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AMAs Celebrate 15 Years of Hispanic Entertainers

October 17, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

Julio Iglesias was the first Hispanic entertainer to win the American Music Award for Favorite Artist Latin.
Julio Iglesias was the first Hispanic entertainer to win the American Music Award for Favorite Artist Latin.

This year's American Music Awards marks the 15th year anniversary of the award, Favorite Artist Latin. Julio Iglesias was the first Hispanic entertainer to receive the honor, and his son, Enrique, won it the following year. In fact Enrique went on to win it four more times.

The first female to win the American Music Award for Favorite Artist Latin was Shakira, who won it in 2005, then again in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Following Iglesias win, 15 years later, the entire AMAs have featured several Latino entertainers:

Miguel: Favorite Male Soul/R&B Nominee
Bruno Mars: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
Romeo Santos, Prince Royce and Marc Anthony: Winners of the Favorite Artist Latin category

The AMAs will be taped live on Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Produced by Dick Clark Productions, the AMAs reflect the legendary Dick Clark's personal philosophies. In his decades-long career, the television personality and producer also helped Latino stars rise from obscurity to international fame.

From Richie Valens to Selena Gomez to Los Tigres del norte to Miguel, countless numbers of Latino stars have graced the American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve stages:

Richie Valens: The rock n roll pioneer and early purveyor of the Chicano music scene made an appearance on American Bandstand way back in 1958.

Related story:"Hispanic Heritage Month: Ritchie Valens"

Jose Feliciano: The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter may be best known for his 1970 Christmas single "Feliz Navidad," but in 1983 he made a stop in Philadelphia to sing and chat with Dick Clark on American Bandstand.

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine: The pulsating rhythms of Cuban-Miami went mainstream when Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine took the stage on American Bandstand back in 1985. After Gloria recovered from a terrible car crash, she made her TV debut on the AMAs with "Coming out of the Dark."

Los Lobos: Before they were Grammy award winners, Los Lobos were just a couple guys from East LA hoping to make it big when they appeared on American Bandstand in 1985.

Jennifer Lopez: By 2010, Jennifer Lopez was hotter than ever. She headlined the New Year's Rockin' Eve that year with a sexy performance of her hit song "Let's Get Loud."

Santana: Thousands of people rang in 2012 in New York's Times Square with rock legend Carlos Santana. This was Dick Clark's last year as host of New Year's Rockin' Eve before he passed away.

Hot Hot Hot, a Dick Clark Production television show in the 80s, was revolutionary when Fernando Allende regularly hosted one hour of the show in English and one hour in Spanish.


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