Kali Uchis to Receive Billboard Latin Women in Music’s Rising Star Award

Kali Uchis’ star is on the rise…

The 29-year-old Colombian American singer and songwriter will be honored at the 2024 Billboard Latin Women in Music program, per Billboard and Telemundo.

Kali UchisThis celebration, which highlights the efforts of Latin women musicians who are “proactively working for positive change, inclusion and gender parity in the music industry,” will see Uchis receive the Rising Star award.

Uchis “has quickly climbed the charts since releasing her first album in 2018,” the statement continues, “earning her this year’s Rising Star honor, a recognition and celebration of an emerging talent’s success in growing their musical prowess and solidifying their place in the industry.”

The singer, songwriter and record producer has successfully alternated between English and Spanish-language projects, while defying music genres with music that blends elements of R&B, neo-soul, pop, and Latin rhythms.

Her smash hit “telepatía” has amassed over 2 billion streams and is the Billboard Hot 100 longest-running Spanish song by a solo act this decade with a 23-week streak.

Uchis joins a list of previously announced honorees for this year that include Camila CabelloGloria Estefan (Legend), Ana Bárbara (Lifetime Achievement), Ángela Aguilar (Musical Dynasty) and Kany García (Spirit of Change).

In the coming weeks, additional honorees and details will be announced for the second annual Billboard Latin Women in Music ceremony, which will be hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes.

The Billboard Latin Women in Music program will air exclusively on Telemundo on Sunday, June 9, at 9:00 pm ET, and will be simultaneously available on the Telemundo app and Peacock.

Shakira Among Headlining Acts for This Year’s Bésame Mucho Festival in Los Angeles

Shakira is embracing the besos

The Bésame Mucho Festival has unveiled its 2024 lineup, with the 47-year-old Colombian global superstar among this year’s headlining acts.

Shakira Returning December 21 to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for its third year, other confirmed headliners include Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Los Tigres del Norte, Juanes, Banda MS, Carlos Vives, Gloria Trevi, Paulina Rubio and more.

Bésame Mucho has established itself as a popular multi-generational event thanks to the variety of artists who perform across different stages.

For its 2024 edition, Latin rock lovers will be able to enjoy acts such as Elefante, Belanova and Enanitos Verdes.

Música Mexicana fans can catch Ana Barbara, El Fantasma, Grupo Pesado and Alicia Villarreal.

The tropical junkies can dance the night away to Elvis Crespo, Bacilos and Proyecto Uno.

This will mark Shak’s second appearance at the festival.

Earlier this year, she made a surprise announcement via a video message during Grupo Frontera’s set at the first inaugural Bésame Mucho Festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

The artist used the festival grounds to tease fans with a preview of her Frontera collaboration “(Entre Paréntesis)” ahead of the release of her seventh studio album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran.

“Hola mi gente de Bésame Mucho, I leave you with my friends from Grupo Frontera and a preview of our next song ‘(Entre Paréntesis),’” Shakira said in Spanish. The group then went on to play around half a minute of the norteño track.

Bésame Mucho Festival

Early access to presale tickets begins at 10:00 am PT on Friday, May 24 via BesameMuchoFestival.com.

Ana Bárbara to Launch 30+ Date Tour to Celebrate Three Decades in Music

Ana Bárbara is preparing to hit the road in celebration of her stories career…

The 53-year-old Mexican singer will celebrate her three decades in music with a 30-plus date tour that will kick off August 2 in Reno, Nevada.

Ana Bárbara Called the Reina Grupera Tour 2024, produced by Reventon Promotions and EDIM Talent in a joint effort, the stint will make stops in Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta and other major cities across the United States before wrapping up in Chicago on November. 16.

“To be able to celebrate my 30th anniversary with the real protagonists, my fans, is special because I can be an artist, composer, singer, but if I don’t have them, then I might as well just celebrate at home,” she tells Billboard. “Those who were there at the very beginning have passed this musical taste to their children, to new generations, so it is a family celebration because Ana Bárbara’s music has always been very familiar, I feel very excited.”

Known as the Grupera Queen (La Reina Grupera), last year, Bárbara became the first regional Mexican female songwriter to ever receive a BMI Icon Award, the highest honor presented by the performance rights organization.

Born Altagracia Ugalde Motta in San Luis Potosí, she is one of the most consequential female artists in regional Mexican music, which has for many years been dominated by men.

Since launching her career in the ’90s, she’s racked up 16 hits on the Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart and 12 on Hot Latin Songs.

Earlier this year, Bárbara was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Premio Lo Nuestro, where she dedicated her award to Mexican women and Mexican music.

“The idea for this production is to have a great impact because it takes us back to this era where the woman with boots and sombrero was not the common denominator, but from day one I felt very proud of my roots and that pride is what is going to be projected in the production along with the music,” she said.

Tickets will be available for general sale on April 19 at 10 a.m. local time via reventonpromotions.com and anabarbara.com.

Here are Ana Bárbara’s Reina Grupera Tour 2024 dates:

Aug. 2 — Reno, Nev. — Silver Legacy Resort- Grand Exposition Hall
Aug. 3 — Santa Rosa, Calif. — Luther Burbank Center
Aug. 9 — Seattle — Moore Theatre
Aug.10 – Portland, Ore. — Newmark Theatre
Aug. 17 — Santa Barbara, Calif. — Arlington Theatre
Aug. 18 — San Jose, Calif. — San Jose Performing Arts
Aug. 23 — Bakersfield, Calif. — Fox Theatre
Aug. 24 — Oxnard, Calif. — Oxnard California Performing Arts
Aug. 30 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove
Aug. 31 — Fresno, Calif. — Saroyan Theatre
Sept. 6 — Tucson, Ariz. — Linda Ronstadt Hall
Sept. 7 — Mesa, Ariz. — Mesa Arts Center
Sept.12 — Yuma, Ariz. — Quechan Casino Resort
Sept. 13 — Cabazon, Calif. — Morongo Casino
Sept. 14 — Las Vegas — The Pearl Theatre
Sept. 27 — Houston — Arena Theatre
Sept. 28 — McAllen, Texas — McAllen Performing Center
Oct. 4 — Hadden Township, N.J. — The Ritz Theatre Company
Oct. 5 — New York — United Palace
Oct. 6 — Boston — Lynn Auditorium
Oct. 11 — Charlotte, N.C. — Ovens Theater
Oct. 12 — Atlanta — Center Stage Theatre
Oct. 13 — Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 18 — San Antonio — Majestic Theatre
Oct. 19 — Austin, Texas — Paramount Theatre
Oct. 24 — Wichita, Kan. — Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 25 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Kiva Auditorium
Oct. 26 — El Paso, Texas — The Plaza Theatre
Nov. 1 — Los Angeles — Youtube Theater
Nov. 2 — San Diego — The Magnolia Theatre
Nov. 8 — San Juan, Puerto Rico — Coca Cola Music Hall
Nov. 9 — Orlando, Fla. — House of Blues
Nov. 15 — Minneapolis — Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 16 — Chicago — Rosemont Theatre

Ana Bárbara Becomes First Regional Mexican Songwriter to Receive BMI Icon Award

Ana Bárbara is celebrating a history-making win…

The 52-year-old Mexican singer, actress, television personality and model became the first regional Mexican songwriter to ever receive a BMI Icon Award.

Ana BárbaraAna Barbara received the award at the BMI Latin Awards, which took place on March 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

“As an iconic female Regional Mexican artist, whose body of work continues to be an indomitable inspiration for the creative community, we’re thrilled to name Ana Bárbara a BMI Icon,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “Dubbed as La Reina Grupera, she has forged a career that spans decades. Her artistic achievements have paved the way for the next generation of female songwriters in the genre and earned the respect of the industry at large as one of the most groundbreaking songwriters of all time. For that, we salute Ana as a true icon and look forward to celebrating all our top music creators behind some of today’s most-performed Latin songs.”

The “Bandido” singer joins an elite group of artists who have received BMI’s highest honor including Carlos SantanaGloria EstefanJuan Luis GuerraLos Tigres Del Norte and Los Lobos, among others. Throughout her 30-year career — which she kicked off in the early ’90s with her self-titled debut album in 1994 — Ana Bárbara has a total of 16 entries on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, four of those are top 10 hits including “La Trampa” and “Me Asusta Pero Me Gusta.” On the Regional Mexican Airplay tally, she’s entered 21 songs, five of which hit the top 10.

Edgar Barrera, the prolific songwriter who seamlessly navigates between genres, was given the first ever Impact award for his remarkable presence and influence across the charts of many genres.

The evening — hosted by BMI President/CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Latin Jesus Gonzalez — was also evening of encores. Tainy won the contemporary songwriter of the year award for the second year in a row, and Horacio Palencia also repeated his regional Mexican songwriter of the year award, this time tying with Barrera.

Sony Music Publishing, home to Tainy and Barrera, took home the contemporary Latin publisher of the year award, marking the seventh time in 10 years that it does so.

Universal Music Publishing Group won Regional Mexican publisher of the year, and the smash “Pepas” — performed by Farruko and written by Víctor Cardenas VIIC, IAMCHINO, Axel Quezada “Ghetto” and Keriel K4G Quiróz — was named contemporary Latin song of the year. “Jugaste y Sufrí” by Daniel Balderrama Espinoza won the Regional Mexican song of the year.

But the belle of the ball was undoubtedly Aba Bárbara. The Mexican singer, resplendent in a shimmering dress with a pink feathered skirt, delivered a set of her own compositions, backed by a her band and ending with “Lo Busqué,” during which she accompanied herself on guitar. The performance was a reminder of just how prolific Ana Bárbara has been in her 30-year career, placing 16 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and 14 on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart.

“Songwriting was something I didn’t always speak about,” Bárbara told Billboard earlier. “I was always shy about my songwriting, from the time I wrote [her first major hit] ‘Quise Olvidar,’ because composing wasn’t common among women. Now, I believe in all my songs, and I believe they’re all for me.”

Her inspirations, said Ana Bárbara, were the greats of Mexican music, including José Alfredo Jiménez; Joan Sebastian and Marco Antonio Solís, who both mentored her; and Ana Gabriel, also a singer and composer.

Now, Gabriel is also inspiring a new generation, as evidenced by the opening number of the night, a tribute to her music performed by young Mexican singers Adriana Ríos, Alisun Solís, Angélica Gallegos and Lupita Infante.

Lupita Infante Signs First Major Label Record Deal with Sony Music Latin

Lupita Infante is officially a big deal 

Sony Music Latin has signed the Mexican American mariachi, norteño, and ranchera singer to her first record deal with a major label.

Lupita InfanteBefore signing with Sony, Infante had been releasing music as an indie artist, including her 2019 Grammy-nominated debut album La Serenata.

“I am thrilled to sign with Sony Music, a team that is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. To be on a label with such a deep legacy and to be a part of a roster with such remarkable talent is a dream come true,” Infante told Billboard. “Being an independent artist was very important for me, it gave me the opportunity to grow in so many ways. Now I want to take my work to the next level! The people at Sony Music understand me and my artistry, and together we want to make history in the Mexican music scene!”

Sony Music Latin president Alex Gallardo added, “Mexican-music fans are eager to hear more women’s voices. Lupita Infante has the preparation, the voice, the songwriting skill and the credibility to lead a revolution in the industry, which is long overdue.”

A graduate of UCLA, where she completed a degree in ethnomusicology, the mariachi and norteña singer is the granddaughter of renowned and iconic ranchera singer Pedro Infante.

Her 2019 Grammy nod was followed by a nomination at the 2020 Latin Grammys where her song “Dejaré” was up for best regional Mexican song.

Most recently, Infante was part of Billboard‘s 2021 Latin Music Week where she was joined by Ana Bárbara, Adriana Rios and Ivonne Galaz in BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel.

There, she spoke about representing a new generation of female artists in the male-dominated genre that is regional Mexican, and she also spoke on inspiration and embracing the duality of her identity.

“I’m bicultural, Mexican-American, but I feel more Mexican and people criticize me saying, ‘You’re not Mexican.’ But when you grow up knowing that your grandfather is Pedro Infante, finding your identity isn’t easy,” she passionately said during the conversation in Miami. “I just remember wanting to have that ranchero style that represented our genre. And because I’m in mariachi, there are so many rules with our outfits.”

The announcement of her new deal coincides with the upcoming release of her first single under Sony titled “Hazme Tuya.” The track is out Friday, April 1.

Anitta to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Anitta will be bringing the heat to the Latin AMAs

Telemundo has announced the second wave of performers to take center stage at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards next month, with the 27-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter making the list.


Anitta joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Juanes, Manuel Turizo, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Wisin, Yandel, Ziggy Marley, Alaina Castillo, Cami, Carlos Rivera, Juhn, Mariah Angeliq, Natanael Cano, Sofía Reyes and Yendry.

Underwood will join David Bisbal for their first-ever television performance of “Tears of Gold,” Ricky and Carlos Vives, as well as Ziggy and Maluma, will present their upcoming collaborations, Juanes will serenade fans with a new song from his soon-to-be-released album, and Karol G will take the stage with Mariah Angeliq for an exclusive TV premiere, to name a few.

They join the first wave of performers, which included Ana Bárbara, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Bisbal, Eslabon Armado, Gerardo Ortiz, Joss Favela, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales, Maluma, Myke Towers, Nicky Jam, Piso 21 and a special tribute to the late Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan “El Poeta del Pueblo” Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican, and the newly added favorite virtual concert.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 15, from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

Maluma to Perform at This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Maluma is heading to the Latin American Music Awards

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter is set to perform at the Latin AMAs, according to Telemundo.

Maluma, ELLE Magazine

Maluma joins a roster of recently announced performers that includes Ana BárbaraBanda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, CamiloCarlos VivesDavid BisbalEslabon ArmadoGerardo OrtizJoss FavelaKarol G, Los Dos Carnales, Myke TowersNicky Jam and Piso 21.

Artists like Banda MS, Maluma, Ortiz, and Karol G will all take the stage with exclusive television premieres.

The sixth annual ceremony will include a special star-studded tribute to the late Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Joan “El Poeta del Pueblo” Sebastian.

Following safety protocols to protect the health and safety of all involved, the 2021 awards show will honor some of the most influential Latin artists of today, as voted by fans in 25 categories including pop, urban, tropical, regional Mexican and the newly added favorite virtual concert.

This year’s top nominees include Karol G and J Balvin with nine nominations each, followed by Bad Bunny with eight, Ozuna with seven, and Anuel AA and Camilo with six each.

Winners for all categories will be determined by fan voting via LatinAMAs.com/vota and on Twitter @LatinAMAS by using the hashtag #LatinAMAs.

The 2021 Latin AMAs, hosted by actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, will air at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, via Telemundo and will broadcast simultaneously on Universo and throughout the Americas on Telemundo Internacional.

Christian Nodal Wins Two Awards at the Premios de la Radio

Christian Nodal is the reyof radio…

This year’s Premios de la Radio have been doled out, recognizing the best of Regional Mexican music, with the 20-year-old Mexican singer and songwriter taking home two awards.

Christian Nodal

Nodal nabbed Male Artist of the Year and Mariachi Song of the Year for his single “De Los Besos Que Te Di.” 

Banda MStook home the night’s biggest prize… Artist of the Year. The Mexican band was also named Banda of the Year

Other winners included Calibre 50El Fantasma, rising urban corrido artist Natanael Cano and Ana Barbara, who won Female Artist of the Year, a category that returned after three years. 

Gloria Trevi was the night’s opening act, performing a cumbia version of her single “Abranse Perras,” produced exclusively for the event by producer Toy Selectah of Control Machete. Trevi was also recognized with a special award for Highest Rated Female Mexican Star in the World.

Various tributes to place Thursday night, including a heartfelt homage by Banda MS to the late Mexican singer José José.Grupo BroncoLos Huracanes del Norteand Pancho Barrazaalso received tributes. 

Following performances by La AdictivaLos Angeles AzulesLegado 7, and others, the awards show came to an end with a special cumbia tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla with a medley performanceby Belinda(“Baila Esta Cumbia”), Chiquis(“Techno Cumbia”), Edith Marquez(“No Debes Jugar”) and Ana Barbara(“Fotos y Recuerdos”). 

Here’s the complete winner’s list:

Artist of the Year: Banda MS
Female Artist of the Year:Ana Bárbara
Male Artist of the Year: Christian Nodal
Banda of the Year: Banda MS
Banda Song of the Year: “A través del vaso” Banda los Sebastianes
Mariachi Song of the Year: “De los besos que te di” Christian Nodal
Norteño Song of the Year: “Simplemente Gracias” Calibre 50
Sierreña Song of the Year: “Lluvia en tus pestañas” Virlán García
Collaboration of the Year: “Amor a Primera Vista” Los Ángeles Azules, Belinda, Horacio Palencia y Lalo Ebratt
Corrido of the Year: “Aerolíneas Carrillo” Gerardo Ortiz y T3r Elemento
Urban Corrido of the Year: “El de la Codeína” Natanael Cano
From social media to the radio: Herencia de Patrones
Norteño Group of the Year: Grupo Firme
Sierreño Group or Artist of the Year: Fuerza Régida
Orgullo Latino Award: El Fantasma
Revelation of the Year:  Carín León

Favela to Serve as a Judge on Estrella TV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento”

Joss Favela is ready to pass judgment…

The 26-year-old Rising regional Mexican artist has joined Estrella TV‘s Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento as judge, according to Billboard.

Joss Favela

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will be one of the judges on the show’s 16th season. Past celebrity judges on the multi-talent show include Gerardo Ortiz, Ana Bárbara and Luis Coronel.

“Joss Favela represents the new generation of Regional Mexican music. He is part of the millennial community that is reinventing and keeping traditional Mexican music alive, relevant and fresh,” CEO Lenard Liberman said in a statement.

“In many ways, Favela is a reflection of what Estrella TV is doing in Spanish language television in the U.S.  We are proud to have him join our judges panel and welcome him to our Estrella TV family.”

Contestants compete on the show in a broad range of skills for a chance at the ultimate prize: $100,000 and a management contract.

Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento will premiere on Estrella TV on March 27 at 8:00 pm EST.

Favela scored his first Grammy nomination with his debut album Hecho A Mano. “It’s a beautiful satisfaction to know that what we do has a positive impact in the music industry … It’s a dream come true,” said Favela in a previous Billboard interview.

Sebastian’s Music to be Celebrated at Star-Studded Musical Tribute

Joan Sebastian is getting a star-studded musical tribute…

The late Mexican singer, one of most beloved entertainment figures in his homeland, will be remembered by his peers in an all-star musical tribute Wednesday at the Mundo Imperial Forum in Acapulco.

Joan Sebastian

The three-hour concert, titled “¡Viva por siempre Joan Sebastian!,” will feature superstar names in Mexican music and television, including Marco Antonio SolísLarry HernandezLucía Mendez, Aracely Arámbula, Maribel GuardiaYuriAna BárbaraBanda El Limón and more. The late superstar’s two sons, José Manuel and Julián Figueroa, will also be part of the tribute.

Veteran Mexican actor Alfredo Adame will serve as the host for the evening. He’ll be joined by other telenovela actors who will pay their respects to Sebastian, who himself participated in dozens of Spanish soaps, both as an actor and songwriter.

“There will be more than 30 stars who will be with us,” the event’s executive producer, Alex Ruiz, told El Universal. “And others whom we have yet to confirm so that it will be a dignified tribute, fit for Joan Sebastian.”

Other A-listers who could join the tribute to “El Rey del Jaripeo” include Vicente FernandezEnrique Iglesias and Thalía, all of whom have reportedly been invited.

The tribute will be televised August 29 on Bandamax. All proceeds will benefit the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos organization, which helps children with cancer, in Sebastian’s home state of Guerrero.

The Mexican icon’s death on July 13 after a long battle with cancer sparked a record surge on the Billboard charts. His new posthumous single “Volví Pa’l Pueblo” celebrates life at home in his native Juliantla. Sony Music Latin has said it will release a full album in the near future.