If you have heard the popular Latin songs "Me Estoy Acostumbrando a Ti" and "Volvi a Nacer", you know they are sung by two popular Latin singers. The Mexican-American Pepe Aguilar and Colombian Carlos Vives respectively are this year’s Hispanic Heritage Award honorees. The two Latin entertainers will be honored at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Sept. 18 with a special broadcast of the award presentation Sept. 29 on PBS.
Both Aguilar and Vives have had successful careers in the entertainment industry. Vives who will be presented the Legend Award, a singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, is the most important artists of 2013 in Latin America. Opinion leader and influential in the music industry, who has transcended more than two decades with over 20 million albums sold, winner of an American Grammy and ten Latin Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations (American and Latin), and multiple gold and platinum albums. He is the first Colombian artist to receive a Recording Academy award, and in less than five months scored two number one singles before releasing his new album this year. He is an artist that has his country in his heart and a good will ambassador for UNICEF. He just announced he will have a concert in Miami scheduled for December.
As for Pepe Aguilar receiving the Master of Arts Award, a singer, songwriter and actor, who specializes in ranchera, pop and mariachi genres. Throughout his lengthy career, Pepe has produced 24 studio albums, sold more than 12 million albums, made numerous musical achievements, including five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. His 2013 album titled Lástima Que Sean Ajenas, in which he pays tribute to the legendary regional Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, is one of his most acclaimed albums in his career. His recent work entailed an MTV Unplugged special concert titled "Pepe Aguilar MTV Unplugged" for his followers. Pepe has upcoming concerts scheduled both in Mexico and the U.S., including stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada and California. For Pepe Aguilar’s concert schedule, click here.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by the White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered among the highest honors for Hispanics by Hispanics.
Last year honorees representing the Latin music industry were Los Tigres del Norte and Lucero. The additional 2014 Hispanic Heritage honorees are:
- Education – the Hayden High School Robotics Team
- Sports – Bernie William
- Leadership – Henry R. Munoz III
- Vision – Zoe Saldaña
- STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) – Rep. Ruben Hinojosa
- Master of Arts – Pepe Aguilar
- Legend – Carlos Vives
- Special Recognition – 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army “The Borinqueneers”