Beatriz Luengo is shining a greater look at her Latin Grammy-winning hit…
The 38-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter’s “Patria y Vida,” the liberty anthem that fueled a new Cuban revolution in the summer, will now become a full-length documentary.
Presented by Exile Content Studio in partnership with singer-songwriters Luengo and Yotuel Romero, the documentary “will explore how the song—its title a repudiation of the 1950’s Cuban Revolution’s slogan ‘Patria o Muerte’—sparked a movement, which the Cuban government has tried to suppress, and investigate how music has been a catalyst for social change throughout modern history,” reads a statement.
“When we see the impact our song has had on the people of Cuba and around the world, we feel privileged to be able to use our platform to tell the story of Cuba and give a voice to a community that is often oppressed,” said Luengo and Romero.
“We’re hopeful we’ll see change in the future and we’re excited to collaborate with Exile to continue to raise awareness and fight for the people of Cuba; to continue to use our voice in a meaningful way.”
The news comes on the heels of “Patria y Vida” winning best urban song and the coveted song of the year at the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards on November 18.
The song was originally penned by Romero (formerly of hip-hop group Orishas), Luengo, Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom (of Gente de Zona), and Descemer Bueno, and features Cuban voices from within the island, Maykel Osorbo and rapper El Funky.
“I felt we needed to show the two realities: those of us who live outside Cuba, and those who are still on the island, who live the streets there,” Romero previously told Billboard.
The track, released independently on Romero’s Chancleta Records in February, has become the anthem of anti-government protests in Cuba. Its power of mobilization was a factor in the arrests of both El Funky and Osorbo; the latter has been behind bars in Cuba since May when he famously fled from Cuban police aided by demonstrators. Osorbo is the first Cuban political prisoner to win two Latin Grammys.
“We at Exile believe in creating content to inspire Latin Americans to take action to create social change in the world,” said Daniel Eilemberg, president of content at Exile. “We are especially excited at the opportunity to join forces with Bea and Yotuel to produce a documentary about the tremendous power of their song in galvanizing activism to protest the appalling conditions and restrictive political policies in Cuba and the government responsible for them.”
The Latin Grammy Award nominations have been announced, with the 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer leading the pack of nominees with 13 nominations.
J Balvin’s nominations include two for album of the year and two for record of the year (“Rojo” & “China”).
Balvin has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders — thanks to his fifth solo album “Colores” and “Oasis,” his collaborative project with Bad Bunny. Other nominees include Bad Bunny’s sophomore release “YHLQMDLG” as well as albums from Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives, Jesse & Joy, Kany García, Natalia Lafourcade, Camilo and Fito Paez.
Bad Bunny received nine nominations, including two for album of the year (YHLQMDLG & Oasis) and one for record of the year (“Vete”).
Ozuna has eight nominations, including one for record of the year (“China”).
For record of the year, which also has 10 nominees, contenders include popular hip-hop-flavored Latin songs that have dominated the Latin music charts and earned hundreds of millions plays on streaming services, with some even reaching the billion-mark on YouTube, including Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s global hit “Tusa” and “China” by Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna, Balvin and Marco Masis. Other nominees include Balvin’s “Rojo” and Bad Bunny’s “Vete.”
“Tusa” is the sole Latin trap nominee in the song of the year category, where 11 tracks are in contention. It’s a departure for Karol G, who didn’t receive a single nomination last year and was part of the group of uber-successful Latin trap and reggaeton artists who were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year.
This year, the 29-year-old Colombian performer, who was named best new artist in 2018, has four nominations, including two shared with Minaj. Karol G’s fiance, Puerto Rican rapper-singer Anuel AA, marked a major breakthrough this year as a first-time nominee. He scored seven nominations, including a bid for best new artist.
“Over the last year, we continued engaging in discussions with our members to improve the awards process and actively encouraged diverse Latin music creators to join and participate,” Latin Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement, calling this year’s nominees “a group that reflects the constant evolution of Latin music.”
As a result of last year’s debacle social media exploded as Latin artists posted images of the Grammy logo with a large red “X″ across it, with words on the image reading in Spanish: “Without reggaeton, there’s no Latin Grammys.” Balvin even skipped the live show and Bad Bunny, who won best urban music album during the telecast, told the audience: “With all due respect, reggaeton is part of the Latin culture.”
To honor Latin rap and reggaeton performers, the Latin Grammys added new categories this year, including best reggaeton performance and best rap/hip-hop song.
Balvin’s 13 nominations includes several categories where he will compete with himself: Outside of album and record of the year, he’s a double nominee in the best urban music album, best urban fusion/performance and best reggaeton performance categories. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
Others who scored multiple nominations include Juanes, Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Kany García and Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys. Rosalía, who won album of the year last year and became the first solo female performer to win the top honor since Shakira’s triumph in 2006, earned four nominations this year.
Apart from Minaj’s two nominations, other popular American artists who will compete for awards include rapper Travis Scott (best short form music video for “TKN” with Rosalía); jazz master Chick Corea and his Spanish Heart Band (best Latin jazz/jazz album for “Antidote”); DJ-producer Diplo (best urban song for “Rave de Favela” ); and rapper Tyga (best reggaeton performance for “Loco Contigo” with DJ Snake and Balvin). Justin Bieber’s right-hand songwriter, Jason Boyd aka Poo Bear, earned an album of the year nomination for his work on Jesse & Joy’s “Aire (Versión Día).”
The 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards will air live on November 19 on Univision. The nominees in the 53 categories were selected from more than 18,000 entries. Songs and albums released between June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 were eligible for nomination.
Click here to see the full Latin Grammy nominations.
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.
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 Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech 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.
The 25-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter will be celebrating his three Latin Grammy nominations with his fans as the headlining act of the 2019 Road to Innovation tour.
In its fifth year, Nissan and Univision continue their partnership for the live concert tour that features a series of performances in anticipation of the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Taking place in eight different U.S. cities, the Road to Innovation tourwill kick off on October 28 in Los Angeles and run until November 12 in Las Vegas.
The tour will also make pit stops in cities like Miami, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Phoenix, to name a few.
Yatra will be presenting songs from his latest studio album, Fantasia.
“Nissan is excited to celebrate Latin music’s top artists,” said Allyson Witherspoon, vice president of marketing, communications and media in a press statement. “For the fifth year, we’re partnering with Univision for the Road to Innovation Tour featuring Sebastian Yatra. This eight-city tour is an engaging way to connect with our consumers leading up to the Biggest Night in Latin Music.”
The tour will not only feature Yatra, but also a complete branded experience that concertgoers can enjoy, including Univision’s first-ever branded Uforia playlist featuring past Road to Innovation tour artists, sponsored by Nissan.
Previous artists include Karol G, Reykon and Farruko, to name a few.
“We are thrilled to once again renew this unique partnership with Nissan. With music being such an important passion point for the Hispanic audience, the Road to Innovation Tour has been the perfect vehicle to reach this valuable consumer,” said Steve Mandala, president of Advertising Sales and Marketing, Univision. “The program showcases Univision’s full suite of marketing capabilities across TV, radio and digital and continues to deliver high-impact results for our client.”
For tickets to the Road to Innovation tour, visit here.
Here are the confirmed dates:
October 28 — Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood October 29 — Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre October 30 — Dallas, TX @ Medusa Dallas October 31 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Chicago November 4 — Washington, DC @ Echostage November 5 — Queens, NY @ La Boom November 6 — Miami, FL @ TBD November 12 — Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Vegas
Alejandro Sanz is this year’s Latin Grammys darling…
The 50-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter is the top-nominated artist for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Sanz, a 17-time Latin Grammy winner, is up for eight awards this year, including Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, for #ElDisco.
Additionally, two of Sanz’s tracks — “No Tengo Nada” and “Mi Persona Favorita” (featuring Camila Cabello, a three-time nominee this year) — are competing against each other in the Song of the Year and Record of the Yearcategories.
Sanz’s compatriot Rosalía is nominated for five awards.
The 26-year-old Spanish singer’s groundbreaking flamenco set El Mal Querer will go head to head against Sanz, her advocate (Rosalía sang at Sanz’s Person of the Year tribute in 2017) in the Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Albumcategories.
Rosalía also has three separate singles, only one of them from her album, competing in different categories: “Aute Couture,” is up for Record of the Year; “Con Altura” with J Balvin, and featuring El Guincho, is up for Best Urban Song; and “Pienso en tu Mirá” (from El Mal Querer) is up for Best Pop Song. El Mal Querer is up for Best Engineered Albumand Best Recording Package. El Guincho, Rosalía’s co producer, is also up for five awards.
This year’s nominations skewed more pop and alternative, with urban totally absent from the main categories (minus Rosalía’s genre-bending fare). It almost felt like a rebuke against a global trend that has seen Latin urban music in all its forms gather record-breaking views on YouTube, streams on Spotify and Apple and positions on the Billboardcharts.
Instead, artists like Bad Bunny (with two nominations), Ozuna and Daddy Yankee(with only one each), were found only in the urban categories.
The most nods in the urban/reggaeton realm went to newcomer Sech, with three, including his multi-artist “Otro Trago,” which competes in the Best Urban Songcategory against Ozuna(“Baila Baila”), ChocQuibtown’s “Pa Olvidarte”; Rosalía and J Balvin’s “Con Altura”; and De La Ghetto’s “Caliente” featuring J Balvin.
Following Rosalía, veterans Juan Luis Guerra, Fonseca and Andrés Calamaro are up for four awards each, as is percussionist and bandleader Tony Succar. All have nominations in the main categories, with Fonseca, Calamaro and Succar all vying for Album of the Year. Meanwhile, Guerra’s “Kitipún,” a slow bachata with jazz undertones, is up for Song and Record of the Year.
In video of the year, the representation came in the form of social commentary from Brazil (via Criolo’s “Boca du Lobo,” a harrowing look at Brazil’s societal crisis) and Spain (with rapper Nach’s “Los Zurdos Vienen Antes”).
This year’s Best New Artist nominees include Argentine trap star Paulo Londra; Colombian rising star Greeicy; and Nella, a Venezuelan jazz singer from Berklee College of Music.
Nominations to the Latin Grammys were selected from approximately 15,500 submissions across 50 categories, of recordings released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019).
The Latin Grammys will air live on November 14 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas on Univision.
Record Of The Year: “Parecen Viernes” — Marc Anthony “Verdades Afiladas” — Andrés Calamaro “Ahí Ahí” — Vicente García “Kitipun” — Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 “Querer Mejor” — Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara “La Plata” — Juanes Featuring Lalo Ebratt “Aute Couture” — Rosalía “Mi Persona Favorita” — Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello “No Tengo Nada” — Alejandro Sanz “Cobarde” — Ximena Sariñana
Song Of The Year: “Calma” — Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez & George Noriega, songwriters (Pedro Capó) “Desconstrução” — Tiago Iorc, songwriter (Tiago Iorc) “El País” — Rubén Blades, songwriter (Rubén Blades) “Kitipun” — Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40) “Mi Persona Favorita” — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello) “No Tengo Nada” — Alejandro Sanz, songwriter (Alejandro Sanz) “Quédate” — Kany García & Tommy Torres, songwriters (Kany García & Tommy Torres) “Querer Mejor” — Rafael Arcaute, Alessia Cara, Camilo Echeverry, Juanes, Mauricio Montaner, Ricardo Montaner & Tainy, songwriters (Juanes Featuring Alessia Cara) “Un Año” — Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres & Sebastián Yatra, songwriters (Sebastián Yatra Featuring Reik) “Ven” — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)
Best Pop Song: “Bailar” — Leonel García, songwriter (Leonel García) “Buena Para Nada” — Paula Arenas, Luigi Castillo & Santiago Castillo, songwriters (Paula Arenas) “Mi Persona Favorita” — Camila Cabello & Alejandro Sanz, songwriters (Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello) “Pienso En Tu Mirá” — Antón Álvarez Alfaro, El Guincho & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía) “Ven” — Fonseca, songwriter (Fonseca)
Best Urban Fusion/Performance: “Tenemos Que Hablar” — Bad Bunny “Calma (Remix)” — Pedro Capó & Farruko “Pa’ Olvidarte (Remix)” — ChocQuibtown, Zion & Lennox, Farruko Featuring Manuel Turizo “Con Calma” — Daddy Yankee Featuring Snow “Otro Trago” — Sech Featuring Darell
Best Urban Music Album: Kisses— Anitta X 100Pre — Bad Bunny Mi Movimiento— De La Ghetto 19 — Feid Sueños — Sech
Best Urban Song: “Baila Baila Baila” — Ozuna & Vicente Saavedra, songwriters (Ozuna) “Caliente” — J Balvin, René Cano, De La Ghetto & Alejandro Ramirez, songwriters (De La Ghetto Featuring J Balvin) “Con Altura” — J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Alejandro Ramirez & Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía & J Balvin Featuring El Guincho) “Otro Trago” — Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, Kevin Mauricio Jimenez Londoño, Bryan Lezcano Chaverra, Josh Mendez, Sech & Jorge Valdes, songwriters (Sech Featuring Darell) “Pa’ Olvidarte” — René Cano, ChocQuibtown, Kevyn Cruz Moreno, Juan Diego Medina Vélez, Andrés David Restrepo, Mateo Tejada Giraldo, Andrés Uribe Marín, Juan Vargas & Doumbia Yohann, songwriters (ChocQuibTown)
Best Alternative Music Album: Latinoamericana— Alex Anwandter Discutible —Babasónicos Bach — Bandalos Chinos Prender Un Fuego— Marilina Bertoldi Norma— Mon Laferte
Best Traditional Tropical Album: Andrés Cepeda Big Band(En Vivo)— Andrés Cepeda Vereda Tropical— Olga Cerpa y Mestisay Lo Nuestro— Yelsy Heredia A Journey Through CubanMusic— Aymée Nuviola La Llave Del Son— Septeto Acarey
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: Acústica— Albita Contra El Viento— Kany García Amor Presente— Leonel García Algo Ritmos— Kevin Johansen Intuición— Gian Marco
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album: Mi Persona Preferida— El Bebeto Sigue La Dinastía… — Alex Fernández Más Romántico Que Nunca— Vicente Fernández Indestructible— Flor De Toloache Ahora — Christian Nodal
Best Norteño Album: Por Más —Bronco Las Canciones De La Abuela— Buyuchek Mitad Y Mitad— Calibre 50 Percepción — Intocable Amo — La Maquinaria Norteña
Best Long Form Music Video: “Anatomía De Un Éxodo” — Mastodonte “Piazzolla, Los Años Del Tiburón” — Astor Piazzolla “Hotel De Los Encuentros” — Draco Rosa “Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy” — Alejandro Sanz “Déjame Quererte” — Carlos Vives
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee proved to be the night’s brightest stars at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.
The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer and the 40-year-old reggaeton star, the artists behind this year’s global smash single “Despacito,” picked up four awards from the Latin Recording Academy, including two of the biggest prizes.
Fonsi and Daddy Yankee won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Despacito,” while their remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber was named Best Urban Fusion/Performance.
Not far behind, Vicente Garcia.
The 34-year-old Dominican singer, songwriter and composer picked up three awards, including Best New Artist. He also received the Best Tropical Song prize for his single “Bachata en Kingston,” as well as Best Singer-Songwriter Album for A La Mar.
Latin music veteran Ruben Blades, who won two awards, took home the night’s biggest honor Album of the Year for his album, Salsa Big Band, with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta.
It’s the second Album of the Year trophy for the 69-year-old Panamanian singer-songwriter. He previously took home the award in 2014 for his album Tangos.
Natalia Lafourcade, a Latin Grammy darling, added two more awards to her collection.
The 33-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter won the Best Folk Album award for her album Musas, which was produced in collaboration with the acoustic guitar duo Los Macorinos. The album is a homage to Latin American folk music, coand contains original songs as well as cover versions of other artists’ songs.
Shakira, who is currently on vocal rest and absent from the ceremony, won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her latest record, El Dorado.
The 2017 Latin Grammy Awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday night. The three-hour show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil, included performances by Fonsi, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, J Balvin, Maluma and Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, among others.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was also honored with the President’s Merit Award for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community, including his relief efforts for Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Upon taking the stage, the Hamilton creator thanked his team and his wife, Vanessa Nadal.
“My people! Thank you, it’s an honor to be here,” Miranda began his Spanglish speech. “No one gets here alone,” he added before expressing how proud he was of the Latino community and dedicating the award to Puerto Rico.
“I know I’m a weird theater kid here, with a weird accent,” he continued. “But let’s keep collaborating and show the world that Latinos can change the world when we collaborate.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Album of the Year: Salsa Big Band — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta Record of the Year: “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee Song of the Year (A Songwriter’s Award): “Despacito” — Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender and Luis Fonsi, songwriters (Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee) Best New Artist: Vicente García Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album: El Dorado, Shakira Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo, Lila Downs Best Urban Fusion/Performance: Despacito (Remix) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber Best Urban Music Album: Residente, Residente Best Urban Song: Somos Anormales, Rafael Arcaute, Igor Koshkendey & Residente, Songwriters (Residente) Best Rock Album: La Gran Oscilación, Diamante Eléctrico Best Pop/Rock Album: Mis Planes Son Amarte, Juanes Best Rock Song: Déjala Rodar, Juan Galeano, Songwriter (Diamante Eléctrico) & La Noche, Andrés Calamaro, Songwriter (Andrés Calamaro) [Tie] Best Alternative Music Album: Jei Beibi, Café Tacvba Best Alternative Song: Amárrame, Mon Laferte, Songwriter (Mon Laferte featuring Juanes) Best Salsa Album: Salsa Big Band, Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album: Ni Un Paso Atrás, Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez
Best Contemporary Tropical Album: Bidimensional, Guaco
Best Traditional Tropical Album: To Beny Moré With Love, Jon Secada Featuring The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band
Best Tropical Fusion Album: Olga Tañón Y Punto., Olga Tañón
Best Tropical Song: Bachata En Kingston, Vicente García, Songwriter (Vicente García)
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: A La Mar, Vicente García
Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album: Las Caras Lindas, Flor De Toloache
Best Banda Album: Ayer Y Hoy, Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Best Norteño Album: Piénsalo, Los Palominos
Best Regional Song: Siempre Es Así, Juan Treviño, Songwriter (Juan Treviño Featuring Aj Castillo) Best Instrumental Album: Spain Forever, Michel Camilo & Tomatito Best Folk Album: Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1), Natalia Lafourcade Best Tango Album: Solo Buenos Aires, Fernando Otero Best Flamenco Album: Memoria De Los Sentidos, Vicente Amigo Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album: Dance Of Time, Eliane Elias Best Christian Album (Spanish Language): Momentos, Alex Campos Best Portuguese Language Christian Album: Acenda A Sua Luz, Aline Barros Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album: Troco Likes Ao Vivo: Um Filme De Tiago Iorc, Tiago Iorc Best Portuguese Language Rock Or Alternative Album: Jardim – Pomar, Nando Reis Best Samba/Pagode Album: + Misturado, Mart’nália Best Mpb (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: Dos Navegantes, Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise Best Sertaneja Music Album: Daniel, Daniel Best Brazilian Roots Album: Ao Vivo – Melodias Do Sertão, Bruna Viola Best Portuguese Language Song: Trevo (Tu), Ana Caetano & Tiago Iorc, Songwriters (Anavitória Featuring Tiago Iorc) Best Latin Children’s Album: Marc Anthony For Babies, Varios artistas Best Classical Album: Música De Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2, Eddie Mora, Directing The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Costa Rica; Winnie Camila Berg, Solista; Carlos Chaves, Album Producer Best Classical Contemporary Composition: Sonata Del Decamerón Negro, Leo Brouwer, Composer (Mabel Millán) Best Recording Package: El Orisha De La Rosa, Carlos Dussán, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Felipe Martínez & Claudio Roncoli, Art Directors (Magín Díaz) Best Engineered Album: Mis Planes Son Amarte, Josh Gudwin, Mixer; Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer (Juanes) Producer Of The Year: Eduardo Cabra [A La Mar (Vicente García) (A), La Fortuna (Diana Fuentes Featuring Tommy Torres) (S), La Lucha (La Vida Bohème) (A), Sofá (Silvina Moreno) (A), Somos (Swing Original Monks) (A)] Best Short Form Music Video: Despacito, Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee, Carlos R. Perez, Video Director; Joanna Egozcue & Roxy Quiñones, Video Producers Best Long Form Music Video: Musas, El Documental, Natalia Lafourcade, Bruno Bancalari, Video Director; Juan Pablo López Fonseca, Video Producer
Lucero’s this year’s Latin AMAs hostess with the mostess…
The 46-year-old Mexican singer/actress and television host will serve as the host of the first-ever Latin American Music Awards.
Known as Latin America’s sweetheart, Lucero has a long history of serving as the mistress of ceremonies for numerous awards shows.
“La Novia De America” has hosted the Latin Grammy Awards eight times and the Mexican Telethon since 1997, as well as telethon editions in Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador and U.S. She also coached contestants on the first season of La Voz México.
The Latin AMAs, taking place on October 8 from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, will begin with a one-hour red carpet pre-show special at 8:00 pm. ET, followed by the awards show at 9:00 pm. ET, to be broadcast live simultaneously on Telemundo and NBC Universo.
The night will culminate at 11:35 pm. ET, with the exclusive behind-the-scenes special Latin American Music Awards: Acceso VIP.
The night will be filled with talent. Confirmed performers for the event include Paulina Rubio, Daddy Yankee, Jesse & Joy, Reik, Farruko, Fonseca, Shaggy, Lil Jon, Yandel, Natalie La Rose, Jencarlos Canela, Luis Coronel, CD9, Gloria Trevi, Gerardo Ortiz, Il Volo and DJ Alex Sensation.
The show will also include a special musical tribute to the late queen of salsa, Celia Cruz, produced by salsa veteran Sergio George and featuring Colombian sensation Maluma, princess of salsa India, Mexican icon Yuriand singer/actress Aymée Nuviola— who portrays Cruz in the new Telemundo series Celia.
The Latin Recording Academy will honor a diverse group of Latin music icons, including the 64-year-old Spanish songstress, actress and director with special career honors in a celebration coinciding with the Latin Grammys in November.
Belén, who has released nearly 40 in her 54 year musical career, received the Fine Arts Golden Medal presented by the Spanish royal family at Toledo Cathedral in 2007. She was nominated for Best Female Soloist for Peces de ciudad at the 2002 Latin Grammy Awards.
In addition to Belén, other artists being recognized this year include Argentine jazz saxophone player Gato Barbieri, Spanish singer Víctor Manuel, Dominican performer Angela Carrasco, Brazilian pop artist Djavan, Puerto Rican salsa legends El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, and Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés will receive the Lifetime Achievement awards. Violinist Federico Britos, producer Humberto Gatica and composer Chelique Sarabiawill, respectively, receive the Academy’s Trustees Award.
“It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees who have been the creators of such timeless art,” said The Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy. By honoring them we honor our music. They surely will continue to have an influence in both our culture and the Latin music industry.”
The Latin Academy’s special awards honorees will be celebrated during an invitation-only ceremony to be held on Wednesday, November 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, as part of the weeklong 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards festivities.
The iconic Mexican rock band, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bassist Juan Calleros, will embark on a U.S. tour in support of the group’s upcoming album this June with sponsorship from Mexican Montejo beer, according to brand representatives.
The announcement coincides with the release of Maná’s first single and video from their upcoming album. “Mi Verdad” is the band’s first collaboration with Shakira.
In addition to signing on for Maná’s nationwide tour, Montejo, a newcomer to the Mexican beer market in the U.S., will produce special promotions, including a sweepstakes to attend a private concert by the group in one of the brand’s breweries in Mexico.
“Montejo is a very authentic Mexican beer,” says Patricio Ferrara, director of marketing for Montejo, who says the brand aims to appeal to Spanish language-dominant Mexican consumers in the United States. “For us, it was a very natural partnership with Maná, who we consider to be the best and most authentic Mexican rock band.”
Montejo is produced in Oaxaca by Grupo Modelo and imported to the U.S. by Anheuser-Busch, which bought Grupo Modelo in 2013.
“Montejo is one of the few beers made in México and imported to the United States that doesn’t try to adopt an Anglo personality or try to change what it is,” said, Maná frontman Fher Olvera, who deemed the beer “delicious.”
“It’s important for us to feel the connection with our heritage and our fans, especially when we are traveling,” he added. “We can’t be more proud of having Montejo as our sponsor to help us celebrate our music with our fans in the United States.”
Ferrara said that the brand has made “a significant investment” into its partnership with Maná, set to raise awareness with its Latino target consumers at Maná’s sure to be sold-out concerts. Winners of four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards, Maná is the most successful Latin rock band in the U.S., and the world.
“The partnership will be the largest asset the brand leverages in 2015,” Ferrera said. Maná’s new album is expected in March.
Pablo Alborán is heading south of the U.S. border…
The 25-year-old Spanish singer-songwriter will perform three concerts in Mexico in April as part of his 2015 Tour Terral, according to organizers.
Alborán will appear first at the Banamex Auditorium in Monterrey on April 23, then at the National Auditorium in the Mexican capital the following day, and finally the day after that at the Telmex Auditorium in Guadalajara, says the promotion company Ocesa.
During the tour, which kicks off in Colombia February 28 and make its way through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico before returning to Spanish soil, Alborán will offer “to his thousands of fans his greatest hits and also numbers from his new album that provides the name for the tour,” the promoter said.
Alborán was in Mexico in March 2014 to give a recital in the capital’s famed Metropolitan Theater, “showing why he is one of the top idols of the 21st century.”
Alborán gained acclaim over social media. Prior to 2010, he was an unknown artist airing his music on YouTube.
In 2011, when he released his first album, the millions of fans who’d followed him on the Internet eagerly awaited the recordings they already knew so well. He was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards that year.