The Latin Recording Academy has announced its 2021 Leading Ladies of Entertainment honorees — an initiative created five years ago to honor and recognize professional and socially conscious women within the arts and entertainment fields who have made significant contributions and inspired the next generation of female leaders. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s honorees will be acknowledged during a virtual ceremony on November 16 at 7 p.m. EST.
The 2021 Leading Ladies of Entertainment recipients are:
- Mayna Nevarez, founder & CEO, Nevarez Communications
- Mia Nygren, managing director, Latin America, Spotify
- Mónica Vélez, music composer
- Ivy Queen, singer-songwriter
“On behalf of The Latin Recording Academy, I am proud to honor these powerful women as this year’s Leading Ladies of Entertainment,” said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “These dynamic women give us a chance to reflect on the challenges female professionals face in today’s arts and entertainment environment. There is still a lack of gender parity in the industry, and we remain focused on continuing our work to overcome the challenges that women face through educational programs, partnerships and a transparent voting process. The work of these recipients is truly inspirational, and we are grateful for the positive impact they have had, and will continue to have, on our communities and on future generations.”
Additionally, as part of this year’s program, the Leading Ladies of Entertainment is partnering with She Is The Music — a global nonprofit working to increase the number of women in music — on a collaborative mentorship program. Past Leading Ladies honorees will be invited to mentor a She Is The Music mentee. The partnership will build on She Is The Music’s mentorship program, a series of highly successful initiatives supporting rising women in music.
“She Is The Music shares the same values as Leading Ladies of Entertainment: supporting women in the industry and inspiring future generations. We are excited to launch this mentorship program together and take an important step forward for the Latin music community,” said Alexandra Lioutikoff, Co-Chair of She Is The Music Latin Committee, Group President of Universal Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin, and Board member of The Latin Recording Academy. “This is a perfect example of how women are working together to create positive change; today’s trailblazers guiding tomorrow’s leaders.”
Rebeca León, former Leading Lady of Entertainment and She Is The Music Board Member, added, “It’s incredibly fulfilling to connect with the new generation of aspiring female executives. These girls are sharper and smarter than ever!”
The annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment event not only celebrates and spotlights current female leaders but also creates opportunities for the next generation of women in entertainment through the creation of female-specific scholarships distributed through our philanthropic arm, The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. The event, with the help of our generous corporate partners, is making a commitment to the creation of a fund to provide scholarships for young women interested in pursuing studies in the field of music.
TURESPAÑA will come on board for the second year as an official sponsor. In addition, Spotify’s Noteable joins as the official music streaming services sponsor and will be making a special donation to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.
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