The Latin Recording Academy honors the achievements of women working in the arts and Latin entertainment with a ceremony recognizing The Leading Ladies of Entertainment. After two years of virtual celebrations due to the pandemic, the event returns live to Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 15 as part of Latin Grammy Week.
The inaugural event will honor Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and six-time Latin Grammy winner Kany García; Rocío Guerrero, Global Head of Latin on Amazon Music; Rosa Lagarrigue, Founder and CEO of RLM in Spain; and Janina Rosado, pianist, musical director, co-producer with Juan Luis Guerra and nine-time Latin Grammy winner as “Leading Ladies” of 2022.
“We are proud to celebrate this amazing group of women and their many contributions to the Latin music and entertainment world,” said Manuel Abud, CEO of Latin Recording Academy. “While there continues to be a significant gender divide in the industry, we continue to make progress with initiatives like the Leading Ladies of Entertainment platform as we highlight the necessary work that needs to be done to create equity and gender parity.”
To combat these issues, the program is once again partnering with She Is The Music – a global non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of women in music – on a collaborative mentoring program that sees former “Leading Ladies” a She Is The Music mentee will be invited to collaborate. The partnership builds on last year’s “Leading Ladies Connect TogeTHER” mentoring program.
Rebeca León, Board Member of She Is The Music and 2017’s “Leading Lady” added: “I’m proud to be part of the She Is The Music mentorship program with Leading Ladies of Latin Music. The most important thing we can do is lift women up and put them in situations where they can learn and grow. It’s no longer about a seat at the table; It’s about giving women the tools to own the building that houses the tables.”
Applications for the Leading Ladies Connect TogeTHER mentoring program are open now through November 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can find the application link and guidelines at Leading Ladies Connect TogeTHER.
The Latin Grammy Week event precedes the 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony, which will be broadcast live on Univision on November 17 from the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
City National Bank and Noteable, By Spotify for Artists return as co-sponsors for the event, with Noteable donating a grant to the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation’s Scholarship Fund to support future Latin music creators.