The 29th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target, will be broadcast nationally across PBS affiliates this coming weekend on PBS affiliates celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards – Behind The Scenes:


Acceptance Speeches

Leadership Award, Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

Vision Award, J Balvin:–gdvH0

Literature Award, Junot Díaz:

Legend Award, Angélica María:

Inspira Award, Prince Royce:

Arts Award, Fania All-Stars:

Wellness Award, Massy Arias:

STEM Award, Dr. Diana Natalicio:

– Business Award, George Herrera:

Technology Award, Tony Jimenez:



TV Tune-In Reminder For SEPTEMBER 30th – OCTOBER 2nd (Local Listings May Vary)


“TOP TV PICKS OF THE WEEK: Here comes the judge: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is among the honorees at this year’s edition of The Hispanic Heritage Awards.” – Los Angeles Times



Set For National Broadcast Sept 30 – Oct. 2 On PBS Affiliates In Celebration Of Hispanic Heritage Month


Justice Sonia Sotomayor, J Balvin, Junot Díaz, Becky G, Prince Royce, Fania All-Stars, Secretary Julian Castro, La Santa Cecilia, Angélica María, Elizabeth Rodriguez,

And Many More Latino Leaders & Cultural Figures Appear On The Broadcast


Primary Broadcast Time: September 30th, 10:00pm Local (Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, & More)

Dallas & Phoenix: 9/30, 9:00pm – Chicago: 9/30, 11:00pm

New York, 10/1 2:00pm WNET & 10/2 7:00pm WLIW



“Sonia Sotomayor, Junot Díaz Among Hispanics Honored At Heritage Awards- The country’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice was honored at the 29th Hispanic Heritage Awards, one of several high-profile Hispanics who were recognized for their civic and artistic contributions. To cheers and applause, Sotomayor said that ‘this award is not about me. It’s about the many mothers and fathers, abuelos and abuelitas, and all the others who have led our community, who have taught us all and carried us upward on their backs with hard work and determination.” – NBC NEWS


“Salsa and a Supreme Court justice at the Hispanic Heritage Awards… The awards honored Latino celebrities and their accomplishments across a variety of genres, including novelist Junot Díaz and legendary salsa group the Fania All-Stars…The musical performances, not-surprisingly, stole the show. Nicholas Rodriguez sang a powerful rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ during a moving tribute to the victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre, and Latino heartthrob/pop icon J Balvin’s performance prompted shrieks of adoration… the crowd clearly adored Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who received the leadership award, and concluded the ceremony by thanking the Latino community and sending her prayers to those experiencing the major blackouts in Puerto Rico.”

Washington Post


WASHINGTON, DC – The 29th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target, will be broadcast nationally across PBS affiliates this coming weekend on PBS affiliates celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  (The principal broadcast time is Friday, September 30, 2016, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET, but this will vary by market and affiliate – please check local listings).


The Awards, among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and are supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions, recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Latino leaders in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. The 2016 Hispanic Heritage Awardees and the Medallion Sponsors include:


Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Leadership Award          

Angélica María, Legend Award, presented by AARP

Junot Díaz, Literature Award, presented by Southwest Airlines, Official Airlines

J Balvin, Vision Award, presented by Hershey’s

George Herrera, Business Award, presented by Wyndham Worldwide, Official Hospitality

Fania All- Stars, Arts Award, presented by AETNA, Official Health Insurance

Tony Jimenez, Technology Award, presented by Oak Grove Technologies, ATI Systems, Zantech & Proforce

Massy Arias, Wellness Award, presented by Target

Dr. Diana Natalicio, Stem Award, presented by ExxonMobil

Prince Royce, Inspira Award, presented by Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT)

SHORTS HD and HHF will also announce the winner of the Hispanic Heritage Short Film Award competition from the stage selected from approximately 1,000 entries and five finalists in an effort to encourage more Latinos to become filmmakers.


Orange is the New Black stars Elizabeth Rodriguez and Berto Colon host the evening’s festivities.  Performers include Grammy-Winning Singer J Balvin (who performs a rare acoustic medley of two of his hits); Icon Angelica Maria; one of Billboard’s ‘top new artists to look out for ‘Jason Cerda; Placido Domingo Awardee Opera Singer Ailyn Pérez; Grammy Winners La Santa Cecilia; Singer Nicholas Rodriguez; and Fania All-Stars – who were joined by special guests for a grand finale.


Presenters include Singer/Actor Prince Royce; Singer/Actress Becky G; Actress/Singer Angélica Vale and daughter Angélica Masiel; Actor Nicholas Gonzalez; Actor Raul Castillo; Singer Frankie Negron; Secretary Julian Castro; Actress Alex Meneses; Activist/Author Julissa Arce; Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet; Filmmaker Carmen Marron; Singer/Actor Nicholas Rodriguez; Singer Ailyn Pérez; Actor Arturo Castro; Singer Jason Cerda; Actor JW Cortes; Tony Marrero; and Judge Jenny Rivera.


Gold Sponsors: CVS Health, PwC; Silver Sponsor: Adobe Foundation; Google; Copper Sponsors: PepsiCo, Crowell Moring, Mapco; American Federation of Teachers; Thompson & Coburn LLC, CDI Technology Services; Compadre Sponsors: The Libre Insitutue, American Latino Museum, Direct Auto Insurance, Entravision, Marines, Es Tiempo, Catholic Relief Services, American Latino Museum; Havas FORMULATIN; and generous contributions from: Pesach Lubinsky, Iris Olmo, Donna Renella, Bryan Short, SunTrust Bank, and Carmen Rita Wong


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


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