Selena Gomez to Receive Arts Award During This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards

Selena Gomez is being recognized for representin’…

The 28-year-old Mexican American singer will receive the Arts Award during the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will air on October 6 on PBS stations and streamed on PBS.org.

Selena Gomez

At the same ceremony, Bad Bunny will receive the Vision Award, and actress Jessica Alba will receive the Business Award for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there won’t be a live ceremony. The PBS special will feature filmed performances from across the U.S. and Latin America.

The awards were created by the White House in 1987 and commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, said in a statement that he is “thrilled to recognize Selena Gomez with the Arts Award for her impact on American and global culture through her music [and] movies but also for her courage as an advocate for mental health.”

In April of this year, Gomez revealed that she has bipolar disorder. She has discussed her condition in several interviews.

In his statement, Tijerino praised Gomez’s courage in opening up about her mental health challenges.

“There’s power in vulnerability and Selena has made it okay to talk about difficult issues we all deal with, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Selena is a role model for so many for so many reasons.”

Gomez has been a pop star for more than a decade, first as the leader of Selena Gomez & the Scene, and since 2013 as a solo artist. All three of her solo studio albums, Stars Dance, Revival and Rare, have reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

In November 2019, Lose You to Love Me” became her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aguilar to be Honored at the Hispanic Heritage Awards

Pepe Aguilar is preparing to celebrate an extra special Hispanic Heritage Month…

The 46-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter is among the Latino luminaries being feted at this year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 18.

Pepe Aguilar

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has announced that Aguilar, among others, will be honored at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., with PBS airing the awards show as a one-hour special on September 29.

Aguilar, a four-time Grammy winner and four-time Latin Grammy winner, will receive the Master of Arts award in recognition of his thriving career in the music industry.

In addition to Aguilar, the 2014 honorees include the Hayden High School Robotics Team (Education), Bernie Williams (Sports), Carlos Vives (Legend), Henry R. Munoz III (Leadership), Zoe Saldana (Vision), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (Science Technology Engineering Math) and a special recognition for the 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, “The Borinqueneers.”

“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history, and we are proud to recognize that impact. Beyond celebrating our past success, we are focused on the future. Now more than ever, Latinos will play a vital role in moving America forward.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards were launched in 1987 by the White House as a way to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

The awards receive support from about 40 national institutions who co-host the program.

Longoria Among This Year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees

She’s one of the Latino community’s biggest advocates… And, now Eva Longoria is being recognized for her efforts.

The 38-year-old Mexican American actress, who recently received a special award from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), has been named a Hispanic Heritage Awards honoree.

Eva Longoria II

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) recently announced this year’s eight honorees, with the former Desperate Housewives star at the top of the list.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments,

Longoria will receive the Community Service Award, for her endless list of charitable and political efforts within the Latino community.

Here’s a look at the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees:

  • Actress Eva LongoriaCommunity Service Award
  • Musical Group Los Tigres Del NorteLegend Award
  • Chef Jose Andres, Design Award
  • Superintendant Alberto CarvalhoEducation Award
  • Voto Latino President Maria Teresa KumarLeadership Award
  • Actress and Singer LuceroVision Award
  • Actor/Director/Producer Diego LunaInspira Award
  • Race Car Driver Juan Pablo MontoyaSports Award
  • Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award

“The Hispanic Heritage Awards are proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the HHF. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history on America and the world and it’s an honor to be an organization established by the White House to recognize that impact.”

Longoria and her fellow honorees will be celebrated during the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The awards presentation will be broadcast on MundoFox on Sunday, September 15, at 6:00 pm EST.

Levy to Serve as a Hispanic Heritage Foundation Spokesperson

He may not have claimed the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy in the end, but William Levy did manage to capture America’s hearts and attention. And, now he’s using his increased popularity to inspire Latino youth…

The 31-year-old Cuban-American telenovela star and DWTS third-place finisher has been named a  spokesman for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) 2012 Youth Awards.

William Levy

As an official representative, Levy will reach out to high school seniors in Latino communities throughout the United States to address the importance of identifying and nurturing leadership qualities in students in the classroom to give them a better edge when applying for various academic grants provided by the organization in disciplines like Education, Math and Engineering, Healthcare and more.

HHF Vice President and Executive Producer Maria-Esmeralda Paguaga says Levy is the perfect spokesperson because he’s a major contributor and active model in his efforts to invite the youth of the Latino community to reach their true potential.

“As an agent of change and role model for achievement, William offers inspiration and enthusiasm to our Latino youth to continue shaping a brilliant future for our community,” says Paguaga.

In his role, Levy will campaign to get students to take on leadership role in the workforce for the better good of the country.

For more information about the HHF, visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

Awarding Juanes’ “Vision”…

It’s no surprise he’s one of Latin Music’s biggest stars, but Colombian rock superstar Juanes also has a big corazon. And, he’ll be recognized for his philanthropy and activism next month in our nation’s capital.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced today that the organization will present Juanes with its Vision Award at this year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards in recognition of his musical talent and commitment to humanitarian causes.

“Juanes is an artist in every sense of the word. His talents extend far and beyond the stage and bright lights,” asserts María-Esmeralda Paguaga, the executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards. “It’s refreshing to have an artist of Juanes’ caliber use his voice and platform as a vehicle for change, and most importantly, as an advocate for peace.”

Hailing from Medellín Colombia, Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez better known as Juanes is a Grammy and multiple Latin Grammy winner, with a record 17 awards making him the Latin Recording Academy’s most heralded artist. He’s sold over 15 million albums worldwide and was hailed as Latin Music’s “Star of the Decade” by Billboard magazine.

Juanes has topped the charts with several songs that have become cultural anthems championing Latino pride, the power of love and respect for all mankind through the elimination of violence. He’s also taken his advocacy well beyond music through his own Fundación Mi Sangre and as a co-founder and principal organizer of the historic Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) concerts.  Through his work for the Mi Sangre Foundation, Juanes has become an internationally recognized leader in the fight to ban landmines, as he and the foundation work to protect the children of Colombia from the dangers of armed conflict and give them a voice in building the country’s future. Expanding beyond the borders of Colombia, Juanes has also become a global proponent in the fight to guarantee a basic right to peace for all.

“May we be able to understand the importance of turning hate into love, Juanes advises us in his song ‘Odio Por Amor,'” says Paguaga. “This sentiment represents one of the many reasons that the Hispanic Heritage Awards is proud to honor this singer, musician, producer and philanthropist with the Vision Award.”

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Awards, celebrating their 25th anniversary, will be held on September 15, 2011, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan as the official celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs between September 15 and October 15.