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Here Are The Latinos Who Could Be Winning Big At This Year’s Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards are out and a handful of Latinos brought their acting, writing and design chops to many of the shows that were nominated. Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of true inclusion and diversity. Most awards are for white actors and actresses but we should celebrate the Latinos who have been able to break into the nominations this year. Here are some of the Latino entertainment names that have made us so proud this year.

1. Édgar Ramírez

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This has been a big year for Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez. He played Gianni Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. The show presented the dark and twisted man who killed Versace on his door steps of his Miami mansion.

2. Ricky Martin

Working alongside Ramirez on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Ricky Martin played Versace’s boyfriend at the time of his death. He really showed his acting expertise to the role of Antonio D’Amico. This was Martin’s return to the small screen as a character other than himself in TV guest appearances since 2012. Way to go, Ricky.

3. Carlos Rafael Ramirez

The composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent composed the music for seven episodes of “Godless,” which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. His guitar playing can be heard on the soundtrack of feature films including “Crash” and “Dragonfly.” But, who do you cheer for when two shows with Latino talent are against each other?

4. Alexis Bledel

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” received a whopping 20 Emmy nominations overall this year for its second season. One of those nominations went to Alexis Bledel, who is Latina by way of her father being born in Argentina and her mother being raised in Mexico, for her role as Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Last year she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Will she take home the Emmy statue again this year?

5. Karamo Brown

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Karamo Brown, part of the “Queer Eye” cast, has a lot to be proud of. The show nabbed four nominations, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. Brown is of Jamaican and Cuban descent.

6. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has graced audiences with his music and creation for “Hamilton,” and this year he also got an Emmy nod for his comedic skills. Miranda was nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

7. Fred Armisen

“Portlandia” received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and at its helm is Fred Armisen, who co-created and co-stars on the sketch comedy series. Although he now lives in Silver Lake, Armisen lived for many years as a resident of Portland, thus gaining inspiration for the series. The series and season both wrapped this year. Let’s see if it can grab an Emmy for its final run.

8. Melissa Villaseñor

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A native of Whittier, California, Villaseñor is credited as a featured player of “Saturday Night Live.” The long-running TV show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series along with 20 other nominations. Villaseñor acts and writes for the comedy sketch show.

9. Franklin ‘Frankie’ Rodriguez

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Our 5 Favorite Covers on CNCO’s ‘Déjá Vu’ Album: Ricky Martin, Aventura, and more

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Our 5 Favorite Covers on CNCO’s ‘Déjá Vu’ Album: Ricky Martin, Aventura, and more

Latin boyband CNCO is back with the new album Déjá Vu out Feb. 5. For their third LP, the guys are covering the Latin pop hits of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s by artists like Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Aventura, and Ricardo Montaner. Whoever your mom was bumping when it was time to clean the house on Sunday, CNCO has most likely tackled their song.

CNCO is taking on the Latin pop classics on Déjá Vu.

Not only will the fans of the original artists be excited to hear CNCO’s updates, but the group is doing a service to their Gen-Z fans by introducing them to these classics in a refreshing way. The guys – Joel Pimentel, Zabdiel de Jésus, Erick Brian Colon, Richard Camacho, and Christopher Vélez – also push themselves more as singers on these beloved songs to give the best vocal performances of their career.

Déjá Vu is CNCO’s trip through the history of Latin pop music. Latido Music is here to guide you through five of our favorite covers on the album.

“Tan Enamorados”

“Tan Enamorados” was the first song to kick off CNCO’s Déjá Vu era. The guys put a fresh reggaeton spin on the classic by Argentine icon Ricardo Montaner. Every member gets their shine in soaring performances that lift this love song to new heights, especially Pimentel. In the music video, CNCO pays homage to one of the greats that came before them, New Kids on the Block.

“Hero”

“Hero” marks the first time that CNCO has recorded a song that’s completely in English. The guys capture the tenderness of the original by Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias. There’s an especially endearing moment at the end when Colon promises, “I can be your hero.” Save us, Erick! CNCO seemingly channels the Backstreet Boys in the music video.

“Dejaría Todo”

CNCO turns Boricua superstar Chayanne’s “Dejaría Todo” into a tropical bop. The guys come through with charming performances, especially de Jésus, who reps Puerto Rico proudly on the song. Vélez and Colon also are captivating with their breezy interpretations matching the song’s reggae influence. The music video reflects CNCO right now as the guys sit back and just sing from the heart.

“Un Beso”

“Un Beso” is a big moment for Camacho, who proudly reps the Dominican Republic by way of New York City. That’s the same story for the song’s original act, Aventura, who is led by the king of bachata Romeo Santos. CNCO turns the song into a trapchata bop, which is a mix of bachata and trap music. Santos is known for his sensual lyrics and the guys rise to the occasion. They’re quite the smooth operators here.

“El Amor de Mi Vida”

“El Amor de Mi Vida” is a full-circle moment for CNCO. The song is originally by Ricky Martin. The Puerto Rican superstar not only paved the way for them in Menudo, but he also helped put CNCO together on the reality TV series La Banda in December 2015. Now more than five years later and the guys are proudly carrying on his legacy with this hypnotizing update.  

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Menudo Series ‘Súbete a Mi Moto’ to Air on Estrella TV This Month

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Menudo Series ‘Súbete a Mi Moto’ to Air on Estrella TV This Month

Before there was CNCO, there was Menudo. The Latin boyband arguably paved the way for Latin boybands to come. Estrella Media announced this month that its channel Estrella TV will air Súbete a Mi Moto, a series based on the Puerto Rican group. Menudo launched the careers of former members Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa.

Menudo fans can catch Súbete a Mi Moto on Feb. 14.

Súbete a Mi Moto launched in Mexico and Latin America in October 2020, but Estrella Media will be airing the series in the U.S. for the first time. Menudo fans can the first episode on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 PM EST.

“We are truly delighted to bring Súbete a Mi Moto to the U.S. Hispanic audience,” said Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP of television programming at Estrella Media, in a statement. “Menudo was an international smash hit and the first Latin pop band to cross over to the American mainstream market. I am certain this series will appeal to the nostalgic fans in the U.S. as well as transcend generations to attract new followers to Menudo’s musical legacy.”

The story will be told from the perspective of the band’s creator.

The boyband was first put together in the late ’70s and in the following decade, the quintet became the biggest Latin boyband on Earth. After a few line-up changes, Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa joined in the ’80s, just before the band reached its peak international success.

The show’s title is a reference to one of Menudo’s biggest hits “Súbete a Mi Moto.” Each episode is 60-minutes long and the band’s story is told from the perspective of the businessman who put them together. In the series, Menudo’s founder Edgardo Diaz is played by Yamil Urena.

Súbete a Mi Moto was filmed in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Other stars of the series include Braulio Castro and Rocio Verdejo. Get ready to come along for the ride of Menudo’s life.

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