Ivy Queen and Kali Uchis Among Honorees at Upcoming Hispanic Heritage Awards
Ivy Queen will be receiving the Vision Award for breaking down barriers for women in the reggaeton genre and paving the way for other artists today. The singer recently launched "LOUD," a Spotify podcast that delves into the development and history of reggaetón music.
"The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is thrilled to recognize Ivy Queen," said José Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, in a statement. "She has been a visionary, bold, groundbreaking artist that has set the table for others, especially women, as the 'Queen of Reggaetón.' We look forward to telling her story and paying tribute to Ivy Queen during the Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS and celebrate Latinx accomplishment, vision, and culture with all of America."
Singer Kali Uchis will be receiving the Inspira Award after landing one of the top global hits of the year with her single "Telepatía" —which peaked at number 25 on Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 chart. The Grammy Award-winning artist also released her first Latin album Sin miedo in March 2021, and hit number 1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart and was featured in the Top-5 for Billboard's "Best Songs of 2021 So Far" selection.
"As an international star, Kali has used her exceptional talents, authentic presence and positive energy to inspire youth as well as proudly represent her Latinx culture," Tijerino added. "We are also excited to have Kali perform during the Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS and join us in celebrating Latinx accomplishment, vision and culture with all of America."
The White House established the Hispanic Heritage Awards in 1988 to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. Each year, the HHF produces the awards and selects honorees that in the past have ranged from educators and innovators to community and business leaders to elected officials and artists who inspire. Past honorees have included Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Celia Cruz and Juan Luis Guerra.