Pedrito Martinez to Perform at This Year’s Love Rocks NYC Concert

Pedrito Martinez will bring some love to the Big Apple

The fifth annual Love Rocks NYC concert will feature a performance by the 47-year-old Cuban percussionist, drummer, singer, dancer, bandleader, songwriter, composer, and educator.

Pedrito Martinez

Martinez joins a lineup that includes Sara Bareilles, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary Clark Jr., Yola and more, according to the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

The benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver, which was founded during the AIDS epidemic in 1985 in efforts to deliver meals to vulnerable people, will stream on Fans.Live from the historic Beacon Theatre on June 3.

Jeff Garlin, Michael Imperioli and Bernie Williams will host the show this year, with special guest Tina Fey.

Love Rocks NYC will not only support and honor the work of the nonprofit, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, but also NYC frontline workers who have been tirelessly aiding the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested parties can sign up to receive a free livestream link here, but a donation to God’s Love We Deliver of $20, which equals two meals, is encouraged.

The star-studded lineup for Love Rocks NYC 2021 will also include Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Emily King, Ledisi, Tash Neal, Fantastic Negrito, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph, Nathaniel Rateliff and Jimmy Vivino. More performers will be announced at a later date.

Jorge Diaz to Star in Pilot for HBO Max’s “Head of the Class” Sitcom Reboot

Jorge Diaz is moving to the head of the class

The 37-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of HBO Max’s multi-camera comedy pilot Head of the Class, a reboot of the popular 1980s ABC sitcom.

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Diaz joins a roster of new additions to the cast that includes Dior Goodjohn, Brandon Severs, Adrian Matthew Escalona and Christa Miller.

They join previously announced Isabella Gomez, Gavin Lewis and Jolie Hoang-Rappaport in the reboot which hails from American Vandal writers Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen, Bill Lawrence and his Doozer Productions; and Warner Bros. Television, which produced the original series.

Written by Pocha and Cohen, based on the original series created by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias, the reimagined Head of the Class revolves around a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher Alicia Adams (Gomez), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.

Diaz plays Elliot Olsen, a goofy English teacher who loves his job and is genuine to a fault. Goodjohn is Robyn Rook. Stem queen turned Twitch streamer, Robyn’s the defacto leader of the class – though she’d never admit it. Severs will portray Terrell Smith, is a year-round athlete, who is uber-positive and all about team mentality. Escalona is Miles Mendelson, the shy, introverted, overthinking coder, who’d rather spend time with computers than people. Miller recurs as Principal Maris, an intimidating, tough love boss that always puts the students first.

Diaz has appeared on a number of hit comedies including the CW’s Jane The Virgin, NBC’s The Good Place and Netflix’s Arrested Development. He also starred as SPC Israel Garza in Nat Geo’s Critics Choice-nominated Iraq war drama, The Long Road HomeOn the film side, Diaz portrayed Hector Estrella in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, earning a nomination for an Imagen Foundation Award for his performance.

Escalona was first discovered in 2018, when a video of him singing “She Used To Be Mine” from the Broadway musical Waitress went viral with almost 4 million views and counting. He went on to be invited by Waitress writer and composer Sara Bareilles to make a guest appearance during her tour stop in Pittsburgh, near his home town. Head of the Class is Escalona’s first major TV role.

John Leguizamo to Present at Sunday’s Tony Awards Ceremony

John Leguizamo is ready to (re)present…

The 53-year-old Colombian actor and stand-up comedian will serve as a presenter at this Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony.

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo, who previously earned two Tony Award nods, is nominated this year for Best Play for his one-man show Latin History for Morons.

Leguizamo joins a list of presenters that includes Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jeff DanielsRobert De Niro, Brandon Victor DixonTina Fey, Billy Joel, Patti LuPone and Kerry Washington.

Tony Award Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera will also take the stage.

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday at 8:00-11:00 pm ET/delayed PT.

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Perform at This Year’s Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his triumphant return to the Tony Awards

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican composer, playwright, actor and singer will perform on Sunday’s Tonycast, almost one year after his hit Broadway musical Hamilton swept the awards.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The casts of Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Falsettos, Groundhog Day The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and War Paint will perform during 71st Annual Tony Awards, which CBS will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall from 8:00 to 11:00 PM.

There’s still no word on what Miranda will perform.

There will be additional performances by The Radio City Rockettes and Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton).

There will be additional appearances by Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt.

Although Midler will appear as a presenter in one of the acting categories, she is not scheduled to participate in the Hello, Dolly! segment, which will be led by co-star Hyde Pierce. The blockbuster production’s offer to present the title song, or another of Dolly’s show-stoppers, live via remote from the Shubert Theatre was declined by the Tony producers.

The ceremony will be hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Pitbull to Perfom on the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Special

Pitbull is ready to let the sparks fly…

Macy’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular just got a little more caliente with the addition of the 35-year-old Cuban American rap superstar on the list of performers.

Pitbull

Mr. Worldwide will be performing at the 40th edition of the holiday special aired on NBC.

Pitbull, Sara Bareilles and DNCE join previously announced performers including Meghan Trainor5 Seconds of Summer, the Radio City Rockettes and Kenny Chesney.

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will air Monday, July 4 at 10:00 pm ET, and will be emceed by Today co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall.

Additionally, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias will perform at this year’s Premios Juventud. The “Messin’ Around” singers will perform during the awards show ceremony on July 14 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Blacc to Appear as a Musical Guest on the New Season of “Sesame Street”

Can you tell Aloe Blacc how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

The 36-year-old Panamanian American singer-songwriter is set to guest star on the long-running educational program for its upcoming 46th season, which premieres in January and has been revamped for HBO.

Aloe Blacc

Blacc is set to appear as a musical guest, performing the song “Everyday Hero.”

In addition to Blacc, this season’s musical guests on television’s most iconic street include Fifth Harmony, Gwen StefaniPharrell and Nick Jonas.

This season also promises a new set, new opening and closing songs and a new character named Nina.

It all begins on January 16 at 9:00 am ET on HBO. The new episodes also will air on PBS, although at a later date.

Here’s the full lineup of musical guests and their songs:

Gwen Stefani, “Be a Good Friend”
Pharrell, “B Is for Book”
Nick Jonas, “Check That Shape”
Fifth Harmony, “That’s Music”
Sara Bareilles, “Just Like Magic”
Ne-Yo, “You’ve Got a Body, So Move It!”
Aloe Blacc, “Everyday Hero”

Hillary Clinton’s First-Ever Spotify Playlist Includes Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud”

Jennifer Lopez is making Loud noise on Hillary Clinton’s MP3 player…

The presidential hopeful officially launched her campaign over the weekend, and as part of that, she also joined Spotify and put together her very first playlist “The Official Hillary 2016 Playlist.”

Jennifer Lopez

The 14-song mix is chock-full of inspirational pop, with powerful lady songs, including the 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and American Idol judge’s “Let’s Get Loud.”

Other power anthem’s include Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave” and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger.

Elsewhere, the playlist contains “Happy” and “Beautiful Day,” which all continue the themes she’s trying to push in her campaign.

“Let’s Get Loud,” a disco-salsa pop song about never giving up, appeared on J.Lo’s debut album On the 6, which was released in 1999. An accompanying music video was directed by Jeffrey Doe and filmed live at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The track, co-written by Gloria Estefan and Kike Santander, charted on several charts around the world, reaching the top ten on five European countries.

Lopez earned her second consecutive nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording with the song.

Lovato Wins Two People’s Choice Awards

Demi Lovato is the People’s Latina princess…

The 21-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress, who starred in the Disney Channel’s original movie Princess Protection Program, earned two trophies at Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards.

Demi Lovato

Lovato took home the awards for Favorite Female Artist in the music category, beating out Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and P!nk.

The former The X Factor judge also won the award for Favorite Music Fan Following. Lovato’s Lovatics beat out Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, Katy Perry’s KatyCats, One Direction’s Directioners and Britney SpearsBritney Army.

Lovato’s double put her in great company. The “Heart Attack” singer, Sandra Bullock, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake were the only artists to garner more than one award.

Meanwhile, Glee’s Latina stars Naya Rivera and Lea Michele’s charcaters Rachel and Santana were declared Favorite TV Gal Pals.

Fans cast more than 700 million votes to pick the winners.

Two Broke Girls actresses Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs hosted the show, and Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic and Brad Paisley performed.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Movie actress: Sandra Bullock
Album: The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Daytime TV host: Ellen DeGeneres
New talk-show host: Queen Latifah
Competition TV show: The Voice
Comedic movie actor: Adam Sandler
Network TV drama: The Good Wife
Comedic movie: The Heat
On-screen chemistry: Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Nina Dobrev (Elena), The Vampire Diaries
Pop artist: Britney Spears
Comedic TV actress: Kaley Cuoco
Comedic TV actor: Chris Colfer
Dramatic TV actor: Josh Charles
Cable TV drama: The Walking Dead
Action movie star: Robert Downey Jr.
Comedic movie actress: Sandra Bullock
Actor in a new TV series: Joseph Morgan
Late-night talk show host: Stephen Colbert
Humanitarian: Jennifer Hudson
Actress in a new TV series: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Network TV comedy: The Big Bang Theory
Sci-fi/fantasy TV actor: Ian Somerhalder
Cable TV actress: Lucy Hale
Streaming series: Orange Is the New Black
Movie: Iron Man 3
Movie actor: Johnny Depp
Movie duo: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (Gravity)
Action movie: Iron Man 3
Dramatic movie: Gravity
Dramatic movie actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Dramatic movie actress: Sandra Bullock
Family movie: Despicable Me 2
Horror movie: Carrie
Thriller movie: Now You See Me
Favorite year end movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Dramatic TV actress: Stana Katic
TV crime drama: Castle
Cable TV comedy: Psych
Premium cable TV show: Homeland
TV anti-hero: Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), The Walking Dead
Sci-fi/fantasy TV show: Beauty and the Beast
Sci-fi/fantasy TV actress: Kristin Kreuk
New TV comedy: Super Fun Night
New TV drama: Reign
TV bromance: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins (Sam, Dean and Castiel), Supernatural
TV gal pals: Naya Rivera and Lea Michele (Santana and Rachel), Glee
TV movie/mini-series: American Horror Story
Series we miss most: Breaking Bad
Male artist: Justin Timberlake
Female artist: Demi Lovato
Breakout artist: Ariana Grande
Country artist: Taylor Swift
Country music icon: Tim McGraw
Hip-hop artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
R&B artist: Justin Timberlake
Band: One Direction
Alternative band: Fall Out Boy
Song: Roar, Katy Perry
Music fan following: Lovatics (Demi Lovato fans)
Music video: Roar, Katy Perry

Maldonado’s Pentatonix Wins NBC’s “The Sing-Off”

Kirstie Maldonado and members of her a cappella group are $200,000 richer and have a new recording contract with Sony Music after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off.

The 19-year-old Latina singer’s five-member group Pentatonix—the smallest singing group in the reality show—beat out the Dartmouth Aires and Urban Method in Monday’s finale to win the title…and prize package that came with it. The group won by claiming the majority of the reported three million viewer votes cast.

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In all, 16 teams competed in the singing competition where participating groups couldn’t use instruments other than their own voices.

Throughout the competition, Pentatonix stood out as a small yet mighty group of talented singers and vocal percussionists, and they were praised regularly by show’s judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Along with Maldonado—a National Hispanic Scholar and University of Oklahoma musical theatre major—Pentatonix consists of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.

Maldonado was credited by the judges for bringing some serious sass and class to the group as the only female member.

“I don’t even know what to say … I’m just so humbled to have shared the stage with my best friends. They’re my family,” said Hoying after winning the competition. “And these 16 amazing groups; I can’t believe this is happening.”