The 31st Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards took place on September 12, 2018 in Washington, DC! #HHA31
Eleonora “Lele” Pons Maronese is a Venezuelan-American internet personality, actress, singer, dancer and host of La Voz… México. She came to prominence on Vine, where she was the most-followed and most-looped individual before the platform shut down in 2016. She has since branched out, creating comedy sketches for YouTube, where she now has over 11 million subscribers, and Instagram. She has acted in film, television, and in music videos, has released her own music, and co-authored a novel in 2016.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Mancuso is an American actor, Internet personality and musician most notable for his comedic videos on YouTube and previously on Vine. Many of Mancuso’s videos consist mostly of musical comedy sketches. He has over 5 million YouTube subscribers. He is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios, a company that also produces his YouTube content.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)
The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered among the highest honors for Hispanics by Hispanics. Top Latino performers and personalities pay tribute to the Honorees from the stage. The Awards are unique in that celebrities take the stage along with educators, innovators, community and business leaders, elected officials, and others. The Awards are supported by nearly 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions who co-host the program. Surrounding events include an Honorees Dinner, Youth Leadership Summit and festive After-Party.
This year’s honorees include:
Daniel Lubetzky – Entrepreneurship Award presented by Target
Sister Norma – Community Service Award presented by Nationwide
Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon – Culture Award presented by Southwest Airlines
Karol G – Inspira Award presented by T-Mobile
Mj Rodriguez – Trailblazer Award presented by Google
Jesse & Joy – Vision Award presented by Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino
Ingrid Hoffmann – Culinary Arts Award presented by AARP
Young Community Leaders – #MiVozAward presented by Instagram
Past Honorees include: Anthony Quinn, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Placido Domingo, Isabel Allende, Juan Luis Guerra, Zoe Saldana, Juanes, US Reps Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Xavier Becerra, Oscar de la Hoya, Mana, Rosario Dawson, Los Tigres Del Norte, America Ferrera, Olga Tañon, Pedro Martinez, Arturo Sandoval, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, Pepe Aguilar, Carlos Vives, and Rita Moreno, Luis Fonsi, Gael Garcia Bernal, to name a few.
The Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round award-winning programs which inspire, identify, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.