The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 31st Hispanic Heritage Awards PRESENTED will have its broadcast premiere this Friday (10:00pm/9c) on PBS. Created by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. This ceremony presents the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and is supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions that co-host the program and recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of leading Latino individuals and organizations in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America.
This years’ nominees are: Sister Norma Pimentel for Community Service, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón for Cultural, Jesse and Joy for Vision, Karol G for Inspiration, MJ Rodriguez for Trailblazer, Daniel Lubetzky for Entrepreneurship and Ingrid Hoffmann for Culinary Arts. 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 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
To learn more about this nonprofit organization that serves to; inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields. Visit www.hispanicheritage.org.