Amaya to Host the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards

Rafael Amaya will help celebrate Mexico’s best musicians next month…

The 36-year-old Mexican actor, model and singer will co-host the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards with Cuban actress Aylín Mujica on October 9, live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Rafael Amaya

The Billboard Mexican Music Awards are the only awards show on a major network that celebrates Mexican music, and this year’s hosts reflect the close contact that exists between the show and its music and fans.

Amaya, one of Latino film and television’s top actors, most recently played the lead in record-setting series El Señor de los Cielos and also played the role of El Guero Dávila in La Reina del Sur. He has previously co-hosted the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Mujica, on her end, is one of the most established actresses in Latin television and starred in the telenovelas Corazón Valiente and Aurora. She has also co-hosted the Billboard Latin Music Awards in past years.

Finalists for the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards vie for top honors in 32 categories, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year-New, Digital Download Artist of the Year, Airplay Artist of the Year, and various categories for Banda, Norteño, Ranchero/Mariachi and Duranguense/Grupero/Cumbia Music.

The list of finalists is led by Gerardo Ortiz, the late Jenni Rivera, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, Roberto Tapia, Voz de Mando, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga, Calibre 50, 3BallMTY and Joan Sebastian.

The Billboard Mexican Music Awards will air live on Telemundo on October 9.

For a full list of finalists, click here.

Mujica to Host Telemundo’s “Top Chef: Estrellas”

Aylín Mujica’s television career is cookin’ up…

The 38-year-old Cuban telenovela actress, model and ballet dancer will serve as the host of Top Chef: Estrellas, the Spanish-language version of Bravo‘s popular culinary competition series Top Chef.

Aylín Mujica

The new original version from Telemundo will feature eight Hispanic celebrities competing for the Top Chef title and a $100,000 prize, which will be doled out to the charity of their choice.

The celebrities will be featured cooking their favorite dishes under the guidance and coaching of professional chefs. Like the U.S. version, the chefs will participate in weekly competitions and use different “tools” in their preparations to impress the celebrity chefs and survive the competition. L

Latina chef and TV host Lorena Garcia will host alongside Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu.

Telemundo is looking to build on the massive success of La Voz Kids, the network’s Spanish-language version of NBC’s The Voice.

Mujica most recently starred as the main villain, Fernanda, in Corazon Valiente. She’s also had roles in Aurora, Niños Ricos, Pobres Padres and La Dueña.