Mj Rodriguez Wins Best Actress – Television Prize at the Imagen Awards

Mj Rodriguez is celebrating her Imagen

This year’s Imagen Awards were doled out over the weekend, with the 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress taking home one of the night’s awards.

MJ Rodriguez

Rodriguez was named Best Actress – Television for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista on the FX groundbreaking television drama Pose, which was named Best Primetime Program – Drama alongside CBS’ Magnum P.I.

Pose, created by Ryan MurphyBrad Falchuk and Afro-Latino television writer/producer Steven Canals, features the largest cast of transgender actors to be starring as series regulars in a scripted show. In addition to Rodriguez, the series also stars 23-year-old Dominican actor Angel Bismark Curiel.

Anthony Ramos won the Best Actor – Feature Film prize for his role in Monsters and Men, which was named Best Feature Film, while Isabela Moner was namedBest Actress – Feature Film for her role inInstant Family.

Jon Seda was named Best Actor – Television for his role in Chicago P.D., while Wilmer Valderrama was named Best Supporting Actor – Television
for his role on NCIS.

Rita Moreno was named Best Supporting Actress – Television
for One Day at a Time, while Anthony Gonzalez was named Best Young Actor – Television for HBO’s  Icebox.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Imagen Awards were established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in media. The winners were judged and selected in 18 categories by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latinx community leaders.

The Imagen Foundation also honored Chairman of Endemol Shine Americasand CEO of Endemol Shine North America’s Cris Abregowith the prestigious Imagen President’s Awardand Luisa Leschinwith the Norman Lear Writer’s Award.

The complete list of winners can be read below.

Best Feature Film
Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Director
Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actor – Feature Film
Anthony Ramos, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actress – Feature Film
Isabela Moner, Instant Family (Paramount Pictures)

Best Primetime Program – Drama (TIE)
Magnum P.I. (CBS; CBS Television Studios, Universal Television, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, 101st Street Productions)
Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)

Best Primetime Program – Comedy
One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)

Best Primetime Program – Specials, Movies & Limited Series
Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Actor – Television 
Jon Seda, Chicago P.D. (NBC; Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television)

Best Actress – Television
Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)

Best Supporting Actor – Television
Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS (CBS; CBS Television Studios)

Best Supporting Actress – Television
Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)

Best Young Actor – Television
Anthony Gonzalez, Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Variety or Reality Show
Hip-Hop Houdini (Fuse; 7Beyond)

Best Children’s Programming
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

Best Documentary – Great Performances
John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway (PBS; NGL Studios & Diamante Content Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET & Latino Public Broadcasting)

Best Informational Program
Breaking Big (PBS; Ozy Media)

Best Short-Form Non-Fiction Program
SC Featured – A Dreamer’s Path (ESPN Deportes)

Best On-Air Advertising
Sexism (Orci)

Imagen Foundation to Honor Luisa Leschin with Writing Honor at This Year’s Imagen Awards

Luisa Leschin has the writestuff…

The 66-year-old El Salvadoran & Guatemalan television producer, actress, and voice-over artistwill be honored with the Norman Lear Writer’s Award at the 34th Annual Imagen Awards, which will be held August 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Luisa Leschin

Leschin is an industry veteran who has produced shows like George LopezEverybody Hates Chrisand East Los HighShe currently is the co-executive producer of the Netflixoriginal series Mr. Iglesias starring Gabriel Iglesiasand Sherri Shepherd.

“Norman Lear is a towering legend in the entertainment industry having create some of Hollywood’s most ground-breaking sitcoms,” said Leschin. “He has inspired every writer to think beyond the norm and is someone I have always looked up to. I’m beyond honored.”

Leschin has had her hand in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry. She began her career as a ballet dancer then turned to acting, having appeared in many iconic TV series including Beverly Hills 90210Love BoatER,QuincyFalcon CrestHill St. Blues and others. On the feature side, she has appeared in Saturday Night Fever and True Confessions.

The Norman Lear Writer’s Award honors those that have exhibited efforts towards increasing diversity within all aspects of the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Gloria Calderon KellettPeter Murrieta, John LeguizamoFred Armisenand Roberto Orci.

Residente to Receive BMI Champion Award

Residente is a true champion

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/songwriter will be receiving the BMI Champion Award at the 25th Annual BMI Latin Awards, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announces exclusively on Billboard.

Residente

It’s the first time in the history of the annual gala that the honor will be given to a Latin artist.

The Champion Award will recognize Residente’s musical career and philanthropic efforts.

“Outside of being one of Latin music’s most highly decorated award-winners, Residente is a true humanitarian,” said Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President of Creative, Latin Music in a statement.

The 22-time Latin Grammy winner now joins Keith Urban and Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-9), who were both honored with the champion award, in honor to their commitment to support the next generation of songwriters and music makers.

Meanwhile, Luis Fonsi will receive the BMI President’s Award at the ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA and hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and Delia Orjuela.

J Balvin’s “Ginza” Wins Big at the BMI Latin Music Awards

The accolades keep coming for J Balvin

The 31-year-old Colombian singer picked up a big prize at the annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

J Balvin

J Balvin, who recently joined voices with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello and Pitbull on a single for the latest Fast & Furious movie, earned Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016 honors for his hit single “Ginza.”

Horacio Palencia won Regional Mexican Song of the Year for his hit “Solo con verte” (Banda MS). He was also awarded with the Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year for the sixth time.

The iconic East L.A. band Los Lobos, whose career spans more than four decades, was honored with the special BMI Icon Award and celebrated by taking the stage and performing a medley of their classic tunes.

For the second year in a row, the BMI Latin publisher of the year award went to Sony/ATV Music Publishing with 14 songs among the most popular of the year, including Gente de Zona‘s “La gozadera,” Ricky Martin‘s “La mordidita” and Yandel‘s “Encantadora.”

Here’s the complete list of honorees:

Below is the complete list of winners.

Icon Award

LOS LOBOS

Regional Mexican Song of the Year 2016

SOLO CON VERTE
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2016

GINZA
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year 2016

HORACIO PALENCIA
Piénsalo
Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Solo Con Verte
Ya Te Perdí La Fe

Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year 2016

JOSÉ “GOCHO” TORRES
Ahora Que Te Vas
No Me Llamas
Si Lo Hacemos Bien

ARBISE “MOTIFF” GONZALEZ
La Gozadera
Me Voy Enamorando
Traidora

Latin Publisher of the Year 2016

SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
Ahora Que Te Vas
Disparo Al Corazón
Encantadora
Fanática Sensual
La Gozadera
La Mordidita
Lejos De Aquí
Me Voy Enamorando
No Me Llamas
Nota De Amor
Perdido En Tus Ojos
Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Te Busco
Traidora

Award Winning Songs

A Lo Mejor
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
GSALL Music
Universal Music-Careers

Ahora Que Te Vas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Bonito Y Bello
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Grandes Exitos Arpa Musical
Songs of Melody

Borro Cassette
Juan “Maluma” Londono

Cajita De Cartón
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Como Tú No Hay Dos
J. Martin “El Cuate” Garcia
Ruben “El Cuate” Garcia
Gar-Mex Music

Culpa Al Corazón
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
peermusic III, Ltd.

Debajo Del Puente
Salvador Aponte
Rogelio Salazar
Gar-Mex Music

Después De Ti, ¿Quién?
Espinoza Paz
Anval Music
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Disparo Al Corazón
Pedro Capó
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Timbasoul Publications
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

El Amor De Su Vida
Julio Cesar Bahumea Ayala
JA International Publishing

El Papel Cambio
Cuitla Vega
Las Quintas Music Publishing, Inc.

Encantadora
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Eduardo A. Vargas Berrios “Dynell”
Llandel Veguilla Malavé “Yandel”
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
La Leyenda Publishing
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Xuanlu Melody Music

Fanática Sensual
David Rafael Duran
Egbert Rosa “Haze”
Orlando Javier Valle Vega “Chencho”
Edwin F. Vásquez “Maldy”
Duran Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Ginza
J Balvin
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Juntos
Juanes
Parce Music LLC
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Wonderland Music Company, Inc.

La Gozadera
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

La Miel De Su Saliva
Alfonso Lizárraga
Editora Arpa Musical
LGA Music Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc.

La Mordidita
Beatriz Luengo
Ricky Martin
Dharmik Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Las Cosas De La Vida
Carlos Vives
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Write Bright Publishing

Lejos De Aquí
Víctor Viera Moore “Jumbo”
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Malditas Ganas
José Alfredo Ríos “El Komander”
peermusic III, Ltd.
Twiins House of Music

Me Voy Enamorando
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Miguel Ignacio Mendoza “Nacho”
Jesús Alberto Miranda “Chino”
Servando Moriche Primera Mussett
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Universal Music-Careers
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Muchachita Linda
Juan Luis Guerra
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Nada Más Por Eso
Jesús Omar Tarazón
BMG Platinum Songs
DEL Melodies

No Me Llamas
José “Gocho” Torres
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

No Quería Engañarte
Wilfran Castillo (SAYCO)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

No Valoraste
Roberto Tapia
Roberto Tapia Music

Nota De Amor
Juan Luis Morera Luna “Wisin”
Marcos Alfonso Ramírez Carrasquillo
Víctor R. Torres Betancourt
Carlos Vives
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Yele Publishing

Panchito El F1
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Perdido En Tus Ojos
Natti Natasha
Don Omar
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.

Piénsalo
Geovani Cabrera
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Pongámonos De Acuerdo
Alfredo Olivas
JA International Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente
Horacio Palencia
Songs of Matanga Publishing

Que Aún Te Amo
Mario Alberto Zapata Montalvo
Editora Marcha Musical

¿Qué Tal Si Eres Tú?
Alejandro Bassi
Tigres Del Norte Ediciones Musicales

Qué Tiene Él
Keith Nieto
Aztekas Publishing

Si Lo Hacemos Bien
Norgie Noriega
José “Gocho” Torres
Noriega Music Publishing
Platinum Muse Music Publishing LLC
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solita
D’Lesly Lora
Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas
Yonathan Then
Dice World Publishing
Mickey Then Publishing
peermusic III, Ltd.
Tenyor Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Solo Con Verte
Horacio Palencia
Briser Publishing

Suena La Banda
Mario Quintero
Canciones Primo Music

Sunset
Tarik Johnston “Rvssian”
Shaggy
Nikolas “Sniggy” Silvera
NW Collections
Ten27 Diamond Music
Universal-Música Unica Publishing

Te Busco
José Fernando Suárez “Cosculluela”
Eduardo Gonzalez
Luis Jorge Romero
Elijah Alexander Sarraga
Aquos Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Evo Black Music
Knockout Trax
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
peermusic III, Ltd.
Young Hollywood Music Group

Te Cambio El Domicilio
Jesús Omar Tarazón
Andaluz Music, Inc.

Traidora
Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez
Pull The Plug Music
Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC

Un Desengaño
Cesar Andres Alaffa
Juan José Paez Paez (SACM)
SER-CA Publishing, Inc.

Vete Acostumbrando
Rodolfo Carlo Pérez Bribiesca
Sodin Productions LLC

Y Por Lo Pronto
Alfredo Olivas
Universal Music-Careers

¿Y Qué Ha Sido De Ti?
Espinoza Paz
Don Corazon Publishing
Los Compositores Publishing
Sublime Lyrics
Universal Music-Careers

Ya Te Perdí La Fe
Horacio Palencia
Ferca Global Publishing
Universal Music-Careers

 

Los Lobos to Receive BMI Icon Award

The members of Los Lobos are reuniting for a special honor…

The multiple Grammy-winning rock band from East Los Angeles, best known for their hit version of “La Bamba,” will receive the BMI Icon Award during the organization’s 24th annual Latin Awards.

Los Lobos

The event, to be hosted by BMI president & CEO Mike O’Neill and Delia Orjuela, BMI VP of Latin Writer/Publisher Relations, will be held March 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Formed in 1973 by David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lozano — fellow students at Garfield High School in East L.A. — Los Lobos (the group also includes Steve Berlin and Enrique Gonzalez), have been doing Latin music long before Latin music was cool, blending rock ‘n roll with Chicano roots.

The group, bilingual and bicultural before the concept became a buzzword, rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 with their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” the same year they won a Grammy in the-then newly instated category of Best Mexican American Performance for the song “Anselma.”

Los Lobos’ exploration of the musical landscape has continued unabated, spanning Latin, folk, rock and even R&B. They’ve collected three Grammy awards along the way, plus Billboard’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

The BMI Icon Award, whose past recipients include Gloria Estefan, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton and Carlos Santana, is presented to songwriters who have had unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.

“Los Lobos have been musical ambassadors to the Mexican-American community,” said BMI’s Orjuela in a statement. “Their music reflects the diversity and musical heritage of America, weaving together blues, rock, norteño, and cumbia.”

During the March 21 ceremony, BMI will also honor the Latin songwriter, song and publisher of the year plus the writers and publishers of BMI’s most-performed songs of the past year.

This will also mark the first time ever that BMI expands its criteria for determining winners; in addition to terrestrial radio performances, data will also include streaming and satellite radio.

Cuarón Named Best Director at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

Alfonso Cuarón really does know how to make movies for grownups

The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker, nominated for three Academy Awards, recently picked up the trophy for Best Director at the 13th annual AARP Movies for Grownups awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Alfonso Cuarón

The voting process for the 16 categories took place in early December 2013 and was officially announced in January. Nebraska’s Bruce Dern, who won for best actor, received a standing ovation. Calling the event a “geezer’s dinner,” Dern went on to say, “I’m very grateful, and I’ll tell you why. When Nebraska found out that I won an AARP award, they thought that was the biggest award there is,” joked Dern in his speech.

Cuarón won the award for his critically acclaimed 3d sci-fi thriller Gravity, which has earned numerous awards this season.

When I started with Gravity, I was not eligible to be a member of AARP,” the director joked. “Cinema is transcending generations and I’m grateful for all of you who saw the film. The adversity in the movie is constant in our life and it shapes who we are.”

Meanwhile, Philomena Lee, the real-life inspiration for Philomena, also received a standing ovation as she accepted best actress award on Judi Dench’s behalf, who was in India filming The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2

Herrera Honored by EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund

She may be a noted fashion designer, but Carolina Herrera is also an extremely charitable woman…

The 74-year-old Venezuelan-born designer was honored by the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund at an event hosted by Chelsea Handler.

Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera

Herrera, who received the Nat King Cole Award, was recognized for her contributions to philanthropic organizations. Meanwhile, the night’s other honoree Kylie Minogue accepted the Courage Award for her dedication to spreading awareness following her triumph over breast cancer.

The 16th annual event, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel by Saks Fifth Avenue, benefited the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in the campaign for finding a cure.

Attendees included Kobe Bryant, Angie Harmon, Mitch Glazer, Kelly Lynch, Julianne Hough and Amber Valletta. Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw, and co-founders Kelly Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch, joined guests in an effort to garner continued support for innovative cancer research.

“I want us to find a cure for breast cancer,” Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter about her support for the organization. “I want there to be a blood test where you can easily find out if you’re at risk.”

The EIF’s WCRF also funds research conducted at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutions, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The evening closed with a musical performance by Bruno Mars.

Parrilla to Receive NHMC Impact Award

She may portray the Evil Queen on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, but Lana Parrilla is still a force to be reckoned with… And now she’s being recognized for her impact…

The 35-year-old half Puerto Rican actress will be one of this year’s honorees at the 16th annual Impact Awards ceremony on February 22, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Lana Parrilla

Sponsored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), the Impact Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the positive portrayal of Latinos in media.

Along with recognizing Parrilla, the NHMC will honor SuitsGina Torres and Homeland’s Morena Baccarin at the ceremony on February 22, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Last year’s honorees included the Dog Whisper Cesar Millan, A Beautiful Life’s Chris Weitz, Private Practice’s Benjamin Bratt, Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza, Napoleon Dynamite’s Efren Ramirez, and Fast & FuriousMichelle Rodriguez.

The NHMC is a non-partisan, non-profit media advocacy and civil rights organization that has been the leader in the mission to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment; professional development programs; and challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes.