Gaby Espino to Host This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Gaby Espino is makin’ the host of the month…

The 42-year-old Venezuelan actress, model and presenter will host this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, set to take place on Wednesday, October 21, according to Telemundo and Billboard.

Gaby Espino

Espino, known for her starring role in Jugar con Fuego, will be joined by Nicaraguan presenter and host of Latinx Now!, Nastassja Bolivar, who will offer behind-the-scenes coverage.

Additionally, a wave of artists, actors and Telemundo personalities have been announced as awards presenters, including Aymee Nuviola, Christian Chávez, Frederik OldenburgIvy Queen, Jacky Bracamontes, Jeimy Osorio, Luis Ernesto FrancoNatalia Jiménez, Osvaldo BenavidesPedro Capó, Samadhi Zendejas, Silvia Navarro, and Sofía Castro.

The 2020 BLMAs, led by 14-time finalists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, is the only awards show to honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music. The awards are determined by the actual sales, streaming, radio airplay and social data that informs Billboard‘s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 2, 2019, through this year’s January 25 charts.

Camilo to Perform at Billboard’s Virtual Latin Music Week

Camilo is going virtual…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter will perform during Billboard‘s virtual Latin Music Week taking place October 20-23.

Camilo

Camilo’s showcase will wrap up Latin Music Week’s first day, October 20, and he’ll perform his hit songs “Favorito” and “Vida de Rico.”

Camilo’s showcase is the first showcase of the week, with Llane, Natalia Jiménez and Guaynaa, among others, scheduled to perform throughout the week.

Camilo is also part of the “On the Rise: Part 2” panel alongside Cazzu, Sech and Rauw Alejandro.

Inspired by Billboard’s biweekly franchise Latin Artist on the Rise, the panel will be moderated by Jessica Roiz, Billboard’s assistant editor.

Click here for the full schedule for Billboard Latin Music Week 2020.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary as the longest-running and biggest Latin music industry event, the three-day immersive experience dedicated to Latin Music, culture and entertainment, will feature intimate artist conversations, industry panels, workshops and performances. Additional participants and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

To reserve a spot and receive updates, RSVP here.

Jesse & Joy Release Star-Studded “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” Music Video in Support of LGBTI+ Community

Jesse & Joy are spreading the love with some all-star assistance…

The Mexican Latin Grammy-winning brother and sister duo has released the official music video for “Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)” and it features appearances by nearly 200 people from around the world, including artists like ThalíaJuanes and more.

Jesse & Joy

The music video speaks out against violence toward the LGBTI+ community and raises awareness about conversion therapies that to this day take place in Mexico and other parts of the world.

“Our music will always be there to remind you that you are beautiful just as you are,” the Mexican previously said about the song, included in their recently-released album Aire. “It’s called ‘Love’ and talks about love being the universal language, the language that all of us should speak.”

Toward the end of the video, the message is loud and clear: “A sexual orientation is nothing something that should be cured. Conversion therapies are acts of torture and violation of privacy.”

Featuring cameos by Latin artists like Mon Laferte, Natalia JiménezÁngela Aguilar, Alejandro SanzLaura PausiniKany GarcíaAna BárbaraTommy Torres, Sofía Reyes, Luis Fonsi, among others, the video was directed by Kacho López and Joy. 

The release coincides with the landmark ruling officially protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Profits from the video will be donated to the YAAJ MEXICO Foundation to help the organization continue their social work in Mexico and for their work supporting sexual violence young victims.

Alejandro Fernandez to Perform with Son & Father for the First Time Together at Latin Grammys

Alejandro Fernandezis preparing for a family affair…

The Latin Recording Academy has announced the first group of performers for the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards , including all three generations of the Fernandez family.

Alejandro Fernandez,

For the first time, the 48-year-old Mexican singer, his son Alex Fernández and his father Vicente Fernández will perform together. No word yet on what the Fernandez men will sing, but Mariachi Sol de México will accompany them on stage.

Current nominees Paula ArenasBad BunnyAlessia CaraDraco RosaXimena SariñanaSech and Sebastián Yatra are also confirmed to perform, plus Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón

As customary, the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (Juanes) is set to perform a medley with his best songs.

Last week, the Latin Recording Academy confirmed that Ricky Martin will host alongside Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega

The annual ceremony will broadcast live on Univision on November 14 from 8:00–11:00 pm ET/PT (7:00 pm Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Prince Royce to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Prince Royce is ready to take the international stage…

The 28-year-old Dominican American bachata singer has been added to the list of superstars set to perform at 2017 Latin American Music Awards 2017, according to Telemundo.

Prince Royce

Prince Royce, the reigning Favorite Tropical Artist, joins a list of performers that includes Chris Brown, Gente de Zona, Natalia Jimenez, Banda MS, Alejandra Guzmán, Gloria Trevi, hip hop legend Spiff TV, Pablo Alborán and Jesse & Joy.

The list of performers also includes upcoming acts like Spanish pop singer Abraham Mateo, Cuban pop music group Angeles, Puerto Rican “trap” singer Bad Bunny, regional Mexican singer Christian Nodal and Colombian singer/songwriter Manuel Medrano.

The “Latin AMAs” honors artists in the genres of Pop/Rock, Regional Mexican, Urban and Tropical, as well as categories for Favorite Crossover Artist, Favorite Collaboration, New Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, among others.

This year, Colombian superstars Shakira and Maluma top the list of nominees for the third annual awards show. Nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including, but not limited to, sales, airplay, streaming and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, at 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, October 26. The show is produced by Telemundo and Somos Productions.

Rivera Named Winner of Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids”

Christopher Rivera has La Voz… and the title to go with it.

The 14-year-old Puerto Rican singer has been named the winner of the fourth season of Telemundo’s La Voz Kids.

Christopher Rivera

Rivera, who auditioned for the show for the first time in 2013, but back then none of the coaches turned their seat, walked away with the winning vote during the season finale.

With his win, Rivera’s coach Natalia Jimenez earns her second victory on the show.

Jimenez Expecting Her First Child

Natalia Jimenez is preparing for a new role…

The 34-year-old Spanish singer has announced via social media that she’s pregnant with her first child with her agent and husband, Daniel Trueba.

Natalia Jimenez

“Surprise! Guess who is going to be a mom? We are very happy to share this story with everyone,” wrote the singer on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

To illustrate the announcement, the Madrid artist published a photo of her with two giant safety pins, although one of them has another smaller one inside it.

The former vocalist with the group La Quinta Estacion, who has lived in Miami since 2009 after residing in Mexico for seven years, said that she and her husband still don’t know the sex of their baby.

“We still don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, but we’re happy with whatever comes!” said the singer in response to a congratulatory message from Spanish music producer Tinet Rubira.
Jimenez two days ago posted on Instagram a photo showing almost her entire body and in which not the slightest sign of her pregnancy can be seen.

Last January she had announced her marriage to Trueba via social media with two photos, one of her with a wedding bouquet and the other of her hand with the wedding ring upon her finger.

Jimenez, who will perform on April 28 at the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony, and Trueba began dating in 2009.

That same year, the singer had canceled her wedding to Antonio Alcol just hours before the ceremony in the outskirts of Madrid.

Daddy Yankee Returning as a Coach for Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids”

Daddy Yankee is ready to kid around…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican singer is returning as a coach for the fourth season of Telemundo’s La Voz Kids alongside fellow returning coaches Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez.

La Voz Kids Daddy Yankee

La Voz Kids, scheduled to air this spring, features the young voices of the nation.

The new season, filmed at Universal Studios Orlando, offers the audience the opportunity to witness the development of future stars.

Last year, Jimenez’s team had the victory, when Jonael Santiago was selected the winner of the third season. Winners are determined by the audience and Santiago got votes from more than 1.2 million viewers.

Like The Voice, La Voz features three rounds: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds and the Final Stage. This season, the coaches will have the opportunity to save a contestant from the audience during the Battle Rounds with a new “Wild Card” system. During the final stage, viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favorites and, with the coaches, will decide who continues in the competition, who will go home and who will be the winner of La Voz Kids for the grand prize: a recording contract with Universal Music Latino.

Fifth Harmony to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammy Awards Show

Ally Brooke Hernandez, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui are ready to make their Latin Grammys debut.

Fifth Harmony

The Latina singers and their fellow Fifth Harmony members have been added to the performance lineup for this year’s awards show.

No word on what song the all-girl group, named to this year’s Billboard 21 Under 21 list, will perform, but the ladies did release a Spanish version of their hit single “Worth It.” Entitled “(Worth It) Dame Esta Noche,” was released earlier this summer.

In addition to Fifth Harmony, the Latin Recording Academy has booked OMIRicky MartinEspinoza PazMaluma and Banda el Recodo to take the stage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on November 19 for Latin music’s biggest night.

Six-time Grammy winners Banda El Recodo, Latin urban phenom Maluma and regional Mexican star  Paz each received one nomination this year — best banda album for Mi Vicio Más Grande, best urban performance for “El Tiki,” and best regional song for “Perdí La Pose,” respectively.

 

Pop idol Martin is also among this year’s nominees, having scored three nods: record of the year and song of the year for “Disparo Al Corazón” and best contemporary pop vocal album for A Quien Quiera Escuchar.

Previously announced performers include Julión ÁlvarezBomba Estéreo with Will SmithJ BalvinChoc Quib TownSilvestre DangondNicky JamNatalia JiménezNatalia LafourcadeJuan Luis GuerraMajor Lazer and mØ, Matisse, and Raquel Sofía.

Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Roberto Carlos will also grace the stage for a special performance.

Lafourcade to Perform at This Year’s Latin Grammy Awards Show

Natalia Lafourcade is certain to take the stage at this year’s Latin Grammys.

The 31-year-old Mexican pop-rock singer-songwriter, a five-time nominee for this year’s awards show, including nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, has joined the list of performers at the Latin Grammys on November 19.

Natalia Lafourcade

Lafourcade, a three-time Latin Grammy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, will take the stage of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There’s no word on what song she’ll perform.

She joins a growing roster of performers that includes Julión ÁlvarezSilvestre Dangond and Nicky Jam, along with a special performance by this year’s Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Roberto Carlos.

Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda and Silvestre Dangond each received one nomination. In the best banda album category, Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda are nominated for El Aferrado. Dangond is nominated with Lucas Dangond in the best cumbia/vallenato album category for Sigo Invicto.

Nicky Jam has two nominations for best urban performance: “Una Cita (Remix)” with Alkilados featuring J Alvarez & El Roockie, and “El Perdón” with Enrique Iglesias.

Previously announced performers include current nominees ChocQuibTownJ BalvinNatalia JiménezJuan Luis GuerraMatisse and Raquel Sofía.

The show, co-hosted by Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez and Mexican model and actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air live November 19 on Univision.