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Carlos Santana (Legend), Salma Hayek (Arts), Ivy Queen (Vision), Ron Rivera (Sports), Kali Uchis (Inspira), Pioneering NASA Engineers Clara O’Farrell, Christina Hernández, and Diana Trujillo (S.T.E.M) To Be Honored At The 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

National PBS Broadcast & PBS.ORG Streaming Begins 9:00pm ET

Watch New Preview Trailer Here


Previous Hispanic Heritage Awardee JOHN LEGUIZAMO To Host 

Special Musical Performances From:


Plus, A “West Side Story at 60” Retrospective,

And An All-Star Musical Tribute To Carlos Santana, Starring: ALLY BROOKE, BLACK PUMAS, ALEX CUBA,  JUANES and THE MAVERICKS 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced this year’s honorees, host, and performers for the 34th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards to be broadcast this Friday, October 8, on PBS Stations at 9:00PM ET/8:00PM Central.

Barrier-shattering superstar Salma Hayek will receive this year’s Hispanic Heritage Arts Award – joining Carlos Santana (Legend), Ivy Queen (Vision), Kali Uchis (Inspira), Ron Rivera (Sports) and NASA Engineers Clara O’Farrell, Christina Hernández, and Diana Trujillo (STEM), completing the slate of 2021 Honorees.

“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is thrilled to recognize the 2021 Honorees with PBS and our dedicated sponsors and partners,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF.  “The line-up paying tribute to the Honorees, our community and our country represents the rich diversity of our community.  We are excited to share a celebration of Latinx accomplishment, vision, and cultural pride with all of America.  Prepare to be inspired!”

Modeled after last year’s PBS broadcast, (which garnered the highest ratings and reached more viewers than ever before in the event’s history), this year’s presentation will once again feature more intimately filmed segments captured on location across the United States and Latin America. In addition to the exclusive honoree profiles, the show will be hosted by former Hispanic Heritage Award winner JOHN LEGUIZAMO and showcase an impressive set of performances celebrating the richness and stylistic diversity of Hispanic music and culture.  These special guests will include: CIMAFUNK, LESLIE GRACE, KALI UCHIS, GABRIELLA REYES (& The American Pops Orchestra) – plus, a West Side Story at 60” retrospective, and an all-star musical tribute to Carlos Santana, Starring: ALLY BROOKE, BLACK PUMAS, ALEX CUBA, JUANES And THE MAVERICKS.

“Having John Leguizamo come back to host is a special moment after he received the very award he will be presenting to this year’s class of honorees,” added Tijerino. “We also look forward to celebrating Salma and all the Awardees with compelling performances by such a dynamic group of performers on PBS to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with all of America.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards, produced by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, were created by the White House in 1988 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America and is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. For a video, visit

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round programs focused on education, workforce, social impact through the lens of leadership.   HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  For more information, visit and follow the Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Visit

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Find full background and additional press material on all of this year’s honorees & other participants at:

For more information on the Awardscontact John Reilly at (

To sponsor the Awards, contact Jessica Herrera (


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