Watch Hispanic Heritage Awards Acceptance Speeches With Sonia Sotomayor And Other Awardees

September 30, 2016

sonia_sotomayor_in_scotus_robe1The 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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