Gomez Earns Triple Threat Trophy at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Move over Jennifer LopezSelena Gomez is the new Triple Threat

The 23-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress picked up the award for Biggest Triple Threat at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were handed out Sunday night.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, heralded as a singer, actor and dancer, beat out Lady Gaga, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas, Troye Sivan, Usher and Zendaya for the prize.

Bruno Mars continues to Funk things up. The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer won the award for Best Collaboration for his smash hit single “Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson.

Meanwhile, Ally Brooke Hernadez, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui and their fellow Fifth Harmony members, as well as 22-year-old half-Mexican American singer Jasmine V, picked up the award for Best Cover Song for Mars and Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” They share the award with Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox.

Other winners include Pitbull for Latin Artist of the Year, and Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesiassmash hit single “El Perdón for Latin Song of the Year.

The awards show aired live on TBS, TNT and truTV from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Jason Derulo served as the night’s host.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latino winners:

Triple Threat: Selena Gomez – Singer/Actor/Dancer
Best Collaboration: “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Best Cover Song: “Uptown Funk” – Fifth Harmony, Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox covering Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Latin Artist of the Year: Pitbull
Latin Song of the Year: “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Banda Los Recoditos
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: “Levantando Polvadera” – Voz de Mando

Introducing Jasmine V.

It’s something I do all the time: sing out loud while working, driving, walking, folding laundry, etc.… And it hasn’t resulted in being discovered. (Probably ‘cause I can’t really sing. Hee Hee)…

But that isn’t the case for rising star Jasmine Villegas, who was discovered randomly…

When Jasmine V., as she’s called, was just 11-years-old, she was discovered by record company intern while walking her little brother to a music video and singing verses to help him prepare.


After getting permission to record her voice, the clip ended up in the hands of Gabriella Mosci, her current music manager.

Since then, the 17-year-old part-Mexican/part-Filipino starlet has been acting, performing and writing songs about experiences related to love, life and loss while dealing with the pressure of growing up too fast.

“These songs are girl anthems, but I try to give guys some guidance on how to treat girls,” the San Jose, California-native tells mun2. Hopefully, more people will relate to the songs that way.”

Meanwhile, Villegas’ base of celebrity fans has grown. In 2008, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao discovered Jasmine on YouTube and asked the then-14-year-old to sing the National Anthem before his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez. She’d end up spending months in the Philippines, performing on one of the biggest television stations in the country.

The following year, she produced her own music video for the track, “Serious,” which led to a contract with Epic Records.

But her biggest attention-grabbing moment came last year, when she appeared as Justin Bieber‘s love interest in the video for his break-out hit, “Baby.” Villeags would later tour with the Biebs, as well as briefly date him.

Earlier past September, Villegas—who has stayed true to her roots in her lyrics—released a mixtape, S(he) Be(Lie)ve(d), which she release.

Villegas is now working on her debut album, which should come out sometime next year.