Esperanza Spalding Among Recipients of 2024 Doris Duke Artist Awards

Esperanza Spalding’s record of achievement has landed her a special prize…

The 39-year-old part-Mexican American Grammy-winning jazz artist is among the six recipients of the 2024 Doris Duke Artist Awards, which come with a significant monetary reward.

Esperanza SpaldingThe Doris Duke Artist Award, established in 2012, recognizes artists for their record of achievement within the disciplines of contemporary dance, jazz and theater.

Each of the six honorees is being awarded $525,000 in unrestricted funds and up to $25,000 in retirement funds. It’s billed as the largest prize in the U.S. specifically dedicated to individual performing artists.

But Spalding isn’t the only Latin jazz artist to be honored.

Miguel Zenón, a 47-year-old Puerto Rican alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, music producer and educator, has also been named as an award recipient.

This year’s four other honorees are Nataki Garrett and Chay Yew (both from theater) and Shamel Pitts and Acosia Red Elk (both from dance).

The unrestricted nature of the award allows artists to use the funds for either personal or professional needs and enjoy the freedom to pursue projects of their choosing. Last year, the foundation doubled the amount of the award. Including the 2024 recipients, the foundation to date has provided 135 artists with $38.8 million through the Doris Duke Artist Award program.

On Friday April 26, the Doris Duke Foundation will host a symposium in New York about the future of the performing arts entitled Creative Labor, Creative Conditions: A Symposium and Celebration of the Doris Duke Artist Awards.

The foundation will also inaugurate an annual retreat for Doris Duke Artist awardees at Duke Farms, its 2,700-acre environmental center. This year’s retreat runs from April 29 to May 2.

Spalding, who has won five Grammys, is a bassist and singer who famously won best new artist in 2011, prevailing over a red-hot field that also included Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + the Machine and Mumford and Sons. She has since won three Grammys for best jazz vocal album for Radio Music Society12 Little Spells and Songwrights Apothecary Lab and one for arrangement accompanying vocalist(s) for “City of Roses.”

Zenón, 47, won his first Grammy this year for best Latin jazz album for El Arte del Bolero, Vol. 2, a collaboration with Luis Perdomo. The alto saxophonist had previously gone 0-11 at the Grammys, so this year’s win was a breakthrough.

Duke, a tobacco heiress, socialite and philanthropist, died in 1993 at age 80. Her philanthropic work in AIDS research, medicine, and child welfare continued into her old age. Her estimated $1.3 billion fortune was largely left to charity.

The Doris Duke Foundation is one of only two foundations to have received the National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts. The foundation’s mission “is to build a more creative, equitable and sustainable future by investing in artists and the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, child well-being and greater mutual understanding among diverse communities,” according to a statement.

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Zack de la Rocha & Rage Against the Machine to Perform at Inaugural Andalucia Big Festival 

Zack de la Rocha is bringing the rage to Spain… 

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and activist and his Rage Against the Machine band mates have joined the lineup of the inaugural Andalucia Big Festival in September.

Zack de la Rocha x Rage Against the MachineIt will marking de la Rocha and the band’s first show in the Spanish city of Malaga in 25 years.

The group will perform alongside Glass AnimalsMuse and Jamiroquai at the event that will take place in Malaga at Sacaba Beach on September 8, 9 and 10.

Among the other acts slated to appear at ABF are: Aurora, Gus Dapperton, Biffy Clyro, Years & Years, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Michael Kiwanuka, Kevin Morby, Yard Act, Lucy Dacus, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Los Planetas and more.

Tickets for the festival from the organizers of the Mad Cool Festival will go on sale on Friday (April 29) here.

The Mad Cool team will double down on that September weekend by also hosting a one-day sister festival in Madrid on September 10, Mad Cool Sunset, which will feature another headlining set from Rage Against the Machine, as well as performances from Biffy Clyro, Glass Animals, Stereophonics, Run the Jewels, Kurt Vile and more.

The original Mad Cool festival will also be back in Madrid this summer from July 6-10 with a jam-packed lineup of huge stars, including headliners Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Pixies and Jack White, as well as Chvrches, Carly Rae Jepsen, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice, Yungblud, Deftones, St. Vincent, Foals, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Royal Blood, Zara Larsson, Leon Bridges, Animal Collective, Black Pumas, Local Natives, Princess Nokia, The Struts and many more.

Lauren Jauregui to Launch Debut Solo Project “Prelude” with Global Livestream Performance

Lauren Jauregui is finally going solo…

The 25-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member is preparing to launch her debut solo project Preludeand she’s readying to roll it out in a special way.

Lauren Jauregui

Jauregui sat down with Billboard News host Chelsea Briggs to talk about Prelude, which she’ll be presenting for the very first time during a special global livestream performance via Moment House in October.

“I want the story to tell itself through the music,” the “Expectations” singer says. “It’s very introspective. I go through a lot of different emotions and revealings throughout it. And it’s also just the beginning, you know? So it’s just the first round of people seeing me for the songwriter that I am and for the artist that I am across the board, even beyond just the music. Like just the whole vision of everything coming to life.”

Jauregui says Prelude dives into vulnerable topics ranging from mental health to love.

“I feel like I really explore my strength through my vulnerability,” she says. But her debut solo project also marks “an unveiling [rather] than a discovery” of her voice after her girl group Fifth Harmony went on indefinite hiatus in 2018.

“I have learned that I am resilient. I have learned that I truly have a lot of inner-strength and power. And I have learned that I am protected and guided spiritually, and I’ve leaned in a much deeper way than I ever have in my life,” she says of the songwriting process.

Co-directed by her new creative director Matthew Daniel Siskin (Beyoncé, 6LACK, Florence & The Machine), Jauregui’s livestream will air on Thursday, October 14, and Friday, October 15, across multiple territories, including North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the U.K., Europe and Africa. Tickets are on sale here.

“I want people to experience the rawness of the songs, and I feel like I really captured that,” Jauregui tells Billboard. “And I’m really capturing that through the process of creating this piece that I’m going to present to people.”

Lopez Performs “Come Together” with Mary J. Blige at Sound of Change Live Concert

Jennifer Lopez is urging people to come together to support women’s empowerment…

During her set at the Chime for Change Presents: The Sound of Change Live charity concert on Saturday, June 1 at London’s Twickenham Stadium, the 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress brought out Mary J. Blige for a girl power cover of The Beatles‘ classic hit “Come Together.”

Mary J. Blige & Jennifer Lopez

The cover was a fitting song for the global concert, which brought together some of the world’s biggest superstars to support the Chime for Change campaign, which was launched by Gucci earlier this year.

“Do you believe that one person can make a change?” yelled Lopez, who wore a black bodysuit with thigh-high boots and a flowing cape for her performance.

“If we all come together we can do amazing things” she added before kicking off the duet.

Other highlights of the show included performances by headliner Beyonce Knowles, Jessie J, Florence and the Machine, John Legend and Rita Ora.

Their combined efforts helped raise funds for the international campaign aimed at bringing awareness for both young and adult women’s empowerment.

Lopez to Perform at London’s “Sound of Change Live” Concert

Jennifer Lopez will be singing for change this weekend…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress will be lending her support to the Sound of Change Live global concert, which will be broadcast live from London on Saturday, June 1.

Jennifer Lopez

No word on what songs Lopez will perform at the concert event, which aims to raise funds for over a hundred worldwide projects that support women and girls.

A billion people are expected to watch the concert, which is taking place from Twickenham sports stadium and will be broadcast to 150 countries.

Along with Lopez, the list of performers include Beyonce, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Timbaland.

Meanwhile, Madonna will lead an international presenters lineup that includes Jessica Chastain, James Franco and Freida Pinto.

“Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls,” Madonna said in a statement picked up by Reuters. “Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this.”

The concert was organized by the Chime for Change campaign, which was started by Gucci.


NBC will broadcast parts of the concert on Sunday, June 2 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET.

Dev to Perform at Lollapalooza 2012

She has skyrocketed to fame following the international success of her single “In The Dark”… And, now Dev is set to perform at one of music’s biggest festivals.


The 22-year-old Portuguese & Mexican American electropop singer and songwriter—who recently hosted mtvU’s Woodie Awards—has signed on to perform at Lollapalooza this summer.

This year’s headliners are three of rock’s biggest names. Recently reunited Black Sabbath will end one of the nights while Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys will close out the others. Other acts include J. Cole, Florence + The Machine and The Shins.

Los Jaivas

Meanwhile, Los Jaivaswill perform at Lollapalooza as well. Hailing from Chile, the progressive-rock-andino group mixes rock with South American ancestral music.

And At The Drive-In, which was formed in El Paso, TX and plays post-hardcore alternative  music, will also be one of 120 acts taking the stage at the festival this you. Members of the band include lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López who when the band broke up formed the critically acclaimed  and successful Mars Volta group.

Lollapalooza, which takes place in Chicago, will run August 3-5, 2012.

For the complete lineup and more information on the festival, visit the Lollapalooza website.

Rubio’s Getting “Jazzed” in 2012…

Paulina Rubio will be getting jazzed in New Orleans next April.

The 40-year-old Mexican singer will perform at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest, a popular event that features live performances from artists from several musical genres.

Paulina Rubio

Started in 1970, the festival takes place on two consecutive weekends next year–April 27-29 and May 3-6. Rubio—who recently released her tenth studio album, Brava!—will perform on the second weekend, along with big names acts like the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt and Florence + the Machine.

Adding Rubio, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, to the lineup is part of an effort by event organizers to entice a bigger Latino audience.

Along with Pau Pau, next year’s schedule will include performances by several popular Latino acts, including Rodrigo y Gabriela and The Texas Tornadoes featuring Flaco Jimenez.

Click here for more information on the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest.