Becky G to Co-Host This Year’s Latin American Music Awards

Becky G will be spending a lot of time on the Latin AMAs stage…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress will serve as a co-host alongside Thalia, Alejandra Espinoza and Carlos Ponce at this year’s Latin American Music Awards.

Becky GOther artists set to take center stage during the awards ceremony — which is celebrating the theme We Speak Música — include Feid, Anitta, Manuel Medrano and Oscar Maydon. The first of the four (in addition to Peso Pluma) is the most nominated artist this year, leading with 12 nods.

Feid and Peso, who are up for the artist of the year and album of the year awards, are followed by top nominees Bad Bunny (11), Grupo Frontera (11), Karol G (9), Shakira (9), Eslabon Armado (8) and Fuerza Regida (8).

Meanwhile, three artists will receive a special recognition during the ceremony: Recognized for their notable musical careers, both Banda MS and Ricardo Montaner will be honored with the Latin AMA Legacy Award, and Yandel will be celebrated for his contributions to the Latin urban music scene with the Latin AMA Pioneer Award.

The 2024 Latin American Music Awards will air live at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 25, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via Univision, UNIMÁS, Galavisión and ViX. 

Here’s a look at this year’s participating celebrities:

AB Quintanilla
Banda MS
Becky G
Carin León
Chino Pacas
Danny Ocean
Dimelo Flow
Gabito Ballesteros
Jay Wheeler
Jennifer Nettles
Justin Quiles
Ky-Mani Marley
Lenny Tavárez
Los 2 De La S
Manuel Medrano
Marc Anthony
Milo Beat
Noel Schajris
Oscar Maydon
Peso Pluma
Ricardo Montaner
Ryan Castro
Sergio George
Silvestre Dangond
Yng Lvcas
Zhamira Zambrano

Shakira Performs Surprise Concert For 40,000 Fans in New York City’s Times Square

Shakira is recovering from an epic performance…

The 47-year-old Colombian superstar surprised her followers with a “pop-up” concert in New York City’s Times Square to celebrate her first LP in seven years, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, which was released last Friday.

ShakiraAnnounced just hours earlier on her social media accounts, Shakira’s impromptu concert drew about 40,000 fans, according to figures provided by the organizers.

A huge electronic billboard that covered part of a skyscraper announced the free show with a clock counting down to its start.

At around 7:30 p.m. ET, the crowd enthusiastically chanted from ten to zero and two large doors hidden in the jumbotron opened to reveal the TSX Stage, and Shakira opening with her No. 1 Hot 100 hit “Hips Don’t Lie.”

Hola New York! Oh my God, this is amazing, absolutely insane,” she said immediately after in Spanglish. “It’s so awesome to see you again, to sing for you… Nothing compares to this. Thank you so much for all the love that you’ve been giving me this week during the release of my new album Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. And thank you, thank you, thank you for showing up.”

Dressed in black pants and top with silver embellishments, the self-proclaimed She-Wolf delighted the crowd by singing live — along with a band and a group of dancers — songs such as “Te Felicito”, “TQG”, “Cómo Dónde y Cuándo” and “Puntería”, before closing with the mega hit “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53.”

“I’m happy to be here surrounded by my Latin people,” said the 14-time Latin Grammy and three-time Grammy winner. “Thank you New York. Until next time. I love you very much.”

Tuesday’s show was co-produced by TSX Entertainment, with presenting partners ViX, Vinfast and Sony Music Latin.

Feid Earns 12 Latin American Music Awards Nods

Feid has 12 reasons to smile…

Univision has revealed the 2024 Latin American Music Awards nominees, with the 31-year-old Colombian singer tying Mexican star Peso Pluma with 12 nods each.

FeidFeid and Peso Pluma, who are up for the coveted artist of the year and album of the year awards, are followed by top nominees Bad Bunny (11), Grupo Frontera (11), Karol G (9), Shakira (9), Eslabon Armado (8) and Fuerza Regida (8).

Co-hosted by Thalía, Alejandra Espinoza and Carlos Ponce, this year’s awards ceremony will celebrate the theme “We Speak Música” and will air live at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via Univision, UNIMÁS, Galavision and ViX.

The 2024 nominations are based on fan interactions across streaming, sales, radio airplay, touring and social media interaction data provided by Billboard and Luminate during the eligibility period (Feb. 11, 2023 to Feb. 24, 2024), according to a press statement.

Fans have until April 1 to vote for their favorite artists here.

Here’s the complete list of nominations:

Artist Of The Year

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Carin León
  3. Eslabon Armado
  4. Feid
  5. Fuerza Regida
  6. Karol G
  7. Peso Pluma
  8. Rauw Alejandro
  9. Romeo Santos
  10. Shakira

New Artist Of The Year

  1. Bad Gyal
    2. Chino Pacas
    3. Gabito Ballesteros
    4. Majo Aguilar
    5. Peso Pluma
    6. Venesti
    7. Xavi
    8. Yng Lvcas
    9. Young Miko
    10. Zhamira Zambrano

Song Of The Year

  1. “Bailando Bachata” – Chayanne
    2. “El Merengue” – Marshmello & Manuel Turizo
    3. “Ella Baila Sola” – Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma
    4. “Lala” – Myke Towers
    5. “Según Quién” – Maluma & Carin León
    6. “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” – Bizarrap & Shakira
    7. “Solo Conmigo” – Romeo Santos
    8. “TQG” – Karol G & Shakira
    9. “Un X100to” – Grupo Frontera & Bad Bunny
    10. “Yandel 150” – Yandel & Feid

Album Of The Year

  1. 3MEN2 KBRN– Eladio Carrión
    2. Colmillo De Leche – Carin León
    3. Desvelado – Eslabon Armado
    4. El Comienzo – Grupo Frontera
    5. Feliz Cumpleaños Ferxxo Te Pirateamos El Álbum – Feid
    6. Génesis – Peso Pluma
    7. Mañana Será Bonito – Karol G
    8. Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va A Pasar Mañana – Bad Bunny
    9. Pa Que Hablen – Fuerza Regida
    10. Playa Saturno – Rauw Alejandro

Collaboration Of The Year

  1. “La Bebe Remix” – Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma
    2. “Según Quién” – Maluma & Carin León
    3. “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” – Bizarrap & Shakira
    4. “Un X100to” – Grupo Frontera & Bad Bunny
    5. “Yandel 150” – Yandel & Feid

Collaboration Crossover Of The Year

  1. “Dientes” – J Balvin, Usher & Dj Khaled
    2. “El Merengue” – Marshmello & Manuel Turizo
    3. “Niña Bonita” – Feid & Sean Paul
    4. “Ojalá” – The Rudeboyz, Maluma & Adam Levine
    5. “Vocation” – Ozuna & David Guetta

Best Crossover Artist

  1. Adam Levine
    2. David Guetta
    3. DJ Khaled
    4. Drake
    5. Marshmello
    6. Rema
    7. Sean Paul
    8. Usher

Streaming Artist Of The Year

  1. Bad Bunny
    2. Eslabon Armado
    3. Feid
    4. Fuerza Regida
    5. Grupo Frontera
    6. Junior H
    7. Karol G
    8. Peso Pluma
    9. Rauw Alejandro
    10. Young Miko

Tour Of The Year

  1. Doble P Tour 2023 – Peso Pluma
    2. Fórmula Vol.3 Tour – Romeo Santos
    3. Luis Miguel Tour 2023 – Luis Miguel
    4. Mañana Será Bonito Tour – Karol G
    5. Soy Rebelde Tour – RBD

Global Latin Artist Of The Year

  1. Bad Bunny
    2. Feid
    3. Fuerza Regida
    4. Grupo Frontera
    5. Junior H
    6. Karol G
    7. Maluma
    8. Peso Pluma
    9. Quevedo
    10. Shakira

Global Latin Song Of The Year

  1. “Classy 101” – Feid & Young Miko
    2. “Ella Baila Sola” – Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma
    3. “Lala” – Myke Towers
    4. “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” – Bizarrap & Shakira
    5. “Un X100to” – Grupo Frontera & Bad Bunny

Best Duo Or Group – Pop

  1. Camila
    2. Morat
    3. Piso 21
    4. RBD
    5. Reik

Best Artist – Pop

  1. Bizarrap
    2. Enrique Iglesias
    3. Manuel Turizo
    4. Sebastián Yatra
    5. Shakira

Best Album – Pop

  1. Bailemos Otra Vez– Chayanne
    2. Cupido – TINI
    3. Orquídeas – Kali Uchis

Best Song – Pop

  1. “Acróstico” – Shakira
    2. “Beso” – Rosalía & Rauw Alejandro
    3. “Fugitivos” – Camila
    4. “Pasa_je_ro” – Farruko
    5. “Una Noche Sin Pensar” – Sebastián Yatra

Best Artist – Urban

  1. Bad Bunny
    2. Feid
    3. Karol G
    4. Rauw Alejandro
    5. Young Miko

Best Album – Urban

  1. DATA– Tainy
    2. LPM (La Perreo Mixtape) – Yng Lvcas
    3. Mañana Será Bonito – Karol G
    4. Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va A Pasar Mañana – Bad Bunny
    5. Playa Saturno – Rauw Alejandro

Best Song – Urban

  1. “Lala” – Myke Towers
    2. “TQG” – Karol G & Shakira
    3. “Un Cigarillo” – Chencho Corleone
    4. “Where She Goes” – Bad Bunny
    5. “Yandel 150” – Yandel & Feid

Best Collaboration – Urban

  1. “Arranca” – Becky G Ft. Omega
    2. “Borracho y Loco” – Yandel & Myke Towers
    3. “Classy 101” – Feid & Young Miko
    4. “Hey Mor” – Ozuna & Feid
    5. “Me Porto Bonito” – Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone

Best Artist – Regional Mexican

  1. Carin León
    2. Gabito Ballesteros
    3. Ivan Cornejo
    4. Junior H
    5. Peso Pluma

Best Duo Or Group Regional Mexican

  1. Calibre 50
    2. Eslabon Armado
    3. Fuerza Regida
    4. Grupo Frontera
    5. Los Ángeles Azules

Best Album – Regional Mexican

  1. Desvelado– Eslabon Armado
    2. Colmillo De Leche – Carin León
    3. El Comienzo – Grupo Frontera
    4. Génesis – Peso Pluma
    5. Pa Las Baby’s y Belikeada – Fuerza Regida

Best Song – Regional Mexican

  1. “Di Que Sí” – Grupo Marca Registrada & Grupo Frontera
    2. “Difícil Tu Caso” – Alejandro Fernández
    3. “Dirección Equivocada” – Calibre 50
    4. “Indispensable” – Carin León
    5. “TQM” – Fuerza Regida

Best Collaboration – Regional Mexican

  1. “Bebe Dame” – Fuerza Regida & Grupo Frontera
    2. “El Amor De Su Vida” – Grupo Frontera & Grupo Firme
    3. “Ella Baila Sola” – Eslabon Armado & Peso Pluma
    4. “Pa’ Olvidarme De Tus Besos” – Lenin Ramírez & Banda Ms De Sergio Lizárraga
    5. “Qué Agonía” – Yuridia & Ángela Aguilar

Best Artist – Tropical

  1. Carlos Vives
    2. Luis Figueroa
    3. Marc Anthony
    4. Prince Royce
    5. Romeo Santos

Best Song – Tropical

  1. “Bailando Bachata” – Chayanne
    2. “Bandido” – Luis Figueroa
    3. “La Falta Que Me Haces” – Natti Natasha
    4. “Me Enrd” – Prince Royce
    5. “Solo Conmigo” – Romeo Santos

Best Collaboration – Tropical

  1. “Ambulancia” – Camilo & Camila Cabello
    2. “Asi Es La Vida” – Enrique Iglesias & Maria Becerra
    3. “El Merengue” – Marshmello & Manuel Turizo
    4. “La Fórmula” – Maluma & Marc Anthony
    5. “Si Tú Me Quieres” – Fonseca & Juan Luis Guerra

Ezekiel Montes Partnering with Sergio Siruela on Spanish Thriller “Aullar”

Ezekiel Montes is ready to thrill…

The Spanish writer-producer is joining forces with director Sergio Siruela on Aullar, a thriller centering on a father-daughter relationship.

Ezekiel MontesElena Martínez, who worked with Montes on the 2021 crime thriller A Dead Man Cannot Live and Rafa Russo’s 2023 drama Devoción, stars in the film as a strong and independent woman struggling to make ends meet and support her son. One day her estranged father shows up in need of help – his house has become occupied by drug addicts.

Although they haven’t seen each other in years due to his alcoholism, which was exacerbated by the death of her mother and ultimately destroyed their relationship, she agrees to help him recover his home. In the process, however, wounds of the past gradually reopen.

Aullar marks the feature film debut for Siruela, a Spanish director who has shot a number of high-profile series in Mexico for major streamers such as Disney+ and ViX, including adaptations of the Jules Verne classics Journey to the Center of the Earth and the forthcoming The Lighthouse at the End of the World, as well as Se llamaba Pedro Infante, about the life of the iconic Mexican movie star, played by Mario Morán.

Montes is producing the film via his company 73140323PC, with principal photography set to start in September. He’s hoping to return to the Malaga Film Festival with Aullar next year.

The producer-director bowed A Dead Man Cannot Live in Malaga in 2021.

Camila Sodi Signs with AFA Prime Talent Media

Camila Sodi has new representation…

The 37-year-old Mexican singer, actress, producer and model has signed with AFA Prime Talent Media, a division of Kenan Thompson’s Artists for Artists company, in all areas.

Camila Sodi Sodi is currently shooting the series El Dentista alongside Demián Bichir for ViX and Movistar Plus +. She plays Sofia Roth, a brilliant chemist who aids Bichir’s character, Nolasco Black, in solving a case involving the infamous Jack The Ripper. The series is produced by Oscar-winning brothers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín.

Also, earlier this year, Sodi created and executive produced the series Cualquier Parecido for Viacom CBS and ViX. The series, also starring the actress, is based loosely on her own romantic experiences and explores stories of love and heartbreak, friendship, family and sex, as well as the process of rediscovering oneself and becoming empowered. The show tells the tale of Carlota, who, after separating from the person she thought was the love of her life, discovers that the saying “happily ever after” is not always true, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be happy.

The signing heralds a reunion for Sodi and Cuban Talent Manager Eliseo Ruiz; they worked together in the past when Ruiz was an up-and-coming talent agent in Mexico City.

“I am honored to join forces with Eliseo and AFA Prime Talent, said Sodi in an exclusive statement to Deadline. “Their commitment to nurturing talent and strategic vision aligns perfectly with my goals. I look forward to this collaboration and the exciting projects that lie ahead. I have no doubts we will create some magic together.”

ViX Orders “Todo Lo Que Fuimos,” a Relationship Drama Starring Esmeralda Pimentel

Esmeralda Pimentel is celebrating everything she was

TelevisaUnivision streamer ViX has ordered the relationship drama Todo lo Que Fuimos, starring the 34-year-old Mexican actress and model.

Esmeralda PimentelLatinx producer The Immigrant is working on the project about two mothers fighting the urge to be together.

In addition to Pimentel, who most recently starred in High Heat, the project also stars Fátima Molina, Michel Brown and Margarita Muñoz.

The story follows two women with a secret past, with themes touching on relationships, LGBTIA+ issues and family.

Shooting took place in Mexico and New York and production wrapped last week.

Here’s the synopsis: “Natalia and Gala are two mothers who don’t seem to have anything in common, except their children go to the same school. Natalia is the perfect Mexican mom, married to Bruno, the perfect husband and father. Gala is a Chicana from New York who just moved to Mexico with Isa, her wife. But Natalia and Gala keep a secret: years ago, they had a relationship that changed their lives. Now they try to stay away from each other, but they can’t. There is a passion that pulls them together no matter how hard they fight it. A passion that threatens to destroy everything they have.”

Adriana Pelusi, Natalia Castells-Esquivels, Jimena Montemayor and Maria Renee Prudencio are writing and the directors are Pepa San Martin and Montemayor.

“We wanted to produce an elevated melodrama,” said The Immigrant CEO and co-founder Camila Jiménez-Villa in an interview with Deadline. “We wanted to explore universal themes like motherhood, desire, gender roles and belonging, all through characters that are trying to do their best in difficult circumstances.”

Ownership of international rights outside of ViX’s operating territories are still to be decided.

“It would do really beautifully in Europe,” said Jiménez-Villa.

“For a platform like Vix, it’s not a show you would expect,” Montemayor told Deadline. “It’s very wild for them to make a show like this but they gave us a lot of freedom to conceive the world, story and the visual narrative.”

Pelusi said the series subverts the norms of Mexican television as queer characters as usually portrayed as support or sidekicks, adding: “It’s a love story like you’d see in a Mexican soap opera, only with queer characters.”

“While my stories have consistently prioritized characters over plot, Todo lo que Fuimos represents a departure from the thriller, drama, and social justice genres of my previous projects. Instead, this show immerses itself in a narrative that revolves around love, heartbreak, and desire,” said Montemayor.

Mauricio Ochmann Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Mauricio Ochmann has new representation…

The Mexican actor and Spanish-language star, best known for his roles in telenovelas like Amarte Asi, has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) for representation in all areas.

Mauricio OchmannOchmann’s credits include El Señor de los Cielos and its spinoff El Chema (Telemundo Network’s highest-rated show),

Ochmann’s feature Friends Till Death (Amigos Hasta La Muerte), in which he starred and produced, debuted this past August in the top 10 on Amazon in the U.S. and was #1 in 30 countries worldwide.

Earlier this year, his film All the Places (A Todas Partes), produced by Sony for Netflix, was #6 among all movies on Netflix U.S. and debuted at #1 across Latin America.

Ochmann recently wrapped season two of the TV show Las Bravas F.C. for HBO Max.

Feature film credits include Y Como Es El, the top-grossing Mexican film of 2022, and Hazlo Como Hombre and Ya Veremos, which also were hits in Mexico.

As a producer, Ochmann has a first-look deal with streamer VIX+, a joint venture between Mexican media giant Televisa and US-based network Univision.

Next up, Ochmann is attached to star in action-comedy Operation Mother’s Day. Ochmann and Larry Robinson are producing with Argentinian director Ariel Winograd attached.

Manolo Cardona’s 11:11 Films & TV Signs Deal to Produce New Original Projects for ViX

Manolo Cardona has a new deal…

The 46-year-old Colombian actor and Juancho Cardona’s banner 11:11 Films & TV has signed a deal with TelevisaUnivision streamer ViX to produce new original titles.

Manolo Cardona,Under the agreement, 11:11 Films & TV will develop and produce a film and series with the brothers serving as executive producers and showrunners of the projects.

Manolo Cardona will also star in both titles.

“We at 11:11 Films & TV are delighted to continue our partnership with ViX and bring our creative vision to local and international audiences. It is an honor to build strong titles with ViX, a company fully committed to bringing the best content to the entire audience,” said Juancho.

“I am excited to be able to star in some of these new titles as well as producing many projects with ViX,” added Manolo. “This collaboration with ViX allows us to further strengthen the Spanish-language streaming service and connect with viewers.”

The first project under the deal is the romantic comedy feature Dime Lo Que Quieres (De Verdad), co-starring Stephanie Cayo, Angie Cepeda and Tony Dalton.

The project is set to premiere on July 27 and will be available to stream via the service’s premium plan.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with 11:11 Films & TV to offer compelling and authentic content featuring local stories and talent for our international audiences. We are proud to welcome Manolo Cardona as a strong ambassador for ViX and to work with top-level creative talent who are helping us strengthen the world’s best and largest Spanish-language streaming service,” said Augusto Rovegno, SVP of Content ViX at TelevisaUnivision, in a statement.

ViX is currently in production on 7 original projects including the Sofia Vergara-led animated series, Koati: Animated Series, and the Benicio del Toro-produced film, Matar Al Jockey.

VIX to Premiere Manolo Cardona’s Comedy “Dime lo que Quieres” in Late July

Manolo Cardona really wants to know what you want…

The 46-year-old Colombian actor’s comedy Dime lo que Quieres (De Verdad) will premiere on July 27 on the streamer.

Manolo CardonaCardona, who most recently starred in Who Killed Sara?, stars alongside Stephanie Cayo, Angie Cepeda and Tony Dalton.

Peruvian actor-helmer Bruno Ascenzo is directing the ViX Original film, a production by Colombian outfit 11:11 Films & TV.

Brothers Juancho and Manolo Cardona, Stephanie Cayo, FilmSharksGuido Rud and Patagonik Film Group’s Juan Vera, Juan Pablo Galli and Christian Faillace executive produce.

The film also features a special appearance from Argentine double Grammy-nominated pop singer Diego Torres and Sofia Niño de Rivera.

Adapting Argentine film Dos más dos, which Patagonik produced in 2012, the comedy shows how even the dullest marriage can be shaken up and questions aspects of normal communication in a couple.

Deal on the format to the original Argentine film “Dos más dos” was negotiated by FilmSharks format sub-label, The Remake Co.

Speaking freely about love and sexuality but also about truth, loyalty, and real friendship, “Dime lo que Quieres” tells the story of Diego (Tony Dalton) and Emilia (CEPEDA), a conservative couple with 16 years of marriage behind them that have lost their spark.

Their longtime life friends – and swinging couple – Betina (Stephanie Cayo) and Tomás (Cardona) come to their rescue, introducing them into the world of the forbidden, changing everything they thought about intimacy, relationships and sex.

“We’re thrilled to kick off our 11:11 Films & TV partnership with ‘Dime lo que quieres,’ a fresh take on a heartfelt, edgy, and hilarious film,” said Augusto Rovegno, senior vice president of acquisitions and programming at ViX.

“Collaborating with the 11:11 team and their talented cast was an incredible process, and we look forward to sharing this film with the world and making more fantastic projects together,” he added.

“At 11:11 Films & TV we are excited and proud of our first project for ViX. We have brought together great talent behind and in front of the cameras, and we know this is the perfect combination that will lead to more great projects,” said Juancho Cardona, executive producer and general director at 11:11 Films.

Founded in 2005 by the Cardona brothers, comprised of actor-producer Manolo, director-producer Juancho and producer-international relations executive Francisco, 11:11 Films & TV has made a slew of films and TV series since then.

Vix Premium to Premiere Third & Final Season of Ana de la Reguera’s “Ana” Series in July

It’s the final countdown for Ana de la Reguera…

The 46-year-old Mexican actress returns with more hilarity and hijinks in her eponymous series Ana premiering its third and final season on July 12 exclusively via Vix Premium.

Ana de la RegueraFor the first time, Seasons 1 and 2 will also be available to stream on ViX when Season 3 drops.

“The final season will see Ana starting over, and searching for who she really is and what she wants,” de la Reguera, who is the creator, producer and star of the series, tells Deadline. “At the beginning of Season 3, Ana has lost everything and finds herself sharing a room with her mother in Los Angeles and renting a room out as an Air B&B. She is also trying to focus on her career again to prove she is a serious actress after the events and mishaps of Season 2. She is going back and forth between Mexico and L.A. working on a small play where she’s an understudy. In addition to losing her career, she’s also lost her love and her life.”

She added, “In some ways Ana at the start of Season 3 has nothing, but she also has no attachments either. Looking back on the lessons of the first two seasons, she finally understands everything happened so she could find herself.”

Ana also stars Tina Romero, David Palacio, Ali Gua, Paly Duval and Gabriela Roel, who will be joined by Paralympian Arly Velázquez and Mariana Gajá.

This season will also see de la Reguera make her directorial debut with the final two episodes. Marcelo Tovar will lens the first four episodes.