The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) celebrated its 14th Annual ALMA Awards with a special one-hour prime-time special which was broadcasted live for the first time in the show’s history on MSNBC on Friday, September 27. Actress, activist, businesswoman and Hispanic Executive‘s Fall cover star Eva Longoria was joined by actor and television personality Mario Lopez as hosts of the show which celebrates America’s favorite Latino talents in the entertainment industry, television, film and music. The one-hour show honored celebrities whose work includes promoting noble causes in the arts and in advancing the roles and positive perceptions of Latinos in mainstream U.S. media.
The “2013 NCLR ALMA Awards” honorees included:
· Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence: Robert Rodriguez
· Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award: Carlos Santana
· Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award: Rosario Dawson
· Special Achievement in Film: FILLY BROWN
· Special Achievement in Television: Cast of DEXTER
Other presenters included: Jessica Alba (Sin City, Machete), Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Daisy Fuentes (Telemundo’s La Voz Kids), Diego Boneta (Fruitvale Station), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Christina Milian (NBC’s The Voice), the cast of NBC’s new comedy Welcome to the Family (Ricardo Chavira, Justina Machado, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido and Joseph Haro) and the Latina-led cast of Lifetime’s Devious Maids (Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Edy Ganem).
Billboard chart–topping Latino recording artist Aloe Blacc and Grammy Award–winning Latin/funk/rock group Quetzal also took the stage for a show-stopping musical performance.
A special one-hour pre-show telecast also honored actor, writer and director Tony Plana with the Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement, actor Wilmer Valderrama with the Outstanding Social Activism Award and writer and producer Nancy De Los Santos Reza with the Outstanding Industry and Community Service Award.
Hispanic Executive was a proud media partner of the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards!