels Like”
Rapsody, “12 Problems”

Ozuna Among the Los Angeles Performers for This Year’s Global Citizen Live Concert

Ozuna is preparing to go Global

Global Citizen Live has revealed the Los Angeles and London performer lineups, which includes the 29-year-old Puerto Rican singer, for its worldwide show on September 25.

Ozuna

Ozuna will play L.A.’s Greek Theatre as part of the multiple-network, 24-hour eventwhich will feature performances on six continents. His co-performers in the City of Angeles include Stevie WonderAdam Lambert, Chloe x HalleDemi Lovato, H.E.R., OneRepublic, The Lumineers and 5 Seconds of Summer. Wonder also played the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

Across the pond, Duran Duran will headline the London show at a to-be-determined location, with Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic and Rag’n’Bone Man also set. See the full lineups for the main concerts in New York City, Paris and Lagos, Nigeria, here.

Broadcast and streaming partners for Global Citizen Live include ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, Time and Twitter.

Global Citizen, the international advocacy group behind the Vax Live concert in Los Angeles on May 8, said this month’s event is aimed at defeating poverty, COVID-19 and climate change.

Global Citizen’s stated goal for the event is call on world leaders, major corporations and foundations to donate at least 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to those most in need by September, help the 41 million people on the brink of famine by contributing enough meals to feed everyone for the next year and combat climate change by developing science-based targets to reach net-zero emissions.

José Díaz-Balart to Anchor New Morning Program on MSNBC

José Díaz-Balart is switching things up…

The 60-year-old Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman will host a new 10:00 AM ET show on MSNBC, with Hallie Jackson taking over an anchor slot later in the day at 3:00 PM ET.

José Díaz-Balart

Díaz-Balart will end his role as anchor of Telemundo’s nightly newscast Noticias Telemundo at the end of the month, but will still anchor monthly specials and breaking news events.

José Díaz-Balart Reports will premiere on September 27.

Díaz-Balart will continue to anchor NBC Nightly News Saturday

When he began anchoring that newscast, he became the first journalist to anchor two different evening newscasts on separate broadcast networks in English and Spanish.

He’s won four Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

“I look forward to this unique role where I can reach different audiences in English and Spanish across the NBCUniversal News Group,” he said in a statement.

Díaz-Balart previously served as an anchor on MSNBC from 2014 to 2016. He joined Noticias Telemundo in 2000, anchoring programs including Esta Mañana, Cada Día, and Enfoque con José Díaz-BalartHe took over as the main anchor for Noticias Telemundo in 2009.

A priority of MSNBC President Rashida Jones has been to more clearly distinguish between the dayside news programming and the nighttime “perspective” shows.

The network also noted that the addition of Díaz-Balart is part of NBCUniversal News Group efforts to bring in more diverse voices, as the division chairman Cesar Conde has set a goal of 50% of the workforce to people of color and 50% to be women. NBC News and MSNBC have nine Latino anchors across broadcast, cable and streaming.