THE 31st HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS
Premieres Friday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c On PBS
Filmed At The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts In Washington DC.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 31st HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS PRESENTED BY TARGET will have its broadcast premiere (Sponsored by Nationwide) on September 28th (10:00pm/9c) on PBS. The Awards, which were created by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, are among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions that co-host the program.
Filmed on September 12th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and hosted by leading digital content creators and rising music stars Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso, the awards recognize the contributions and accomplishments of leading Latino individuals and organizations in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. This year’s honorees are:
Sister Norma Pimental – Community Service Award presented by Nationwide
Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon – Culture Award presented by Southwest Airlines
Jesse & Joy – Vision Award presented by Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino
Karol G – Inspira Award presented by T-Mobile
Mj Rodriguez – Trailblazer Award presented by Google
Daniel Lubetzky – Entrepreneurship Award presented by Target
Ingrid Hoffmann – Culinary Arts Award presented by AARP
The special national PBS broadcast will also include very special performances that include a one year anniversary remembrance of Hurricane Maria’s impact and recovery in Puerto Rico, (“Soñando Con Puerto Rico featuring Pedro Capó”), a tribute to Latinos in Hip-Hop, José Feliciano giving a historic 50th Anniversary performance remembering his groundbreaking rendition of the National anthem at the 1968 World Series, Lele Pons & Rudy Mancuso’s live world premiere of “Celoso,”and captivating performances from Fonseca, Jesse & Joy and Karol G. Segment presenters also include Fat Joe, Indya Moore, Grandmaster Caz, Pati Jinich, Shakira Barrera, Giselle Blondet, JW Cortés, Marina de Tavira, Gaby Natale and more
The Hispanic Heritage Awards are unique in that educators, physicians, innovators, businesspersons, community leaders, and elected officials stand alongside celebrities and great artists in representing the great value Latinos provide the United States and the globe. Past Honorees have included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Oscar Hijuelos, Juan Luis Guerra, Ana Gabriel, Rita Moreno, Plácido Domingo, Junot Díaz, Celia Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Tito Puente, Anthony Quinn, Juan Marichal, Los Tigres Del Norte, José Feliciano, Pedro Martinez, Alejandro Sanz, Oscar De La Hoya, Pepe Aguilar, Gloria Estefan, Martin Sheen, Andy Garcia, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Luis Fonsi, Eva Longoria, and Zoe Saldana, among many others.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round, award-winning programs which inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on the mission of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.