2022 Latin Academy’s Leading Ladies: Top Citations – Billboard

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The Latin Recording Academy honored and celebrated this year’s Leading Latin Ladies at an intimate luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 that officially kicked off Latin Grammys week.

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Hosted by Gloria “Goyo” Martínez, the moving event provided a space for women and men in the industry to applaud the contributions of the winners, including the singer-songwriter Kany Garcia; pianist, arranger and musical director Janina Rosado; Global Head of Latin Music at Amazon Music Rocio Guerrero; and Rosa LagarrigueCEO of artist management company RLM.

The nearly three-hour ceremony included moving speeches from the winners who received the award from their mentors, fellow recording artists or executives who supported them through the process.

Rebecca Leonwho was part of the Leading Ladies Latin Class of 2017, was the first to take the stage to present the award to Guerrero for her advancements in Latin music and for launching Spotify’s first-ever Latin playlist: Baila Reggaeton.

Other executives who took the stage were Afo VerdeCEO of Sony Music Latin-Iberia, who together with the Vice President of Sony Music Latin Puerto Rico, Tuti Bou, introduced Garcia. “Kany is smart, talented, and I have had the honor of working with her for a long time. She defends her flags, opens many roads and gives voice to the voiceless,” he said. , merengue icon Milly Quezada introduced Rosado and Spanish artist Ana Torroja took the stage to present the award to her longtime manager Lagarrigue.

Launched in 2016, the Academy’s Leading Latin Ladies initiative was created to honor and recognize “professional and socially responsible women in the arts and entertainment fields who have made meaningful contributions and inspired the next generation of female leaders. “, according to the Academy.

Additionally, the Leading Ladies of Entertainment have partnered with She Is The Music for a second consecutive year as part of their collaborative mentorship program “Leading Ladies Connect TogetHER,” where a past winner will be invited to mentor a She Is The Music mentee. TheMusic.

The 2022 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony will take place Thursday, November 17 live from the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The telecast will air on Univision at 8 p.m. ET, and it will also be available on HBO Max.

Below, check out the five best lunch moments:

Rocío Guerrero on her message to the next generation of women leaders: “It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly,” she began her speech. “To the new generations of girls and young women who will be our future: I hope you will grow up understanding that anything is possible through hard work, risk taking, ambition and ethics. I want say each of these things. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you look like, you can do it. I hope you can see yourself in women like us. I hope we can remind you that it doesn’t there are no limits to your growth.

Kany García on becoming his own role model: “Why am I shaking? It’s easier to sing than to make this speech”, joked the interpreter of “Aguita e coco”. “Ever since I was little I felt different and I don’t talk about that time when you feel ‘special’ but you feel like you don’t belong. They told me so many things about my voice, so many nons built up that they made me a scared woman filled with insecurities. I remember this little girl who never found a woman on TV who represented her. A woman who didn’t hadn’t budged from the hips or a woman who liked women but also liked to wear high heels, dresses and makeup Not the typical stereotype of women in my community who are supposed to be the opposite of that So I had to become my own model. I owe it to my younger self, which struggled so much to feel represented.

Janina Rosado on not being mediocre: “I have to start by thanking God because he wanted me to be here and to be a musician and to be born into a family where music was our language. We only talked about music,” said Rosado, who has produced for artists such as Juan Luis Guerra. “I come from a family that marked me. They gave me confidence and my dad was like, ‘You can do it. Don’t be mediocre. If you go to school and study, you cannot expect to pass with poor grades. You have to put all your effort into everything you do. It’s what I’ve always done, and it brought me here.

Rosa Lagarrigue on being optimistic: “I’m so emotional,” said Lagarrigue, who has led the careers of artists like Alejandro Sanz and Miguel Bosé, to name a few. “After working in the music industry for 44 years, I’m so proud to be recognized. We’re still short of a lot of women in relevant positions, but I’m optimistic. Above all, I want to highlight the good relationships that “There is a kind of complicity between us. We will succeed in filling these positions. We must give opportunities to women, to diversity and to young people.

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