<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:19:32 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:19:32 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:17:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/PIC+1+BILLBOARD.jpg

Miami Beach will be buzzing with excitement when the 28th edition of the Billboard Latin Music Conference kicks off at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach next April 24-26.

The oldest and most exclusive conference dedicated solely to Latin music returns for three-days of jam-packed musical panels, superstar Q&A sessions, one-on-one workshops and an array of musical showcases featuring top Latin music industry artists and influencers.

One of the most anticipated events this year will be the first-ever social media panel featuring one of today’s rising reggaeton superstars.

Maluma, the charismatic self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel where he will discuss the important role social media plays in his career, as well as the secret of how he has managed to become the top Latin male with the most followers on Instagram.

Current Billboard Magazine cover boys JBalvin and Nicky Jam will join forces this year when they headline the “Superstar Mano a Mano” panel.

The chart-topping reggaeton artists are expected to address the current state of Latin Music, artist social responsibility and the genre’s global domination.

Leading the conversation over at the “Pop + Urban = The Perfect Marriage” panel will be iHeart Radio’s star DJ Enrique Santos who along with guests, Wisin, Reik, Ozuna, Silvestre Dangond and ChocQuibTown’s Tostao will be discussing the urban/reggaeton/pop fusions phenomenon that is currently dominating the Billboard Latin Music charts

Television host Jorge Bernal will also be at hand to moderate “The Life of Jenni Rivera” panel where Rivera’s daughter Chiquis and sister Rosie will give attendees an inside look at how the upcoming bio-series about the beloved Queen of Banda music came to be.

Glenda Pacanis SVP of Programming and Content for Telemundo will join Chiquis and Rosie Rivera to discuss just how the family and producers are working together to create an authentic look into the life of Jenni Rivera.

Other superstars joining the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference’s famous Q&A panels are Spanish singer/songwriter Miguel Bosé, Calle 13’s co-founder El Residente, Becky G and Jackie Cruz among many others.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference wraps up on Thursday April 27th with the Billboard Latin Music Awards show which airs live on NBC6’s sister station Telemundo at 8pm/Eastern.

<![CDATA[Tune Talk: Don Omar, Ivy Queen Release New Single]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:53:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029099145_1200x675_923689539946.jpg

Mariana Rodriguez of Telemundo 51's Acceso Total chats one-on-one with the king and queen of reggaeton, Don Omar and Ivy Queen, on their new single.

<![CDATA[Top Stars Hosting 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:58:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/kate-carlos-us.jpg.imgo.jpg

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards are just around the corner and Telemundo just revealed the names of the two celebrities who will be guiding the star-studded festivities taking place April 27th live from the University of Miami’s Watsco Center.

Sharing hosting duties this year will be none other than internationally acclaimed actress Kate del Castillo who will be working alongside renowned actor, singer, songwriter and TV host Carlos Ponce.

Del Castillo who is currently starring as the fictional First Lady of Mexico in the Netflix original “Ingobernable” returns to Telemundo following her successful streak of novela super-series like “Reina del Sur” (Queen of the South) and “Dueños del Paraiso” (Paradise Owners). She has also appeared in various American programs such as Weeds and Jane the Virgin.

Charismatic and beloved heart-throb Carlos Ponce is perhaps one of today’s most multifaceted Latin entertainers. He has made his mark in both English and Spanish language entertainment as a film and television actor, singer, songwriter and Television Host. His latest film include the role of Matthew Wright in “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Rose Byrne.

Joining Ponce and del Castillo will also be an all-star line-up of musical artists, actors and television personalities who will take the stage as presenters including Colombian hip-hop and alternative music band ChocQuibTown, Mario Kreutzberger better known as Don Francisco, Puerto Rican songstress Ednita Nazario, Fanny Lu, Juan Luis Guerra, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez just to name a few.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, in addition to its re-carpet pre-show will air on NBC 6’s sister station Telemundo live from the Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Sings in Spanish on Luis Fonsi's New Song]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:12:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029083633_1200x675_923038787557.jpg

Two star singers surprised their fans with their latest project released Monday. Latin singer Luis Fonsi dropped a remix of his latest hit, but it's the artist he's collaborated with that's trending. Fonsi featured crooner Justin Bieber on the hit record and Bieber belted out some Spanish lyrics.

<![CDATA[Video Shows JLO Rehearsing with Ex As A-Rod Looks On]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:09:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/arodlopez.jpg

Alex Rodriguez appeared to keep his cool as his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez shared the stage with her ex Marc Anthony at a theater in Dominican Republic.

Footage obtained by TMZ showed the former couple rehearsing at an historical amphitheater Saturday as Rodriguez watched from the VIP section.

Rumors swirled that JLO and Anthony rekindled their romance, but it appears A-Rod is still in the picture and keeping close to Lopez.

The couple kept quiet about their romance for some time until Rodriguez opened up on The View in late March.

"We're having a great time," A-Rod said. "She's an amazing, amazing girl. One of the smartest human beings I've ever met and also an incredible mother."

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<![CDATA[Pandora Presents 'Noche de Musica' Pop-Up Concert in Miami]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:39:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041617+noche+de+musica.jpg

The much-awaited fourth Edition of Pandora’s pop-up concert style “Noche de Musica” (Night of Music) returns to Miami next April 25th at the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami.

Headlining this year’s “Noche de Musica” will be none other than Puerto Rican Reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam and straight from Colombia the revolutionary alternative hip-hop group, ChocQuibTown.

These two electrifying performances by two of Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists is free for fans 21 and over who must RSVP by visiting the Pandora Noche de Musica website. (Note: RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry, as space is limited in a first come first served basis.)

Pandora’s unique ability to determine which artists will resonate best with local listeners by analyzing musical preferences, stations created and thumbed-up songs allows them to extend invitations to listeners who have demonstrated an affinity for their identified artist.

Past “Noche de Musica” concerts have included Yandel, JBalvin, Plan B, Leslie Grace, Frarruko, Tony Dize, Sofia Reyes and Justin Quiles to name a few.

The Ice Palace Films Studios is located at 1400 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

<![CDATA["Cuban Adele" Belts Soulful Ballad on 6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000029045052_1200x675_921405507937.jpg

Singer Yoli Mayor, also known as "The Cuban Adele," joined Roxy on set Friday and brought the house down with a soulful performance. 

<![CDATA[Versailles Celebrates Milestone with Free Cafecito Wednesday]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041117+espresso.jpg

Living in South Florida requires one to fuel up on cafecito just to get through the day -- and the traffic.

Miami's iconic restaurant Versailles is helping Cuban espresso lovers get over hump day with free cafecito!

The Little Havana hangout is inviting folks to La Ventanita or the walk-up coffee window Wednesday for the pick-me-up to celebrate its social media milestone.

Versailles launched its Facebook page in recent years and quickly gained a huge following, reaching 20,000 followers.

At a time when gaining followers on social media is top priority for many, Versailles' Facebook achievement is a cause for celebration.

So, if you need to get rid of the mid-week blues on Wednesday, you can head over to the Miami landmark where the cafecito will start flowing at 8:30 a.m.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hispanicize 2017: Laurie Hernandez]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028860190_1200x675_913843267703.jpg

Olympic medal winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez stops by the 6 in the Mix set to talk about her medal winning performance, why she's in Miami and what her plans are post Rio.

<![CDATA['El Capo' Remake Comes to Telemundo Starring Mauricio Islas]]> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:30:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/EL+CAPO+PIC+2.jpg

The remake of the worldly popular Colombian narco series “El Capo” is coming to Telemundo next April 4th.

Shot completely in Aztec territory, this brand new version based on the fictional book “El Capo,” is a production of Tele-Mexico Studios and it stars award-winning Mexican actor, Mauricio Islas.

In his return to Telemundo, Islas will portray Jose Vicente Solis (El Capo) an idealist and ambitious man whose early life struggles led him to a life of violence and resentment.

In this action packed series, “El Capo” will unleash chaos in the lives of his enemies who are looking to settle their outstanding debts from the past.

The story of “El Capo” was developed by renowned Colombian author Gustavo Bolivar who also wrote such hits as “Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso,” “Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso,” and “La Viuda Negra” and it was directed by Cuban director Lilo Vilaplana

“El Capo’s” stellar cast of actor includes Plutarco Haza, Roberto Mateos, Isabel Burr, Mauricio Rousselon, Julio Bracho, Alejandro de la Madrid, Valentina Acosta, Ari Brickman, Pablo Cruz, Veronica Merchant, Danny Perea, Guillermo Quintanilla and Gustavo Sanchez Parra among others.

The series debuts on Tuesday April 4th at 10P/9C on NBCUniversal’s sister station Telemundo.

<![CDATA[Hispanicize 2017: Jencarlos Canela]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:13:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028781818_1200x675_910387779692.jpg

Hispanicize 2017 kicks off next week in Miami. Local celebrity Jencarlos Canela is nominated for a Tecla Award for Best Latin Music Artist creating social content. He stopped by the 6 in the Mix set to tell Roxanne Vargas all about it.

<![CDATA[Bayside Celebrates 30th Anniversary of 'Locales Festival']]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028738876_1200x675_908399683615.jpg

Chef James Tahhan and DJ Irie join Roxanne Vargas on set to preview Bayside's 30th Anniversary celebration 'Locales Festival'.

<![CDATA[Series Preview: Ingobernable]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:19:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028666976_1200x675_904991299975.jpg

Roxanne Vargas sits down with Kate del Castillo to talk about her new Netflix series "Ingobernable', which premiers tomorrow.

<![CDATA[Maluma to Headline Panel at 2017 Latin Music Conference]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:31:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032717+Maluma+BB+Photo.jpg

Juan Luis Londono better known to his legion of followers as Maluma, will be leading the first ever social media panel at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Miami Beach April 24-26.

The self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy Dirty Boy” from Medellin, Colombia who currently holds the title as the most followed Latin male on Instagram, will take center stage at the “Socializing Maluma” panel to discuss the importance of social media in his career as well as his approach to keeping all his 45.5 million followers hooked.

At just 23 years-old, Maluma has achieved unparalleled success over the last few years, he is the sixth act—and the youngest ever-to concurrently hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Latin Airplay chart with his “Sin Contrato” and “Chantaje” he has had five No.1’s so far on the Latin Airplay chart, including “Borro Cassette” and “El Perdedor”.

Over 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the Billboard Latin Music Conference which every year features Q&A session and panels with top artists, label, radio and music executives.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference 2017 culminates with the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards which airs live on April 27th on NBC’s sister station Telemundo.

<![CDATA[A-Rod Flexes Muscles As New Owner of UFC Gym in Miami]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/jennifer-lopez-alex-rodriguez-002.jpg

Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez is reportedly flexing his entrepreneurial muscles in South Florida.

The New York Yankees legend told the Miami Herald he has purchased UFC GYM Kendall and development rights for the UFC-branded gyms in Miami-Dade County.

A-Rod has a successful gym business in Mexico, which caters to a high-profile clientele. The UFC gym is a brand extension of mixed martial arts leader UFC; it will offer fitness classes and training.

The Miami gym is located on Kendall Drive and 107th Avenue. A-Rod told the Miami Herald, "As a Miami native, I am thrilled to now expand the UFC GYM brand across Miami."

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Breakthrough Pr]]>
<![CDATA[Iglesias, Nadal Open New Restaurant on South Beach]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:41:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032017+iglesias+nadal.jpg

Miami is hungry not only to meet crooner Enrique Iglesias and tennis legend Rafael Nadal, but to take a taste of their duo’s restaurant, Tatel Miami, which finally opened on Miami Beach Monday.

It was media mayhem as two of Spain's biggest stars arrived at the restaurant they've partnered to bring to Miami from Madrid.

Iglesias who calls Miami home says he’s happy to finally have a taste of his homeland here.

“Spanish food is here in Miami. I've missed [it] since I was little kid. I think Tatel is a place where people are going to have fun but they're most importantly going to have good Spanish food,” said the singer.

A menu suggestion from Iglesias?

“For me, it's Tortilla Trufada, is my favorite,” said Iglesias.

World-renowned tennis star Nadal took a break from his Miami Open preps for opening night of Tatel Monday.

“We didn't expect that many people today,” said Nadal.

NBA star Pao Gasol, who was not at Monday’s grand opening, wraps up the trifecta of Spanish superstars bringing España to South Florida.

Tatel opens to the public Tuesday.

It’s located at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach at 1 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull Announce Tour With Stop in Miami]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:07:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/102932949.jpg

For the second time in the last three years, two of the top pop artists in the world – both who reside in South Florida – will be hitting the road for a North American tour.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will co-headline the 16 city trip, beginning on June 3rd in Chicago. The duo will make two stops in the Sunshine State – including one on June 23rd inside the American Airlines Arena.

The opening act will be the boy band CNCO. Tickets go on sale starting this Friday.

The two stars last toured together when they crossed North America in 2014 and 2015. This year’s tour will include stops in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta before closing out July 6th in Toronto.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Michael Loccisano]]>
<![CDATA[Maluma Fan Becomes a News Sensation After Kissing Singer]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:54:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/MANUELA+MALUMA+PIC+1.jpg

Miami resident Manuela Alvarez never in her wildest dreams imagined the video she posted on her Instagram account of Urban artist Maluma kissing her on stage could bring her so much international attention as well as media coverage.

@maluma me cambio la vida❤🇨🇴

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The video of her unplanned encounter on the Fillmore stage that casually ended with a steamy kiss from the reggaeton artist has now been viewed over 200,000 times on Instagram with an equal number of views and shares on all other social media sites.

“I think is great!” said Alvarez. “I never ever imagined that something like this would bring so much attention from people and the media”

Last Monday her noteworthy lip smack with the self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy” made entertainment news all over Latin America and landed the 21 year-old FIU marketing student on several live Spanish network programs and interviews with entertainment magazines as far away as Argentina.

Manuela who hails from Medellin, Colombia is also an aspiring model who can’t stop thanking the heavens for the amazing experience that was granted to her.

“The kiss with Maluma was amazing and it meant the world to me!” Alvarez said. “But I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason.”

As a marketing student Alvarez is aware of the endless possibilities that exist with gaining such attention. She says because of this experience she is a changed woman and feels motivated to dream big.

“This experience has changed me in the sense that I’m feeling extra motivated to keep fighting for my dreams.”

As of yet Manuela hasn’t landed any modeling contracts but she feels there are good things to come out of this wonderful experience.

When asked what she would tell the reggaeton artist about everything that has happened to her so far she simply said, “I would just say thank you!”

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Estefans Meet Fans From All Over World at CongaBash 2017]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:18:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/Gloria+Estefan+CongaBash.JPG

Fans from all over the world traveled to Miami on this weekend to attend CongaBash 2017, where they were welcomed by the Estefans.

These "Conga Bashers" traveled from New York and as far from Chile, UK, China, Belgium, Finland and Denmark for a special meeting on the beach with Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

"As artists, we're very fortunate to earn the love and support of our fans when our offerings are hot off the presses and our songs are topping the charts," Gloria Estefan said.

The Estefans attended an auction for their foundation on Saturday where they met and spent time with fans.

"But the word fortunate pales when describing a loyalty that spans decades and is unconditional every step of the way...I want to express the deepest and most heartfelt thanks to you, my tried and true Conga Bashers...you who come from all over the world to show me, time and time again, your special and undying love that I treasure and carry with me with each step that I take on this amazing journey," she said.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Actresses Chosen to Portray Jenni Rivera in the Series]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/278*120/MDB+6_MAIN-1.JPG

Spanish Network Telemundo has kick-off production of the much anticipated Jenni Rivera bio-series titled “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio,” (Neighborhood Butterfly) an inspiring and moving story based on Jenni Rivera’s autobiography “Unbreakable.”

Network executives announced the three actresses chosen to portray Rivera in different stages of her life will be Regina Orquin, Samadhi Zendejas and Angelica Celaya.

Regina Orquin who is 9 years old, will portray a young Dolores Rivera (Jenni Rivera’s real name) who was born and raised by her immigrant parents in Long Beach, California and where she was first introduced to the sounds of traditional Mexican music.

Rosie Rivera who is Jenni Rivera’s sister says Orquin is already a favorite with her nephew Johnny (Jenni’s youngest son) because he is getting the opportunity see a portrayal of his mother as a child.

“Johnny is in love with Regina,” said Rosie. “He has yet to meet her but I think he says he loves her because he is getting to know his mother through Regina’s portrayal of his mother (as a little girl) and if Jenni’s son feels like that, I just know the fans are going to love her too.”

Playing Rivera in her most tumultuous stage will be Samadhi Zendeja who will give the viewers an inside look at the difficult times Rivera had to face beginning at age 15 when she became pregnant with daughter Janney Marin also known as Chiquis.

Zendeja says is a dream come true to be able to give life to Jenni Rivera, she has spent several months with the Rivera family trying to come up with Rivera’s true essence.

“I’m very thankful to Jenni’s family for opening up and sharing things that are very painful,” said Zendeja. “All of these things have helped me with my process of becoming Jenni Rivera in this series,” said Zendeja.

Giving life to the music diva in her adult stage will be Mexican-American actress Angelica Celaya who has starred in various television projects including the high rated super series “Señor de los Cielos.”

Celaya said she feels honored to have been given the responsibility to portray such a talented and strong woman.

“I am thankful for the character that is Jenni Rivera because through this portrayal we will all learn what is like to be a fighter,” said Celaya. “I hope Jenni’s fans can accept this beautiful homage we are doing with great love for all of them because the Queen of la Banda will live on all the way to Long Beach baby!”

In addition to the stellar lineup of actresses, the production also features a talented supporting cast that includes Gabriel Porras as Don Pedro Rivera (Jenni’s father), Rosalinda Rodriguez who will play Doña Rosa (Jenni’s mother), Stephanie Arcila as Rosie, Marcela Alcaraz in the role of Chiquis and Uriel del Toro who will bring life to the role of Juan Rivera (Jenni’s brother).

“We feel blessed to be working with Telemundo on this story honoring the life of my sister, Jenni,” said Rosie. “Our partnership with the network has allowed us to be involved in every aspect of the series and to contribute details and recommendations that only we, her family could.”

Jenni Rivera was a singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and single mother of five whom despite her difficulties and tragedies worked tirelessly to achieve success for her family.

Rivera was admired and loved by million for her strength and determination, her life was cut short by a tragic plane crash on December 9, 2012.

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Invite Fans to Attend for Free]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:22:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/Nicky+Jam+Latin+Billboards.jpg

From the red carpet to the audience, the Billboard Latin Music Awards show wants you to attend – for free.

The awards show tapes live in Miami on April 27, and is offering free tickets for Latin music lovers to attend as red carpet and pit fans, as well as seat fillers.

Actress and model Gaby Espino has been announced to host the awards show, and confirmed performers include Nicky Jam, CNCO, and Banda MS.

For more awards show details and to apply for the once in the lifetime opportunity, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Calle Ocho Festival Turns 40!]]> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:53:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028446259_1200x675_895004739909.jpg

The world's biggest block party turns 40 this year! Roxanne Vargas gives us a preview of Calle Ocho and tells us more about the milestone year for the festival.

<![CDATA[World Champ Competing in Calle Ocho Croqueta-Eating Contest]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:28:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/tlmd_526819_10151347927965732_150921157_n.jpg

The top-ranked eaters from around the nation are coming down to Carnaval Miami to scarf down some croquetas.

Professional eaters from the Major League Eating will be in Miami on Sunday competing in El Croquetazo At Calle Ocho, the league's first ever sanctioned croqueta eating contest.

And leading the wave is perhaps the most notable professional eater— world champion Joey Chestnut. The 33-year-old holds the world hot dogs eating record— an incredible 73.5 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

But Chestnut will face some fierce competition in the form of impressive newcomer Carmen Cincotti, who is currently the number-three-ranked competitive eater in the world. Both competitors will vie to set a world record in Sunday's croqueta battle.

Festival attendees can also get involved in the action, El Croquetazo will feature an amateur contest that will award the first place winner $300. A celebrity contest will also take place.

You can register for the amateur contest here.

El Croquetazo At Calle Ocho will take place at Carnaval Miami at 1 p.m. on the Calle Ocho stage located near the corner of SW 8th Street and SW 14th Avenue, near the McDonald’s along Calle Ocho in Little Havana.

<![CDATA[36th Edition of Carnaval Miami's Cooking Contest]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:03:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030817+carnval+miami+cooking+contest.jpg

The 36th edition of Carnaval Miami's Cooking Contest was held Tuesday evening. Six in the Mix host Roxanne Vargas emceed the event.

The contest offered a culinary stage to students, vocational and general public chefs of the future.

There were three rounds of tastings and a final round to crown Leslie Gonzalez from the General Public category as the overall winner.

She not only earned bragging rights for her salmon burger but a $500 cash prize, too.

Mariana Rodriguez, host of Acceso Total on our sister station Telemundo 51 was one of the night's judges.

Carnaval Miami is a key fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The foundation supports the Latin community of South Florida all year long.

<![CDATA[Performance Preview: Fuacata]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028403862_1200x675_893177411829.jpg

Elena Maria Garcia joins Roxanne Vargas on set to talk about her one woman show, 'Fuacata', which is on stage right now at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

<![CDATA[Estefans Open Fine-Dining Cuban Eatery in Design District]]> Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/030317+estefan+kitchen.jpg

There's a new spot in South Florida to indulge on vaca frita.

South Florida's power couple and Latin music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan have opened a new fine-dining Cuban restaurant in the swanky Miami Design District.

The restaurant called Estefan Kitchen brings Cuban cuisine to mix of posh restaurants in the arts district. Estefan Kitchen is located in Palm Court and will feature live music and performing servers and bartenders.

The interior of the eatery is inspired by 1950's Cuba, paying homage to the vibrant design, culture and warmth of the era. The menu offers a new spin to classic Cuban dishes like vaca frita, paella and lechon cripsy moros.

The Estefans also own the acclaimed Larios on the Beach and Bongos Cuban Cafe.

Estefan Kitchen opens to the public on March 4, serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m.

<![CDATA[Celebrate Latin Culture at Carnaval Miami 2017]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/030217+calle+ocho+festival.jpg

The biggest Latin cultural celebration is underway in South Florida. Carnaval Miami 2017 kicked off in February and runs through March and there are plenty of events for you and your family. The celebration culminates with the biggest street party, the 40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival. 

March 4-5

19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile

The festival takes place in Downtown Coral Gables at Alhambra Circle. Bring your family along to enjoy art, jazz and funk music, food and kids' entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

March 4-5

2nd Annual Cork & Fork

The food and wine tasting festival takes place at the Pavilion Tent at Alhambra Circle and Salzedo. For two days, local chefs will offer savory tastings and cooking demonstrations. The event will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are selling fast. Click here to get your tickets.

March 7

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest

The competition will be held at the La Palma Restaurant at 6 p.m. You can meet the aspiring chefs and celebrity judges. RSVP here

March 8

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament

The popular tournament goes down at the Domino Park in the heart of Little Havana from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 200 contestants will battle for the Domino crown.

March 9

36th Annual Carnaval Miami Golf Classic

The tournament benefits the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation's scholarship awards. Meet up with local VIPs at the Melreese Golf Course at 12 p.m.

March 12

40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival

This party has been dubbed the world's largest Hispanic festival. Calle Ocho goes down on Southwest 8th Street from 12th to 27th Avenue with live performances on every block. The street bash begins at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

<![CDATA[Carnaval Miami 2017: The Artist Behind the Poster]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028288071_1200x675_888003651973.jpg

Carnaval Miami is underway and featured as this year's poster artist is South Florida-born artist Alexander Mijares. NBC6 in the Mix host Roxanne Vargas takes us to Mijares' creative space for a look at the piece he created for Carnaval Miami.

<![CDATA[Agua de Violetas: A Familiar Fragrance With An Untold Story]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/202*120/022417+agustin+reyes+royal+violets.jpg

If you grew up in Miami and are of Hispanic descent, chances are high that you smelled like violets as a baby and sometimes beyond your childhood years.

The tradition started in Havana almost 90 years ago when a man named Agustin Reyes developed the first violet-scented cologne in Cuba.

The fragrance was not intended to become a baby cologne but the light, fresh scent became popular among Cuban mothers, who doused their infants in the mixture.

"It was difficult. Sure, at the beginning people didn’t understand it.  You know, it was ‘what is this? What do you use it for?  Perfume for babies," said Agustin Reyes III, who currently runs the business his grandfather established, from a plant in Hialeah.

A year after Castro's revolution took effect, the Reyes family fled the communist island with the formula covertly in hand.

Once settled in Miami, they reestablished the business with the fragrance that had brought them success on the island nation.

Word of mouth quickly spread among the Cuban exile community and Agustin Reyes, Inc. enjoyed newfound success, picking up on a tradition that went on to become iconic in the Cuban culture and beyond.

Decades later, the shelves at most Miami drug stores remain stocked with more than ten brands of the fragrance.

"Very few fragrances are that timeless. You can count them on one hand, you know, how many of those 1920s fragrances, by the most famous fragrance companies in the world are still around," said Reyes III. 

Cuban-American celebrities such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan purchase the bottles by the case, according to Reyes III.

The actress Eva Mendes has also repeatedly mentioned the product in her lists of favorite things and many “Miami girls”, even some in their teenage years, continue splashing on the scent before school or after soccer practice.

Agustin Reyes III prides himself on continuing to develop the scent in-house, as opposed to most fragrance houses, while using the original formula his grandfather created nearly nine decades ago.

Reyes says, he does this in order to maintain the authenticity of the product and the tradition.

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<![CDATA[Hialeah Ranked the Least Diverse US City]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:48:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hialeah+politics1.jpg

When you think of Hialeah, you think of a melting pot of people from Latin America. Because of that, Hialeah is one of the least culturally diverse cities in the United States, according to WalletHub.

The folks at WalletHub compared 501 of the largest cities in the country across three key indicators of cultural diversity. They examined each city based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.

Hialeah is ranked the fourth least culturally diverse city after Watertown, SD, Clarksburg, WV and Parkerburg, WV.

When it comes to ethnoracial diversity, the South Florida city had the highest concentration (95.64%) of Hispanic or Latino and the lowest concentration in White (Not Hispanic or Latino).

Hialeah had the lowest number of English speakers and ranked the highest for Spanish speakers.

If you were wondering about Miami, the city ranked as the 175th culturally diverse city. The most culturally diverse city is Jersey City, NJ.

<![CDATA[South Beach Wine and Food Festival: Aarón Sánchez]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:50:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028157269_1200x675_882675267894.jpg

Chef Aarón Sánchez will once again be serving up 'Tacos After Dark' at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Aaron joined Roxanne Vargas on the 6 in the Mix set to give her a taste of what he has planned and the perfect wine to go with it.

<![CDATA[Camila Cabello Collabs With Pitbull & J Balvin in Miami]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/022017camilacabello.jpg

Camila Cabello is heating up her solo career since leaving Fifth Harmony.

The Cuban American singer revealed on Instagram she's working on a collaboration with fellow Cuban-American Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull and Colombian singer J Balvin. Cabello scored a feature on Pitbull's new song "Hey Mama." The trio film the music video for the new song in the 3-0-5. 

On Saturday, the 19-year-old posted a photo of her sandwiched between the handsome duo.

Cabello also posted a Havana-esque picture, wearing a floral print midriff with a Cuban flag in hand. Her caption reads "pa mi gente latina stand up" which translates to "my Hispanic people stand up" in English.

One would think the singer was in Cuba filming the video, but the trio was in Miami Beach for the shoot.

J Balvin also posted several photos from the set. In one picture, Balvin poses in front of popular Italian restaurant Piccola Cucina on Espanola Way.

J Balvin wrote "CUBA" in another Instagram photo of him and Cabello candidly laughing.

Cabello kicked off her solo career since her split with her band mates. Just last week, she and DJ Cashmere Cat released their pop single Love Incredible.

By the looks of things, Cabello is hoping to step out in a big way on her own following her exit from Fifth Harmony.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Emily Estefan Makes Debut on Billboard Charts]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:08:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/EmilyEstefan.jpg

Emily Estefan's debut album, “Take Whatever You Want,” has landed on several Billboard Charts.

The 22-year-old daughter of music legends, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, debuted at No. 27 on R&B Current and No. 28 on Heatseekers charts, under her own label.

The eclectic body of work grabs inspirations from jazz, neo-soul and funk genres and tops it off with Estefan’s smooth vocals and musicianship.

"It’s the first expression where I didn’t confine myself to any barriers and you can take whatever you want from it and interpret it however you want," Estefan said of her self-written, produced and recorded album.

Estefan recently played her first-ever show to a sold out crowd at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s 33rd Annual Festival Miami.

Estefan’s live show is making its way across the United States and is expected to make an appearance at the SXSW festival next month.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky]]>
<![CDATA[Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Women Celebrate Galentine's Day]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:38:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-lin-manuel-miranda-efe.jpg

The day before Valentine's Day is a much more fun day called Galentine's Day and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is helping woman celebrate each other.

Miranda created a Galentine's Day mix and tweeted it out as a gift to all the ladies.

You might be wondering what is Galentine's Day. It's a fictional holiday traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine's Day. The holiday was coined by Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope in 2010.

Woman get together and celebrate their friendships and their future endeavors.

Miranda's playlist includes some girl power hits like Destiny's Child's So Good, Regina Spektor's Begin To Hope, Queen Latifah's U.N.I.T.Y. and Celia Cruz's La Vida Es Un Carnaval.

Here's a complete list of songs:

1. "So Good" - Destiny's Child

2. "U.N.I.T.Y." - Queen Latifah

3. "What You Know" - Ali Dineen

4. "Maps" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

5. "Cloudburst" - The Pointer Sisters

6. "Siete Horas" - Bebe

7. "On The Radio" - Regina Spektor

8. "Kiss The Girl" - Ashley Tisdale

9. "Ring of Keys" - Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone

10. "Weak (A Cappella)" - SWV

11. "Corner of Your Heart" - Ingrid Michaelson

12. "Know Who You Are" - Auli'i Cravalho, Vai Mahina, Olivia Foa'i, Matthew Ineleo

13. "Disparate Youth" - Santigold

14. "Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine

15. "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" - Celia Cruz

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<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2017 Nominations]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000027971103_1200x675_874886211801.jpg

Telemundo personalities Jessica Carrillo and radio star Enrique Santos along with social media influencer Christian Acosta and actress and singer Danna Paola hosted a special event Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:09:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021017+latin+billboard+2017.jpg

The finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards are in!

Telemundo personalities Jessica Carrillo and radio star Enrique Santos along with social media influencer Christian Acosta and actress and singer Danna Paola hosted a special event Tuesday (Feb 7) at the SLS Brickell in Downtown Miami where the finalists for the 2017 Latin Billboard Music Awards were announced on a first-ever exclusive Telemundo Facebook Live stream.

Leading this year’s list of nominees are Latin urban artist Nicky Jam and Shakira both with a total of nine entries, while Enrique Iglesias, “Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga all come in second place with eight entries each.

Colombian urban artists Maluma and JBalvin and late Mexican singer Juan Gabriel are tied in thirst place with seven entries each.

Billboard Latin Music Awards are the only awards to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music as determined by actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts.

The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will broadcast on Telemundo at 8pm/7c on Thursday April 27, 2017 live from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.



Artist of the Year:
•    J Balvin
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
•    Nicky Jam

Artist of the Year, New: 
•    CNCO
•    Crecer Germán
•    Ozuna
•    Ulíces Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Tour of the Year:
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda 

•    Maná
•    Marc Anthony
•    Marco Antonio Solís

Social Artist of the Year:
•    Enrique Iglesias    
•    Jennifer Lopez
•    Maluma
•    Shakira

Crossover Artist of the Year:
•    Calvin Harris 
•    Drake
•    Justin Bieber
•    Rihanna


Hot Latin Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele El Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele El Corazón”
•    Farruko feat. Ky-Mani Marley, “Chillax”
•    Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:
•    Daddy Yankee
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Nicky Jam

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:
•    Becky G
•    Jennifer Lopez
•    Shakira
•    Thalía

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
•    La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho 
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
•    Zion & Lennox

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    DEL
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin

Airplay Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
•    Prince Royce, “La Carretera”

Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Warner Latina

Digital Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
•    Pitbull feat.
Sensato, Lil Jon & Osmani Garcia, “El Taxi” 

Streaming Song of the Year:
•    Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
•    Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”


Top Latin Album of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Que Bendición
•    Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2
•    Juan Gabriel, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Latin Compilation Album of the Year:
•    Varios/Various, 20 Bandazos de Oro: Puros Éxitos
•    Varios/Various, De Puerto Rico Para El Mundo
•    Varios/Various, Las Bandas Románticas de América 2016
•    Varios/Various, Latin Hits 2016: Club Edition
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:
•    J Balvin
•    Joan Sebastian
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Marco Antonio Solís

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:
•    Ana Gabriel
•    Jenni Rivera
•    Selena
•    Thalía

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin


Latin Pop Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”

•    Chino & Nacho feat. Daddy Yankee, “Andas En Mi Cabeza”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat.
Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Reik & Nicky Jam, “Ya Me Enteré”

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Carlos Vives
•    Enrique Iglesias
•    Ricky Martin
•    Shakira

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Chino & Nacho
•    CNCO
•    Jesse & Joy
•    Sin Bandera

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Mr. 305
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Album of the Year:
•    CNCO, Primera Cita
•    Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2
•    Juan Gabriel, Vestido Por Etiqueta Por Eduardo Magallanes
•    Selena, Lo Mejor de…

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Ana Gabriel
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Marco Antonio Solís
•    Selena

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    CNCO
•    Il Divo
•    Jesse & Joy
•    Reik

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:
•    Columbia
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino


Tropical Song of the Year:
•    Deorro feat. Pitbull & Elvis Crespo, “Bailar"
•    Gente de Zona feat.
Marc Anthony, “Traidora”
•    Prince Royce, “La Carretera”
•    Victor Manuelle & Yandel, “Imaginar”

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Elvis Crespo
•    Marc Anthony
•    Prince Royce
•    Romeo Santos

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    24 Horas
•    Chiquito Team Band
•    Gente de Zona
•    Grupo Niche

Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year:
•    LP
•    ParkEast
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino
•    Warner Latina

Tropical Album of the Year:
•    Aventura, Todavía Me Amas: Lo Mejor de Aventura
•    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Alunizando
•    Gente de Zona, Visualízate
•    La Tribu de Abrante, Otro Formato de Música

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Diego “El Cigala”
•    Manny Manuel
•    Marc Anthony
•    Victor Manuelle

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Aventura
•    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
•    Gente de Zona
•    La Tribu de Abrante

Sello Discográfico del Año, “Tropical Albums” Tropical Albums Label of the Year:
•    EGC
•    Planet Records
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Magnus
•    Planet Records
•    Premium Latin
•    Sony Music Latin


Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, “Me Vas A Extrañar”
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, “Solo Con Verte”
•    La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, “Me Va A Pesar”
•    Regulo Caro, “Cicatriiices”

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Adriel Favela
•    Gerardo Ortiz
•    Regulo Caro
•    Remmy Valenzuela

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50
•    La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Lizos

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Que Bendición
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Lecciones Para El Corazón
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Mis Ídolos, Hoy Mis Amigos!!!
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Espinoza Paz
•    Jenni Rivera
•    Joan Sebastian
•    Vicente Fernández

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50 
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Lizos


Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:
•    Farruko Feat. Ky-Mani Marley, “Chillax”
•    J Balvin, “Bobo”
•    Maluma feat. Yandel, “El Perdedor”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Nicky Jam
•    Yandel

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Alexis & Fido
•    Plan B
•    Play-N-Skillz
•    Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Mr. 305
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    La Industria
•    Sony Music Latin 
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:
•    Farruko, Visionary
•    J Balvin, Energía
•    Maluma, Pretty Boy Dirty Boy
•    Yandel, Dangerous

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Farruko
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Pitbull

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Cartel de Santa
•    Plan B
•    Yomil Y El Dany
•    Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:
•    Rich
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Pina
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino



Songwriter of the Year:
•    Edén Muñoz
•    Horacio Palencia Cisneros
•    Luciano Luna Díaz
•    Raymond Luis “Daddy Yankee” Ayala Rodríguez

Publisher of the Year:
•    DEL World Songs, ASCAP
•    Dulce Maria Music, LLC, SESAC
•    Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP
•    Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing, LLC, BMI

Publishing Corporation of the Year:
•    BMG
•    Sony/ATV Music
•    Universal Music
•    Warner/Chappell Music

Producer of the Year:
•    Alejandro “Sky” Suárez Ramírez
•    Jesus Jaime González Terrazas
•    Saga Whiteblack
•    Sergio Lizarraga

<![CDATA[Estefans Bringing 'On Your Feet' to South Florida Stage]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:57:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000027882594_1200x675_871474755602.jpg

Six in the Mix's Roxanne Vargas talks to the Estefans about bringing their broadway show 'On Your Feet' to the South Florida stage.

<![CDATA[Emily Estefan Steps Out in Her Own Sound]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:26:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/EmilyEstefan.jpg

The daughter of Latin music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan made her musical debut Thursday at the Festival Miami one day before the release of her first studio album. She may be a splitting image of her mother, but Emily Estefan’s music style is her own.

The 22-year-old rocked the house at the annual Frost School of Music event at the University of Miami.

Estefan performed original music from her debut album titled “Take Whatever You Want.” She played the drums, piano and electric guitar in a blend of soulful and pop sounds. She also covered classic songs that she says mean a lot to her, including some of her mother’s mega hits. Estafan calls her mother “La Conga Queen.”

Her parents say they are extremely proud and impressed by Emily’s talent.

“I am very proud of Emily because she is the best musician of the family,” said Gloria Estefan.

Her father, Emilio, says his daughter grew up with him in the studio and that she’s been able to study what he wasn’t able to do.

“She graduated from Berklee with a Master’s Degree. And, now she has the flavor of Miami. What I’m proud of the most is that she has done this all by herself,” said Emilio.

Emily Estefan’s album “Take Whatever You Want” is available on iTunes and Amazon Music.

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<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias Filming New Music Video in Cuba]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:56:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011117+enrinqueiglesiasincuba.jpg

Latin music star Enrique Iglesias is in Havana, Cuba filming his new music video for his single "Súbeme la Radio". The 41-year-old singer shared the news in an Instagram video posted Tuesday as he prepared to fly to the island nation.

Cuban signer Descemer Bueno and Puerto Rican Reggaeton duo Zion y Lennox, who are both featured on the new single, also traveled to Havana for the video shoot.

Iglesias posted a second video on Instagram from the first day of filming with Bueno. The two are seen sitting in a red school bus in the middle of a busy Havana neighborhood.

Footage from CiberCuba shows Iglesias walking down a street, stopping to take photos with locals. A crowd of people was also seen standing around a group of children and Carnival dancers. 

#subemelaradio @descemerbueno

A video posted by Enrique Iglesias (@enriqueiglesias) on

Zion Y Lennox also posted a photo to Instagram posing in a pink 1950's style convertible with a Cuban beach as the backdrop.

Cuban director Alejandro Pérez is filming the video. Pérez is the mastermind behind Iglesias’ 2014 mega-hit “Bailando”, which included footage from Cuba.

Iglesias is said to have waited more than an entire year for the chance to film the new video in the Cuban capital.

Cuban authorities had suggested the famous “Tropical Pink Room” as their film site - to avoid wandering eyes and the prying camera flashes. Instead, the production team says they plan on filming in Havana’s historic “10 de Octubre” neighborhood and along the streets of “La Havana Vieja”.

We can't wait to see Iglesias "raise the volume" with what appears to be an energetic music video. 

<![CDATA[Actor Mauricio Ochmann Returns in New Super Series]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/Main+Photo+Mauricio+Ochmann+como+Jose+Maria+Venegas-El+Chema.jpg

Mauricio Ochmann returns to the small screen next Tuesday December 6th in the brand new Telemundo super series “El Chema”.

Ochmann’s successful portrayal in the role of Jose Maria “El Chema” Venegas on the hit super series “El Señor de los Cielos” was expanded to its own spin-off series, a feat the actor is very excited about.

“To be able to play “El Chema” on its own super series is a real dream come true for me,” Ochmann said. “I feel like a kid with a new toy.”

At times imitating events in the life of real Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the new super series “El Chema” tells the story of how Jose Maria Venegas got his start in organized crime, and how he rose through the ranks to become the head of the cartel we last saw him running in season two and three of “El Señor de los Cielos”.

“Yes I’m kind of (playing) a badass!” Mauricio said. “Especially the scene where my character escapes from jail on a motorcycle, there’s a lot of action and a lot of passion, it’s just a great project!”

For Ochmann whose dashing good looks often lands him “the boy next door” type of roles, playing a dark and psychotic character like “El Chema” is a challenge he’s willing to take and a role of a lifetime for him as an actor.

“It’s fun to play these kind of characters. It’s fun to play this guy who has all this baggage” he said. “I think we have a solid storyline here and psychologically the characters are well developed. It’s amazing to be part of a project like this it’s like being in a huge action movie.”

With Telemundo’s primetime line-up ratings on the rise against rival Univision, “El Chema” comes packed with action, thrills and excitement a definite must see for all of today’s action seeking audience.

“What makes this story different from all the other series on TV is the fact that Telemundo is always willing to raise the bar higher than before with the quality of their productions,” Ochman said. “With “El Chema” you’re going to notice a difference with the camera and the shooting styles, there’s a lot of new things and you’re going to love it”

“El Chema” premieres next Tuesday December 6th starting at 10pm/eastern and 9pm central on NBCUniversal’s sister station Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Garcia/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:30:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025969908_1200x675_784790595935.jpg The White House held a reception Wednesday marking the closing days of Hispanic Heritage Month.]]> <![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:56:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heritageatwhitehouse.jpg

President Barack Obama marked the close of Hispanic Heritage month with a reception at the White House Wednesday.

The celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans is observed from September 15th until October 15th.

The president spoke about the gains the Hispanic community has made in education, income and health insurance during his time in office.

"Last year alone, Latinos experienced the fastest income growth and the biggest drop in poverty of any group here in the United States, and we've opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, which could not have been possible without the help of the extraordinary Cuban-American community,” said Mr. Obama.

And while President Obama admitted that there's more to be done, including immigration reform, he said that Americans can make progress by working together. 

<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Honored with Ohtil Award]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gloria-Emilio-Estefan1.jpg

Music mogul Emilio Estefan was honored Tuesday with the Ohtli award by the government of Mexico.

It's the highest award given to a foreign civilian who's been an exemplary leader in the Latino community.

With the Presidential election weeks away, Estefan had a message for the Latino community.

"I'm not telling you who to vote for but the President of the United States needs to respect everyone including Latinos," said Estefan.

The Ohtli Award is granted once a year. The word Ohtil means "path" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Series Preview: 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí']]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025610761_1200x675_770371651593.jpg Kelly Blanco is joined on set by Carlos Yorvick who stars in the new Telemundo novela 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí' as the late Juan Gabriel.]]> <![CDATA[Latin Boy Band CNCO Celebrates Album Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:32:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/170*120/CNCO+in+Miami+7.jpg

The International Mall in NW Miami-Dade was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of screaming teen-age girls were gathered at the entrance near Macy’s for the opportunity to see a special performance by Latin boy band, CNCO.

In celebration of their debut album “Primer Cita” (First Date) members; Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesus treated their Miami fans to a free concert and a meet-and-greet opportunity with each of the five band members.

Lucky fans who made a purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s Juniors Department received a free copy of CNCO’s first album and a speed pass to meet and take pictures with the guys.

At the meet-and-greet the Miami-Dade Mayor’s office on behalf of the Miami-Dade board of commissioners and all the Miami-Dade residents presented the group with a special recognition certificate congratulating the group on the release of their album.

The album “Primera Cita” (First Date) was produced by Urban artist Wisin with collaborations from Colombian singer Maluma and Spanish singer Abraham Mateo.

CNCO’s first single “Tan Facil” (So Easy) released in January 2016, landed the band on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart at No.25 and on the Hot Latin Songs chart at No.23, later peaking at No.1 on the Latin Airplay chart.

Earlier in the week, CNCO’s co-creator and mentor singer Ricky Martin who is in Miami shooting a video with singer Maluma dropped by CNCO’s listening party where he got a chance to check out the songs before the album’s official debut on Friday.

Gracias @ricky_martin por estar presente y por todo tu apoyo siempre! #PrimeraCita

A photo posted by CNCO (@cncomusic) on

CNCO was formed on December 2015 after its five members were chosen as finalists in a reality singing competition that formed “La Banda” (The Band) created by entertainment extraordinaire Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.

Since January the band has been busy recording their album and touring as opening act for Ricky Martin’s “One World Tour” through Latin America, the U.S and Puerto Rico.

<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Wrap-Up and List of Winners]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:37:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2016+Daddy+Yankee+Chino+Nacho+performance.JPG

The fans have spoken!

The American Airlines Arena was buzzing with excitement as winners made their way on stage at the 2016 Premios Tu Mundo 5th Anniversary show.

Topping the list of winners chosen entirely by viewer choice was actor Rafael Amaya, actresses Fernanda Castillo and Gaby Espino as well as duo Chino & Nacho and Reaggaton artist and Daddy Yankee who got the party started with an energetic performance of his latest single, “Shaky Shaky”.

Hosting duties were shared among six of Spanish television’s most popular stars like Rafael Amaya, Fernanda Castillo, Martiza Rodriguez, Carlos Ponce, David Chocarro and Aracely Arambula.

Famed tv judge, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, one of the most prominent and influential figures in Hispanic TV was honored with the special “Estrella de Tu Mundo” (Star of Your World) award in celebration of her 15 years in television.

Premios Tu Mundo also paid homage to acclaimed Regional Mexican music group Intocable with the special “El Poder en Ti” (The Power in You) award given to artists who use the unlimited power of their fame for good, through their art and generosity.

Singing for peace was Spanish-language television stars Carlos Ponce, Carolina Gaitan, Jeimy Osorio, Laura Flores, and Raul Gonzalez who joined voices on stage for a moving performance of the iconic song "Solo le pido a Dios" (I Only Ask God).

Legendary singing star Jose Feliciano’s treated the audience to powerful performance of “Aleluya” reminding the world that darkness will never be stronger than light, nor pain bigger than hope.

The night also included performances from Reik, Regulo Caro, Sin Banderas, Intocable, Farruko, Daddy Yankee, Chino & Nacho, Luis Enrique and El Mola and Cali y el Dandee featuring Dj Juan Magan among others.

Rio Olympics silver medal gymnast Danell Leyva, Miss Universe runner up Ariadna Gutierrez as well as Reggaeton singer Karol G were among the long list of presenters.

Premios Tu Mundo 2016 Winners:

  • Favorite Super Series: El Señor de los Cielos IV
  • Favorite Novela or Series: Bajo El Mismo Cielo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Super Series: Rafael Amaya
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Novela: Gabriel Porras
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Novela: Danna Paola
  • Favorite Protagonist with Bad Luck: Rafael Amaya
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Super Series: Rodrigo Guirao
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Novela or Series: Luis Ernesto Franco
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Super Series: Maricela Gonzalez
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Novela or Series: Erika de la Rosa
  • Favorite Actress in a Super Series: Sabrina Seara
  • Favorite Actor in a Super Series: Lincoln Palomeque
  • Favorite Actress in a Novela or Series: Carolina Gaitan
  • Favorite Actor in a Novela or Series: Alejandro Speitzer
  • Perfect Couple in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo and Rafael Amaya
  • Perfect Couple in a Novela or Series: Danna Paola and Eugenio Siller
  • Revelation of the Year: Gala Montes
  • Favorite Daily Show: Caso Cerrado
  • Favorite Weekend Show: ¡Que Noche! With Angelica and Raul
  • Favorite Entertainment Host: Adamari Lopez
  • Favorite Specials or Realities Host: Gaby Espino
  • Favorite Regional Mexican Artist: Calibre 50
  • Favorite Pop Artist: Gloria Trevi
  • Favorite Tropical Artist: Chino & Nacho
  • Favorite Urban Artist: Daddy Yankee
  • Favorite Party-Starter Song: "Andas en mi Cabeza" by Chino & Nacho
  • "I'm Sexy and I Know It": Gaby Espino
  • Fan Club of the Year: #DYArmy

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Blue Carpet Fashion ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:39:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/DSC08817.jpg

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Up Close and Personal with Jose Diaz-Balart]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024789134_1200x675_734828611525.jpg NBC6’s Kelly Blanco had the chance to get up close and personal with Telemundo Network news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart who this year celebrated 32 years as a television journalist.]]> <![CDATA[Jose Diaz-Balart Lands Permanent Spot on NBC Nightly News]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_foto_jose_diaz_balart.jpg

Award-winning journalist Jose Diaz-Balart is stepping down as host of his MSNBC morning program “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart” and picking up a new role as Saturday anchor at NBC Nightly News all while continuing his duties as anchor at Telemundo Network.

“This is a significant moment for the broadcast and a true testament to Jose’s many talents,” said Janelle Rodriguez, SVP of Editorial at NBC News. “We are thrilled that he’ll officially join our top-notch lineup with Lester Holt on weeknights and Kate Snow on Sundays.”

This new role puts Diaz-Balart in the position of being the first journalist to deliver the news in both English and Spanish, on two main television networks.

“He will now hold the historic distinction of occupying preeminent anchor positions on two major broadcast networks in two languages,” Rodriguez said.

But this is not the first time Diaz-Balart makes it in the history books, in 1996 he became the first Cuban-American to host the CBS Morning News.

Excited about his new venture the ex-WTVJ alum took to his various social media platforms to share the news with his followers and to express his gratitude about joining NBC Nightly News:

The 55 year-old news anchor already part of the Nightly News rotating cast of anchors since November 2015 starts his official day as permanent Saturday host on August 6th at 6pm

You can also catch Jose Diaz-Balart on the Telemundo Network News Monday thru Friday at 6:30pm and on Sunday at 12 noon on the public affairs program Enfoque.

Telemundo and NBC Universal are both owned by Comcast Corp.